Community Lore

Storytelling and the Law

Welcome to the Community Lore blog, an online magazine that shares stories about the law. But not just any story – your story. Whether it be poetry, short story or long-form essay, we welcome submissions from students, volunteers, lawyers, front-line advocates and aspiring writers everywhere. Send our editor an email:

If that law firm was a person

Posted on November 5, 2018

He wears his privilege/You can see it as he walks/A halo of light

Texting between the lines

Posted on October 4, 2018

Alternatives to teaching your disabled daughter how to walk

Posted on October 3, 2018

Darling, there is no such thing as standing on your own two feet anyway. That is just a story some people tell themselves. Yes, we all take the steps on our own but not everyone has to think about every heavy movement. They have always been light on their feet, so this tale just trips

The jury wants blood under the fingernails

Posted on October 3, 2018

I liked the detective. I liked all the people I dealt with at the police station and the clinic. They were respectful towards me. The support people.

You Meant to Leave Us

Posted on August 20, 2018

You meant to leave us with nothing.

Thank You To My Nurse

Posted on July 14, 2018

A poem by Rosie Jimson-Healy

I Want My Bike Back

Posted on July 8, 2018

Navigating relationship property? What's yours, what's theirs, what's shared.

Spotlight on: Refugee stories

Posted on July 8, 2018

A collection of recent stories from or about refugees in New Zealand.

Community Law Manual – New edition out now!

Posted on June 18, 2018

The Community Law Manual just gets better and more useful every year, and 2018/19 is no exception. There's a new chapter on Disability Rights, updates to the chapter on Domestic Violence, and new information on things like begging, busking and sleeping rough.

Busking: The unwritten code

Posted on June 15, 2018

The thing about busking is you gotta know where to set up. Location is everything. Don’t bother wasting your time outside a bank, rich people are mean-as, won’t throw you a cent.

Fighting for Justice – Working at Community Law

Posted on June 15, 2018

In my 6 years working at Community Law Wellington and Hutt Valley (CLWHV), the lawyers I have worked with are anything but the vultures described in pop-culture jokes. They are consistently passionate about fighting injustice, driven to get the best for their clients and motivated to ensure everyone in our community understands their rights.

Spotlight on RILAS

Posted on May 16, 2016

Vulnerable migrants As highlighted by Seema’s story, we can provide some assistance to women who are experiencing family violence and whose visa status is dependent on their relationship with their partners. The visa options available to people in these situations depend on the immigration status of their partners: people who leave a violent relationship with

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