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: nadine@wclc.org.nz.

Tenancy conditions and how CLWHV can help

Posted on September 3, 2015

In recent news there have been calls for all rental properties to meet a set of minimum standards. This was highlighted because of a coroner’s finding that the poor condition of a state house had attributed to a toddler’s illness and subsequent death. Moe mai rā e te puawai purotu. In April this year, the

When horseplay becomes forced play

Posted on August 6, 2015

Stop bullying happening at work What has become known as “ponytail-gate” roused two general categories of opinion: the first group considered the incident as one of innocent banter, while the second group viewed it as an serious case of workplace harassment. It stimulated a high level of discussion over what ultimately constitutes workplace bullying or harassment,

Unsafe relationships

Posted on August 6, 2015

According to Are You OK, more than half of all reported violent crime in New Zealand is family violence. 75% of serious assaults, 45% of abductions, kidnappings, and threatening behaviour, and 33% of sexual assaults fall into the category of family violence. In 2013, police recorded 95,101 family violence investigations, and it is estimated that

Renting? It’s more than just a flat

Posted on August 6, 2015

Make sure your landlord respects your rights Recent deaths of state housing tenants have resulted in anger and uproar about poor conditions of rental housing in New Zealand. This has exacerbated the policy debate about how strictly New Zealand’s rental market should be regulated to ensure that houses are safe enough to inhabit has been

International Child Abduction

Posted on August 6, 2015

How the headlines happen Caring for children after a separation is complicated enough. Add international travel into the mix and things can get really messy, really quickly. At least 120 Kiwi children get caught up in international custody disputes each year. In many cases, the parent, who is often from overseas, does not initially intend to

Online schemers, scams and shams

Posted on August 3, 2015

Online scams currently cost New Zealanders upwards of $400m each year. The internet has allowed scammers from overseas to easily maintain anonymity and operate with impunity. NetSafe, an NGO that promotes safe use of online technologies, says that most people do not report falling victim to a scam. Even so it receives 20 to 30

Ponytail-gate

Posted on May 18, 2015

Supporting low income workers who experience harassment and bullying Harassment experienced by low income workers has been in the news recently after the experience of Amanda Bailey became public in what has been dubbed ‘ponytail-gate’. Community Law Wellington and Hutt Valley (CLWHV) sees a wide variety of low income workers. They come to us to

Anti-terror laws and homelessness

Posted on February 25, 2015

How anti-terror laws promote homelessness in NZ Barney Wikitera, Kaihāpai Hapori/Community Educator and Advocate, Community Law Wellington and Hutt Valley You’re homeless. To get a house, you need an income. To get an income from Work and Income, you need a bank account. To get a bank account, you need a residential address. But …

When Leaving a Violent Partner Will Make You “Unlawful”

Posted on February 19, 2014

Domestic violence affects every community in New Zealand. People remain with abusive partners for many reasons, including fear, isolation, lack of support, lack or resources, and their cultural or religious values. This article discusses an option for clients when immigration status appears to be a reason to stay in a violent relationship. Community Law Wellington

The Legend of Community Law: A speech by Hannah Northover

Posted on June 15, 2013

Access to our justice system is not equal. For one thing, almost everyone needs professional help to navigate the court system. And professional help costs. If you can afford that help, you will find it easier to access the justice system. Better still, you will be able to choose the navigator - the lawyer - of your choice. We frequently see clients who intend abandoning legal claims or defences because they do not want to - or cannot - meet the high costs of that claim or defence.

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