POSITION DESCRIPTION: KAIAKO / KAIHĀPAI HAPORI
(LEGAL EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT WORKER)
Community Law Wellington and Hutt Valley (CLWHV) is continuing to build a regional community legal service for Māori. This service complements existing community legal services in the region, and will also explore collaborations with private providers.Our service embodies appropriate Māori tikanga values and solutions and operates in accordance with our kaupapa. We see legal needs in the context of an individual or community’s personal, social, spiritual and cultural needs. Our legal service will therefore contribute to the everyday lives of whānau, hapū and iwi, as well as individuals, and to the community’s overall well-being.Our service focuses on:
- Providing services in areas of law particularly relevant for Māori and particularly services that would otherwise be inaccessible
- Targeting Māori who are most in need
- Protecting the vulnerable
- Focussing on the rights and responsibilities of Māori to ensure that communities can have a reasonable opportunity to:
- Enjoy decent income, housing, education and health services
- Be protected from physical, emotional and cultural harm
- Ensuring the state properly exercises its powers
Our service supports current and future Māori lawyers and community workers to work within a first-class, tikanga-based legal service.
The Kaiako / Kaihāpai undertakes the following key tasks:
The Kaiako / Kaihāpai’s primary role is shared responsibility for the development and delivery of legal education to Māori. This responsibility includes:
- Coordinating the planning and development of the legal education programme.
- Preparing appropriate and innovative resources for the delivery of legal education.
- Delivering legal education in different forums.
- Assisting community lawyers with the development of legal education programmes.
The Kaiako / Kaihāpai initiates and coordinates the development and publication of legal information (in any media, including paper, web and digital). This responsibility includes:
- Identifying, through community and national consultation and scoping, gaps in legal information resources, and working to fill those gaps.
- Coordinating the development of resources in te reo Māori as appropriate.
- Liaising with other Community Law Centres, and other local and national providers, to ensure all resources are accessible nationally.
- Working with other CLWHV staff to improve the accessibility of all CLWHV material to Māori clients.
- Researching, writing and editing legal information resources. This may include:
- content for the national Community Law website
- content for the CLWHV community newsletter
- any other appropriate forums (such as newspapers, radio, etc).
The Kaiako / Kaihāpai shares responsibility for the development of appropriate and innovative legal services to Māori. She or he will work closely with Rōia Hapori and other Kaiako / Kaihāpai to coordinate legal services targeted to meet Māori clients’ unmet legal needs. This responsibility includes:
- Building and maintaining strong relationships with whānau, hapū and iwi.
- Building and maintaining strong relationships with Marae, Māori Trusts and other community service providers.
- Facilitating community-led planning hui for legal services to Māori.
- Linking with Whānau Ora providers, to establish holistic legal service delivery.
- Contributing to a regional analysis of legal issues to identify general or systemic issues and advocating for law reform where appropriate.
- Supporting and developing community activism projects where appropriate.
- Liaising with the advisory group and developing clear communication channels and processes for working with the group.
- Fostering, with support, a volunteer programme for the delivery of legal services to Māori.
- Where appropriate, identifying gaps in CLWHV skills, resources, knowledge; and considering ways to fill those gaps.
With the help of Community Lawyers, the Kaihāpai / Kaiako Hapori provides legal assistance and advocacy to CLWHV clients. This responsibility includes:
- Participating in volunteer-led free legal advice sessions, and attending outreach clinics, in order to identify clients who may need on-going assistance/advocacy
- Providing clear, accurate and timely legal information and assistance to individuals, whānau, hapu, iwi and to community groups
- Coordinating appropriate wraparound services for clients
- Helping clients to create relationships with social service agencies and liaising with state agencies.
- Providing on-going advocacy to high-needs clients, including:
- Attending hui with clients and their whānau about their legal issues
- Attending hui with clients and their lawyers
- Where appropriate, attending court with clients for support, and acting as a go-between for clients and relevant agencies
Support to CLWHV volunteers:
The Kaihāpai / Kaiako Hapori supports the work of CLWHV volunteers. This responsibility includes:
- Providing support to volunteers on legal and/or social issues arising out of CLWHV free legal advice sessions
- Assisting with training for volunteers.
The Kaiako / Kaihāpai will take shared responsibility for the successful operation of the CLWHV. This responsibility includes:
- Contributing to and accounting for the provision of hours under the annual Service Delivery Proposal to the Ministry of Justice, in cooperation with other staff and the Management Committee.
- Participating in staff meetings.
- Providing input into the CLWHV’s annual planning process.
- Contributing to CLWHV publications, including the annual report.
- Supporting the CLWHV’s systems, policies, procedures and daily operations.
- Contributing to the public image / publicity of the CLWHV.
- Participating in activities involving other community law centres.
SKILLS AND QUALITIES WE SEEK
- Training and education experience
- Community development experience
- Knowledge of te reo Māori me ōna tikanga
- Ability to communicate complex information in plain language
- Practical or theoretical knowledge of the legal system
- Experience in developing and publishing resources
- Writing and editing skills
- Excellent analytical and problem solving skills
- Good computer literacy.
- Awareness of te reo and tikanga Māori
- Understanding of, and ability to apply, the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.
- Sensitivity to the cultures and languages of the many ethnic groups of Aotearoa and the ability to work in a way which is appropriate to the needs of these groups
- Experience in working with community organisations
- Ability to work with others including staff, management, volunteers and those in the community in a cooperative way, sharing expertise and information
- Good networking skills
- Ability to work without close supervision
- A high level of initiative and motivation
- Ability to work under pressure and cope with competing demands
- Good organising skills