Legal Education

Community Advocacy Training (CATs)

Community Law holds regular half-day workshops on essential kaupapa for community workers, arming you with the legal knowledge you need to advocate for your clients effectively. These workshops blend the legal basics with their practical application, offering the expertise of guest speakers working in the sector.

We have confirmed a range of dates for upcoming CATs in 2021 and 2022. Morning tea is provided at all our CATs.

Our upcoming sessions are below. To register for any of our sessions, please click here and fill out the form.

For questions, email Te Irirangi at


  • Protection of Personal Property Rights & Enduring Power of Attorney (PPPR & EPOA)

Tuesday, 17th August 2021

9.30am – 1pm

Learn more about the options when someone doesn’t have the capacity to make decisions for themselves, including enduring power of attorney, how to make PPPR applications to the Family Court. Run by our community lawyer Saska.


  • Legal Advocacy for Housing & Tenancy Rights

Tuesday, September 14th 2021

9.30am – 1pm

A practical introduction to legal advocacy in housing, including tenancy rights and what to do when something goes wrong. Run by our community housing lawyer Machrus.


  • Employment Law

Tuesday, 16th November 2021

9.30am – 1pm

A practical introduction to employment law, inclyuding your rights at work and what to do when something goes wrong.


  • Introduction to Benefit Law

Tuesday, February 15th 2022

9.30am – 1pm

Common benefit entitlement issues and how to advocate for your client with Work & Income.


  • Immigration Law, Migrant Exploitation, and Services

Tuesday, 15th March 2022

9.30am – 1pm

Learn about pathways to residence, and temporary Visa options, including the new Migrant Exploitation Protection Visa.


  • Legal Rights with Oranga Tamariki & Care of Children

Tuesday, 19th April 2022

9.30am – 1pm

Get a handle on the pathways through the OT system, their policies, and your rights. Gain knowledge on the law and how to access support.


We offer a range of workshops and training for individuals and organisations. Some of the legal education services we offer include:

  • Tailored workshops: We can tailor workshops to your community group; on Māori land, domestic violence, employment law, and many other legal topics.
  • Education in Te Reo Māori: Our Pou Whirinaki team can deliver education in te reo Māori at your local marae, kura kaupapa, alternative education centre, or other wāhi Māori. Pou Whirinaki can also deliver in English if that best meets your needs.
  • Governance and Te Tiriti o Waitangi: We run education targeted at governance and managers of community groups, such as training in Te Tīriti o Waitangi, and understanding charity law.
  • In your suburb: We regularly arrange talks at local outreach clinic locations. Keep an eye on our Facebook page to see if there are any upcoming talks in your area.
  • Legal education for young people: here at CLWHV we have developed the REP (Rights Education Project) in collaboration with rangatahi. This can be delivered to your youth group, school, hall of residence, etc by our trained educators for absolutely free.


Upcoming Workshops

We don’t have anything in the works at the moment, but check back soon!