Our staff

Alice Pennington

Alice (she/her)  is one of the Kairuruku Kaitūao (Volunteer Coordinators) at CLWHV. Her role involves coordinating and supporting the many rōia who volunteer their time and skills at Community Law. Alice splits her time between the Pōneke and Te Awa Kairangi offices. Details on how to apply to volunteer can be found here.

Ben Drury

Ben (they/them) is a Kaituhi Rauemi Ture (Legal Resource Writer) in our Publications team. The team produce our written legal resources including our flagship publication, the Community Law Manual. Ben also works in our Services Team as a Volunteer Coordinator, supporting our volunteers who provide legal services to the community.

Clair Caird

Clair (they/them) is our Legal Case Worker – Housing. Clair provides advice and advocacy to clients on housing and tenancy matters. They split their time between the Pōneke and Te Awa Kairangi offices. Clair works under the supervision of the General/Housing Kaihautū.
Email: clair@wclc.org.nz

Dhilum Nightingale

Dhilum is a Rōia Hapori – Community Lawyer on our RILAS team with a particular interest in immigration, privacy, employment, resource management, and local government.  She volunteers at Citizens Advice Bureau and has three tamariki.  Dhilum assists migrant survivors of domestic violence with visa applications and appeals to the Immigration & Protection Tribunal. Dhilum also works on migrant exploitation work in the employment space.

Email: dhilum@wclc.org.nz


Esther Gedye Taylor

Esther is the Kairuruku Paremata Whakahaumanu (Restorative Justice Coordinator) for the Wellington court. You can reach her on 022 123 6065 or esther@wclc.org.nz

Jacob Baxter

Jacob (He/Him) is the Kaihautū (manager) for the Refugee and Immigration Legal Advice Service (‘RILAS’).  He has worked primarily in Immigration and Refugee law in private practice, doing a wide range of immigration work including representing clients in refugee claims, IPT appeals, Ministerial requests, and a range of visa applications. Jacob assists his team and Community Law’s many volunteers and advocates to give advice and effectively represent clients in the immigration and refugee fields.

Email: Jacob@wclc.org.nz

Jennifer Kyle

Jen is our Kaihautū Whakahaere/Operations Manager. She oversees HR, finances, and office administration, and she also
collaborates on policy and publicity for the organisation.
Jen has a background in management, media and events.

Kate Scarlet

Kate (she/her) is Co-General Manager of Community Law Wellington & Hutt Valley & Senior Community Lawyer / Rōia Kahika. She primarily works in the Employment, Human Rights, and Privacy portfolios, with expertise in transgender law.
Email: kate@wclc.org.nz

Kim Hoods

Kim Hoods is a Rōia Hapori (Community Lawyer) in the Refugee & Immigration Legal Advisory Service team (RILAS). Her particular focus is in the family violence (FV) area working with migrants who are on temporary visas and experiencing family violence.

She also assists at CLWHV advice drop-in clinics during the RILAS sessions both in Pōneke (Wellington) and Te Awa Kairangi (Hutt Valley). Kim works under the supervision of the RILAS Kaihautū and Senior FV Lawyer.

Laura Drew

Laura is one of our two Rōia Hapori Kāinga/ Housing Community Lawyers. Laura provides legal advice and advocacy to clients on housing and tenancy matters.

Email: laura@wclc.org.nz

Manuela Miville-Fogliani

Manuela (she/her) is one of our Rōia Hapori / Community Lawyer in our general legal team. Manuela provides legal advice and advocacy in a range of matters including family, criminal, consumer and employment.

Nalin Samountry

Nalin (she/her) is our Kaihautū Tānga / Publications Director. Nalin leads and supports our publications team. The team produce our written resources, including our flagship publication, the Community Law Manual. Get in touch with Nalin to chat about the Community Law Manual or any of our other resources!

Email: nalin@wclc.org.nz

Naomi Taylor

Naomi (Ngāti Kahungunu ki Te Wairoa) is the Restorative Justice Services manager.  She is responsible for delivering criminal restorative justice services in the Wellington region. You can read more about our RJ services here.

Naomi was previously one of the volunteer coordinators at Community Law.  Other past roles include Rangatahi Coordinator at Kahungunu Whānau Services and kaitakawaenga at the Human Rights Commission, where she focused on indigenous rights, Te Tiriti and positive race relations in NZ.

Email: naomi@wclc.org.nz

Olive Grant

Olive is the Kaiārahi Project Coordinator. She is responsible for providing legal education to community groups, coordinating outreach clinics, and managing CL’s pro bono relationship with law firms.  Olive has a background working in social welfare policy. They also teach pottery.

Email: olive@wclc.org.nz

Oscar Upperton

Oscar is the Rōia Kaihautū / Senior Lawyer for the general legal team and the housing team. He oversees both teams and primarily works on tenancy and employment matters. Oscar has a background in public law and in peer-based support and advocacy for trans and gender diverse communities.

Piata Inch

Piata (Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki) is the Sales and Sponsorship Coordinator for our publications team. She covers the sales, sponsorship and distribution of our written resources, including our flagship publication, the Community Law Manual. Check out our easy-to-read legal guides here.

Queenie Scott-Murray

Queenie Scott-Murray (NgāPuhi, Ngāti Awa) is a Kaihāpai Hapori (Community Advocate) in the Pou Whirinaki Team. You can read more about our Pou Whirinaki team here

Email: Queenie@wclc.org.nz

Renata Lodge

Renata (Ngāti Koata, Kāi Tahu) is a Rōia Hapori (Community Lawyer) in the Refugee & Immigration Legal Advisory Service team (RILAS). She mainly works on refugee family reunification files. She also provides legal advice at the RILAS drop-in session on Wednesday at the Te Awa Kairangi (Hutt Valley) office. Renata works under the supervision of the RILAS Kaihautū.

Satirayan Ravichandiren

Sati is our prison service rōia in the general legal team. He manages our legal advice service at Rimutaka Prison and provides legal advice and advocacy on a range of matters, including family, prisoner rights and parole. Sati has a background in family law and immigration law.
Email: satirayan@wclc.org.nz

Stacey O’Neill

Stacey is from Ngā Puhi and is one of our General Managers and also a Rōia Hapori (Community Lawyer) in the Pou Whirinaki (Services to Māori) team. Stacey has come to CLWHV from the Community Law Marlborough, where she has done similar work. She also sits on the executive for Ngā Kaiāwhina Hapori Māori o te Ture, the national Māori caucus for the Community Law movement.

Email: stacey@wclc.org.nz

Te Irirangi Stevens

Te Irirangi (Ngati Porou, Tūwharetoa) is the Kaitiaki o te Whare Mahi o Te Awa Kairangi, in charge of oversight at our Lower Hutt office. She also coordinates our community education programme, including community advocacy training and the REP.

email: TeIrirangi@wclc.org.nz

Vasudha Gautam

Vasudha is the Client Care Coordinator for our Refugee and Immigration Legal Advice Service (RILAS). She is experienced in supporting and advocating for family violence victims, and so as well as maintaining the administrative systems that support RILAS, Vasu also contributes to manaaki and care for RILAS clients experiencing family violence.

Email: vasudha@wclc.org.nz.