Our staff

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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