Assisting Volunteers – Kaitūao Kaiāwhina

CLWHV has a strong contingent of assisting volunteers, or Kaitūao Kaiāwhina, without practising certificates. Kaitūao Kaiāwhina participate in the client interviews with the lawyers, take notes, do legal research, assist with managing the reception area and generally make everyone’s life easier.

Many are law students at the Victoria University Law School. We provide a place where students can learn and develop their legal skills.

Another portion of our Kaitūao Kaiāwhina are law graduates who are not working in a job that requires a practising certificate but want to stay involved in the legal world through volunteering.

To volunteer for any of our free legal advice services you need to have completed all of your compulsory 200 level papers (or equivalent at another law school in New Zealand or overseas):

Want to start volunteering?

For both centres, we are lucky enough to currently operate a waitlist for Kaitūao Kaiāwhina, however you’re still welcome to register your interest. We prioritise the hiring of Kaitūao from Māori or Pasefika backgrounds, in order to best meet the needs of our communities and honour our Treaty obligations. If that’s you then we encourage you to please get in touch.

If you would like to volunteer as a Kaitūao Kaiāwhina in either office for us please complete this form and if you have any questions contact Emma on You can find the position description here.