Our staff

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

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.

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

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

Contact us

(04) 499 2928
PO Box 24005
Wellington 6142

Wellington

Te Awa Kairangi

Level 2
59 Queens Drive
Hutt Valley

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