Our staff

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

Claire Downey

Claire (she/her) (Ngāti Kahungunu) is the Sales & Sponsorship Coordinator for the Publications team and is also completing her Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Art History at Te Herenga Waka. Claire works on marketing and distributing our publications, and securing purchases and sponsorships, especially for our flagship resource, the Community Law Manual. At the core of Claire’s work is liaising with law firms and community organisations across the motu to get the Manual to those who need it. To kōrero about sponsoring a Manual, get in touch with Claire. Email: claire@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

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

Ben Drury

Ben is one of the Kairuruku Kaitūao (Volunteer Coordinators). They work part-time supporting our volunteers who provide legal services to the community. Primarily, they look after the Student Right Service in conjunction with WCJP which offers information about rights at school and kura across Aotearoa. Alongside working at CLWHV, they are completing their Bachelor of Law and History at VUW. Ben uses they/them pronouns. Details on applying to volunteer can be found here.

Louise Lin

Louise is one of our Kairuruku Kaitūao/Volunteer Coordinators. She is a Cultural Anthropology graduate from VUW and has experience working with different community organisations. Details on applying to volunteer can be found here.

E-mail: louise@wclc.org.nz

Rebecca Jones-Long

Rebecca is a Community Lawyer / Rōia Hapori works on our RILAS team. Rebecca primarily focuses on preparing Visa applications for migrant women who are experiencing domestic violence.

Email: Rebecca@wclc.org.nz

Michael Freeman

Michael is the Kairuruku Paremata Whakahaumanu (Restorative Justice Coordinator) for Wellington District Court. You can read more about RJ here, and conflict resolution services here.

Email: michael.freeman@wclc.org.nz

Tiana Frittelli

Tiana (she/her) is a Rōia Hapori / Community Lawyer based mainly in our Pōneke office. Tiana provides legal advice at our drop-in sessions and community outreach clinics. Tiana works within the general rōia / legal team to provide ongoing support to clients on a range of general legal issues. Tiana has a particular interest in employment law, and is passionate about supporting clients who encounter domestic or sexual violence.

Email: tiana@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

Jack Liang

Jack (she/they) is a Kaituhi Rauemi (Legal Resource Writer). She does research and writing for the Community Law Manual, our flagship plain English legal guide to your rights in Aotearoa New Zealand. They have an academic background in law, philosophy, and social policy and an ongoing passion for writing that is easy to read. Jack is always keen for your feedback on the CLM – get in touch at jack@wclc.org.nz