YouthLaw Tino Rangatiratanga Taitamariki

YouthLaw Tino Rangatiratanga Taitamariki (“YouthLaw”) is a Community Law Centre vested under the Legal Services Act 2000. We were established in 1987 as a national centre providing free legal advice and advocacy for children and young people under 25 years of age. Today our services include providing legal information, legal advocacy, law-related education and law reform. We use the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to inform our child rights approach.

Vist the website of YouthLaw.

Projects 2011
Legal information

We provide a wide range of legal information on our website, some of which is available in other languages. We also publish and distribute a number of publications on children and young people’s legal and human rights, which are available at cost price or less. We aim to ensure all our legal information is accessible by young people.

Legal advocacy

We operate a freephone Advice Line – 0800 UTHLAW (884 529) – which is available to young people under 25 or those calling on their behalf. When capacity allows, we are able to represent clients at mediation, education and employment hearings, and in Court. While we work across a wide range of legal areas, the majority of our clients experience difficulties in education, employment, or minor criminal matters.

Law reform

We aim to influence decision-makers in making policy and law better suited to the needs of children and young people, and advocate for the inclusion of children and young people in decision-making processes. We make submissions to local and central government, work with media where appropriate, and collaborate with others where the opportunity arises. Our law reform work is informed by the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, as well as best practice approaches towards the care and wellbeing of children and young people.

Election and Referendum Meeting

What do political parties have to say about the referendum? What electoral systems are available to choose between? What other policies are the major parties pushing this election?

YouthLaw, Auckland Disability Law and Waitakere Community Law Service are organising a free referendum and election event on 13 and 20 October.

13 Oct 4-6pm : Taitamariki Hall, Como Street, Takapuna

20 Oct 4-6pm : Unitec 510-B007, Trading Place, Henderson

Both events will kick off with Dr Stephen Winter from the University of Auckland providing a run-down of our options at the upcoming referendum, followed by questions from the floor to all candidates on the referendum itself, then other issues of interest.

For information visit their website.

Contact  Ben Mills

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