Waitakere Community Law Service Te Korowai Ture

Waitakere Community Law Service Te Korowai Ture is a community law centre as defined by the Legal Services Act 2000. It was established in 2005 to enhance the lives of people most in need and whose lives are impacted on by unresolved legal issues.

This is achieved through:

  • Providing free legal information, advice, assistance and representation services to priority communities of interest
  • Developing and coordinating legal education, training and support that will build the capacity of a range of community organisations to provide legal assistance
  • Identifying systemic barriers to justice and working in ways to overcome these.

Our values are to:

  • Give effect to the Treaty of Waitangi
  • Treat all people with dignity and respect
  • Work in ways that value the diversity of the city
  • Promote sustainable and empowering ways of working
  • Practice the Waitakere Way – proactive, strengths based, collaborative, sustainable.

Waitakere Community Law Service offers free legal and tenancy advice for people on low incomes for clients who reside in the Waitakere, Rodney or North Shore areas of the Auckland region, through walk-in clinics and a 0800 law info line.

The areas of law WCLS provide services in are:

  • Family
  • Employment
  • Discrimination
  • Consumer and Debt
  • Benefit entitlements
  • Criminal and traffic
  • Tenancy and housing
  • Public/Administrative (ie problems with government agencies)
  • Immigration

WCLS works closely with other community organisations to ensure that the wider social well-being needs of the communities are met.

WCLS continues to explore ways in which they can give effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi to ensure that WCLS does not perpetuate the further marginalisation of Maori in the community.

A large proportion of WCLS’s clientele are Maori, therefore having an understanding of the various factors such as the political, social, cultural, economic, historical and global influences which impact on their lives, enables to work in a safe and appropriate manner.

WCLS has access to language line to assist members of the community who have English as a second language.

Visit the website of Waitakere Community Law Service Te Korowai Tureo Waitakere or find them on Facebook.

Projects 2012
Strong commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi

This continues to be a key focus for the service.

The Over representation of Maori and the Justice System

WCLS will be hosting a forum to discuss the disproportionate number of Maori in the Justice system, and to try and identify local solutions to addressing this social issue.

West Auckland Pasifika Network

The service was  invited to be part of the West Auckland Pasifika Network, who is currently identifying various strategies to engage with our diverse Pasifika communities.

New OutWest (Local Settlement Network)

WCLS is a participant on the New OutWest (Local Settlement Network) to ensure that the service is aware of any unmet legal needs within this community, and to explore ways in which the service can support new migrants to West Auckland.

Settlement Support – North Shore

We continue to provide legal education in conjunction with HRC to migrants and new residents on the North Shore.

Contact:  Paula Bold-Wilson, paula@waitakerelaw.org.nz

 

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