Free legal education workshops

As part of its aim to connect the Rotorua community with information that is relevant and meaningful, a series of free legal workshops, “Unpacking the Law” is being launched next week in conjunction with the Rotorua District Community Law Centre.

The series of free talks and workshops is open to the public and starts on Monday 20 February with a session on Work and Income. Running from 10-11.15am, this initial session covers knowing your entitlements.

The series runs for six weeks with workshops from 10-11.15am every Monday through to 27 March at the Rotorua Library.

Each talk covers a particular aspect relating to law and members of the public can attend as many sessions as they like. The topics covered include family law, tenancy rights, employment law, credit, consumer and contract issues and enduring power of attorney. Workshops are intended to be interactive with questions from attendees encouraged.

The Rotorua District Community Law Centre is coordinating the series and experts in particular fields are involved in the project. Speakers include Caseworker and Work and Income Advocate Paul Blair, Community Lawyers Haimona Te Nahu and Zalene Douglas and Stephanie Northey from The Law Shop.

The Rotorua District Community Law Centre provides community law services in the Rotorua and Taupō districts and offers legal education on a wide range of topics.

“Prevention is always better than court!” says Community Law Centre Manager Ellie Herbert.

“ Our job is not only to help people with legal problems but also to prevent legal problems arising wherever possible – and we do that by free legal education to the community. When people know their rights and obligations about signing contracts and leases, renting, WINZ, employment, family and consumer law, and neighbours & fences, it’s so much easier to avoid the legal traps and problems – and it doesn’t need to be boring!”

Rotorua Library Programmes and Events Lead Karisma Vala says staff are often asked law related questions by library users.

“Connecting people with the right information and organisations to help them is a big part of what we do,” she says.

All are welcome to come along to one or all of these free talks. There is no need to book. For further details visit or contact Rotorua Library.

Photo: Rotorua District Community Law Centre Manager Ellie Herbert, Rotorua Library Programmes and Events Lead Karisma Vala and Community Lawyer Haimona Te Nahu

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