Free legal advice at Rotorua Library this month

Rotorua Library is offering residents the opportunity to have their legal questions answered at a series of workshops this month.

Image: Community Law Rotorua Solicitor Marcia Insley will run three sessions on Māori Land Law.

The library will be joining forces with Rotorua District Community Law Centre and Citizens Advice Bureau to host workshops and drop-in information sessions on Māori Land Law, Work and Income benefits, employment, tenancy and consumer issues. 

For anyone wanting to know more about Te Ture Whenua Māori (law relating to Maori land), the free education session "A Practical Guide to Māori Land Law" will be run three times on August 7 at 10-11am, 12-1pm and 1.30-2.30pm on Monday at Rotorua Library, 1238 Pukuatua Street.

Sessions are free and all are welcome to attend however, seating is limited so please arrive early to ensure a seat.

Each session will cover succession, occupation orders, whanau trusts, Māori incorporations, removal and appointment of trustees and, determination of title.

Programmes and Events Lead Karisma Vala says she expects a great deal of interest in both the Māori Land Law sessions and the Citizens Advice Bureau drop in clinics.

"We often hear from those faced with needing to understand challenging aspects of Māori Land Law and we hope that the ability to hear about the practical implications of the law and have the chance to ask specific questions from the experts will be of value to many in our community" says Mrs Vala.

These events form part of Rotorua Library's free community programming and aim to offer a wide range of learning opportunities.

"The CAB offer a lot more specialist information and advice services than many are aware of and their visits to the library throughout August are a chance for library users and others to find out what this exceptional group provides", she says.

Specialist advocates will be available at the library for a two hour period from 10am to 12 noon each Monday from 7 August to 4 September. Members of the public are welcome to drop in and ask questions about rights, laws and issues and receive specialist advice for free without any need for an appointment.

The specialist areas being covered by the Citizens Advice Bureau advocates are as follows:

  • Benefits (Monday 7 August),
  • Employment (Monday 14 August),
  • Tenancy (Monday 21 August),
  • Consumer issues (Monday 28 August) and
  • Citizens Advice Bureau services (Monday 4 September).

Page reviewed: 03 Aug 2017 12:00am