At Community Law we’re proud of our history and kaupapa. Here’s an insight into who we are and why we work to improve access to justice in Aotearoa
Every Community Law Centre in New Zealand is a member of our national body, Community Law Centres o Aotearoa (CLCA). CLCA aims to:
Recognising the Treaty principle of partnership, and because Community Law wants to provide the best service possible for Māori, we have recently changed some of the ways we work.
In 2015, CLCA constituted a new Board structure. Out of 7 board members, 3 dedicated Māori representatives are elected (1 from each of the following categories):
The Board itself then elects 2 co-chairs, one of whom must come from the 3 Māori elected positions stated above.
Ngā Kaiāwhina Māori Hapori o te Ture (NKHMT), the Māori Caucus made up of Community Law Centre Māori staff and Governance representatives, plays a pivotal role in nominating Māori candidates for all the above positions. It also meets annually at its own Hui prior to the National Community Law Annual Hui.
Community Law has a Kaitakawaenga/National Māori Coordinator, whose role is to ensure Community Law works more closely and more effectively with Māori communities, including through iwi and other Māori and community organisations.
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