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Community Law Manual 2022-23

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Order information & payment options:

To order the 2022-23 Community Law Manual and pay by direct bank transfer or cheque, please email us at for payment instructions. To order by credit card, please use the online bookshop by clicking “buy book”.

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About the CLM:

Written in everyday language, the Manual contains over 1000 pages of easy-to-read legal info and comprehensive answers to common legal questions. From ACC to family law, health & disability, jobs, benefits & flats, Tāonga Māori, immigration and refugee law and much more, the Manual covers just about every area of community and personal life. It’s for people living in Aotearoa New Zealand (and their advocates) to help themselves.

By buying a copy of the Manual, you will get a hard copy of a good-looking and very useful legal reference book to have at hand when you, your family, or people you work with need some help.

Your support directly contributes to a fairer, more accessible justice system, and to better results for people with less. You also increase our chances of producing the Manual again, year after year.

Our shipping policy:

  • CLMs are shipped via PBT courier (with signature) once funds have cleared in our account
  • We require a physical address for courier, as PBT does not cover PO Boxes or Private Bags for security reasons
  • Please make a note at checkout if you’d like your Manual left at the door – otherwise it will require signature
  • We aim to process your order for shipping within 3 working days of receiving payment. Courier with signature takes 2-3 working days once picked-up by PBT (our carrier) from our Pōneke (Wellington) office.
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Lag Law: Your rights inside prison and on release

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Lag Law answers heaps of common questions you might have if you’re going to prison, you’re in prison, or you’re getting out of prison.

It talks about your rights in prison, and sets out the laws and rules that affect you when you’re put in prison. Lag Law is for:

  • people in prison
  • your whānau and wider community
  • prison staff
  • your lawyer or advocate
  • organisations who work with people inside prison or who are being released from prison

1 free copy for people in prison and the whānau of someone in prison. If that’s you, email for your free copy

What they say about Lag Law

“The book is brilliant for me in terms of what our clients’ rights are and it benefits our reintegration planning. We have given a copy to each of the Community Navigators in the regions – they are thrilled with it and find it so informative in ‘normal’ words.” Ariane, prison reintegration worker


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Pregnancy Rights: Your legal options during and after pregnancy

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A basic, plain English guide that contains practical answers to questions about pregnancy and the law.

It covers questions like what are some of my options after a positive pregnancy test?, what healthcare can I get while I’m pregnant?, can I get time off work while I’m pregnant?, can I keep going to school if I am pregnant or have a baby? and much more.

The guide has been written with young pregnant people in mind, but information that you’ll find in here will be just as helpful for all whānau (including the other parent), advocates and the wider community.

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Managing a Community Venue


This booklet is now out-of-date but you can access useful information for community organisations on the Community Toolkit website. The Community Toolkit is our most recent resource designed to support organisations working in the community (not-for-profit) sector.

This booklet is a must-have resource for those involved in local community centres, sports clubs or other community venues.

Updated in 2016 “Managing a Community Venue” provides information on a variety of topics within which community organisations must operate. Although it has been written for Wellington’s community centres, it contains useful and practical information for community organisations throughout New Zealand.

Content includes:

  • Treaty of Waitangi principles and their implementation
  • Health and Safety law
  • Legal structures (incorporated, unincorporated and charitable trusts)
  • Governance and good practice obligations
  • Advice on how to deal with the media
  • Useful technological platforms (electronic databases and social media)
  • Employment
  • Appendices containing a number of helpful documents and templates


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Planning Your Future: The role of enduring powers of attorney

This booklet provides information on how you may arrange to have your affairs managed if you lose your mental capacity.

You can do this by organising an enduring power of attorney for your personal care and welfare and for you property. The booklet also describes what happens if you don’t have an enduring power of attorney and lose mental capacity. It’s aimed at the general public, has a question and answer format and is useful for planning your future.

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