Our vision is a just and fair Aotearoa.

Our mission is to provide free legal help to those who cannot otherwise access it. 

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Our office is open Monday to Thursday 9am to 4pm and 9am to 1pm on Friday.

Our phone service is available Monday to Thursday 9am to 3pm and Friday 9am to 1pm

To contact us please call 0800 529 482 or email reception@clwaikato.org.nz 

Our phones may be busy, please leave a message and one of our team will call you back.

JP Services are no longer available at our Centre. To find your local JP, please visit http://justiceofthepeace.org.nz/Find+a+JP/Justice+of+the+Peace+Service+Desks.html

To keep up with the latest law changes please follow us on Facebook.
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Take care of each other. Kia kaha, kia ora.

Community Law Waikato - Te Tari Ture ā-Hapori o Waikato, offers a range of law related services, including one-on-one free legal help, easy to read information, and community workshops.

We believe in fair and inclusive communities
Whakapono tatou i roto i te hapori matatika, me kotahitanga

Our Mission and Values

Our purpose is to provide free legal help to those in the Waikato who would otherwise not have access. 

We:

  • Provide legal advice, assistance and support through an experienced legal team
  • Deliver a range of law related seminars that build legal knowledge and strengthens communities
  • Advocate for positive legal and social change to give people a voice
  • The values that underpin our actions are humanity, equity, respect and integrity

News and Community

Does the legal profession have any interest in the legal rights of accident victims?

07 July 2020 - By Don Rennie LAWTALK 941 Since 1974 when the common law right of accident victims to sue to recover damages for personal injury was abolished, the legal profession has shown veryRead more

Improving Access to Justice - Pro-Bono Clearing House

The New Zealand Bar Association says the clearing house move is “a significant milestone for access to justice” but it also believes that it needs to be a part of the wider access for justiceRead more

CLC's Funding Affected by COVID-19

The amount of money that helps fund Community Law Centres (CLCs) has dropped by $4 million in one year due to falling interest rates associated with the Covid-19 pandemic. Justice Minister AndrewRead more

COVID19 - See our Facebook page for law updates

Due to COVID19 there have been many law changes.  For example to tenancy and employment law.  To stay up to date with these changes please 'follow' our FacebookRead more

Reform of the Residential Tenancies Act 1986

The reforms: *improve tenants’ security and stability while protecting landlords’ interests *ensure the law appropriately balances the rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords andRead more

What do you think about the criminal justice system?

Share your opinion on the criminal justice system. Click on the link below to share your thoughts. https://yoursay.safeandeffectivejustice.govt.nz/safe-and-effective-justiceRead more

Chief District Court Judge Appointment

His Honour Judge Heemi Taumaunu’s appointment as Chief District Court Judge comes at a critical time for New Zealand’s justice system, according to Community Law Centres o Aotearoa(CLCA). “WeRead more

30 Minute Will discussion with Tompkins Wake

Tompkins Wake is offering a free no-obligation 30-minute Will discussion during the month of September. To arrange this, contact Scott Ratuki via scott.ratuki@tompkinswake.co.nz or 07 838 6002. OrRead more

Protection Against Loan Sharks

“We know that many consumers are trapped in a cycle of debt, causing extreme hardship – and often, intergenerational poverty – for them and their families. This is an unacceptable situation andRead more

Protection for Tenants

New law changes protects tenants living in converted garages, sleep-outs, warehouses and industrial buildings.  This means the Landlord must make sure these buildings can legally be lived in andRead more

Privacy Law Changes

Get ready for upcoming privacy law changes. The Privacy Bill is making its way through Parliament and will most likely become law before the end of 2019. Changes to the Privacy Act are coming.Read more

Debt Collection

If your bills or loans are not paid on time, the business you borrowed money from or bought goods or services from might ask a debt collector to collect the money from you. Read more

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"Access to justice is a basic principle of the rule of law. In the absence of access to justice, people are unable to have their voice heard, exercise their rights, challenge discrimination or hold decision-makers accountable."

United Nations and the Rule of Law