Our vision is a just and fair Aotearoa.

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

He Pānui - COVID Level 2

Our office will be open from Monday 13 September 9am now that we are at level 2.

All of our appointments will be by phone until we go to level 1. To contact us please call 0800 529 482 or email reception@clwaikato.org.nz.

Our phone service is available Monday to Thursday 9am to 3pm.  

To know your rights during the alert levels with employment, immigration and Income Support and Benefits visit the Community Law website - Coronavirus and the Law - Community Law

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.

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. 


  • 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

Employment New Zealand - Latest COVID 19 information - Your rights

Important up-to-date information available from Employment New Zealand, during Alert Level 4  Employment New Zealand Key points to note are: Employment law still applies to all employment relationRead more

Extra Employment Protections for Security Officers - 1 July 2021

Changes to the Employment Relations Act, which provide security officers with additional employment protections, came into effect in on 1 July 2021. The changes give security guards the same employRead more

Paid Parental Leave Increases 1 July 2021

The rates for paid parental leave have increased from 1 July 2021. The maximum paid parental leave rate has increased by 2.5 per cent, from $606.46 to $621.76 per week. The minimum amount of paymentRead more

Matariki Public Holiday for next 30 years

New Zealand will celebrate Matariki as a public holiday from Friday 24 June 2022. The calendar date for the Matariki public holiday will shift each year to align with the maramataka (Māori lunarRead more

Migrant Exploitation

New measures to better protect migrant workers from exploitation came into force on 1 July 2021. The changes are part of a wider Government initiative to combat all forms of exploitation. TheseRead more

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

Te Ara Ture - Pro-Bono Legal Help

A new service to match lawyers wanting to do pro bono work with people needing legal services was officially launched at Parliament earlier this week. Te Ara Ture, who will operate the new online tooRead 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

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United Nations and the Rule of Law