Legal information is a powerful tool that can help you advocate for yourself or someone else.
New Zealand's laws are found through many sources such as websites, books, statutes (legislation), case law, brochures, and helplines.
We receive many queries in search of “quick answers” or simple law related information. The law is seldom “black and white” and finding an answer often requires searching through mountains of information.
To assist you, we have compiled a list of sources related to common queries. The sources are not exhaustive, and nor should it be relied upon as legal advice. If you are unable to find what you are looking for or would like to receive legal advice please contact us to see if we can help.
The national Community Law movement create and share many practical legal resources.
The resources are hosted on the national website which receives over 4000 hits per day.
If you are looking for a comprehensive and practical source of legal information you are bound to find it on this website. The resources include books and guides, templates, education tool kits, and more.
The Community Law Manual is one of the most popular resources. The manual is an easy to understand guide that covers legal topics A to Z.
If you want to find out if your broken tooth is covered after accidently biting into a foreign object or, your legal rights when your neighbour decides to erect a new fence, then this will be your golden source.
The manual is updated yearly, and is available electronically and in hard copy.
Community Law Centres o Aotearoa (a national function that supports the community law movement) is working in partnership with Citizen Al in producing a series of “chatbots”. “Chatbots” are digital assistants that will be available free to those in New Zealand through FaceBook Messenger.
'Wagbot' is a chatbot for students who are having problems at school. It gives parents and students someone to talk to about these problems. https://www.facebook.com/wagbot/ (Not currently active)
'Rentbot' is another 'chatbot' released in the series which helps with tenancy problems, such as bonds, pets, disputes, repairs, the Tenancy Tribunal, etc. Go to https://www.facebook.com/rentb...
The next 'chatbot' in line, is the 'Workbot' which is due for release in 2019 that will help with work related problems such as pay issues, contracts and more.
Citizen Al is a charitable organization whose mission is to use artificial intelligence for public benefit. The “chatbot” project has received generous probono support from law firms and funding from the Borrin Foundation (a philanthropic foundation).