Chen Palmer undertakes pro bono work for the One-2-One Charitable Trust. The One-2-One Charitable Trust is a non-profit organisation that seeks to meet the holistic needs of vulnerable groups in Cambodia, including orphans and street children, people with HIV, and prisoners. It has a range of dental, medical, educational, vocational and sports programmes which are delivered irrespective of ethnicity, gender or religion.
Founding Partner, Mai Chen sits on the Advisory Board of New Zealand Global Women, a charitable organisation for top women leaders in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors to mentor emerging leaders. Mai was the inaugural chair a Women Leaders' Group for women leaders throughout New Zealand from December 2006.
Mai also makes extensive contributions to the community through her teaching commitments at the Auckland University Faculty of Law, and School of Business. Further, Mai undertakes a number of significant writing projects, including her recently published book Public Law Toolbox, and her articles regularly appear in the NZHerald.
In addition, Mai has been involved in a significant number of events in 2012, including:
- Speaker at SSPA Seminar "Green Paper for Vulnerable Children" (February 2012);
- Keynote Speaker at UN Women New Zealand- launch of Women's Empowerment Principles (Equality Means Business) (February 2012);
- Speaker at Walk the Talk Conference, Bowling the Roadblocks (March 2012);
- Speaker at Halogen Foundation Event (March 2012);
- Speaker at New Zealand Food and Grocery Council Half Yearly Meeting (May 2012);
- Speaker at Transparency International Meeting (May 2012);
- Speaker at Queenstown Chamber of Commerce Conference (May 2012)
- Speaker at Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce Conference, Facing the Future (May 2012)
- Speaker at Annual National Seafood Industry Council Conference (June 2012)
- Speaker at meeting of Pasifika Language Coalition (June 2012)
- Speaker at Zonta Wellington Branch Dinner (June 2012); and
- Speaker at Retirement Villages Association Conference (June 2012)
Nicholai Anderson has been involved with Community Law Centres since 1998 and is currently a member of management committee for Community Law Wellington and Hutt Valley. Nicholai has also recently become a member of the national UNICEF Board.
Nicholai has a passion for human rights issues and regularly speaks to NGOs about using public law tools to leverage change.
Marina Matthews enjoys mentoring young girls on career and education options. She is a regular speaker at schools and youth groups, including He Huarahi Tamariki a school for teenage parents in Wellington.
Marina is a member of Women Leaders, a network of New Zealand women Chief Executives, Governors and Senior Managers from the private and public sector.
Sam chairs a registered charitable trust (Karuwhā Trust) which aims to engage Aotearoa New Zealand in a conversation on identity and history. The trust was formed in 2005 but its real origins date from 2000 when Sam and some whanau members took a ‘pilgrimage’ to Waitangi over Waitangi commemorations in February. Sam and friends have taken groups of young people to Waitangi almost every February since that time. The Trust also runs workshops and a website (www.karuwha.org.nz) that provides access to leading historical research and blogs engaging with contemporary issues of identity.
Sam is passionate about New Zealand’s ‘Treaty story’ and the importance of bringing historically-informed analysis to contemporary societal issues.
Kiri Allan has spent over a decade in the not-for-profit sector as a community advocate in the areas of environmental justice, international human rights, youth justice, queer rights and indigenous rights. Kiri is currently the Te Whānganui-a-Tara (Wellington) representative on Te Hunga Roia Māori, the Māori Law Society and is the lead researcher in a criminal research justice project that is focussed on Māori and the Criminal Justice system.
Kiri has spoken at international and national events on justice issues and is a frequent speaker and facilitator for NGO and community sector events. Kiri also provides free legal information to the community on whānau trusts, contemporary treaty issues, criminal law, youth justice issues, governance matters and basic contract issues.
Kate is a volunteer lawyer at the Wellington Community Law Centre Refugee and Immigration Legal Advice Service, and is a member of the Wellington Law Society’s Human Rights Committee.
Kate is on the Board of Atareira, a mental health and addiction organisation in Wellington. She is also a member of the Asia:NZ Young Leaders Network, and has worked in development and human rights in South East Asia. She also regularly speaks to youth about leadership and the opportunities and challenges in the Asia Pacific.
Conrad is a community activist involved in a range of non-governmental organisations advocating for legal, social and political change. In particular, he is a coordinator and media spokesperson for the New Zealand Campaign for Marriage Equality, which is working to eradicate discrimination against queer and LGBT New Zealanders.
Conrad is also a youth advisor to the United States Ambassador to New Zealand, and he has guest lectured at the Victoria University Law School. In addition he served two terms on the Victoria University Council from 2010-2011 and 2011- 2012.
Sarah has been involved with UN Youth New Zealand since 2005. UN Youth is a youth-run charitable organisation promoting education of young people about global issues.
In January 2012, Sarah was the Director of the New Zealand Schools’ Delegation to The Hague International Model UN conference in The Hague. This involved organising a group of 16-18 year olds selected from across New Zealand to attend this prestigious conference. En route, a study tour is organised where the students visit New Zealand Embassies overseas, and other sites of international significance (such as the European Parliament and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia). Sarah will again be leading this delegation in February 2013.
George assisted a number of Christchurch residents in cleaning up their properties following the Canterbury earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. George shovelled silt off driveways and out of family’s living rooms, and was responsible for bringing his elderly neighbours fresh drinking water.
He is also an ex-officio member of the New Zealand Law Students’ Association and currently holds a position as the co-editor of Lex Magazine.