Aroha in action hui: Navigating the legal system

In this workshop from the Aroha in Action Family Start Hui 2023, Lisa Samusamuvodre and Marion Anderson-Ulu from Pacific Peoples Legal Education provide an overview of the legal system for whānau supporters. They also cover the Family Violence Act 2018.

This content is for practitioners or whānau supporters.

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Aroha in Action Family Start Hui 2023: Navigating the legal system (transcript)


Lisa Samusamuvodre, Pacific Peoples Legal Education

Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Pāoa, Fiji

Lisa practices in Manukau, South Auckland as a barrister. She is Māori (Ngāpuhi/Ngāti Pāoa) and Fijian (Namotomoto Village, Nadi). Lisa was born in Fiji but spent her formative years in Porirua and Dunedin. A graduate of Otago University, Lisa was admitted to the Bar in NZ and Fiji in 1999. She now specialises in family law accepting both private instructions and Court Appointed assignments whilst undertaking various legal education roles. Outside of work, Lisa holds a number of community and church governance and administrative positions, but enjoys down time in Kororāreka.

Marion Anderson-Ulu, Pacific Peoples Legal Education


Marion Anderson-Ulu LLB, BA is of Samoan and Scottish descent and is a barrister in Papatoetoe, South Auckland. She has specialised in family court work since 2003. Most of her work relates to children, family violence and care and/or protection matters (Oranga Tamariki). Marion is a member of the Family Law Section, South Auckland Bar and Pacific Lawyers Associations. She also sits as a member on the Auckland Standards Committee (Lawyers Complaints Service) under the New Zealand Law Society.

Aroha in Action Family Start Hui

Aroha in Action Family Start Hui 2023 was a full-day online hui for Family Start whānau workers. Experienced kaikōrero and practitioners who work with whānau, specialising in family violence and sexual violence shared their knowledge focused on strengthening, responding and healing.

This hui was part of our mahi to support Family Start whānau workers across Aotearoa, a key step to deliver Te Aorerekura – the National Strategy to Eliminate Family Violence and Sexual Violence.

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