About

I work as a lawyer and mediator, and I gain great satisfaction from helping people.

I enjoy the intellectual challenge of research, preparing cases and writing legal submissions.

My job satisfaction comes from knowing I have really made a positive difference for my clients.

“Mpatapo” is the symbol I have chosen as part of my logo.  It is a West African symbol referred to as the knot of reconciliation and represents peacemaking after discord.

I have been practising law in the Hawkes Bay since I moved here in 1993.

My first job out of law school was working as a Judge’s Clerk in the High Court in Wellington. This job involved research and providing written opinions to the High Court Judges on all aspects of law.

I moved to Napier in late 1993 and commenced work in a firm undertaking family and other general litigation work.

I moved to the Independent Bar to practise as a Barrister in 2001.  I have enjoyed the independence and autonomy this has provided.  I completed my LLM (Masters in Law with Distinction) at Victoria University of Wellington in 2017.

I balance my working life with my other love of being a parent, along with my husband, to our three children.  Any spare time gets spent on cooking, enjoying the company of family and friends and singing as a soloist in concerts, oratorios and opera.

Previous areas of legal practice included:

  • District Court criminal work including Duty Solicitor roster work
  • Police Detention Legal Aid Assistance Scheme
  • Civil litigation
  • Coroner’s Court
  • Mental Health hearings
  • Employment issues
  • Maori Land Court
  • ACC
  • Limited Licence applications
  • Health Practitioner disciplinary inquiries