Pacific career role models

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Judge Ida Malosi


Judge Ida Malosi

Samoa

BA 1985, LLB. 1989 Victoria University of Wellington.

Ida Malosi is the first Samoan and Pacific island women judge in New Zealand. She is also the patron of the MALOSI project run by Pacific law students at Auckland University. After graduating from Victoria she established an all Māori and Pasifika women legal practice in South Auckland – King Alofivae Malosi – which received the Auckland District Law Society’s EEO ‘Most Innovative’ award in 2000.  

In 2002, she became New Zealand’s first female Pasifika Judge when she was appointed to the Family Court. Since then, she has sought to implement alternative, culturally appropriate responses to youth offending in her community, working with her Māori Youth Court colleagues on establishing Rangatahi Courts and is now a judge on the Pasifika Courts. In 2015, the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration awarded the Rangatahi and Pasifika Courts its Award for Excellence in Judicial Administration. Judge Malosi’s judicial achievements extend beyond New Zealand to Samoa, where she served as that country’s first Samoan female Supreme Court Judge between May 2013 and July 2014. During her time in Samoa she established the Family Court and the Family Violence Court, and implemented judicial settlement conferences. She also laid the groundwork for the Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Court to be established in Samoa by Judge Ema Aitken.

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Soana Moala


Soana Moala

Tonga, Ngati Awa
Bachelor of Laws (LLB 2001), The University of Auckland
District Court Judge (Auckland
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I am a proud Tongan and a proud New Zealander. I am the eldest of 11 children. My family came to New Zealand in 1985, when I was 10 years old, in search of a better life. When I arrived I did not speak any English. I am especially proud to have grown up in Manukau: it is where I completed my schooling, where I live, and where I have practised law for most of my career. I am passionate about my community and the way that justice is delivered in it.

My father taught me to lead with honesty, integrity, respect, humility and hard work. These are qualities that I strive to employ in my profession and as a mentor.

As a Law student at the University of Auckland, I served as the 2001 president of PILSA.

In 2016 I was honoured to be appointed District Court Judge in Manukau.

I have encountered my fair share of challenges in life but have been fortunate to have the love and support of my family, friends  and work colleagues. I am guided and grounded by a piece of advice my father gave me when I was young: do the right thing even if it is hard, because having to live with doing the wrong thing is much harder

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Ali'muama Sandra Alofivae, MNZM


Ali'muama Sandra Alofivae, MNZM

Samoa
Bachelor of Laws 1998
Barrister

Ms Alofivae was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in December 1989 after completing a law degree at Auckland University. She has practised as a lawyer in the Auckland region with a particular emphasis in South Auckland for the last 20 years representing children, young people and their families. Alongside Judge Ida Malosi and Laverne King, all three established the first all Māori and Pasifika women legal practice in South Auckland – King Alofivae Malosi – which received the Auckland District Law Society’s EEO ‘Most Innovative’ award in 2000.

In October 2012 she was appointed Chair of the Community Response Model Auckland South Forum. Ms Alofivae has been a ministerial appointment to the Counties Manukau District Health Board since December 2010. She is also a member of the Fonua Ola Board which is a Pacific Social Service provider network. Ms Alofivae also served as a Commissioner with the Family's Commission for six years. In 2015 she was appointed to the Pacific People’s Advisory Council.

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Talapo Uiva’a


Talapo Uivaa

Samoa
Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance

Talapo Uivaa graduated from Auckland University in 2016 with a BCom/LLB. After partaking in the Tuputoa Intern program at the New Zealand Super Fund, Talapo took a graduate position as the organisations youngest financial analyst and only graduate. During his studies Talapo was also awarded the Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia and interned throughout Southeast Asia.

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Reina Vaai


Reina Vaai

Samoa
Bachelor of Arts (English), Bachelor of Laws
Lawyer, Journalist, Blogger

Reina is a woman of many talents, balancing roles as a lawyer for the Public Defence Service (Manukau), journalist for Tagata Pasifika (TVNZ), and blogging for her website www.truthsshewrote.com. She’s also penned articles for independent news media website, stuff.co.nz and PaperBoy Magazine. During her studies, she was awarded the Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Award (2013) and the Erica Pabst scholarship. In the (little) spare time she has, Reina works as a volunteer for Wiri Women’s prison, sits on the executive for the Pacific Lawyers Association (PLA) and is the secretary for Sister’s United. She began her career as a solicitor for Moala Merrick in Manukau

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Joseph Xulue


Joseph Xulue

Kanak
achelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws
Solicitor

Joseph Xulue graduated in 2016 and is the first person of indigenous Kanak descent to be admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and 1 of 2 practising Kanak lawyers in the world. A talented litigator, Joseph now works as a criminal prosecutor in Manukau for Kayes Fletcher Walker. He previously worked for PDS where he cut his teeth as a defence lawyer. Joseph took a keen interest in advocacy at law school, winning the Pacific Issues Moot competition and interning for the government legal network (GLN) in Wellington.

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