Law for Lunch this August!

Law for Lunch is back this year with a range of free talks, presented every Wednesday during August, from 12 – 1pm at Wellington City Libraries. This series of talks, covering popular law topics, is presented by guest speakers in partnership with Community Law Centre.
Come along and hear accurate current information and practical advice during these seminars.  There will also be an opportunity to ask questions.

The programme this year includes the following topics:

Wednesday, 2 August – Central Library
Equal Pay – presented by Steph Dyhrberg (Employment Lawyer) and John Ryall (E Tu union)

Wednesday, 9 August – Central Library
Earthquakes & Insurance – presented by Chris Boys (Incurance Lawyer)

Wednesday, 16 August – Central Library
Credit and Debt – presented by Commerce Commission and Budget advisors

Wednesday, 23 August – Newtown Library
WINZ Entitlements – presented by Tony McGurk (Welfare Lawyer) and Kay Brereton (Benefit Advocate)

Wednesday, 30 August – Johnsonville Library
Enduring Powers of Attorney – presented by Sheila Reid (Age Concern) and Elder Law

More information about each talk is available on the library event calendar.

All welcome!

Law for Lunch this Wednesday – transition to care facilities

You are welcome to attend the last Law for Lunch talk for this year focusing on retirement villages, residents’ rights and the law. Law for LunchIt will be presented by Kylie Haw, a lawyer at Carter Chung Law and Sheila Reed, a coordinator at Age Concern. Kylie practices mainly in property law, including commercial and general trust law, and Sheila is a specialist in providing confidential support, advocacy and information for people.

Come along to hear about the latest changes to the law, ask your questions and share your thoughts with us. Some of the key topics will be

  • Retirement Villages Act
  • Residents’ rights and dispute resolution
  • Types of legal titles

The presentation will be held this coming Wednesday, August 31st, from 12 noon to 1pm at the Karori Library, 247 Karori Road. Refreshments will be served.

 

Law for Lunch this week – Social Housing

Law for LunchThis week’s presentation will address the ongoing issues of finding an affordable social house in New Zealand.

How hard is it to find a house and what are the legal aspects that we need to be aware of? This will be explored and discussed by the speakers.

Some of the keypoints will be:

  • Eligibility & availability
  • When things go wrong
  • Social housing reviews and more

You are all welcome to come along, listen to the speakers, ask questions and hear from the experts about Social Housing accessibility and availability, how hard it is to find an affordable place to live and more…

The talk will be held on Wednesday, 24 August, from 12 noon to 1pm, at the Kilbirnie Library – 101 Kilbirnie Crescent. Refreshments will be served.

 

Law for Lunch – Home ownership

The second talk of Law for Lunch series covers home ownership and the Property Act. Issues related to the legal requirements and actions, you may take to protect yourself and your family, will be addressed by Clare Stanley and Brenda Rawson, during this week’s mini-seminar.

Clare and Brenda are both lawyers at Thomas Dewar Sziranyi Letts Law firm. They are specialists in Property Law and will be happy to answer all questions..

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  • – Buying a home
  • – Insuring your home
  • – Home improvements
  • – Neighbour disputes and more …

It will be the perfect opportunity to ask questions and get the information you need to make your decision easier.

This mini-seminar will take place on Wednesday, 10 August 2016, from 12noon to 1pm, on the Ground Floor of the Central Library. All welcome, refreshments will be served!

Law for Lunch is back in August!

Law for Lunch is back this August with a range of free seminars presented every Wednesday, from 12pm – 1pm at Wellington City Libraries.

Law-for-lunch-final-011You are all welcome to come along to a series of popular talks on a range of law topics presented by guest speakers, in partnership with Community Law Centre. Ask your questions and get accurate and up to date information, practical advice and cost effective tips during these mini seminars. The programme of talks will include the following:

Wednesday, 3 August – Wellington Central Library

  • Tenancy and the law, presented by Alan Henwood from Tenancy Tribunal

Wednesday, 10 August – Wellington Central Library

  • Home Ownership, presented by Clare Stanley and Brenda Rawson from Thomas Dewar Sziranyi Letts Law.

Wednesday, 17 August – Wellington Central Library

  • Homelessness, presented by Te Kahu Rolleston (Pou Whirinaki), Community Law and Stephanie McIntyre, Downtown Community Ministry.

Wednesday, 24 August – Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library

  • Social Housing, presented by Jak Wild, Kites and Claire Aspinal, Regional Public Health.

Wednesday, 31 August – Karori Library

  • Transition to Care Facilities, presented by Kylie Haw from Carter Chung Law and Sheila Reed from Age Concern.

We look forward to seeing you all there.
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Special events in August

lflIt’s August already and we have some fantastic Law for Lunch seminars lined up for the month ahead. Learn about how to stay safe online, as well as renter’s rights, how to identify unsafe relationships, plus more, all in our lunchtimes talks. Register your interest over on our Facebook event listings. Refreshments will be provided.

Later in the month we are very excited to host a talk with suspense & thriller writer Michael Robotham, and a talk about volunteering in the Pacific with VSA! See below for more details.

Please note Newtown library is temporarily closed for essential maintenance. The library will reopen on 7 September 2015. You can find more information on the closure here.

You can always check our event calendar to see all events happening in one day, or look further ahead for the rest of the month. See below for what’s coming up this month:

Law for Lunch
– Wednesday 5th August – 12.30pm-1.30pm – Central library ground floor
How to protect yourself from online schemers, scams and shams
– Wednesday 12th August – 12.30pm-1.30pm – Central library ground floor
The law behind child abduction
– Wednesday 19th August – 12.30pm-1.30pm – Central library ground floor
Renting? Make sure your landlord respects your rights
– Wednesday 26th August – 12.30pm-1.30pm – Kilbirnie library
Unsafe relationships – Know the signs to look out for your friends and whanau
Plus one event in September:
– Wednesday 2nd September – 12.30pm-1.30pm – Newlands Community Centre
Stop bullying happening at work

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– Saturday 1st August 11am-12pm – Central library
– Saturday 8th August 11am-12pm – Karori library
– Saturday 15th August 11am-12pm – Johnsonville library
– Saturday 22nd August 11am-12pm – Kilbirnie library

One-off events
– Wednesday 19th August – 5.30pm-7pm – Volunteering in the Pacific with VSA
Cover from Syndetics– Thursday 27th August – 6pm-7.30pm – An evening with Michael Robotham

Recurring events
*NEW* – Thursdays 10-10.30am – Ni Hao Children’s Community Chinese storytimes at Central library
– Wednesdays 5.30-7.30pm – Gamesfest at Central Library
– Thursdays 6pm – Mystery Movie Screenings at Central library
– Wednesdays 2-3pm – Tea & Tales at Johnsonville library

Kohunga Korero
– Omāroro (Newtown) – No Newtown sessions while library maintenance is taking place
– Korimako ki Ngāio (Cummings Park) – 10th August – 10.30am (2nd Monday of each month)
– Waitohi (Johnsonville) – 18th August – 2pm (3rd Tuesday of each month)
– Motukairangi (Miramar) – 25th August – 2pm (new time) (4th Tuesday of each month)

Law for Lunch is back in August and September

Law for Lunch

Law for Lunch is back in August and September!

Come along to a series of free lunchtime talks by legal experts on popular topics throughout August and into September, in a joint initiative with Community Law Wellington and Hutt Valley.

The talks will be happening every Wednesday, from 12:30-1:30pm, at a number of our libraries and community centres, from Wednesday 5 August to Wednesday 2 September (see below for a complete programme).

Come along to hear professional legal advice and tips on a range of legal issues — from your rights as a tenant, to how to protect yourself from online scams. Other topics include: the latest changes to New Zealand law on child abduction, ways to stop bullying at work and home, advice on how to deal with unsafe relationships, and much more.

We’ll be providing light refreshments — so come along to hear highly regarded speakers in their field and have a bite of lunch as well.

All welcome and no need to RSVP, but registering your interest in attending — either on Facebook or on our Library Event Calendar — would be very helpful to assist us organising refreshments.

All information is presented in a way that’s easy to understand — no matter what your level of knowledge on the topics.

Here’s a complete programme:

Wednesday, 5 August – Central Library
Online schemers, scams and shams – How to protect yourself
Presented by Neil Melhuish from Netsafe

Wednesday, 12 August – Central Library
The law behind child abduction – How the headlines happen
Presented by Jennifer Wademan from Simpson Grierson Law

Wednesday, 19 August – Central Library
Renting? It’s more than just a flat – Make sure your landlord respects your rights
Presented by Dr Sarah Bierre and MBIE

Wednesday, 26 August – Ruth Gotlieb, Kilbirnie Library
Unsafe relationships – Know the signs to look out for your friends and whanau.
Presented by Stephanie Edmonds, communications advisor for the ‘It’s Not OK‘ campaign, and Julia Whaipooti, Community Law

Wednesday, 2 September – Newlands Community Centre
When horseplay becomes forced play – Stop bullying happening at work
Presented by David Traylor and Kate Scarlet, Community Law

Need more information about this lunchtime talk series? You can email us or phone 499 4444.

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This week’s Law for Lunch – Driving me crazy: driving offences and Limited Licenses

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Come along to the second session in the current series of Law for Lunch, at the Central Library this Wednesday, 13 March, from 12-1pm, for accurate information and practical advice on

  • Fines, infringement notices and the new Online Fines system
  • Disputing Fines
  • Traffic offences and penalties – careless driving – reckless driving – dangerous driving
  • The court process
  • Limited Licences

Cathie Sheat has many years of legal experience representing people on traffic offences and other driving charges. You will have the perfect opportunity to ask your questions and get the information you need for a better understanding of traffic offences, penalties and breaches of the Road Code.

This mini-seminar will take place this Wednesday, on the Ground Floor of the Central Library. You are all welcome and we look forward to seeing you there!

For more information about this and future sessions, check our online Event Calendar for a full listing of talks in this series.

Law for Lunch – Will You Trade Me? Online and other “buyer beware” trading

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Welcome to the first seminar of Law for Lunch!
Our speaker this week will be Jon Duffy, the Head of Trust & Safety at Trade Me.

Jon will talk about the responsibilities of Trade Me’s Trust & Safety team, in regulating the largest online marketplace in New Zealand and the unique challenges they are faced with.

Jon will be focussing on:
• The difference between “buy now” and winning an auction
• What protections to Trade Me consumers have?
• Professional traders and Trade Me
• Resolving problems: The Trade Me complaints process
• Consumer law reform: what it might mean for online trading

Come along to find out more about consumer protection, as well as, consumer law reform and, ask your questions.

This presentation will take place this Wednesday, from 12 noon to 1pm, on the Ground Floor of the Central Library.
All welcome!

For more information, please check our online event calendar.

Law for Lunch is back with a great range of topics & speakers

Every year during March and including this year the first week of April, Wellington City Libraries, in partnership with the Community Law Wellington and Hutt Valley, holds a series of free weekly lunchtime talks, with guest speakers on a range of law topics.

The program of seminars for March – April 2013 will include the following:

Wednesday 6 March – Central Library: Will You Trade Me? Online and other “buyer beware” trading with Jon Duffy, Trust & Safety Manager, Trade Me

Wednesday 13 March – Central Library: Driving Me Crazy: Driving offences and Limited Licenses with Cathie Sheat, Criminal Defence Barrister

Wednesday 20 March – Central Library: Old Gold: Superannuation and other state subsidies for over 65s with Ricky Miller and Derek Leat, Senior Services, Ministry of Social Development

Wednesday 27 March – Ruth Gotlieb, Kilbirnie Library: Benefit Reforms: What everybody needs to know with Kahureremoa Aki, Community Lawyer, Community Law Wellington and Hutt Valley

Wednesday 3 April – Karori Library: Employment Rights, Employment Wrongs: A session for employees and employers with Kate Scarlet, Community Lawyer, Community Law Wellington and Hutt Valley

For more information, please check our online Event Calendar

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Wednesday 31 October: Dying right: wills and estates, avoid leaving legal problems as your legacy

Our speaker this week will be Kahureremoa Aki, a Community Law Wellington and Hutt Valley Lawyer. Kahu is the Rōia Hāpori (Community Law) providing legal services to Māori at Community Law Wellington and Hutt Valley and has helped many families with questions about wills and estates.

In this presentation, Kahu will be offering some useful and cost effective tips on:

• Wills
• Living wills
• The Family Protection Act 1955
• Information consent and giving your body to medical science

Come along to get legal advice about Wills and Estates and ask your questions.

The presentation will take place this Wednesday, from 12 noon to 1pm, at the Newtown Library. All welcome!

This is the last Law for Lunch session in October. We look forward to seeing you again next year!

For more information about this and other sessions, check our online Event Calendar or call us on 499 4444.

Law for Lunch at Johnsonville Library – Neighbours at war: fences, trees, animals, noise and the law

Come along and listen to an expert on neighbours’ disputes, ranging from falling fences, to tall trees, barking dogs and more…

Our speaker will be Darien Mahony, a lawyer at the Community Law Wellington and Hutt Valley, who will have all the answers for you.
Darien has a background in general legal practice and is involved in a range of general law issues at the Law Centre.
Her presentation will be focusing on:

  • The Fencing Act
  • The Dog Control Act and the Animal Welfare Act
  • Using the Dispute Tribunal

This talk will take place on Wednesday, 24 October 2012, from 12 noon to 1pm at Johnsonville Library, 5 Broderick Road. All welcome!

For more information about this and other sessions, check our online Event Calendar or ask at your local library.

This week’s Law for Lunch: Boss on your back? Performance management, dismissal and personal grievances

with Viv D’Or, Employment Law Specialist

Law for Lunch, October 2012Come along to Law for Lunch at the Central Library this Wednesday from 12-1pm for accurate information about your rights at work. Viv specialises in employment relations and can offer advice about personal grievance claims, disciplinary and dismissal matters.

Viv’s presentation will be focussing on:

  • Tough management style or workplace bully?
  • What should good performance management look like?
  • The right dismissal process (giving you a chance to improve)
  • What is a Personal Grievance?
  • How to raise and write a strong Personal Grievance
  • Solving problems at work

A perfect opportunity to ask your questions and get the information you need for a better understanding of the Employment law.

This mini-seminar will take place on Wednesday, 17 October 2012, from 12 noon to 1pm, on the Ground Floor of the Central Library. We look forward to seeing you there!
All welcome!

For more information about this and future sessions, check our online Event Calendar for a full listing of talks in this series.

Law for Lunch this week: Dodgy finance companies and stressful loans – How financial dispute resolution can help.

Law for Lunch, October 2012Welcome to the second session in the current series of Law for Lunch – free lunchtime seminars brought to you by Wellington City Libraries and Community Law.

Our speaker this week will be Susan Taylor, CEO Financial Dispute Resolution Services. Susan is the former Deputy Banking Ombudsman with 18 years experience in financial sector dispute resolution.

The presentation will mainly be focussing on the following issues:

  • Problem with your bank, credit union, super scheme, insurer or finance company?
  • Been charged the wrong fees, rates or penalties?
  • Is your credit rating information incorrect?
  • Has your bank tried to force you to a mortgagee sale unfairly?

A perfect opportunity to ask your questions and get the information you need for a better understanding of the law.

This mini-seminar will take place on Wednesday, 10 October 2012, from 12 noon to 1pm, on the Ground Floor of the Central Library.

Come along – all welcome!

Law for Lunch this week: Care of children and the changing Family Court

Law for Lunch, October 2012Every year in October, Wellington City Libraries in partnership with Community Law, hold a series of free weekly lunchtime presentations with guest speakers on a range of popular law topics — and a new series of these talks begins tomorrow, Wednesday 3 October!

Our speaker for tomorrow’s talk will be Margaret Powell, a family lawyer with Cuba Family Law. Margaret has a unique insight into access to justice issues in the Family Court and is a founding partner of Cuba Family Law.

Margaret will be covering:

  • Going to court over children: what are the steps?
  • Legal aid and the Family Court
  • New fees and increasing Family Court costs
  • What’s this about Alternative Dispute Resolution?

Come along to find out more about the Family Court and its processes and how decisions are made over children’s welfare.

Details: Come along Wednesday (October the 3rd), from 12 noon to 1pm, on the Ground Floor of the Central Library. All welcome!

For more information about this and future sessions, check our online Event Calendar for a full listing of talks in this series.