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

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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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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.

Law for Lunch is back in October at Central, Johnsonville and Newtown libraries!

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Every 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.

The program of talks during October 2012 will include the following:

Wednesday 3 October, Central Library
Care of children battles and the Changing Family Court. By Margaret Powell, Family Lawyer, Cuba Family Law

Margaret Powell is a specialist family lawyer and has been a long-term supporter of community law centres. She has a unique insight into access to justice issues in the Family Court. Margaret is a founding partner of Cuba Family Law.

Wednesday 10 October, Central Library
Dodgy finance companies and stressful loans: how financial dispute resolution can help. By Susan Taylor, CEO Financial Dispute Resolution Services

Susan Taylor, CEO Financial Dispute Resolution Services, is the Chief Executive Officer at Financial Services Complaints Ltd. She is the former Deputy Banking Ombudsman with 18 years experience in financial sector dispute resolution.

Wednesday 17 October, Central Library
Boss on your back? Performance management, dismissal and personal grievances. By Viv D’ Or, Employment Law Specialist

Viv D’ Or runs her own specialist employment law practice, Viv D’ Or Law. Viv also has over thirty years experience as an employer, and provides employers and employees with legal advice about personal grievance claims, disciplinary and dismissal matters.

Wednesday 24 October, Johnsonville Library
Neighbours at war: fences, trees, animals, noise and the law. By Darien Mahony, Community Law Wellington and Hutt Valley Lawyer

Darien Mahony is a Community Lawyer at Community Law Wellington and Hutt Valley. She has a background in general legal practice and is working on a new pilot project: LawSpot.org.nz. Darien is involved in a range of general law issues at the Law Centre.

Wednesday 31 October, Newtown Library
Dying right: wills and estates, avoid leaving legal problems as your legacy. By Kahureremoa Aki, Community Law Wellington and Hutt Valley Lawyer

Kahureremoa Aki is the Rōia Hāpori (Community Law) providing legal services to Māori at Community Law Wellington and Hutt Valley. Kahu has previously worked at the Māori Land Court National Office in Wellington. She has helped many families with questions about wills and estates.

Join us at the libraries and listen to the law experts discussing current law issues and policies.
For more information about this and future sessions, check our online Event Calendar

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Last Law for Lunch in March: The ACC – Get your lawful entitlements

In the last presentation of the Law for Lunch series, Nicola Drayton-Glesti, Community Lawyer with the Wellington Community Law Centre, draws on experience to offer us professional advice and useful tips including:

• Find out about your entitlements
• Get accurate information on the different kinds of ACC compensation
• Understand how you can challenge an ACC decision
• Ask about The Tribunal or Dispute Resolution Services Limited (DRSL) and more …

Nicola is a former member of NZ Law Society’s ACC committee, she has been an advisor to the Minister of ACC and she now runs the Legal Entities Project.

Get the best out of legal advice during this mini-seminar taking place today from 12 noon to 1:00pm, at the Ground Floor of the Central Library.

Come along, all welcome!

Law for Lunch this week : young people and the police

Come along to Law for Lunch at the Central Library this Wednesday from 12-1pm for accurate information and practical advice.

If you are a parent, a teacher or a member of our community this will be a perfect opportunity to ask your questions and get legal advice from an expert.

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Wednesday 21 March: Young people and the police – what do parents need to know?

Get your questions answered by our speaker John Hancock during this week’s talk.

John Hancock is the Principal Legal Advisor at the Office of the Children’s Commissioner.  John was previously the Senior Solicitor at YouthLaw, a national law centre which provides a legal service to children and young people across New Zealand.  John is also a Youth Advocate (counsel appointed by the Court to represent young people who are charged with criminal offences).

John will be covering:

  • NZ’s Youth Justice System and Youth Courts
  • The age of criminal capacity in NZ and court proceedings
  • The role of the Police and of Independent Nominated Persons
  • Family Group Conferences and Community Sentences

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 about this and future sessions, check our online Event Calendar

Law for Lunch this week: have questions about relationship property?

Come along to Law for Lunch at the Central Library this Wednesday from 12-1pm for accurate information and practical advice from an expert!

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Wednesday 7 March : What’s fair about love and relationship property? How relationship property is shared

Included will be:

  • Entering and exiting domestic relationships
  • De facto or not de facto?
  • Protecting your property
  • Practical advice for new and established couples

Our speaker this Wednesday will be Matt Freeman — a solicitor with Thomas Dewar Sziranyi Letts. Matt practises in all areas of litigation, with particular interests in relationship property matters, ACC law and insolvency law.

This is the first session in the current series of Law for Lunch – free lunchtime seminars brought to you by Wellington City Libraries and Wellington Community Law Centre. We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information about this and future sessions, check our online Event Calendar.

Bite off some law for lunch at the Central Library!

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Law for Lunch is back again on Wednesdays in March at the Central Library. Wellington City Libraries has joined forces with Wellington Community Law Centre (as well as some very talented law professionals!) to bring you this series of free lunchtime seminars that focus on popular law topics.

Law for Lunch in 2012 – March Programme

Wednesday 7 March, 12 – 1pm

What’s fair about love and relationship property? How relationship property is shared. With Matt Freeman, Solicitor, Thomas Dewar Sziranyi Letts.

Wednesday 14 March, 12 – 1pm

Employment rights, employment wrongs: Know your rights at work. With Joss Opie, Employment Lawyer, Buddle Findlay

Wednesday 21 March, 12 – 1pm

Young people and the police: What do parents need to know? With John Hancock, Principal Advisor, Office of the Children’s Commissioner

Wednesday 28 March, 12 – 1pm

The ACC: Get your lawful entitlements. With Nicola Drayton-Glesti, Community Lawyer, Wellington Community Law Centre

Come along to find out how to protect your property when entering or exiting domestic relationships. Why you should have an Employment Agreement, what happens when reporting young people and more…

For more information (and full descriptions of events), please check our online event calendar

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Law for Lunch next week: Neighbours at war – Fences, Trees, Animals, Noise and the Law

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Come along to a Law for Lunch talk next Wednesday at the Central Library with Robyne Gardner, Barrister and Solicitor, on the topic of ‘Neighbours at War’.

Problems with your neighbours can take various forms, ranging from tall trees, falling fences or barking dogs to more serious cases which will require the Disputes Tribunal.

Robyne’s presentation will be focusing on:

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

Do you need answers to such questions as:

  • What can I do when my neighbour’s trees are blocking my view? or,
  • Does my neighbour have to contribute to the cost of a new fence?

Robyne will have the answers for you during this week’s mini seminar.

Robyne is a Barrister and Solicitor with extensive experience in Property Law. She runs a personalised Law Practice in Lower Hutt.

This mini-seminar will take place on Wednesday, 5 October 2011, from 12noon to 1pm, on the Ground Floor of the Central Library. All welcome.

Broke? How can insolvency law help? | This week’s Law for Lunch

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Raewyn Fox, CEO, New Zealand Federation of Family Budgeting Services.

What actions can you take when you can’t pay your debts? Are there any legal options? How is personal insolvency administered in New Zealand?

All these questions and more will be answered by Raewyn during this week’s mini –seminar.

Raewyn is the CEO of the New Zealand Federation of Family Budgeting Services. Budgeting Services operate throughout New Zealand and have extensive experience working through insolvency issues with clients. Raewyn’s presentation will be focusing on:

• What happens when you can’t pay your debts on time or you owe more than you own?
• “No assets procedure” verses “bankruptcy”
• Get rid of your debts: how long will it take? What do I need to do? What if something goes wrong?
• How much money can you keep for yourself?

This mini-seminar will take place from 12noon to 1:00pm, on Wednesday, 23 March 2011 at the ground floor of the Central Library. All welcome

This week’s Law for Lunch | Find out about the current law for tenants and landlords

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“When good flatmates go bad and bad landlords get worse”: the new Tenancy Act and flatmate agreements is the theme of this week’s Law for Lunch, with Hannah Northover, Community Lawyer at the Wellington Community Law Centre.

Hannah is a community lawyer whose areas of practice include tenancy law. She regularly advises tenants about issues with their landlords and their flatmates.

In this presentation Hannah will be addressing the following issues:

• Tenants: your rights and responsibilities
• Problems with flatmates
• The new 2010 Tenancy Amendment Act: changes for boarding house tenants

If you are a tenant, a landlord or a property manager this will be the perfect opportunity to ask your questions about any issues and get legal advice from an expert.

This mini-seminar will take place from 12noon to 1:00pm, on Wednesday, 16 March 2011 at the ground floor of the Central Library. All welcome!

Pregnant teenagers? What’s the law got to do with it?| This week’s Law for Lunch

2011 - LawforLunch_mar11-webPregnant teenagers? What’s the law got to do with it? with Leona McWilliam, Partner, McWilliam Rennie Lawyers.

LEONA graduated from Otago University in 2000. She worked initially in general practice in the Wairarapa, before travelling to the United Kingdom to work in the area of child protection. She returned to New Zealand in 2005 and has practised in both Criminal and Family Law in the Wellington region since then.

Her presentation this week will be focussing on the following issues:

• Teenage pregnancy
• Mother’s rights, father’s rights
• Domestic violence
• Foster care, whangai, adoption, abortion
• Benefits and child support

This mini-seminar coincides with the celebrations of the International Women’s Day – 8 March 2011. It will take place from 12noon to 1:00pm, on Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at the ground floor of the Central Library. All welcome.

This week’s Law for Lunch | Hear about the latest legal regulations on students’ and parents’ rights and responsibilities.

2011 - LawforLunch_mar11-webStand-downs, suspensions, exclusions: just how far can schools really go is the theme of this week’s Law for Lunch, with Felicity McNeill, Community Lawyer at the Wellington Community Law Centre.

Felicity supervises the legal team who operate the Parents Legal Information Line – 0800 499 488. PLINFO is a national freephone helpline for parents, caregivers and students seeking information and assistance on issues about children and young people at school. Felicity is also responsible for the companion publication Schools and the Right to Discipline.

Felicity will talk about the following points:

• Truancy, uniforms, behaviour management and more: students’ and parents’ rights and responsibilities
• Legal and illegal punishments at school
• Problems at school? Where to next?

This mini-seminar will take place from 12noon to 1:00pm, on Wednesday, 2 March 2011 at the ground floor of the Central Library. All welcome.

Law for Lunch is back in March!

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Every year during March, Wellington City Libraries, in partnership with the Community Law Centre, hold a series of free weekly lunchtime talks, with guest speakers on a range of law topics.

The program of seminars for March 2011 will include the following:

Wednesday 2 March, Stand-downs, suspensions, exclusions: just how far can schools really go? By Felicity McNeill, Lawyer at the Wellington Community Law Centre.

Wednesday 9 March, Young and Pregnant? What’s the law got to do with it?
By Leona McWilliam, Partner, McWilliam Rennie Lawyers.

Wednesday 16 March, When good flatmates go bad and bad landlords get worse: the new Tenancy Act and flatmate agreements. By Hannah Northover, Lawyer at the Wellington Community Law Centre.

Wednesday 23 March, Broke? How can insolvency law help? By Raewyn Fox, CEO, New Zealand Federation of Family Budgeting Services.

For more information, please check our online Event Calendar.

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This week’s Law for Lunch | What the Banking Ombudsman can do for you

lawforlunchGood Bank Bad Bank? What the Banking Ombudsman can do for you  is the theme of this week’s Law for Lunch mini-seminar with Deborah Battell, New Zealand Banking Ombudsman.

Deborah Battell was appointed New Zealand Banking Ombudsman in July 2009. Her previous positions have included the Director of Competition, and Director of Fair Trading, both with the New Zealand Commerce Commission, and Senior Consultant with KPMG.

The presentation will include the following points: 

  • How can the Banking Ombudsman help me?
  • Problems with your Account? An ATM? Your EFTPOS or Credit Card?
  • A Cheque? Fraud? Insurance? Internet banking? Lending?
  • Superannuation? The list goes on…

This mini-seminar will take place on the groundfloor of the Central Library, from noon till 1pm, on Wednesday, October 27, 2010.

This week’s Law for Lunch: boss a bully?

lawforlunchLaw for Lunch – Dealing with workplace bullying will take place this week on Wednesday (tomorow), from noon till 1pm, on the groundfloor of the Central library.

Our speaker will be Colin Ross, Wellington Community Law Centre’s senior community lawyer, who specialises in employment law. Colin has extensive management experience and is expertly placed to discuss both sides of the workplace bullying coin: how to approach bullying as a manager, and how to respond effectively as a victim.

He will talk throught the following points:

  • Tough manager or workplace bully?
  • Organisational and personal consequences of workplace bullying
  • Useful strategies to deal with bullying (for both staff and managers)
  • How to be “bully-free”

For more information, check our online Event Calendar.

Law for Lunch returns!

lawforlunchLaw for Lunch returns Wednesdays in October! Come along to a series of free lunchtime seminars brought to you by Wellington City Libraries and Wellington Community Law Centre.

Our first topic is The Mental Health Act – what does it have to do with me? and our speaker is John Edwards. John Edwards is a Barrister and Solicitor and District Inspector for Mental Health. John ‘s role is to ensure that people subject to compulsory assessment and treatment know their rights; to make sure that any complaints are fully investigated; and to see that services are subsequently improved.

Interested? Come along to find out how helpful the Mental Health Act is for mental health consumers and their families on October 6 (12 – 1pm) at the Central Library. Learn about:

  • Compulsory Assessment under the Mental Health Act
  • Compulsory Treatment under the Mental Health Act
  • Appealing decisions made under the Mental Health Act
  • Want to know about upcoming seminars? Check out our Event Calendar for more information. Other seminar topics include dealing with workplace bullying, protecting your assets, and what the Banking Ombudsman can do for you.

    We look forward to seeing you there!