MEET OUR PEOPLE
Robyn has worked with Community Law for almost 20 years, has extensive community development, finance and management experience and is responsible for the day-to-day management and operation of Community Legal Services South Trust.
Soane has over 20 years of legal practice behind him. His extensive experience covers Criminal Law, Immigration Law and Family Law. Soane has also worked with community and competitive sports clubs in a governance and management capacity. Soane also speaks fluent Tongan.
IESE (JESSE) TATĀ
Senior Solicitor (Contract)
Iese (Jesse) is a senior solicitor with extensive Criminal Law, Family Law and Employment Law experience and is an advisor to a number of commercial and charitable entities. Jesse has been a lawyer for over 20 years, 10 of which were spent at Air New Zealand as an In-House Counsel. He has been in private practice since 2010 and also speaks fluent Samoan.
Akeripa is a senior solicitor at CLSST and has over 10 years experience as a lawyer. His working experience has been mainly within the areas of Family Law, Employment Law, Immigration Law and Criminal Law. He speaks fluent Samoan.
WI PERE MITA
Manager Māori Legal Services - Solicitor, Mediator & Legal Educator
Wi Pere graduated from the University of Waikato with an LLB/BA and has practise experience in Māori Land, Treaty of Waitangi, Employment & Family Law. Wi Pere serves on a number of governance bodies including Ngā Kaiāwhina Hapori Māori o Te Ture and the Maori Justice Network. Wi Pere is also involved with the management of Aotearoa Kapa Haka Ltd the commercial arm of Te Matatini. Wi Pere speaks fluent Te Reo Maori.
Neferteri has extensive overseas practice experience in the areas of criminal and family law. Her experience includes spending over 10 years working as a criminal prosecutor in the Philippines. In 2015 she completed her professional studies and was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand by our very own Soane Foliaki. Neferteri speaks fluent Cebuano and Tagalog.
Administration and Reception
Irene is invaluable at CLSST and works as the Office Administrator and Receptionist. Irene manages the day-to-day administration of the law centre. She has worked in the area of community law since 2008 and speaks fluent Samoan.
Solicitor, Mediator & Legal Educator
Efi graduated from the University of Auckland with BA and LLB degrees. Since graduating, Efi has mainly worked in the public sector with the primary focus being on consumer law. Efi has also practised in the area of criminal law. Efi is heavily involved in his community as an elder and treasurer for his Church and also speaks fluent Samoan.
Administration and Reception
Zebedee is a CLSST Office Administrator and Receptionist. Zebedee assists with the day-to-day administration of the law centre. He makes all of our clients feel welcome and at ease.
Solicitor & Legal Educator
Ea Faletau has a passion for serving her people and her community. She is a graduate of the University of Auckland holding BA and LLB degrees.Originally from Otara Ea is involved in the local community and churches with the sole focus of empowering our youth. She is interested in immigration and criminal law and has experience in policy having worked for the State Services Commission. Ea can understand and speak fluently in Tongan.