I am the Senior Campaigner and in-house counsel at WWF-New Zealand. I am a climate activist, because I believe that climate change is the greatest challenge that our society faces. From 2014-2016, I coordinate the global Fast for the Climate campaign. You can read more about my climate activism here.
As a lawyer, I have experience in both civil litigation and criminal law. Admitted to the bar in March 2010, I have seven years post qualification experience. I was a staff solicitor at the Auckland Community Law Centre from 2013-2015 and previously worked as a litigator at Minter Ellison Rudd Watts and Judges’ Clerk at the Auckland High Court. As a student, I summer-clerked at Chapman Tripp. You can read more about my legal work here.
In addition, my experience includes:
- co-founding three charities: P3 Foundation, the Aotearoa New Zealand Human Rights Lawyers Association (HRLA) and the Aotearoa Youth Leadership Institute.
- sitting on the board of Greenpeace New Zealand
- previously chairing the New Zealand Centre for Gifted Education Limited
- being on the management committee of the Human Rights Foundation Aotearoa New Zealand and the steering committee of the New Zealand Youth Delegation.
You can read more about my governance experience here.
I have a Masters of Laws with First Class Honours. I did it by minor thesis, writing on the failure of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change mechanisms to implement the principle of common but differentiated responsibility and so protect developing states’ interests. You can read more about my Masters here.
I used to blog about animal and environmental law issues at The Solution.
I was involved in the UN Youth from 2003 until early 2011, and in 2010 received the Wysocki-Bates Award for outstanding contribution to youth involvement in the UN.
I am a keen road cyclist and a hiker, having completed the Oxfam Trailwalker ten times.