John graduated from the University of Auckland with degrees in Law and Commerce and was admitted to the bar in 2009.
Having commenced practice with the firm in 2010 John oversees the firm’s litigation and disputes resolution matters. John specialises in Trust, Estate and Relationship Property matters and regularly appears in the Family Court, District and High Courts and the Employment Relations Authority. He is an approved Legal Aid lawyer with experience in a wide range of civil and family litigation matters. John is on the executive committee of the Pacific Lawyers Association. Outside of the firm John is a keen musician and basketball tragic.
Award winning journalist and newly qualified lawyer, Josie McNaught has been a television director, story producer and reporter, and writer for
leading specialist magazines and national newspapers in New Zealand and internationally, with an
emphasis on design, architecture, and the visual arts. She combined this with copy writing, account management and communications/marketing across a range of topics and clients.
Lonnie Hutchinson (born Auckland 1963) is a New Zealand artist of Māori (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kuri ki Ngāi Tahu), Samoan and
European descent. Hutchinson has worked in a range of artistic media, including film, performance, painting, sculpture and installation art. She frequently draws upon feminism, historical narratives and her Māori and Pacific Island heritage to inform her work. Ultimately, according to curator Ane Tonga, her practice often creates "new methodologies that link colonial and ancestral accounts to inform and empower indigenous women in their urban existence.”
Courtney Sina Meredith (1986–) is a poet, playwright, fiction writer and musician. Her play Rushing Dolls (2010) won a number of
awards and was published by Playmarket in 2012. She launched her first book of poetry, Brown Girls in Bright Red Lipstick (Beatnik), at the 2012 Frankfurt Book Fair and her debut book of short stories Tail of the Taniwha was launched in 2016 to critical acclaim. Meredith describes her writing as an ‘ongoing discussion of contemporary urban life with an underlying Pacific politique’. Her poetry and prose have been translated into Italian, German, Dutch, French and Bahasa Indonesia. She is of Samoan, Mangaian and Irish descent. Meredith holds a degree in English and Political Studies from the University of Auckland, where she also studied Law and co-edited Spectrum 5 (Penguin). She was New Zealand’s representative for the prestigious International Writing Progam’s Fall Residency at the University of Iowa in 2016, after which she was the Writer in Residence for the Island Institute in Sitka, Alaska.
Petrina Togi-Sa'ena (Program Leader) has worked within the music industry for over 21 years, with her primary role being at APRA. She is
also the Event Director for the Pacific Music Awards and partner of SoulNote Agency. Petrina has experience in event and artist management and has developed great relationships within the arts sector. Her motivation and passion is to support Pacific artists and their work.
Rob George (Digital Media) is a Cook Islands and New Zealand Māori film maker that lives and works in Auckland.
Janet Lilo (Trustee) is an Auckland-based artist of Maori (Nga Puhi), Samoan and Niuean descent. She gained a Masters of Art and
Design from The Auckland University of Technology (AUT) in 2007. Her art practice focuses on popular culture in New Zealand, through video and installation formats with a particular interest in experimental documentary and music video making. She has exhibited widely nationally and internationally and was also one of four New Zealand artists included in The 5th Auckland Triennial (2013).