Fam­ily Court talks

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

A pub­lic meet­ing is to be held this Fri­day to dis­cuss po­ten­tial changes to the Fam­ily Court.

The Gov­ern­ment re­cently un­veiled plans to save $70 mil­lion in the next four years by re­duc­ing the num­ber of cases in court. Crit­ics say un­der the pro­posed changes, par­ents will need to rep­re­sent them­selves in for­mal court hear­ings and rep­re­sen­ta­tion for chil­dren will be re­stricted.

Un­der new rules, a lawyer will only be ap­pointed for a child where se­ri­ous is­sues are iden­ti­fied or ur­gent pro­ceed­ings filed.

A meet­ing to in­form Porirua res­i­dents of the changes – and how to rally against them – is in the He­len Smith Room at Pataka from 3.30pm, Novem­ber 9. Le­gal ex­perts will an­swer ques­tions.

Mary More from the Law Store says it is im­por­tant peo­ple come come along to hear what the Gov­ern­ment is propos­ing.

‘‘These are is­sues that af­fect a community like Porirua, it’s vi­tal that ev­ery­one has all the in­for­ma­tion in front of them.’’

Photo: PETER MCDON­ALD

Brav­ing the el­e­ments: Don­ning pe­riod cos­tume to pro­mote an his­toric book on Pau­ata­hanui, Chris­tine Stan­ley prob­a­bly wished she had a vin­tage wind­breaker.

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