Community Law Marlborough

Best Chance to Address Issues Facing Kiwis in Australia

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May 22, 2022

Best Chance to Address Issues Facing Kiwis in Australia

Community Law Centres O Aotearoa is urging the New Zealand Government to prioritise the treatment of Kiwis who have made Australia their home high on the agenda when Prime Minister Ardern meets with freshly elected Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.

“The change of Government in Australia last night is the best opportunity New Zealand has had for two decades to put things right,” says CLCA CEO, Sue Moroney,

“In his victory speech, Anthony Albanese promised to build inclusion, unity and kindness in a multi-cultural society – that must include the 650,000 New Zealanders living in Australia who are currently denied full support from the country they contribute to.”

In February 2001 Australia removed its direct pathway to citizenship for New Zealanders which has resulted in their exclusion from important social security and housing measures and has also led to disproportionate deportation laws.

“The injustice of this situation has affected thousands of lives both here and in Australia as families have been torn apart by these policies.” says Sue. “The results are played out on our streets every week, with the changing nature of the crimes committed in New Zealand.

“Australians have spoken for a change in the Government they want. It was significant to see that a last-ditch attempt to frighten Australians to vote for the status quo by using the threat of asylum seekers didn’t work. “

“This shows a mood change in Australia that two Australasian Labour Prime Ministers can respond to. In the meantime, we urge the NZ Government to improve services and support for those deported Australia under their current draconian laws.”

CLCA is currently engaging with Government officials about a range of supports that would improve the integration of returned citizens, who don’t have family support here.

“The current system is inadequate for the injustice and trauma these people have suffered. It is therefore unsurprising that many of those returning end up in trouble again.

Media contacts:

Sue Moroney, CEO Community Law: 027 422-7831 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Twenty-four Community Law Centres work out of over 140 locations across New Zealand to provide free legal help and advice to those who are unable to pay for a private lawyer or who do not have access to legal aid. This advice covers all aspects of New Zealand’s legal system, including family law, employment issues, housing problems, consumer advice and criminal law. As well as around 250 staff, Community Law’s services are boosted by over 1,200 volunteer lawyers who run clinics and deliver free advice and assistance.

Community Law Marlborough Opening Hours


14 Market Street



We are open Monday to Friday during the following times: 

  • Monday | Tuesday | Thursday 9.00am - 4.30pm | Friday 9.00am - 4.00pm
  • Late Night Wednesday 9.00am - 6.30pm


We offer our services by way of appointment, phone, email, and Zoom. Drop-ins are welcome depending on availability.

Contact us for more details
(03) 577 9919 or 0800 266 529

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Kaikōura and Picton Outreach Clinics


We will be in Kaikoura on the 2nd Tuesday of every month between the hours of 10.30am to 3.00pm, or at other times by arrangement.

This clinic is situated at:

Te Whare Putea, Beach Road, Kaikōura

We also provide Skype and Zoom appointments between 9.30am - 4.00pm.  If you require a a video appointment call us on 0800 266 529 or you can call Heartlands on 03 319 7243 to arrange a time.



We will be in Picton every fortnight on a Friday between the hours of 10am and 1pm, starting Friday 7th October 2022.

This clinic is situated at:

Picton Library, 2 Dublin Street, Picton

Appointments can be made by contacting Community Law Marlborough on 0800 266 529


If the matter is urgent call our 0800 266 529 number to speak to a Caseworker.