Summer clerk, Auckland - Victoria University
“My first rotation as a summer clerk was in the corporate and Te Waka Ture teams. I felt inspired by the work the firm was doing in the iwi governance space, which is why I initially applied. Te reo Māori is my passion – and the language is proudly recognised by the firm and quite widely spoken.”
Outside of work I’m a huge advocate of Te Reo Māori so I try and promote the language whenever I can. I’m a current student at Te Panekiretanga o Te Reo Māori, which is an institute for excellence in the Māori language. I loved that Chapman Tripp had a Māori services legal team (Te Waka Ture) where I was able to foster that passion, and think it’s fantastic that Te Reo is also offered to employees wanting to learn the language.
For my second rotation I decided to experience the Resource Management team. Working with this team was invaluable because I learnt more about this area of law. They were awesome and had a great sense of humour.
“My clerkship was a great experience in a very inclusive environment. If I could describe CT in one word it would be kotahitanga – connectivity. It’s not about individual greatness,but individuals coming together.”
It sounds so cliché but my advice to people wanting to apply is to embrace your unique strengths. Make sure you promote these strengths, and give examples of what you could bring to the table.