Pacific Island Law Students’ Assocation

Talofa lava, Malo e lelei, Kia orana, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Taloha ni, Ni sa bula, Namaste!

The Pacific Island Law Students Association (PILSA) aims to be a family away from family for all Pacific Island students studying law. Our motto is to ‘Empower, Inspire and Serve’ each other as well as our families and Pacific communities who support and motivate us to persevere and succeed in the face of the many challenges at law school.

We provide a range of academic and pastoral support initiatives and organize regular educational, social, cultural and sporting events to ensure that all Pacific Island students studying law are able to excel and improve the lives of Pacific peoples in New Zealand and in the Pacific Islands. If you are interested in becoming a PILSA member or finding out more about us,  please do not hesitate to contact us at:

We also have a PILSA common room in Building 810 – Room 216 and everyone is welcome to come through and enjoy the company of PILSA members!


Te Rakau Ture

E ngā mana, e ngā reo, rau rangatira mā nau mai haere mai ki te wahanga ture o te whare Wananga o Tamaki Makaurau. Nei ra te mihi maioha ki a koutou katoa rangatira mā e takahia ana I runga I tēnei huarahi hei māngai mō ngā iwi Māori.

Te Rakau Ture (TRT) was established in 1990 and since then has grown to play a very important role in the lives of Maori students who study at the University of Auckland. Our common room at the Law School, Te Ako o te Tui located in building 810, room 401, is where we all meet and study together. We welcome everyone to join our roopu and participate in all of the exciting initiatives that our elected committee run throughout the academic year. Not only do these events and relationships provide a sense of whanaungatanga and support, but encourage Maori from all over the motu to come together and learn with one another.

Equal Justice Project

The Equal Justice Project (EJP) is a non-partisan pro bono charity that applies law students’ legal training and knowledge to promote social equality, inclusivity, and access to justice in our local and wider community. It is entirely run and led by students from the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Law. Our volunteers have in the past worked with a range of practitioners, not-for-profit organisations, government departments, and the general public to increase access to the law.

Law students are uniquely placed to provide pro bono legal assistance, offering fresh skills and creative knowledge capable of benefiting the community. With the appropriate guidance and supervision, EJP volunteers have worked on a myriad of projects making a visible difference to the community. Year after year, student volunteers find new and improved ways to contribute to the community through our four teams:

  • The Pro Bono team provides research and analytical support to practitioners, academics, interest organisations, and community groups who share EJP’s goals.
  • The Community team provides ongoing assistance to Community Law Centres and other community organisations around Auckland, which offer advice and support to those in our community that cannot afford representation or legal assistance.
  • The Communications team produces publications and works across social media platforms to foster discussion of the law’s role in promoting social justice, and produces parliamentary submissions on bills which have serious social justice implications.
  • The Access team presents to educational providers about civics and legal topics, and organises bi-annual panel discussions (symposia) on topical legal issues at the University of Auckland.

For more information please see our website and Facebook page. Applications to volunteer with EJP open annually in March, and applications for Team Managers and Directors open later in the year.