Our People

Jennifer Braithwaite


I whānau mai au I te taha o te awa o Waihōpai
I raro I te maru o te maunga o Tākitimu
He uri ahau nō Kōtarania, nō Ingarangi
E noho ana au ki Tāmaki Makaurau
Kō Jennifer Braithwaite toku ingoa
Tēnā koutou katoa

Jennifer is passionate about justice, especially for children and young people. She brings over twenty years of experience as a lawyer working on children’s rights, access to justice, Te Tiriti o Waitangi claims, Māori legal issues, public law and general litigation. She is also the inaugural Borrin Foundation Justice Fellow and is currently undertaking a research project on access to justice for children and young people in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Jennifer’s service to community includes chairing the steering committee of Children’s Rights Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand which is a coalition of non-governmental organisations, families and individuals that prepares and presents civil society reports on New Zealand’s compliance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child; and acting as an Associate of Child Poverty Action Group. She has also had a long involvement in the community law movement including ten years in governance and management roles at YouthLaw Aotearoa, acting as a board member of Community Law Centres o Aoteaora and ongoing work with a number of other community law centres. 

Jennifer is helping to create Community Research’s first youth strategy.

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