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Lagi Tuimavave

In this podcast Lagi Tuimavave talks about the work of the Wellington Community Law Centre.

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In a podcast recorded on February 24, 2018 at Waitangi Park in Te Aro, Wellington, Lagi Tuimavave from the Wellington Community Law Centre discusses the organization's services and support for the rainbow LGBTQI+ community during the "Out in the Park" queer festival. The conversation, facilitated by Gareth Watkins, delves into the ways in which the Law Centre provides free legal advice and family law services, with particular emphasis on assisting individuals looking to change the gender marker on their birth certificates. The Centre's approach is to simplify legal processes and educate clients on their rights in a way that removes intimidation and complexity.

The support offered includes explaining the rights associated with gender identity, such as the use of facilities that correspond with one’s gender, accessing appropriate medical care, and the process of updating various personal records. The aim is to underscore the fact that individuals possess these rights and that they can be upheld without fear.

While the number of people reaching out for help regarding gender changes on birth certificates has not been vast, the Community Law Centre has experienced such engagements. One specific instance mentioned in the discussion involves aiding a client with understanding court documents and filling in forms to initiate a gender change on legal documents. The process itself, though not necessarily difficult in New Zealand, can be daunting for those without legal expertise and may also be lengthy, leading to uncertainty for the applicants. The Wellington Community Law Centre plays a crucial role in guiding individuals through the duration, relaying expected timelines, and providing ongoing support, including drafting correspondence if needed.

Agencies responsible for supplying information as part of the birth certificate change process are reported to respect the legal rights of applicants. Should an agency be unable to provide the required information, they are expected to give clear reasons for any withholding of information.

Furthermore, the podcast highlights the inclusive nature of the Community Law Centre’s services. Assistance is available to a broad spectrum of individuals, particularly those with low incomes, beneficiaries, students, the unemployed, and the general community populace. The approach is to assess and provide legal advice to a wide range of clients.

Lastly, Tuimavave expresses personal gratification for being part of the "Out in the Park" event, emphasizing the importance of making legal services accessible to growing communities. The Centre is presented as a safe and reliable place for members of the LGBTQI+ community to seek legal support and is committed to not denying these services and rights.

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Record date:24th February 2018
Interviewer:Gareth Watkins
Location:Waitangi Park, Wellington
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Archive:The master recording is archived at the Alexander Turnbull Library (OHDL-004509).