Māngere-raised barrister sworn in as judge
Samoan barrister Ali'imuamua Sandra Alofivae (pictured centre, with leis) has been sworn in as a district court judge, with a general jurisdiction at the Manukau District Court. Ali'imuamua, grew up in Māngere and has had a distinguished legal career, including establishing the firm King Alofivae Malosi in 1994. She was a founding member of the Pacific Lawyers Association, and was one of the first lawyers appointed to the Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Court. In 2016, she was made a member of the NZ Order of Merit for services to Pacific communities and youth, and in 2018 she became a Commissioner to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in Care.