Elder Law roundtable discussion

Te Piringa - Faculty of Law in collaboration with the Resolution Institute and Arbitrators' and Mediators' Institute of New Zealand (AMINZ) are presenting a roundtable discussion dedicated to the issues in Elder Law.

A group of women with varied backgrounds and expertise will be speaking about elder law ‘around the table’. Each will be presenting on a different elder law topic as well as providing additional perspectives on the other topics. It will be an evening not to be missed for those who practise in or have an interest in the elder law area.

The topics covered will include:

  • Leone Farquhar – introduction and presentation on elder law as a growing legal area
  • Kate Diesfeld – aged care without consent (including mental health and Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act issues)
  • Marie Were - the care of Maori Kaumatua in elder care facilities/ care according to tikanga Maori. What is the framework for this care and who determines that?
  • Kim O’Leary – current topics on elder law in the US.

Time : Thursday, 2 February
Date : 5.30pm, pre-discussion drinks will start at 5.00pm
Venue : Room MSB.1.37, New Law Building, University of Waikato, Gate 7 off Hillcrest Road, Hamilton

Please RSVP to Kerri Sutcliffe at by Monday, 30 January.

About the speakers

Leone Farquhar is of Ngati Tuwharetoa and Ngati Kahungunu descent. Leone is an Associate at McCaw Lewis lawyers in Hamilton, practising in the elder law area, among other dispute areas. She has significant experience in Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act matters and has a particular interest in care of and for our kaumatua. She is looking to grow her elder law disputes practice and is excited to be discussing elder law in good company (to say the least) at the roundtable event.

Professor Kate Diesfeld is a member of the California State Bar. With Professor Freckelton, she edited Involuntary Detention and Therapeutic Jurisprudence (2003). With Ian McIntosh, she edited Elder Law in New Zealand (2014). Since 1992, she has held academic roles at the University of Kent in England and Te Piringa Faculty of Law at the University of Waikato. Currently she is Professor of Law at Auckland University of Technology. She Chairs AUT’s Ethics Committee and is a of Waikato District Health Board’s Clinical Ethics Advisory Group. Her research is dedicated to elder, disability and health law.

Marie Were is a descendant of Ngati Manawa and Ngai Te Rangi iwi. She has been teaching law at Te Piringa Faculty of Law since 2002. Her research on Kaumatua (Maori) care in elder care facilities emerged from an interest in the Tikanga Maori practices that were being observed and followed in the care of Kaumatua. This enquiry raises some tension in identifying a framework of what that Tikanga is, and Marie will present a brief overview of her research including some contemporary projects of Kaumatua care.

Kimberly O’Leary is a Professor of Law and Director of the Sixty Plus, Inc. Elderlaw Clinic at the Western Michigan University Cooley Law School in the US. She has supervised students in clinical law practice for almost 30 years, and worked in the field of elder law since 2000. Her scholarship has focused on law teaching, lawyering skills, and professional ethics as it relates to elder law. She is a frequent spe aker at the National Aging and the Law conference in the US. 2017 marks her second year directing WMU-Cooley’s foreign study program at the University of Waikato and in Melbourne. She is thrilled to connect with practitioners in New Zealand.