I was born and raised on a farm near the Drakensberg Mountains in South Africa.
Obtained my first law degree in 1989. I then started my career as a criminal prosecutor in 1991, extending my role to the children’s court, adoption, care and protection,child support matters, family violence and postmortem enquiries.
In 2000 I moved into a private practice. This was a general practice, where I dealt with a wide range of criminal, family and civil litigation. In 2002 I completed a second law degree.
In 2003 I moved to New Zealand and following my move I worked at the Hamilton District Court, starting as a court crier and then moved into the role as a registrar in the criminal courts. I became team leader of the trial section. I completed my requirements to practice in New Zealand at the Waikato University and after being admitted to the bar in New Zealand I took up a role at Eastside Law. I dealt with a range of legal disputes before focusing on Family Law, which has always been a passion of mine.
In 2014 I started practicing on own account and together with Tania Kiri we established Awhina Law. We both shared a passion for Family Law and together we extended our practice to what it is today.
Over the years I have been involved with the community and I volunteered my time to the Citizens’ Advice Bureau, Single Parent Services Waikato and Community Law Waikato. Outside of the legal spectrum, I have volunteered at the department of Oncology at the Waikato Hospital.
My work and being involved in the community for so many years kept me grounded and I look forward to keep assisting people in the Family Court.