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Changes at NZ Women's Law Journal

27 February 2019 - By Josie Te Rata and Monique van Alphen Fyfe

It is hard to believe that only three years ago the New Zealand Women’s Law Journal – Te Aho Kawe Kaupapa Ture a ngā Wāhine was nothing more than a conversation between two friends at law school.  Those two friends, founders Allanah Colley and Ana Lenard, saw the need for an academic publication that was focussed on advocating for gender equality in and through the law here in Aotearoa New Zealand.  

Allanah and Ana built the Journal from the ground up and it is currently the only one of its kind in the country. With two successful editions (published in 2017 and 2018) under their belts, Allanah and Ana have now passed on the operational reigns to new Editors-in-Chief, although they will continue to have strategic oversight through their roles as trustees of the NZWLJ Trust.

New Editors-in-Chief Josie Te Rata (Solicitor, Chapman Tripp) and Monique van Alphen Fyfe (Assistant Crown Counsel, Crown Law) are invigorated by the challenge of taking the Journal into the future.  Building on the foundations laid down over the past few years, they envision the Journal will be a resource for advocates, lawyers, judges, policy-makers and others to better understand how to use their skills to shape the law in a way that best serves the women in our communities.  They will continue the work of the Journal as a platform for both promoting awareness of legal issues that affect women and supporting all women in the legal profession.

The new Editors have hit the ground running. They are currently advertising for a team of staff to help produce the third edition of the Journal as well as to assist in day-to-day operations.  The application deadline is 22 March 2019. If you are interested in joining a supporting network which seeks to make the law a better place for people of all genders, apply online at

The editors are also calling for submissions for the third edition. The submissions deadline is 1 April 2019 although inquiries about contributing content are welcome all year round. We encourage you to get in touch with the Editors-in-Chief about any ideas you have at . More information can be found at


Last updated on the 27th February 2019