VT_2019This is my personal website on which I share my thoughts on things legal, political and social.

I am a barrister in Auckland, New Zealand, practising exclusively as a criminal defence lawyer.

I hold a Master of Laws degree (LL.M) with First Class Honours from the University of Auckland where I was awarded the 2010 Fowlds Memorial Prize for Most Distinguished Masters Student in Law.

From 2016-2019 I worked as a business broker with Divest Business Sales.

From 2011 to 2019 I regularly appeared as a commentator on politics and current affairs on Radio Live/Magic Talk, The AM Show on Newshub and Newstalk ZB.

I was an elected member of the Waitematā Local Board of Auckland Council between 2013 and 2019. I am certified as a Resource Management Act Independent Commissioner.

I was a Research Fellow at the New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law from 2009 to 2011 working closely with Professor Klaus Bosselmann, including co-editing ‘Water Rights and Sustainability’, volume 3 of the NZCEL monograph series.

In 2014, I taught at the University of Auckland as a Professional Teaching Fellow at the Department of Planning, National Institute for Creative Arts and Industry (NICAI), and from 2011-2013 as a tutor in Jurisprudence at the Faculty of Law in the general streams as well as the Māori and Pasifika programes.

6 Responses to About

  1. kevin clancy says:

    I am a staunch nat supporter and am very worried about climate change – the greens seem to care only about solo mothers and bashing farmers. GO BLUE_GREEN

  2. Hans van der Wal says:

    Great to hear about your proposed party. There is a real need for a party that is just green, as opposed to the current “greens”, who are more like a watermelon- a thin green skin but entirely red on the inside.

  3. Christina Grundling says:

    I want to become a member of your party. Please provide me with the link.

  4. Lionel Kemp says:

    Vernon. Probably preaching to the choir but… earth issues…a simple start. Encourage a glass manufacturer, to replace plastic bottles, jars etc. legislate for recycling of glass, deposit/ bounty. Stop plastic going into the ground, if it can’t be recycled, 1. Look to replace with glass, or plastic that can be. 2. Incinerate it, generated power… would be a good start.

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