When it comes to help,

we are here for you

Appointments from 9am to 4pm daily (subject to staff availability).
Tauranga Drop-in Clinic  on Wednesday from 5pm to 6:30pm.



Baywide was established to provide FREE access to legal information, advice, assistance and education for residents throughout the Bay of Plenty, who due to their personal or financial circumstances including disability, cannot otherwise access such services.

For over a decade, Baywide has been helping the community of the western and eastern Bay of Plenty with free legal help. From humble beginnings in temporary spaces at the Tauranga and Whakatane Citizens Advice Bureaus, Baywide now has offices in both towns and offers several outreach clinic facilities.

In 2015, we celebrated our 10th anniversary of community law in the Bay of Plenty. Each year, we help approximately 4000 people with their ‘unmet legal needs.’ This equates to a significant amount of hours of legal assistance, advice and representation, funded largely by the Ministry of Justice. The shortfall in our funding is raised through trusts and foundations and sponsorship.

Guest speaker Associate Minister of Justice Simon Bridges said Baywide Community Law played a vital role in helping to maintain ‘a just society’ by ensuring the most vulnerable in our community had access to justice.

Can you donate to help the Bay’s most vulnerable people get legal help?


The service is FREE but as we are a registered charity we welcome donations and receipts are provided. Donations enable us to:

•    Keep our doors open and provide a service to the needy
•    Be available to talk to interest groups
•    Refresh our professional knowledge
•    Participate in local community law reform needs
•    Be fully involved in Continuing Legal Education

We’re a charity. We depend on the generosity of people in our community to keep helping those in our community who’re facing life changing legal issues. Can you donate via internet banking, credit card or regular giving to help us help them?
We are a Registered Charity and our Charities Number is: CC31172.

Paralegal and founding staff member Jan Whiting. Baywide Community Law celebrates 10 years.
Two of the longest-serving Baywide Community Law Service volunteers, Michelle de Jong, left, and Kathy Poultney help provide free legal advice to needy clients.
David Fraundorfer (HOBEC) and Nick Earl (Trustee).

Meet The Friendly Tauranga Team

Jan Whiting


Jo Morgan

Operations Manager

Julie Bellette


Kaywyn Barker


Alison Grey

Senior Solicitor

Shard Loibl

Solicitor/Housing Advocate

Alla Ishchuk


Contact the team

Meet The Friendly Whakatane Team

David Sparks

Senior Solicitor

Teena Jaram


Sandra Ham


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Meet The Board Of Trustees

Steve Penn


Anna Martyn

Deputy Chair

Graeme Kinney

Board Member

Rachel Paul

Board Member

Hemi Leef

Board Member

Steve Franklin

Board Member

Cynthia Martell-Stark

Board Secretary