a bridge to law

New Zealand's Pro Bono Clearinghouse

Te Ara Ture is a pro bono legal service connecting volunteer lawyers to people who need legal help.  By building a network of firms and lawyers we are helping to promote access to justice. We are thrilled to see you here! 

For lawyers, Te Ara Ture will help find you the right cases, manage risk, and reduce your administrative costs.  Simply put, we’ll make it easier for you to help your community by doing what you do best – great legal work!

For the community, Te Ara Ture will offer a new way to access help.  We will be a bridge between those with unmet legal needs and a network of highly skilled and dedicated professionals. 


Lawyer and firm registrations are NOW OPEN.  For more information please visit the section for lawyers and firms.


Community Law Centres can refer a client now.


If you need legal help, best place to start is the following websites: Community Law or New Zealand Law Society.

Keep checking back here because we will keep adding new opportunities and content as we grow. 



  • 10% of the population account for 65% of all legal problems

  • These problems are serious - often resulting in poverty, homelessness, or ongoing harm at the hands of others

  • Only 12% of these people seek help from a private lawyer 


  • Pro bono can help people escape from poverty and harm


  • It can strengthen families and communities


  • It can reduce the downstream costs for society of unresolved legal issues


  • Pro bono improves job satisfaction, recruitment and retention 

  • It develops professional skills and confidence of lawyers 

  • It helps to develop your brand and connections, including with clients and government 

What sort of work can you do?

Te Ara Ture has a number of ways you can do pro bono work:


  • Get individuals or families referred to you for:

  • Advice matters

  • Legal merits assessments 

  • One off appearances 

  • Facilitating Alternative Dispute Resolution 

  • Preparation of documents 

  • Representation 

  • Strategic litigation 


  • Provide legal services to charities and not-for-profits who support those with the greatest unmet legal needs 

  • Build legal capability and capacity in legal assistance organisations, such as community law centres, through training and resource development 

  • Prepare information and self-help resources to help improve legal understanding in the community


We work with pro bono providers, including: 

  • Firms 

  • Sole practitioners 

  • Barristers 

​If you are in-house or cannot practice on your own account we may not be able to send you referrals.  But there are other ways to get involved.  Register your interest and we will let you know the options available to you.


  • You register with Te Ara Ture and on our on-line pro bono portal


  • We receive applications and do an eligibility assessment 

  • We post opportunities on our on-line portal 

  • You submit an expression of interest then conduct a conflict check 

  • You receive the referral and onboard the client with your own Terms of Engagement 


We are currently working with a small number of pro bono providers to test our systems and policies 

From 1 July we will start to grow the number of pro bono providers 


We are preparing a range of documents and processes to help make things easier, including: 

  • Checklists 

  • Template Terms of Engagements 

  • Process maps