Paula is of Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Whakaue and Ngāti Pakeha descent. A fluent speaker of Te Reo Māori and Japanese languages, Paula was educated in Whangārei before graduating from the University of Otago with a BA (Japanese)/LLB in 1999.
Following roles with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Wellington/Tokyo) and the Department of Conservation (Whangārei/Wellington) Paula returned home to Whangārei in 2014 where she worked in various voluntary community roles and project managed Waitangi Tribunal claims for Whangārei hapu.
In 2012 Paula completed a Bachelor of Mātauranga Māori with Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi and in 2016 completed her professional legal studies.
Paula was admitted to the bar in the Whangārei High Court in June 2017 and is delighted to be finally practicing law! A member of the Civil Litigation team, Paula has a particular interest in RMA, employment, dispute resolution and ngā take Māori. (Māori kaupapa.)