Mar 162015
 
Louisa and her partner, Prue, celebrate the passing of marriage equality

Louisa and her partner, Prue, celebrate the passing of marriage equality

Louisa Wall is in a class of her own.  She represented New Zealand in two sports netball and in rugby.  In 1988 Wall became the youngest member of the “Young Internationals” netball squad to train under former New Zealand Captain and New Zealand Coach, Lyn Parker.

In 1989 the selectors named her in the Silver Ferns netball team (New Zealand’s national representative netball team) at the age of 17. Wall also represented New Zealand in the Black Ferns women’s rugby team.

Maori Proud – LGBT Proud

In May 2012, Wall submitted a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in New Zealand.On 29 August 2012, the Marriage (Definition of Marriage Amendment Bill passed its first reading with a vote of 80-40. On 17 April 2013, the bill was passed into law, making New Zealand the 13th nation to allow same-sex marriage. At the third reading, Wall gave a speech[likening the passing of the bill to Treaty of Waitangi (which worked towards equal rights for Maori people. Wall said the passing of the bill was like winning a “World Cup final”.

Loving Prue

Prue is Louisa’s partner and a forceable woman in her own right! She is the Principal of Tamatekapua Law and grew up in Rotorua, graduating from the University of Auckland in 1982 with a BA/LL.B.  From 1988, she acted as an advisor (primarily involving Treaty issues and resource management) for Sir Geoffrey Palmer, the then Minister of Justice and Deputy Prime Minister.

Prue’s practice predominantly involves Maori Land Law and Tiriti o Waitangi, Resource Management, Family and Medico legal issues.  She has extensive resource management litigation experience, from Hearing Committees to the Court of Appeal, including consent and planning issues.

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