Rachel Robilliard was admitted to the bar at a ceremony in the High Court in Auckland.

In April she graduated from the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Science in Geography and Environmental Science. During her time at university, Rachel contributed to many voluntary groups. She was tuakana with the Māori Development Team, UC from 2013 to 2015. In this role she mentored first year Māori students and assisted with events.

Rachel was tumuaki of Te Putairiki, the UC Māori Law Students’ Association in 2015, Tumuaki Tuarua in 2014 and Apiha Pānui in 2013; and the 2012 Selwyn delegate to the Mayors’ Taskforce for Jobs Rangatahi Leadership Programme. She is now assisting with the mahi for this kaupapa.

She was selected to attend the Aspiring Leaders’ Forum in 2012 and was a Ngāi Tahu delegate at the First Nations Futures Institute, Stanford University in 2014.

Rachel was an intern with the Volunteer Army Foundation in 2013-2014. She has been a UC Host Communications and External Relations representative; and has been the recipient of a number of scholarships and awards.

Rachel is working in an environmental law position for Russell McVeagh in Auckland.

Te Taumutu Rūnanga is missing her contribution as our minutes secretary and as an active member of the rūnanga.

Rachel Robilliard – recently admitted to the bar.

Rachel Robilliard – recently admitted to the bar.

Success for young rugby fan

Jayda Siyakurima (Teihoka whānau) is rugby mad. She has just made the Canterbury School girls’ rugby development team and is looking forward to representing her province. Jayda currently plays club rugby for the Southbridge under 13 team, which is combined with Irwell and Dunsandel and the Cathedral College school girls’ team. Jayda has been playing rugby for just on five years and has no intention of giving up. She is passionate about the game and she enjoys playing in all her teams. She hopes to further this in the future, as long as she can continue her education and play rugby at the same time Jayda is looking forward to her first game in August for Canterbury.

Jayda Siyakurima – future rugby star.

Jayda Siyakurima – future rugby star.