Joseph (Hunëte, Hanawa (New Caledonia) / Lufi Lufi, Fagamalo (Samoa)) is a Senior Solicitor in the Public Regulatory Team.
Joseph began his career as a junior defence lawyer at the Public Defence Service in Auckland before becoming a Crown Prosecutor in Manukau where he worked for nearly 4 years. He prosecuted a wide range of crimes in the District and High Court including violent offending, drug offending and fraud. He has also appeared on appeals before the High Court. He has Intermediate Crown Prosecutor classification. Joseph also worked as part of the Legal and Investigations Team at the Royal Commission of Inquiry: Abuse in Care.
Prior to joining MC, Joseph completed a Master of Laws (LL.M) at Harvard Law School as a Fulbright Scholar, becoming the first indigenous Kanak to graduate from Harvard. Joseph is particularly interested in issues that concern the Pacific Island community in Aotearoa. He has previously served as the Co-President of the Pacific Lawyers’ Association.
LLB/BCom, University of Auckland
LL.M, Harvard Law School
Spencer Mason Travelling Scholarship in Law