Emma Va’ai graduated from Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington with a Bachelor of Laws in 2004, having graduated the previous year with a Bachelor of Commerce & Administration (majoring in Economics). Emma has worked in general practice on the Kapiti Coast, and in a specialist family law practice in Porirua. She joined McWilliam Tyree in 2021.
Emma has more than 15 years’ experience in all areas of family law, including relationship property, contracting out agreements, care of children, PPPR, adoption, family violence, and Oranga Tamariki matters. She also receives Court appointments in her role as Lawyer for Child, a role she particularly enjoys. Emma has a background in general practice and has a sound understanding of trusts, property and business matters, which she draws on to assist clients. She is skilled in dealing with complex relationship property matters.
Emma is proud to be one of only a few lawyers in New Zealand registered as users of New Zealand Sign Language, having started to learn sign as a young child, and then studied NZSL while at university. She is uniquely able to assist Deaf clients and values accessibility to the law for all people.
Emma is a member of the Family Law Section of the Law Society, and the Wellington Family Courts Association.