Our team

Janine McIntosh

Director

Janine is Kaiwhakahaere (Director) of the Pacific Justice Sector Programme, seconded from her role as Director of Te Kura Kaiwhakawā (Institute of Judicial Studies) for the first 12 months of the programme. Janine works closely with the Te Kura Board, the PJSP Advisory Group and the judiciary to develop and implement strategic direction and service delivery for Pacific judicial education and development.

Tina Pope

Programme Manager

Tina Pope has been supporting Pacific and New Zealand judges for more than 20 years, writing and editing bench books and developing education programmes and resources. She started at the Institute of Judicial Studies on a short-term contract on its very first day, and has been involved in one way or another ever since. Tina led the bench book project for the Pacific Judicial Education Programme in 2003-2004, and was the programme manager for the Judicial Pacific Participation Fund 2018-2021.

Tina is an elected member of local government and is involved in numerous community organisations. She is passionate about fairness, community and justice for all.

Collette Thaisen

Senior Education and Development Advisor

Collette Thaisen's background is in digital pedagogy, academic teaching, legal research, writing and discourse analysis focusing on government policy. She also brings her extensive experience in event planning and media. While undertaking the Pacific Legal Studies course, Collette chose to focus on the topic sustainable development of the Pacific ocean and whether a rights-based approach would better reflect cultural considerations. Her educational background is in law, international relations and political science, combined with multimedia broadcasting.

Enthusiastic about veggie gardening, composting (yes, really!) and hiking – when she’s not typing away or in a video call, you’ll likely find her enjoying nature with her family and dogs.

Holly Ewens

Senior Projects Advisor

Holly brings rich experience developing and delivering projects through a variety of modes and sectors including community, local and central government and across the arts. By building relationships from the flax roots up to the decision-makers she enjoys connecting diverse people to effect meaningful change.

Previously helping to deliver online resources as part of the JPPF team, she encourages creative ways of learning which stems from a colourful career as a professional musician and music teacher.

She lives in the small seaside village of Paekākāriki where she is Community Board Chair and volunteer to many grassroots initiatives.

Delwyn Te Moni

Education and Development Advisor

Delwyn comes from a background as a trainer and facilitator with a solid career of 30+ years with the Ministry of Justice, providing guided support and learning to enable staff to succeed in their roles. She gained her knowledge and experience from working within the Ministry across the multiple jurisdictions at an operational level before becoming a trainer.

Sylvia Riches

Support Services Coordinator

Sylvia is the PJSP Support Services and Programme Co-ordinator. Her role is to provide administrative support to the PJSP team as well as the PJSP Advisory Committee, Programme Executive Committee and the Pacific Chief Justices Leadership Forum. She coordinates and supports the implementation of PJSP events and activities. Sylvia has an extensive background in administrative and project support and has spent the last 15 years working in the science industry.   

Tony Lansdell

ICT Advisor

Tony is responsible for the development and strengthening of Information and Communications Technology-related systems and processes in the management of courts and their caseloads. Tony is a court systems and court performance specialist with over 23 years' experience with courts in Australia, the Pacific, SE Asia, Africa and central Asia. His experience includes implementation and ongoing use and management of technologies, and he is well-versed in the challenges of introducing technologies and systems into court environments.

Cate Sumner

Accountability Advisor

Cate is responsible for assisting courts with their annual reporting processes, including the collection and reporting on gender disaggregated data and client perception surveys. For over 20 years, Cate has worked in the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific, focusing on access to justice, human rights and judicial reform. Cate worked as an adviser on PJDP and PJSI and has worked in a number of international law firms and NGOs. Cate has recently launched a research publication on Women and Children's Access to the Formal Justice System in Vanuatu, commissioned by UN Women.

Dr Carolyn Graydon

Human Rights Advisor

Carolyn is responsible for adapting and integrating norms of International human rights law with local customary values and practices to assist PJSP partner courts in formulating local approaches to human rights. In addition to this, Carolyn works to develop and build the capacity of Bar Associations and Legal Aid providers within PJSP partner countries. She is a barrister and solicitor with more than 20 years' experience, specialising in human rights, refugee law, justice reform, community and customary legal empowerment, and gender justice. She has worked with a range of United Nations organisations and a number of international NGOs, and on developing legal aid models and the capacity of Bar Associations in under resourced environments. She has a PhD in Law from the University of Melbourne.

Anna Tutton

Deputy Chief Coroner and Judicial Education Advisor

Anna Tutton is the Deputy Chief Coroner of New Zealand. Before being appointed as a coroner in 2015, she managed a team of lawyers working for and advising New Zealand Police and was previously a Crown Prosecutor. Her principal area of expertise are criminal law and legal training. She was the Deputy National Director of the Institute of Professional Legal Studies, the body then responsible for the pre-admission professional legal training of all lawyers in New Zealand. Anna has also worked extensively in various Pacific jurisdictions; as a Visiting Fellow at the University of the South Pacific, working with police organisations to ensure their policing practices were ethical and complied with human rights obligations and latterly, assisting with the establishment of coronial systems and training lay magistrates on all aspects of the judicial role.

Jennifer Akers

Judicial Administration Advisor

Jennifer is a court management and administration specialist and has served on court development programmes as team leader, project manager and lead adviser for organisations such as the UN, World Bank, European Public Law Centre and Federal Court of Australia in over 20 countries across Europe, Asia and the Pacific.  Jennifer is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Management & Leadership and is an assessor for their Chartered Manager Accreditation. She is also an Adjunct Fellow of the Courts and Tribunals Academy at Victoria University, holds qualifications in social science and law and speaks fluent German. Career highlights include leading a project to institute the Dayton Peace Agreement Final Arbitral Award after the war in the former Yugoslavia and working with our Pacific partner courts for over ten years. 

Kavin Kodytuakku

Finance Advisor

Kavin is the Finance Advisor for the Pacific Justice Sector Programme and provides financial management, strategy, planning and reporting services to the PJSP team. Kavin has over 20 years of financial experience, a Master’s degree in finance and a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Management. Prior to coming to New Zealand he has lived in a number of locations, including Colombo (Sri Lanka), New York (USA) and Nelson (NZ). He is new to Wellington and he is currently enjoying getting to know the city and its surrounds. His interests include travelling, music and reading.

Mere Pulea

Judicial Education Advisor

Qualified in law (Lincoln’s Inn, London), social work (Queensland University) and legislative drafting (USP) she has over 25 years experience working on legal, gender, human rights and environment issues in the Pacific region. She has held a number of key positions in the Fiji Government as Director of the Department of Social Welfare and Development; at the University of the South Pacific, as Director of the Institute of Justice and Applied Legal Studies, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Laucala) and Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor.  As a former High Court Judge of Fiji, she played a key role in establishing the Family Court of Fiji. From 2011 to 2017, she has been engaged as a Senior Expert, Legal and Human Rights Consultant for the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Pacific Regional Rights Resource Team and has worked on a range of issues in the Pacific including violence against women, drafting family violence legislation, Judicial Code of Conduct, undertaking Judicial training and legal training at the tertiary, legal and community levels.

She is the author of a number of publications.

Sir David Carruthers

Judicial Education Advisor

Sir David has served for 34 years as a judge in Aotearoa/New Zealand, sat on the Supreme Courts of Vanuatu and Samoa, was Chief District Court Judge, Principal Youth Court Judge, Chair of the Parole Board and Chair of the Independent Police Conduct Authority.

Sir David has been supporting his Pacific colleagues for several years through the Judicial Pacific Participation Fund and the Papua New Guinea Center for Judicial Excellence.

He tells us he’s an unsuccessful but enthusiastic whitebaiter and golfer, and his passions are fairness and family.

Tagaloa Enoka Puni

Judicial Advisor

Enoka Fereti Puni is Samoan and presently resides in Auckland, New Zealand. He is a former judge and in the past 20 years has been a judicial training consultant to most Pacific regional judicial training and development programmes and initiatives. He has been particularly passionate and committed to lay judges’ professional development and the incremental enhancement of their judicial knowledge, skills and values to enable them to provide proper and quality justice within the scope of their jurisdictions.

Katy Ford

Bench Book Editor

Katy is a legal adviser and writer living in Kapiti with her family and two Chinese crested dogs and believes it is the best place to live and work in.

For the past eight years she has has worked on contracts as a senior advisor in various business and regulatory projects, using her legal and Plain English writing skills in the public sector. She is passionate about helping others to understand the law and writing Plain English documents and web content. She has completed a comprehensive Plain English online web writing/social media course through Contented.com.

She enjoys volunteer work at the local college on the Parents Association and also coaching debating, managing sports teams and assisting in arts events at the school.