Defence Lawyers Association

New Zealand 

- Te Matakahi -

Advocacy · Education ·  Inspiration ·  Reform 

The Defence Lawyers Association New Zealand - Te Matakahi (DLANZ) provides advocacy, support and specialised education and training for defence lawyers.  DLANZ was formed to give a voice to the challenging work done by our members - at the heart of the criminal justice system.  DLANZ leads in identifying and encouraging reform to protect liberties and rights, and remedy flaws and inequities in the criminal justice system.  DLANZ is committed to ensuring the criminal defence bar represents, at the highest level, all those accused of crime.  


The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice - Martin Luther King 


Ahakoa he iti te matakahi, ka pākaru i a ia te tōtara.
Although the wedge is small, it splits the totara tree.