Our team

Tina Pope

JPPF 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 has been the programme manager for the Judicial Pacific Participation Fund since 2018.

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.

Mere Pulea

Judicial education adviser

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.

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.

Anna Tutton

Deputy Chief Coroner and judicial education adviser

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.

Sir David Carruthers

Judicial education adviser

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.

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.

Holly Ewens

Project manager

Holly is a website editor, writer and elected member of local government. She brings her experience in communications and education to the JPPF team. She is passionate about the arts, grassroots intiatives and community advocacy. She writes and performs original music and lives by sea with her children.

Delwyn Te Moni

Registry 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. She is currently on secondment to JPPF as an advisor and responsible for creating training resources for Pacific registry staff.

Francessca Maslin

Researcher

Francessca Maslin is contracted to provide research assistance to Te Kura Kaiwhakawā, Ministry of Justice on the Bench Books platform and the Judicial Pacific Participation Fund. Francessca was previously employed as a Judges' Clerk to support the District Court Judges, namely the Judges in the Wellington, Blenheim and Nelson region. In this role, Francessca provided research and legal opinions on a wide variety of matters across the criminal, family and civil jurisdictions. Francessca also writes for the LexisNexis publication Abbott & Thompson District Courts Practice (Criminal) and LexisNexis Practical Guidance Search and Surveillance Act.

Jordy Hermens

Researcher

Jordy Hermens is a legal researcher and writer for the JPPF team. She is in her final senior year of a Bachelor of Law at Victoria University.
She brings her legal knowledge and prior experience as a Deputy Registrar at the Wellington District Court to this role. She is passionate about advocacy, equal access to the law, strengthening judicial education and empowering both Pacific and Māori success in the legal sector. Jordy provides mentoring for Pacific and Māori law students at Victoria University to support the growth of New Zealand's next legal generation.