Our People

Kelly Dixon 
Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa, Te Aupouri

Kelly was admitted to practise in New Zealand in 2003. Prior to establishing Dixon and Co Lawyers in 2017, Kelly spent 14 years at Tamatekapua Law working with Prue Kapua.

Kelly has appeared in the Environment Court on Appeal cases, in the High Court on judicial review proceedings, in the District Court on commercial summary judgment proceedings, before the Employment Relations Authority and in the Māori Land Court and before the Waitangi Tribunal on behalf of various Treaty of Waitangi claimants.

Kelly works with clients from across the North Island and has appeared before the Waitangi Tribunal in the Wairarapa, East Coast, National Park, Whanganui and Northland historic Inquiries and various Urgency Applications before the Waitangi Tribunal. Kelly is a member of the Resource Management Law Association and the Māori Law Society.

Kelly’s credentials include an LLB and BA (Political studies and Education) from the University of Auckland. Her interests outside of work include fishing, golf and spending time with friends and family honing her “wine tasting” skills.

Aroha Herewini  
Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Rehia, Ngāti Kuri

Aroha is our newest member of Dixon and Co Lawyers having joined our team in October 2018. Aroha grew up in South Auckland and graduated from the University of Auckland in 2015 with a Bachelor of Law and Arts. Aroha was admitted in New Zealand in 2016.


Aroha previously worked as the Maori Solicitor at Waitemata Community Law Centre providing free legal advice on a variety of legal matters including employment law, consumer law, tenancy law, and basic criminal law. She was also the legal educator, running legal education workshops with key organisations and stakeholders within the Waitemata region with a particular focus on Maori engagement.


Before joining Dixon and Co Lawyers, Aroha was a solicitor at Wackrow Williams and Davies in Auckland, who specialise in Waitangi Tribunal matters, Maori Land Court, Wills and Estate, conveyancing and commercial and corporate law. Her legal interest are Māori legal issues, employment law and general civil law.


Outside of work Aroha enjoys travelling home to the Bay of Islands, hiking, and spending time outdoors with her friends and whanau.

Izzy Nathan 
Law Clerk

Izzy grew up in Kerikeri, Northland. In February 2020 Izzy completed her LLB at the University of Auckland. Izzy is currently completing her Professional Legal Studies Course at the College of Law in Auckland.


Izzy works part-time at Dixon & Co Lawyers doing legal research and general admin. Izzy is particularly interested in Māori legal issues, administration law, and family law. In her spare time, Izzy enjoys spending time in the Bay of Islands with her family and friends. 


Alisha grew up in Ruakaka, Northland and completed her Bachelor of Laws at the University of Auckland in 2013. During her time studying at University, Alisha worked as a legal assistant at Tamatekapua Law and was an Executive Member of Te Rākau Ture (The Māori Law Students Association) for three years. Alisha was admitted to practise in New Zealand in 2014 and practised at Tamatekapua Law before joining Dixon & Co Lawyers when it was established in 2017. 

Alisha has appeared in the Family Court, the Māori Land Court, the Māori Appellate Court, the High Court and in various inquiries before the Waitangi Tribunal for a number of Treaty of Waitangi claimants. Her legal interests lie particularly with family law and Māori legal issues. Alisha is a member of the Māori Law Society and of the Family Law Section of the New Zealand Law Society, and is currently contracted as Counsel Assisting the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in State Care.

Alisha is studying a Master of Laws (Applied Law) specialising in family law and continues her development in te reo me ngā tikanga Māori through Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi. Outside of work Alisha enjoys spending time with friends and whānau and relaxing at the beach in Ruakaka.

Tesa Va’afusuaga 
Falese'ela, Tuana'i

Tesa is our newest team member, having joined Dixon and Co Lawyers in March 2020.


After graduating with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Auckland, Tesa worked at the Manukau District Court in the Family Court Registry. She later moved to Wellington where she worked at the Waitangi Tribunal as an Assistant Registrar before her secondment to the Māori Land Court Chief Judge's Chambers as Chief Judge Isaac's Executive Assistant.


In 2019, Tesa moved back to Auckland where she was admitted to the bar and worked in private client practice including, employment law, estate administration, conveyancing and Māori legal issues.


Tesa is enthusiastic about her work and is keen to develop her skills and knowledge within the areas of civil litigation, resource management law, and environmental law.


Outside of work Tesa supports the environmental mahi her whānau lead in Sāmoa and loves going back to Sāmoa when she can. She enjoys the outdoors, working on her Gagana Sāmoa, and learning Te Reo Māori and waiata. 


Tamara Hoani 
Receptionist/Personal Assistant
Ngā Pūhi , Ngāi Tūpato

Tamara originates from the Hokianga. She spent her life growing up in Auckland completing her certificates in Business and Computing at Manuakau Institute of Technology in 2018.

Tamara has recently joined Dixon & Co Lawyers in January 2020 where she works part-time as our Receptionist and Personal Assistant to our Principal.

Tamara loves to spend time with her family and friends in her spare time and take up other recreational activities and sports.

Stephanie Havea 
Registered Legal Executive

Stephanie grew up in Kaitaia and completed her Bachelor of Business Studies in 1999, majoring in Tourism and Marketing at the Auckland University of Technology.

In 2019 Stephanie completed her NZ Diploma in Legal Executive Studies.Stephanie has spent many years in customer service and retail within the tourism sector. Stephanie joined our team as Office Administrator in 2017. 

Stephanie’s interests outside of work revolve around spending time with family and friends and her passion for travel.

Alisha Castle 
Ngāti Paoa, Ngāpuhi

Resource Management - Māori Land Law - Public and Constitutional Law - Tiriti o Waitangi claims and Māori Legal Issues - Family Law - Employment Law

Phone (09) 620 6240     Fax (09) 620 6250

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