PILON acknowledges prominent members the network who departed for new opportunities over the past year. We thank Dr Falai Taafaki of RMI, Mr Brendan Horsley of NZ, Mr Lemalu Hermann Retzlaff of Samoa, Mr Graham Leung of Nauru and Fiji and Ms Corinna Lafai Ituaso of Tuvalu for their dedicated support and hard work on behalf of PILON. Congratulations to Ms Lafai Ituaso on her recent appointment as Magistrate. We wish all of you the very best and hope to see you all around the Pacific law and justice community in the future.
Former Deputy Solicitor General-Criminal, New Zealand
Mr Brendan Horsley, a long serving PILON Executive committee member, left the network after many years for another appointment as an Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security in New Zealand.
The Hon Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern announced his appointment which has a significant oversight role to ensure the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service and the Government Communications Security Bureau act with propriety and operate lawfully and effectively.
Mr Horsley has had an extensive career at Crown Law, most recently in the role of Deputy Solicitor-General (Criminal). In that role he has been responsible for the professional leadership and supervision of the Crown prosecution network. He has also had significant involvement with the intelligence agencies and the Office of the Inspector-General.
“It has been an honour and a privilege to have been associated with PILON over many years. My first PILON meeting was in 2008 in Vanuatu, since that time I have met many incredibly talented, principled and hard-working Law Officers from all around the Pacific. PILON is an important forum for those Law Officers to share common issues and innovations and to contribute to the rule of law in the Pacific. I wish PILON well in continuing its important work. Noho ora mai e hoa mā.”
Previously Mr Horsley worked at the Ministry of Justice as the first National Director of the Public Defence Service, responsible for providing legal aid criminal defence services.
Mr Brendan Horsley was the Deputy Solicitor-General (Criminal) at Crown Law Office of New Zealand from 2014 through to 2020. His role oversaw an in-house team of 30, and the wider Crown Solicitor Network of around 180 lawyers, 16 Crown solicitors and $38m of Crown investment per year.
Former Attorney General, Samoa
Lemalu Hermann Retzlaff
Early this year Mr Lemalu Hermann Retzlaff’s resigned from his post as Attorney General of Samoa. He is the former Chair of the PILON Executive Committee and the PILON SGBV Working Group.
“Lemalu expressed his gratitude and gratefulness to the Government for allowing him to serve these past four years,” said the Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.
“After much thought, prayers and discussions I have accepted Lemalu’s decision to move on with his family to take on fresh opportunities that have arisen overseas, including continued work in the legal field,” said the Prime Minister.
Previously Mr Lemalu worked at the Auckland Manukau and Waitakere offices as a senior lawyer and Acting Deputy Public Defender on the North Shore. He was also the Assistant Dean and taught commercial law at the National University of Samoa.
His father, Hon. Misa Telefoni, served as AG as well in the past before he entered politics, and Lemalu has now also had his time of service in the same position of AG for his country of birth.
“We wish him and his family all the very best into the future.” For Lemalu he says “serving Samoa was an honour and a privilege that was not taken lightly. It was with a heavy heart that I did hand in my resignation to the Hon Prime Minister.”
Mr Lemalu Hermann Retzlaff will be joining fellow PILON alumni and active participant, Mr ‘Aminiasi Kefu, former Attorney General of Tonga, taking up a position with the Crown Solicitor’s South Auckland Office, run by the firm Kayes, Fletcher and Walker (KFW).The firm KFW is in charge of all Crown prosecutions across the South Auckland jurisdiction.
Former Secretary for Justice & Border Control, Nauru
Mr Leung is a Fijian lawyer with more than 35 years of post-admission experience. As Secretary for Justice & Border Control in Nauru he was a member of the PILON Executive Committee from 2013-2019, and also the Chair of the PILON Corruption Working Group for the same period.
A graduate of Adelaide University, he started work in the Fiji Government as a criminal prosecutor and later moved to the Attorney General’s department. Mr Leung received a Fulbright scholarship and completed a Master of Laws degree at the University of California before being posted to the New York as Fiji’s Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations.
Following a lengthy public service career, he ventured into private practice in Suva and joined Howards Law as Managing Partner. He was twice elected President of the Fiji Law Society. Mr Leung is a former Vice President of Law Asia and also a Council Member of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association.
After the removal of the Fijian constitution in April 2007, Mr Graham Leung left private practice and worked overseas for a number of years in Kenya, Switzerland and Solomon Islands. He has just retired from his last post of Nauru’s Secretary for Justice (and before that Solicitor General and Registrar of the Supreme Court) in September last year. He was appointed Nauru’s first Ambassador to the International Seabed Authority. He is now a consultant with the Suva firm of Toganivalu Law. His special interests are human rights, law of the sea and constitutional law.