Newly admitted legal practitioner Norah Teparekura Kurai Browne with her mum, lawyer and politician Tina Browne outside the Cook Islands High Court yesterday. (Photo: Manavamedia). 20112067
The call to law was inevitable for Norah Browne, watching her highly driven mother become one of the most successful female lawyers in the country.
packed courtroom, filled with the fragrance of flowers it took just half an
hour to formally end five years of “solid studying” and admit 26-year-old Norah
Teparekura Kurai Browne as the country’s newest barrister and solicitor.
her own mum, senior lawyer and political leader Tina Pupuke Browne who moved
before Chief Justice Sir Hugh Williams that her only daughter and youngest
child be admitted to the Cook Islands High Court.
noted that Norah was to have been admitted to the bar in New Zealand earlier
this year, but those plans were foiled by the pandemic.
young woman accepted missing out on that important milestone saying in spite of
that, she felt fortunate to be admitted to the Cook Islands High Court.
Chief Justice said Norah Browne’s admission would be an important life-changing
event she would remember for the rest of her days.
the young lawyer’s first most significant day were her four brothers, Edwin,
Derek, Pupuke and William.
latter three are all qualified pilots. Derek and Pupuke fly for Air Dubai and
Air Rarotonga, respectively.
uncles, cousins and a group of university friends who have remained close since
graduating themselves several years ago were all there with ei’s especially
made for the young woman. The young lawyer had so many laden over her that her
head and face were completely covered.
all the family and friends at this special occasion, it was the proudest moment
for the parents.
Richard Browne remaining in the background of the admission ceremony but
equally moved to see his daughter follow in her mother’s footsteps.
to law was inevitable for Rarotonga-born Norah, watching her highly driven
mother become the most successful female lawyer in the country, owning her own
practice and a leading authority on Cook Islands land law.
dauntingly big shoes to fill, Norah has been working as a junior in her
mother’s Avarua practice since February this year.
piece of advice her mother Tina gives her? “Admission is only the start of
years of hard work. This is when the real hard work starts, be a good and
Browne says she has tried to instil in all her children the importance of
“Education is so extremely important and will look after you for the future.”