Who We Are

Fotu Hoglund, Henry Hoglund and Posē Toma are the three partners that make up Vaai, Hoglund & Toma. We are:

  • Service Based
  • Pasifika Focused
  • Faith Driven

Pasifika Lawyers

We primarily work with the Pacific Island communities locally in New Zealand and Samoa. What makes us different:

  • Bilingual Communication
  • Understand Pasifika Value Systems
  • Culturally Empathetic

Legal Services

We focus on the needs of Pacific Peoples and our goal is to provide all legal services required by your family and/or small business:

  • Property Law
  • Family Law
  • Immigration Services
Pose Toma

Posē Toma


Posē is a defence attorney based in Apia, Samoa that can also aid and assist the adoption process and other family law services.

Once a person turns 21, they are an adult so those who are 20 years old and below are able to be adopted under Samoa’s Infants Ordinance 1961.

They must be 24 years old and under. For a child between 21 years and 24 years, they must not be working, not in a relationship or have a child and is financially reliant on their adoptive parents.

You must have been a member of the bank or other financial institution to which you make contributions for at least 3 years.

This means that your interest in the property does not pass on to your estate after you die but passes on to the other surviving joint tenant or tenants. If the other joint tenants die before you and you are the only owner left, the whole property is yours.

This is a request to the Minister of Immigration made by a person who is unlawfully in New Zealand and liable for deportation asking for a new visa. The Minister can grant or decline the application in his/her absolute discretion and does not have to give reasons for the decision.

We offer a broad range of legal services for the Pasifika community!

With offices in Apia, Samoa and Auckland, New Zealand, our vision is to be faith-driven lawyers serving our communities in both countries and aiming to be trusted leaders in our areas of practice.

Civil Litigation

These are matters dealt with by our Apia office that usually involve a breach of contract or the commission of a tort (a civil wrong, for example, trespass).

Criminal Law

We act as Defence Counsel for those charged by the police with varying offences ranging from minor traffic offences who appear in Samoa’s District Court to more serious offences.

Debt Recovery

After service of formal letters of demand on debtors, we initiate court proceedings for creditors in the District and Supreme Courts of Samoa.

Samoan Adoptions

Our lawyers have long practised in this area of Samoan law, namely adoption applications filed with the Family Court of Samoa.


We can help you if you need to obtain a court order for probate (where your loved one has died with a will) or letters of administration (where s/he has died without a will).


We take instructions from clients about their wills, prepare those wills for them and usually witness our clients signing on the dotted line.

Immigration Law

Our speciality is in assisting those who need an advocate to submit their residency application to Immigration NZ or their citizenship application to NZ’s Department of Internal Affairs.

Areas of Practice

What we do




Service Based


Fluent Languages


Faith Driven

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"I not only recommend Vaai, Hoglund & Toma law firm, but I guarantee once you have used their service you too will look no further. Fotu responds in an extremely timely manner, she is a very knowledgeable, trustworthy person. There is no other law firm that will work as hard for you. I used their service for adopting my child, she is a wonderful attorney I could not have been happier and I will never go anywhere else."

Marina Nun Yan
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"Thank you very much for helping me out with my brother's adoption, faamanuia lava le Atua i le galuega, God bless."

AJ Kwan
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"We were impressed by Fotu’s expertise. She handled our first home with integrity, transparency and professionalism. Our lawyer Fotu was always available to answer our questions and concerns. She put us at ease throughout the legal process especially being it our first time. She thoroughly reviewed all the documentation and her preparation was remarkable.
Thank you Fotu for your prayers too - God bless ❤️"

Travis Doreen
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"Highly recommended!! Fotu was able to help us settle our mortgage in an extremely short amount of time and in short notice too! She was very accomodating, professional and friendly to deal with. Thank you so much!"

Penisimani Funaki

Our Lawyers

Pasifika Law Specialists

We are able to offer legal services in Samoan, Tongan and English and our core services are:


Fotu Hoglund

Partner - LLB (ANU), BA (ANU), GDLP (ANU)
Henry Hoglund Profile

Henry Hoglund

Partner - LLB (UTAS), GDLP (ANU)
Pose Toma Profile

Posē Toma

Partner - LLB (USP), PLSC (COLAW-NZ)

Contact Info

Our offices are located in Auckland, New Zealand and Apia, Samoa.

+64 9 828 2102 (NZ)

+68 520 545 (Samoa)

Avondale, Auckland 1026, New Zealand

Fonofou Street, Fugalei, Apia, Samoa.


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