NZ and Samoa Legal Services

Vaai, Hoglund & Toma

About Us

Our History and Team

An Introduction

We are an Experienced Pasifika Law Team

Our lawyers together have almost 50 years of working in the legal sector, predominantly in private practice. So while we are a young law firm having set up in Apia, Samoa in September 2020 and in Auckland, New Zealand in May 2021, we bring to the table years of invaluable experience. We have benefitted from those who have trained us and helped shape us. Our family business is blessed with small teams of dedicated staff in both countries and we are committed to serving our clients as best we can.

Why Should I Engage your Services?

Pasifika People Representing Pasifika Communities

Here at Vaai, Hoglund & Toma Barristers & Solicitors we speak your language, literally. We can communicate with our Samoan and Tongan speaking clients in their native tongue which minimises mistakes and encourages confidence.

We provide services tailored to our Pacific community’s needs, and our motto “Serving You Is What We Do Best” underpins our purpose.


Asiata Saleimoa Vaai

Our Founder Asiata Saleimoa Vaai

Asiata Alaelua Dr Vaalepa Saleimoa Vaai passed away on 2 September 2010. He had had more than thirty years experience in the legal profession and had worked in Samoa, Fiji and New Zealand.

Asiata was a member of the Samoa Law Society and was its President from 1985 to 1987. He was also a member of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association from 1998 to 2001.

As a Member of Parliament, he represented the electoral constituency of Satupa’itea for 2 terms; the first being from 2001 to 2006 and the second from 2006 until his death in September 2010. Before he died, he was also ordained a Permanent Deacon in the Catholic Church.

Our People & Our History

1974 to 1975. Law Clerk then Solicitor

Our history begins with the late Asiata Alaelua Dr Vaalepa Saleimoa Vaai whom worked as a law clerk, then solicitor at MacAlister Mazengarb Parkin & Rose in Wellington, New Zealand.

1976. Vaai & Vaai is First Set-Up

When Asiata first set up Vaai & Vaai as it was then known, he was the first local non-expatriate lawyer to commence his own private practice. He was joined shortly after by his first cousin Lesatele Rapi Vaai (now a Justice of Samoa’s Supreme Court).

1978 to 1981. Worked for Forum Secretariat in Suva, Fiji

Asiata worked as Assistant Research Officer then Legal Officer for the Forum Secretariat in Suva, Fiji.

Early 1980s. Vaepule Vaemoa Vaai Joins Vaai & Vaai

The late Vaepule Vaemoa Vaai, Asiata’s younger brother, joined Vaai & Vaai in the early 1980s, after Lesatele moved to another law firm. Vaepule left in 1997 to join the public service and was appointed to the bench, becoming also a Justice of the Supreme Court of Samoa.

1999 to 2001. Holds position of Director of the Institute of Samoan Studies

Asiata was the first person to hold the position of Director of the Institute of Samoan Studies at the National University of Samoa.

2002. Fotu Hoglund Joins Vaai & Vaai

Asiata was joined by his daughter Fotu Hoglund.

2005. Henry Hoglund Joins Vaai & Vaai

Asiata and Fotu are joined by Fotu’s husband Henry Hoglund.

2009. Fotu and Henry Set-Up a Branch of Vaai Lawyers

The office expanded when Fotu and Henry set up a branch of Vaai Lawyers (practising only in Samoan law) in Auckland, New Zealand.

2020. Vaai, Hoglund & Toma set up in Apia, Samoa

Vaai, Hoglund & Toma set up in Apia, Samoa in September 2020

2021. Vaai, Hoglund & Toma set up in Auckland, New Zealand

Vaai, Hoglund & Toma set up in Auckland, New Zealand in May 2021

Our Attorneys

Real Specialist

Our Services

We are expert providers of legal services to the Pasifika community in New Zealand and Samoa.



Fotu Hoglund


Fotu is an Auckland based, Samoan-speaking conveyancing lawyer that can help you with refinancing your mortgage or buying/selling your home, wills and enduring powers of attorney.

Henry Hoglund Profile

Henry Hoglund


Henry is an Auckland based, Tongan speaking lawyer that specialises in providing services for immigration matters.

Pose Toma Profile

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.


"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

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

AJ Kwan

"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

"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