The call to law was inevitable for Norah Browne as she watched her highly motivated mother grow into one of the most successful lawyers in the country.
In a jam-packed courtroom filled with the scent of flowers, it took only half an hour to officially end five years of “solid study” and admit 26-year-old Norah Teparekura Kurai Browne as the country’s newest attorney.
It was her own mother, senior attorney and political leader Tina Pupuke Browne who moved before Chief Justice Sir Hugh Williams that her only daughter and youngest child were admitted to the Cook Islands Supreme Court.
Sir Hugh noted that Norah was due to be admitted to the bar in New Zealand earlier this year, but those plans have been thwarted by the pandemic.
The young woman accepted that she missed this important milestone and still said she was fortunate enough to be admitted to the Cook Islands High Court.
The Chief Justice said Norah Browne’s admission was an important life changing event that she would remember for the rest of her days.
The first most important day of the young lawyer was shared by her four brothers Edwin, Derek, Pupuke and William.
The last three are all qualified pilots. Derek and Pupuke fly for Air Dubai and Air Rarotonga, respectively.
Aunts, uncles, cousins and a group of university friends who have stayed close together since graduating a few years ago, were all there with ei’s specially for the young woman. The young lawyer had loaded so many over her that her head and face were completely covered.
But of all family members and friends on this special occasion, it was the proudest moment for parents.
Father Richard Browne stayed in the background of the admissions ceremony but also moved to see his daughter follow in her mother’s footsteps.
The call to the law was inevitable for Rarotonga-born Norah. She watched her highly motivated mother become the most successful lawyer in the country, with her own practice and a leading authority on land law in the Cook Islands.
Norah has been working as a junior in her mother’s Avarua practice since February of this year.
And advice that her mother Tina gives her? “Approval is just the beginning of years of hard work. This is where the really hard work starts. Be a good and hardworking lawyer. “
Tina Browne says she tried to teach all of her children the importance of education.
“Education is so extremely important and will take care of you for the future.”