Hellena grew up in the Wairarapa and describes herself as a small-town girl at heart. After travelling overseas straight out of school, Hellena returned to the University of Canterbury, graduating in 2001 with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts.
After being admitted to the bar, Hellena went into private practice as a general practitioner. Always up for a new challenge, Hellena has worked in community law, the Queensland Government and more recently has been running own business as a legal editor.
Hellena has recently returned to New Zealand and to Nelson where she has settled with her husband and young son.
Hellena joined Stevens Orchard Lawyers in February 2019 and is enjoying working in the areas of conveyancing, commercial law and estate administration.
When not at work, Hellena enjoys being outdoors with her family, especially mountain biking or at the beach. She also likes a good book and a glass of wine.