Catriona MacLennan is the author of five books published by Penguin and HarperCollins. The main aim of the books is to make legal information available to non-lawyers.

Know Your Rights – A practical guide to the law for every New Zealand household was published by Penguin in 2006.  It is a reference book for families about the main areas of law they are likely to encounter. There are chapters about Family Law, Domestic Violence, Teenagers and the Law, Criminal Law, Employment Law, Consumer Law, Children’s Rights at School, Traffic Law, Buying Houses and Cars, and Civil Liberties.

Home truths – what you must know before buying or selling your home was published by Penguin in 2007. It sets out the law about buying and selling houses and talks about the pros and cons of private sales, auctions, tenders and negotiation as sale methods. The book also discusses LIMs and other property reports and financing house purchases.

Kitchen Table Millionaire – Grow your idea into a profitable home business was published by Penguin in 2008. It outlines how to set up and run a small business from home. Case studies of successful home businesses include Seeby Woodhouse of Orcon; Ben Taufua of Tautua Synergy Consultants; Tracey Batty of Shotz Photography; Meg McKenzie of Kidz Go New Zealand and Paul Manning of Metromedia.

Ready for anything – Growing older in New Zealand: what you need to know was published by HarperCollins in 2009. It discusses legal issues relevant to older New Zealanders, including wills, powers of attorney, retirement villages, home equity schemes and superannuation.  The book includes interviews with Edwina Pamatatau, Brenda Ellich, Noeline Nuttall and Jerry and Eunice Wallwork.

Survive the crunch ! What Kiwis need to know to survive the recession was published by HarperCollins in 2009. It discusses hanging onto a job in a recession, budgeting and saving money.