December 2021

We have recently welcomed Melissa Hunia (solicitor), Sarah Mason (graduate lawyer) and Lisa Ingham (receptionist) to the firm.  We also have six law students with us as part of our annual summer clerk program.  We are always keen to hear from talented people interested in joining our team, whether or not we have current vacancies.

The Government is reviewing Aotearoa/New Zealand’s conservation laws and has released a roadmap setting out its work programme.

• Consultation with mana whenua around High Protection Areas in the Hauraki Gulf – closes February 2022.
• Public consultation around reclassifying stewardship land – closes 18 March 2022.


While the management of New Zealand’s water has previously been the domain of 67 local councils, full-scale water reform by the Government is proposed to consolidate this into just four powerful entities. Central Government considers this is necessary to ensure all Kiwis have access to safe, reliable and affordable water – local authorities are not so sure.

Family Law

Associate Rachel Rosser has been published in the New Zealand Law Journal. Rachel comments on a recent Court of Appeal case where ongoing maintenance was awarded to a de facto partner for an extended period of time, and explains why the current maintenance system needs an overhaul.

Are you purchasing your first home? Completing a Kiwisaver First Home Withdrawal and obtaining a First Home Grant from Kāinga Ora may help you get on the property ladder.