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22nd November 2017

Mactodd Lawyers welcomes Sarah McGovern.

Sarah has recently joined Mactodd’s litigation team.

Sarah specialises in family law, including child care law, domestic violence and child youth and family matters. She also has experience in Criminal and Immigration law.

Originally from Ireland, Sarah graduated from university in 2006 and was admitted to the bar in Ireland that year.

In 2010, after moving to New Zealand Sarah was admitted to the bar in Nelson as a barrister/solicitor and practised mainly in the area of family law for several years, focusing on child law and domestic violence matters as well as doing some relationship property. She has regularly appeared in Court. Sarah also has experience in criminal and general civil law. After several years in Nelson, she returned home to Ireland and whilst there practised as a barrister.

Welcome, Sarah.

16th November 2017

Partner Jayne Macdonald and Senior Solicitor Bonnie Zareh are looking forward to presenting at the Westpac Home Buyers Seminars in Queenstown on Wednesday 22 November and Cromwell on Thursday 23 November.

We hope to see you there!

20th October 2017

Mactodd Lawyers is proud to support the 40th Queenstown Jazz Festival opening today.

Over the next four days there will be fifty events in and around Queenstown. The Festival brings world class musicians from far and wide and showcasing the diversity of the jazz genre.

The 40th birthday of the Festival will be celebrated on Sunday night with a Big Band Ball. All proceeds go to the Wakatipu Youth Trust.

See you there!

For more information see

16th October 2017

Mactodd Lawyers is proud to support the Arrowtown Spring Arts Festival running from 27 to 29 October.
The Festival programme includes a range of workshops in painting, writing, music, photography and other art forms.
This is a chance to learn a new skill and celebrate your love of the arts!
Class numbers are limited so book tickets now! For more information see

12th October 2017

ADEPT-MACTODD Charitable Trust makes $80K donation to mark the launch of the Lakes District Hospital Foundation

Mactodd Partners Jayne Macdonald and Clark Pirie were thrilled to be part of today’s launch of the newly established Lakes District Hospital Foundation. Jayne is Chair of the Foundation and is pictured with Chris Fleming CEO of the SDHB following this morning’s launch. The Foundation has been established to enable the community to support the hospital to go beyond its immediate needs and include enhancements and additional items prioritized by the Foundation (in consultation with the community) and the SDHB. Jayne says the Foundation is excited to be working with the DHB to build a larger vision for what we might achieve as a community to enhance and improve services we all benefit from. Of immediate focus for the Foundation are two key start-up projects – funding for a CT scanner which the Central Lakes Trust has offered its financial commitment to, and a whanau/family room, providing overnight accommodation, to support families and their loved ones who are admitted to the hospital for short-term acute care.

To mark and support the launch of the Foundation, a donation of $80,000 was made by the ADEPT-MACTODD Charitable Trust towards the provision of the Whanau/Family Room, formalizing the Trust’s early commitment towards funding the room. Speaking on behalf of the Trust, Clark Pirie said the Trust and the organisations it works with have been aware for some time of the need for a facility for a family to be near loved ones receiving short-term acute care at Lakes District Hospital. The Trust was thrilled that the DHB has accepted the need for this facility at the hospital and that the Foundation has been established as the vehicle to drive and facilitate the fundraising efforts to achieve it. He encouraged others in the community to get behind the efforts of the Foundation, its future projects and funding initiatives.

19th September 2017

Mactodd Lawyers is proud to support Remarkable Theatre’s season of Pint Size Plays starting this Thursday at Smiths Craft Beer House in Queenstown. The season includes two plays directed by Mactodd litigation solicitor Tanya Surrey.

See you there

6th September 2017

We are expanding and searching for great new people to join our team.

If you are looking for a life style change and to enjoy the benefits the region has to offer, while still having the opportunity to develop professionally, we would love to hear from you.

• Commercial/Property Lawyer
• General Litigation Lawyer
• Family/Immigration/Criminal Lawyer

Visit for more information or call 03 441 0125 to discuss further.

4th September 2017

Builders – safety nets

WorkSafe has issued an industry-wide alert for residential building sites about the dangers of poorly installed and badly made safety nets.

Although safety nets are not mandatory, employers are required to protect workers from serious harm. Builders need to consider using secure safety nets (or other methods) to stop workers seriously injuring themselves if they fall off roofs or walls.

See for more information or contact us.

1st September 2017

How will we live in the future? That’s the question being asked this weekend by a series of speakers at Catalyst Trust’s “InSIght” event.

How will our town shape us and how can we shape our town? Is it a question of reinvent or die for Queenstown as a tourist resort? What about the effects of disruptive technology on health and education?

Mactodd Lawyers is proud to support Catalyst Trust in what promises to be a fascinating event. The event starts at 10.30am tomorrow, at Queenstown Memorial Centre, and continues both days until 5:00pm with keynote speakers punctuated by TEDish talks, science busking and displays by our local 'future-focused' students and short science films. All free. Coffee cart in the foyer. For more information and the full programme see Catalyst's Facebook page.

15th August 2017

28th July 2017

Government backs down from proposed immigration change

The salary threshold required for lower-skilled migrants will now be $41,538 (down from $48,859). A stand down period will still apply to essential skills work visa holders earning less than this who have held work visas for three years.

These changes apply to all industries and take effect on 28 August 2017. Get in touch with us if you would like advice on how these changes may affect you.

25th July 2017

Immigration crackdown on hold

After feedback from employers, the Government is currently reviewing tough new laws aimed at migrants in the essential skills migrant categories, which were to come into force in August.

Proposed changes to gaining residence under the skilled migrant category include increasing the required minimum median annual income to $48,859. In addition, lower-skilled essential skills work visas would only be able to be held for three years, after which there would be a stand down period.

These changes have the potential to have a significant impact across a range of industries and it is important that employers and employees stay informed.

Our team can assist you with any immigration questions you may have and provide advice on how these new changes may affect you.

4th July 2017

Congratulations to Jim Moore and the Accor Group team for another successful Cure Kids Charity Quiz. The annual fundraising quiz was held on Friday 30 June and raised $45,000 for Cure Kids. Mactodd Lawyers entered a team and was delighted to support the quiz by donating several bottles of Central Otago Pinot Noir for the silent auction. The Champagne Princesses, Mactodd’s quiz team, was second in the quiz. Well done to the team - Jayne Macdonald, Rosie Cole, Fran Hesp, Lada Nobilisova, Caitlin Noble, Tanya Surrey and Abby Watson.

27th June 2017

Mactodd Litigation Solicitor Tanya Surrey joined the Real Journeys “Thank You Cruise” on the TSS Earnslaw during the opening of Queenstown’s Winter Festival last weekend. Real Journeys generously hosted a group of 100 local volunteers in recognition of the work carried out in the Otago and Southland communities. The volunteers enjoyed a sunset cruise on the lake and a wonderful view of the fireworks. Tanya was nominated for the “Thank You Cruise” in recognition of her work with Wakatipu Youth Trust, Queenstown Film Society, Queenstown Jazz Fest Trust, Creative Queenstown and Remarkable Theatre.

24th May 2017

Applications are now open! Start your path to residency via the South Island work contribution visa now.

• Employed full time in the South Island
• For 5 years
• Essential Skills Work Visa
• Under 55 years old

The deadline for applications is 23 May 2018.

Contact us if you would like us to help

2nd May 2017

Taking photos in public places – Fineprint: Autumn 2017

Have you ever thought about whether it’s legal for someone to take your photo when you’re in a public place? Mactodd Solicitor Tanya Surrey writes on this topic in the latest edition of NZ Law’s Fineprint. The newsletter also covers issues relating to rural fires, buying property off the plans and Disputes Tribunal claims.

Click here to view the latest edition of Fineprint:

20th April 2017

NEW South island visa opportunities.

Need help navigating the new South Island pathway to residence in New Zealand?
We can help you understand the recent immigration changes that might affect you. For more information go to

13th April 2017

Minimum wage increases

Every year the government reviews the minimum wage.
On 1 April 2017 the adult minimum wage increased to $15.75/hour.

We recommend you review all wage and salary structures to ensure your employees are paid at least the minimum wage at all times for the hours worked.

In some businesses, e.g. tourism or sales, work fluctuates. You must ensure that your employees receive at least the minimum wage for any hours worked at all times of the year. This includes employees paid on a salary and/or commission basis. This may mean you need to top up their pay at certain times of the year.

You also need to ensure that your employment agreements are up to date to reflect any changes including increases to the new minimum wage rate.

Please contact us if we can be of any assistance.

11th April 2017

50 convicted under cyber-bullying law

New Zealand Lawyer magazine has reported that there have been 132 charges and 50 convictions under the Harmful Digital Communications Act 2015 since November 2016.
It is now an offence to use texts, email, social media and other digital forums if the communication is harmful to another person. See article below

30th March 2017

The Mactodd Team attended the opening of Wakatipu High School Musical “Fame” last night.

Congratulations to the cast and crew, the show was fantastic. We loved it.

14th March 2017

"Light up the sky like a flame......"

Mactodd are proud sponsors of the 2017 Wakatipu High School Musical FAME.
Tickets on sale this week, don't miss out.

27th February 2017

Following the successful opening of our Cromwell branch, MACTODD teamed up with SBS bank and BGB builders to run an informative “Homebuilders seminar”
If you didn’t manage to come along, call us to make a time to chat at either our Cromwell or Queenstown office.

23rd February 2017

Mactodd Lawyers welcomes Fran Hesp

Fran Hesp has recently joined Mactodd’s litigation team.

Fran’s background is in civil litigation and she has experience in property and insurance disputes, employment issues, debt collection, insolvency, regulatory compliance, local government and the education sector. Fran will also be working with the Commercial Team advising on a range of commercial, company and property issues.

Originally from Wellington, Fran graduated from the University of Otago in 2006 and was admitted to the bar in 2007.

Fran has previously worked as a civil litigator in private practice in Wellington before travelling and working in Europe. This included an in-house role with technology company

In her spare time Fran enjoys ski-ing, water sports and yoga.

Welcome Fran.

17th February 2017

Mactodd Lawyers in partnership with SBS Bank’s Cromwell branch and BGB Builders are offering a building seminar for anyone building a home.

The seminar presented by Senior Commercial Solicitor Bonnie Zareh will look at negotiating construction contracts, finance options and your legal rights. You’ll hear practical tips on what to look for when building.

The seminar is at Mactodd's Cromwell office at 2/24 McNulty Road on 23 February.

Please contact 03 441 0125 or email to register a place at the seminar.