Proactive and forward thinking.

In the rapidly changing world of law, it pays to be just this.

Harris Tate is one of Tauranga’s most trusted and experienced law firms.  You can rely on our friendly team to provide the very best expertise.

With a proven track record in securing client goals, we take the time to make sure you understand and receive clear, concise advice that is both sound in law and works in the real world.

Proactive and forward thinking.

About Us

We know that choosing a law firm is not an easy task.
So why not make the simple choice and pick a firm where you matter?

At Harris Tate we treat clients as individuals – with the friendliness, respect and attention each deserves – while getting the best results for you.

Personal or business law; family, elder, business, franchise, employment, property and immigration law; or dispute resolution and litigation; we have all bases covered.

We live and breathe law and believe a good day at the office is when we have achieved a great result for you. Always working with your best interests at heart, through communicating and listening to your goals, we clearly navigate you through the legal system.

Or how we like to see it, smart law and intelligent advice.

About Us

Our Story

Originally founded by Ross Harris in 1980 before partnering with Alan Tate in 1995, Harris Tate has become one of Tauranga’s most trusted law firms driven by its passion to provide people with smart , intelligent advice with excellent service.

Clients are at the heart of our business. With that in mind we like to think we are a good combination of professionalism, approachability, commitment, and energy.

We are an agile firm with the right sized team of both lawyers and legal professionals driven by a love of law, and helping clients get the best outcomes.

Each day the team at Harris Tate aims to deliver a legal service that is cutting edge and professional.

Our Story

Our People

David Foster, Director

David Foster, Director

David is our workplace franchise guru with more than 20 years experience behind him. As the past-Chairman of the Franchise Association of New Zealand his expertise lies in areas of commercial, franchising and property practice. But don’t let this tough business exterior fool you.

Known around the office for his old school demeanour, David is diligent, direct and to the point. And though he doesn’t like to waste time on chit-chat, he has an ability to find the time to regale elaborate stories of the past.

He is at his happiest when he's delivering excellent service and providing quality outcomes for his clients. David’s ability to maintain sound relationships is shown in his huge network of contacts, some dating back to his Auckland boys’ school days, and a fantastic rapport with his clients – a testimonial to the large amount of Christmas cards he gets each year (and yes, there is a competition).

David is also our resident Notary Public, he takes swearing an oath or witnessing official documents very seriously.

Phone: 07 571 3668

Katrina Hulsebosch, Director

Katrina Hulsebosch, Director

Competition breeds success and while she might not like to admit it, Katrina, or Kat, brings a distinctive competitive edge to the firm – especially if you talk to the other directors. Each day Kat can be found searching for the most efficient and cost-effective result for her clients, something she gets a kick out of. Though she vouches it isn’t so much a competitive streak rather high standards and expectations.

Despite her exceptionally professional and resilient approach, Kat's down-to-earth and caring approach shines through in her deep compassion and empathy for her clients.

She is a competent, fast moving professional who loves nothing more than giving a sound legal advice.

Kat specialises in business advisory, insolvency, immigration, estate planning and elder law.

Phone: 07 928 0881

Grant Harris, Director

Grant Harris, Director

Law is in the blood when it comes to the Harris family with Grant following in his father Ross’s footsteps. Born and bred in Tauranga, soon after graduating he packed his bags and headed overseas, carving out a career abroad including more than 8 years at major international law firms in the UK.

With a great eye for detail and extremely thorough, Grant is famed within the office as being the ‘process man’ given the vast amount of process forms he has introduced (a move both loved and loathed by colleagues!).

Grant's practical, dependable and hugely intelligent reputation goes before him, which is coupled with a great sense of humour. He is a hugely experienced property investor, President of Tauranga Property Investors Association and assists Harris Tate’s property syndicate and unit title development.

With a direct and analytical demeanor it’s Grant’s love of detail that allows him to achieve excellent outcomes for his clients.

Phone: 07 571 3666

Oliver Moorcroft, Director

Oliver Moorcroft, Director

He might not be able to solve a rubix cube in under a minute (well he hasn’t told us he can) but Oliver will give it a good crack, he is an expert problem solver.

Oliver (you can call him Ollie) is our leader for all civil litigation, relationship property, disputes, and employment disputes.

With experience in all areas of disputes resolution (alternate or the traditional court system), primarily in construction, relationship property, personal insolvency and employment matters, Ollie gets a thrill out of solving difficult problems and achieving the results his clients are after.

A spin off of that is he is not so quietly confident and while others around the office believe this might be a prerequisite for being a litigator, Ollie shamelessly takes this in his stride.

Ollie has an ability to focus on the client’s problem, and solution, not the dispute itself and will do everything to solve each individual client case in order to achieve practical commercial outcomes.

Phone: 07 571 3663


Ross Harris, Consultant

Ross Harris, Consultant

As founding partner of Harris Tate, Ross’s expertise is extensive and varied. He's particularly known for his ability to define and pursue the nub of issues and negotiate proficiently.

Ross has 45 years of practical experience across much of the law, and is a life member of the Tauranga Chamber of Commerce.

Phone: 07 571 3660

Alan Tate, Consultant

These days Alan works part-time as a consultant with Harris Tate, popping in as and when required. He also is the resident beekeeper tending to the hives behind the office at Harris Tate and making our honey.

Alan’s background knowledge of his clients and practical advice is invaluable, so it’s no surprise that Alan continues to maintain a very loyal client base.

Alan remains heavily involved in local iwi trusts and as a founding member of the firm. 

Phone: 07 578 0059


Michelle Carabine, Associate

Michelle Carabine, Associate

When it comes to immigration issues, it pays to have someone fighting in your corner who knows the rules.

That person is Michelle, our resident immigration expert and sole Associate.

Michelle acts for and advises migrant clients in relation to residency (investor) applications. She holds a Graduate Certificate in New Zealand Immigration Advice and also specialises in commercial law.

A multi-talented lawyer, she seamlessly divides her time between our specialist immigration team, and helping with commercial and property law issues.

She is tenacious at solving tricky legal problems, a trait her clients hold in high regard. Michelle is relatable and approachable, but also has the ability to grab the bull by the horns to achieve the best outcomes.

Phone: 07 571 3664

Tinka Bowyer, Solicitor

Tinka Bowyer, Solicitor

Fresh from 6 years’ legal experience in the big smoke (Auckland), Tinka joins the ranks of Harris Tate’s property and commercial teams with a robust understanding of leasing, commercial contracts and general commercial and property matters.

Always up for a challenge in the ever-changing legal landscape, Tinka is a dynamic lawyer who endeavours to be one step ahead of the game for her clients, keeping them in the loop at all stages of the process to ensure the best outcome.

She is a keen moviegoer, but if you happen to bump into her at the movies it won’t be in the ‘soppy’ rom-com line, rather for an action or sci-fi flick with Star Wars her all-time favourite.

Originally from Tauranga, Tinka is looking forward to rekindling her passion for running and a set or two of tennis, along with quality time with her family – partner Paul and their one-year-old son Thomas.

Phone: 07 926 6027

Nicole Wong, Solicitor

Nicole Wong, Solicitor

Nicole is an integral cog in the wheel that is our immigration team, especially with our growing Chinese client base.

She is fluent in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Malay, Indonesian and Hakka – meaning nothing is lost in translation with our clients.

A graduate of Canterbury Law School, but now calling Tauranga home, Nicole is actively involved in the local Chinese community.

Specialising in conveyancing, immigration and commercial matters Nicole reflects Harris Tate’s values of putting clients at the heart of our business. She is dedicated to meeting the requirements and preferences of our Chinese clients as she advises them fully and appropriately in the appropriate language.

Phone: 07 571 3661

Lesley Monteiro, Legal Executive

Lesley Monteiro, Legal Executive

Despite deciding to retire after more than 35 years with Harris Tate, we are lucky to have Lesley stay with our team as a Consultant.

Such experience and knowledge is an invaluable asset to the firm, with Lesley providing sound legal advice, as well as being the firm’s grammar coach (an important position for which we are yet to hold interviews).

She holds a Legal Executive Certificate and is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Legal Executives. Lesley is one of three Legal Executives with more than 20 years of service to the firm.

Phone: 07 571 3662

Brierley Conquer, Legal Executive

Brierley Conquer, Legal Executive

Brierley is a Legal Executive with a keen eye for detail.

With more than 25 years of experience in property transactions, including subdivisions and finance, she takes pleasure in putting complex and sometimes confusing legal matters in the simplest terms possible.

With a love of fast cars and a great sense of humour to boot she brings a real edge to Grant’s team.

Brierley is a real people person and doesn’t need to look far for motivation each day, kept busy with children, exercising the dogs and knowing she is part of a happy workplace.

Phone: 07 928 0883

Tash Ogilvy, Legal Executive

Tash Ogilvy, Legal Executive

At Harris Tate we pride ourselves on being fast and efficient, but there is one member of the team that either takes this more seriously than the rest or just finds it a breeze – we can’t tell. That person is Natasha, or Tash.

Tash is our conveyancing gun with a professional approach to her areas of property and commercial practice.

While she is a bit of a tough nut and at times stands for no nonsense, Tash can have a good laugh too.

Phone: 07 928 0889

Sarah Lawson, Law Clerk and Conveyancing Practitioner

Sarah Lawson, Law Clerk and Conveyancing Practitioner

Employed as a Law Clerk and qualified as a Conveyancing Practitioner, Sarah works closely with David Foster on all aspects of conveyancing, estate planning and trusts and has been working in the legal field for 7 years.

Sarah specialises in property law and really relishes working with clients helping them achieve their goals. Whilst she works full time, Sarah is also studying for her Law Degree through Waikato University. Effectively, this means Sarah really does meet the “living and breathing the law” definition! Her desire for continual learning and growth within law is a testament to her dedication and consistently professional approach.

Phone: 07 928 0887

Andrea Lilley, Legal Executive

Andrea Lilley, Legal Executive

With her wakeboard and life jacket neatly tucked under her desk, Andrea is the latest recruit for Harris Tate’s extreme sports team.

But thankfully she doesn’t have her sights set on the X Games, instead as one of our Legal Executives working closely with Katrina on all aspects of conveyancing, and Trusts and Estates. 

After more than four years in delving into family law, Andrea has made the shift across to conveyancing. A move she has taken to like a duck to water, enjoying the structured process it brings in helping deliver expert advice for her clients.

And if her clean record of no broken bones in wakeboarding is anything to go by, Andrea has the precision and eye for detail that help her provide sound legal advice that will smooth otherwise potentially rough waters.

In her spare time she can be found kicking back alongside her husband Jared and their pitbull staffie cross Hans. She also has a passion for travel and is an avid car enthusiast.

You can be assured Andrea will meticulously guide you step-by-step through the legal process and ensure there are no ‘wipeouts’.

Phone: 07 571 3669

Grace Gardiner, Junior Legal Executive

Grace Gardiner, Junior Legal Executive

They say a smile lights up a room and this couldn’t be truer for our Legal Executive Grace.

With her great big smile and bubbly personality, Grace can be found diligently working in the property and commercial sectors.

Born and bred in Whakatane, before moving to Tauranga four years ago, Grace is a true blue and gold Bay of Plenty resident, who loves nothing more than soaking up some summer sunshine at Mount Maunganui Main Beach.

She is also a real people person who happily dedicates her spare time to friends and family.

It’s also a crucial trait in her work, and she confidently excels in building client rapport through face-to-face relationships and an attention to detail.

Phone: 07 928 0885

Robyn Smillie, Practice Manager

Robyn Smillie, Practice Manager

Every firm needs a Mr Fix It, or in our case a Mrs Fix It.

Meet Robyn our Practice Manager who keeps a close eye on the whole office. From administration to fixing a simple computer problem or completing the company’s financials, Robyn has the answer.

Unflappable and a great multi-tasker are two descriptions that instantly spring to mind when you think of Robyn – valuable skills when dealing with her children, and the firm’s directors.

Nothing gives her more of a sense of achievement than getting the daily ‘To Do List’ ticked off, which happens on the odd occasion.

The three F’s – Family, Food and Fun – are a big part of what makes Robyn tick. And if ever you're in need of a question to be answered, Robyn’s unmistakable and loud laugh will lead you right to her.

Phone: 07 928 0882

Deeanah Winders, Solicitor

Deeanah Winders, Solicitor

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Harris Tate has long been a name synonymous with providing top quality legal service in Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty.

For more than twenty years we have been acting on behalf of business owners and their families who have turned to us for legal advice. It is this quality legal advice delivered in an exceptional way that sets us apart from the rest.

Our established, and experienced team, are highly regarded in their respective fields, helping underpin Harris Tate’s sound reputation in the legal sector.

Our areas of expertise:

Personal and Family We understand that most people find the process of protecting their family or property, or just getting their affairs in order, a daunting prospect.

Personal and Family

From protecting your hard-earned assets, to trusts, wills, powers of attorney, our professional legal advice will take the stress out of any situation.

Do you have a will with us? Ensure your personal journal is up to date.

Elder Law Your twilight years should be a time when you follow your passions and dreams - not a time for constantly facing question marks.

Elder Law

We have a long tradition of helping clients achieve peace of mind with sound legal advice, making the transition as seamless as possible.

Business Business makes the world go around, but businesses come in different shapes and sizes.


Whether you are just starting out or are a large company, we get to know the core of your business. This allows us to identify the potential risk areas, while providing smart business solutions as we go.

We can help you in all areas in commercial law including liquidation and receivership.

Franchise As the Bay of Plenty’s long-standing and leading franchise experts we know this can be a complex web of terms and conditions. We deal with the fine print so you won’t get caught out.


Our legal franchise experts can coach you through all aspects of franchising and business advice. From creating new franchise systems, managing existing set-ups, handling disputes, and advising prospective franchisees, we have the experience for you.

Employment At Harris Tate we know you are busy running a business, which is why we support you in building successful employment relationships where each party clearly understands their rights and obligations.


Our employment team can keep you up-to-date with all the “need to knows” of employment law so you don't miss  a beat when it comes to operating within the legal frameworks. 

They are the people to turn to if things go wrong in the workplace and can assist with health and safety legal issues.

Key Contacts

Our Team

Insolvency / Bankruptcy Being financially in the red can make you blue.

Insolvency / Bankruptcy

At Harris Tate we know this can take its toll, that’s why we come up with creative ways to ensure you stay financially stable. We specialise in both commercial and personal insolvency or bankruptcy.

In other words we are your damage control team helping you deal with debt without fatal damage to your reputation.

Property Buying a family home is often the biggest investment in a lifetime.


Making sure you feel secure in the legal advice you are receiving at such a time is essential. At Harris Tate we’ll take all the fuss out of buying and selling property, while providing you with insights and knowledge you need to make informed decisions.

The property team is responsible for working clients through a range of property transactions. These include, purchase agreements, commercial lease, building contracts, mortgagee sales, and subdivisions.

Relationship Property Breaking up, it is one of those uncomfortable parts that can occur in life and adding to this emotional weight is dividing up your collective assets as you part ways.

Relationship Property

Put your emotion aside and let the competent and confident team at Harris Tate guide you through the complex division of relationship property and ensure you are protected. 

We can advise you on putting asset protection structures in place, including contracting out agreements (pre-nups) that will help protect your wealth from future property relationship claims.

By ‘untangling’ these issues in advance, you are no longer tied to an ex-partner/spouse and can move forward with your life.

Key Contacts

Our Team

Litigation and Dispute Resolution Personal, property or business issues can often get messy and out of hand, so it pays to have sound commercial advice from the start.

Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Our expertise in mediation and advising on and resolving disputes is extensive.

We specialise in court litigation, and while resolution is the ultimate goal we will protect your reputation through negotiations. We provide personal and commercial legal advice which is tailored to your particular problem.

Key Contacts

Our Team

Immigration For new residents to New Zealand, immigration policies can be a headache at times.


We have an immigration team who can clear up this hassle by providing the best and clearest legal advice for those wanting to make a new life for themselves and their family in New Zealand.

Our immigration law team are industry leaders in all immigration matters. We are based in Tauranga, New Zealand but serve clients all over the world.

Your Guide To Immigrating to NZ: What You Need To Know

Notary Public You should never feel rushed when it comes to non-contentious matters of the law.

Notary Public

David Foster our resident Notary Public will take the hassle out of any issues you are having with:

  •  Estate deeds 
  • Powers of Attorney 
  • Foreign and International Business

If you require documents to be notarised or other notarial services please contact David for an appointment.

Harris Tate is a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Notaries.


What Our Clients Say

Clean Paleo Ryan Kamins

Ryan Kamins

Oliver and the team at Harris Tate have been a tremendous help to CleanPaleo since we were founded.

As a fast growing company, it is imperative for us to receive timely and accurate legal advice, and this has always been delivered. Oliver was responsive, professional and always willing to go the extra mile.

From basic contracts to larger commercial negotiations and transactions, the team has always shown a lot of care and put a lot of thought into getting the best results for us.

We see Harris Tate as an influential part in helping to smoothly grow our business.

Ryan Kamins, Clean Paleo

Ryan Kamins

Tony Han Optometrist Tony Han

Tony Han

Harris Tate has been a great find for me. Katrina, our solicitor since we moved to Tauranga, provides a refreshing approach with sound legal advice. Before then I had never enjoyed dealing with lawyers.

Family is a big thing for me, and Katrina’s ability to balance her professionalism and amicable nature means she feels more like a family friend than a lawyer. We know we can ask for help rather than advice and in a hassle-free manner.

Being a mother herself, Katrina is accustomed to relaying knowledgeable advice in legal matters based on our needs from a family point of view.

I would happily recommend Katrina and Harris Tate to anyone looking for legal advice.

Tony Han, Tony Han Optometrist,


Tony Han

GJ Gardner Homes Shane McConnell

Shane McConnell

As part of one of New Zealand’s most trusted building brands, it pays to have the right team around you to build success. And that includes the right law firm.

For the last seven years Harris Tate has been an integral part of the GJ Gardner Tauranga team, offering smart, capable and no-nonsense legal advice that gets the required results.

Katrina and her team are very personable, approachable and are fantastic to work with. From the moment you sit down with them you are at ease and know they are in your corner and ready to help.

As a 100% locally owned and operated business, what we liked from the outset was Harris Tate’s small, yet experienced, and trusted, team who are never too busy to listen. Back then, and still today, you get that personal service and good practical down-to-earth advice.

In essence, Harris Tate offers experience and advice that works in the real world.

Harris Tate is a great law firm and we are proud to have them as part of our team.

Shane McConnell, GJ Gardner Homes  

Shane McConnell

McLeod Cranes Scott and Peter McLeod

Scott and Peter McLeod

Working with a reliable, reputable company that does everything to meet the needs of its clients is extremely important to keep ahead of the ever changing environment in which we work.

That’s why for more than 10 years we have aligned ourselves with Harris Tate, a firm that is testament to these qualities.

In that time, the firm has provided us with professional, friendly advice with a commitment to getting the right results, with minimal stress for our company first and foremost.

One of the benefits of working with Harris Tate is that it has specialists covering all aspects of business law. There is only one phone call necessary to having our query resolved, saving us precious time.

We look forward to continuing our relationship with Harris Tate and thank them for their support and expertise both past and present.

Scott & Peter McLeod, McLeod Cranes

Scott and Peter McLeod

McDonalds Tauranga John and Sonya Warder

John and Sonya Warder

Harris Tate are second to none when it comes to legal professionalism, and in our case franchise advice.

Right from our first meeting with David, we were put at ease by someone who is trustworthy, dependable and always willing to support us on our business journey.

David, with more than 20 years franchise experience behind him, is a real asset to have and someone so knowledgeable in New Zealand franchising.

Through our entire business relationship he was always responsive and detail oriented which allowed us to stay focused on the day-to-day running of our business and not get distracted with legal details.

A big thank you to David and the team at Harris Tate.

John & Sonya Warder, McDonalds

John and Sonya Warder

Westbay Waratahs Gill and Graham Lett

As long standing clients of Harris Tate we have come to value their impeccable service. 

For more than 15 years the team at Harris Tate have excelled at always being extremely helpful, courteous and considerate, no matter the requirements.

In particular taking care of many of our enquiries, some of which have been incredibly urgent and dealing with these quickly and efficiently in a polite and friendly manner.

More recently we have become clients of Katrina Hulsebosch, one of the shining examples of Harris Tate’s professional, caring and knowledgeable solicitors.

No matter the situation, when dealing with Katrina for many different purposes in the last two years we have always been put at ease and know our legal requirements are in safe hands.

We would like to sincerely thank Katrina for all her time and effort, for always making us feel important and never making anything feel like it is too much trouble.  

We would wholeheartedly recommend Katrina and Harris Tate to any business or individual in need of legal help.

Carrus Corporation Ltd Carrus - Scott Adams

For the last 25 years, Harris Tate has been synonymous with sound legal advice for our family. 

What started as a relationship between my father, Paul Adams, and Harris Tate founder Ross Harris has blossomed into a strong connection, with Harris Tate advising on past and present subdivisions and developments throughout the North Island for us.

As we enter a new period, a changing of the guard – the next generation (including myself) are continuing to build on those rock-solid ties and professional history.

With a dedicated team of professionals lead by four outstanding directors – David Foster, Grant Harris, Oliver Moorcroft and Katrina Hulsebosch – behind us every step of the way, no issue or request is too big for Harris Tate.

From a client perspective, it is pleasing to work closely with solicitors who have sound knowledge across all aspects of law, and a commitment to go above and beyond the desired result.

We look forward to another 25 years in partnership.

Kelowna Group Evan McKain

Harris Tate has been through thick and thin with our organisation, corresponding to an in-depth knowledge of our family business. We’ve faced some tough economic adversities, which left our well structured “empire” a crumpled pile of rubble on the boardroom floor. We were very glad then, and are still grateful now, that our pillar of support was Harris Tate.

With far more robust structures around our remaining business assets today, the calm, level-headed support and advice we have gained from Director Grant Harris and his team has been invaluable.

What I am greatly appreciative of, and particularly impressed with, is Harris Tate’s big picture planning, conducted with concern for intimate personal and family details. Grant was never fazed by our growing need to meet and “discuss” options with a variety of receivers, bankers, and other legal firms.

He also went out of his way to meet us onsite when required, so that he could better understand what we were trying to protect and what we were aiming to achieve.

Harris Tate’s expertise, research, knowledge and service is exceptional. Obviously you pay for what you get, but we are happy with our engagement and the value that we receive.

Evan McKain, Kelowna Group


Community is key to a vibrant and thriving city. That is why the team at Harris Tate goes that extra step to ensure we are actively involved in what makes Tauranga tick.

We are people just like you, so we believe in the importance of supporting community programmes and events – whether it is an individual’s sporting goal or a charitable cause.

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Latest News

Lure of home proves irresistible to solicitor and young family 25 November 2016

Lure of home proves irresistible to solicitor and young family

The long-established tradition of young professionals leaving Tauranga to carve out successful careers in the big smoke continues to make a U-turn, evident in the newest solicitor at one of Tauranga’s leading law firms.

Tinka Bowyer recently joined Harris Tate Lawyers as a solicitor, specialising in commercial and property matters – a move that marks her first appointment in her hometown.

Packing her bags after high school at Tauranga Girls College, she initially completed a Bachelor of Arts (Majoring in English and Film & Media) at the University of Otago, before pursuing a legal career with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Auckland.

“When I finished university [in Otago] I got into a niche role in the media and I found I could not advance. So I decided to retrain in law,” explains the 33-year-old.

“Law is always changing, so it is interesting to see how things develop and evolve over time. There are always new challenges no matter how much experience you have. No two transactions, or files, are ever the same.”

Tinka has worked as a solicitor in Auckland for six years, but recently an opportunity arose to move back home and be closer to family. With their one-year-old son, Thomas, to consider, it was too good an opportunity for Tinka and her partner Paul to pass up.

“The traffic is less hectic here and the housing is a lot more affordable. People have been really friendly and welcoming to us.”

Now settled in Otumoetai, where Tinka and Paul have purchased a home, the pair look forward to raising young Thomas here.

“I have many fond memories of growing up here in Tauranga, especially the beach and hot summers. The lifestyle is fantastic,” says Tinka.

“We are already finding it a lot easier to be able to manage having a family and successful careers at the same time.”

Harris Tate director Oliver Moorcroft is thrilled with Tinka’s appointment, a move that strengthens both the firm’s commercial and property expertise.

“Tinka is yet another example of the young professionals moving out of Auckland, and other areas, to Tauranga, to find a better work-life balance. You just have to look outside and marvel at the wonderful place in which we live,” says Oliver.

“She also has an extensive legal background and has seamlessly become a valued part of our team in her short time with the firm.”

- Published in The Weekend Sun (November 25, 2016) 

Lure of home proves irresistible to solicitor and young family

The power of putting your assets in safe hands 18 November 2016

The power of putting your assets in safe hands

Choosing an appropriate person to manage your affairs when you need it most may seem like an easy choice, but it always pays to give things a second thought.

There are two attorney roles: one attorney looks after your care and welfare, while the other looks after your property.

The ideal attorney is someone you really trust, someone who will keep your best interests at heart.

Take, for example, the recent case where a Taranaki man’s daughter stole the entire contents of his bank account – more than $320,000 – leaving him with just $20 next to his name.

While this is at the extreme end of the scale, it highlights the vulnerability of those who rely on others to manage their affairs, including having access to your bank accounts.

Therefore, think carefully before appointing someone based on a perceived moral obligation to do so – it may be to your detriment if that person is not right for the job.

If you have the same attorney for both roles, it is important that this person is trustworthy and will put your needs first as they will have complete control of your affairs.

If you have different attorneys for each role, they must be able to work together and again, they must both be trustworthy and prepared to put your needs first.

If you are uncomfortable with your existing attorneys or have doubts as to their trustworthiness or ability to work together, you can appoint a different attorney without your current attorney becoming aware of the change.

Come and talk to us - we'll help protect you.

- Trust Manager Jess Holtom (Published in The Weekend Sun - November 18, 2016)

The power of putting your assets in safe hands

Seize the chance to jump on the trampoline revolution 11 November 2016

Seize the chance to jump on the trampoline revolution

It is often the simple things in life that are best – which is why thousands of Kiwis are currently enjoying the phenomenon of trampolining.

Completely revolutionising the family entertainment industry in New Zealand, Flip Out Trampolines is one of the world's largest and most successful trampoline arenas.

At the next Franchise Association of New Zealand meeting, Flip Out New Zealand franchisor Adam Hetherington will discuss how he is constantly coming across active individuals who have tried out trampolining and want to get into a business their whole family can enjoy.

“With a precise tutoring method, due to a calculated amount of franchises opening each year, we create a business savvy franchisee reaping the benefits of a proven and effective business model,” says Adam.

Founded in Australia and with more than 60 centres globally, Flip Out expanded into New Zealand in 2015 and currently has four franchises nationwide, including in Tauriko.

The meeting on Thursday, November 17 is organised for the Franchise Association of New Zealand by Harris Tate Lawyers, the Bay of Plenty’s franchise lawyers in association with ANZ.

The Franchise Association’s regional coordinator, franchise law expert David Foster, will lead the meeting, designed to assist those looking at entering the world of franchising or expanding their current franchise systems.

“Flip Out is a market leader and has enjoyed an unprecedented track record of success and safety , culminating in a strong investment proposition.”

“Adam offers unique expert advice, having previously been a Flip Out franchisee in Canberra, so this is a meeting not to be missed.”


- Harris Tate director and franchise expert David Foster (published in The Weekend Sun, November 11, 2016).  


Seize the chance to jump on the trampoline revolution

Plenty of action in the Western Bay: Tauranga taking on a new look 3 November 2016

Plenty of action in the Western Bay: Tauranga taking on a new look

Keeping up with market advances is a challenge in the Western Bay of Plenty, as the influence of Auckland buyers spreads across the region.

The general sentiment in Tauranga is extremely positive, with real estate agencies consistently reporting a shortage of property listings and few home owners bringing their properties to the market.

The overall residential property market in Tauranga is now well past the peak of 2007. The average house price for Tauranga residential gained 22.6% in the year to April 2016 and continues to rise.

The better performing suburbs in Tauranga are Mount Maunganui, Papamoa, Otumoetai and Matua. The other suburbs started to show much greater value movements from mid-2016. For rental yield, investors tend to look at Merivale, Parkvale, Greerton and Arataki.

There is also a large number of new houses being built, especially at Papamoa East, The Lakes and Pyes Pa. Hundreds of sections will be released over the next 10 years.

Almost a dozen major building projects were underway in Tauranga in 2016, worth more than $200m in total and others on the drawing boards are easily worth another $200m.

That excludes retirement villages, apartments and residential dwellings.

Stage 1 of the $30m construction of The Crossing at the entrance of Tauriko Business Estate opened mid-2016. About $100m is planned to be spent at this site, with a 26-shop indoor mall to be added in about five years.

Construction is well advanced at 306 Cameron Road, on the corner of 3rd Ave, for a $20m, four-storey office block with underground car parking. There will be retail space at street level.

In the planning phase is a $10m Stage 1 project at the Marine Precinct on Sulphur Point for the Tauranga City Council. The council also plans to build a new civic building near Baycourt. Zespri has spent $10.1m buying its current site on Maunganui Road for its head office redevelopment. The $30m tertiary campus on Durham Street is scheduled for completion 2019-20.

Port of Tauranga continues to be a magnet for business. The availability of large industrial sites in the Tauriko Business Estate and elsewhere has encouraged businesses to relocate to Tauranga.

The Tauranga Property Investors Association (TPIA) serves members from Waihi Beach to Whakatane. It takes pride in being open and helpful, making the combined wisdom of its members available for free each time it meets.

Members like to get out and about, so some meetings are hosted off-site by the likes of Carpet Court, Bunnings and Harcourts. Mid 2016 the TPIA organized a two-day seminar for property managers and investors featuring Brian Kerr.

It publishes its own quarterly magazine, which is distributed across the Western Bay and Rotorua.

The annual TPIA bus tour rolled into the Wairakei Zone in early 2016, a strip of land running parallel to the coast at Papamoa. In all, about 3500 homes are planned for in this zone, as well as a major town centre and several community amenity blocks and a couple of commercial centres. On completion, about 100,000 people will live and work there.

“Our secret is out,“ says TPIA president Grant Harris. “The Western Bay of Plenty is a great place to live, work and invest, so much so that we now run the risk of becoming officially ‘unaffordable’.

“You are welcome to attend one of our monthly meetings to discuss these topics, and others, with fellow property investors. Check out dates on our website. It’s always an informative, yet friendly, event.”    

- Grant Harris is president of the Tauranga Property Investors Association. Article published in New Zealand Property Investors Federation's 2016-17 property investing overview.  

Plenty of action in the Western Bay: Tauranga taking on a new look

Looking the part in the eye of the law 21 October 2016

Looking the part in the eye of the law

Fashion. It’s a creative industry that entwines trends, designs and iconic personalities with the complexities of intellectual property, privacy and law.

On a daily basis designers, with the help of lawyers, are protecting their designs and inspiration, through fashion law – a legal field encompassing issues that arise throughout the life of an article of clothing or fashion accessory.

Essentially, this covers intellectual property; business and finance, with subcategories ranging from employment to real estate; international trade and government regulation, including questions of safety and sustainability; consumer culture; privacy and wearable tech; and civil rights.

It also includes related areas such as textile production, modeling, media, and the cosmetics and perfume industries.

Lawyers in this arena work on anything from intellectual property – trademarks, brands, designs and copyright – to contracts, employment law and distribution agreements. Some shops and labels have their own in-house teams, while others outsource to legal firms.

A good lawyer truly understands the client’s needs and keeps abreast of changes in the sector.

Fashion law doesn’t differ from any other area of commercial law in that respect. If you know what issues and challenges the industry is facing, you will be able to respond a lot better to client needs.

However, you need both legal knowledge and an interest in the industry to make the most cost effective decisions on behalf of clients.

It also helps if you understand retail and how the fashion industry works – but an obsession with clothes is optional.

My expertise is in contracts and commercial matters, so I have my head buried in contracts and leases most of the time. I probably wouldn’t notice whether my colleagues were wearing Louboutins or Crocs.

- Harris Tate Associate Michelle Carabine. Published in The Weekend Sun (October 21). 

Looking the part in the eye of the law

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