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At some stage in your life you may find yourself having to deal with family law issues. Family issues can be difficult and emotional, so you want to know you have a team of knowledgeable, pragmatic and professional barristers and solicitors working for you.

Holland Beckett Law has a specialist family law team with a proven track record of success, and we are pleased to offer you our strength and knowledge in this area. We provide a personal and confidential service.

Our Family Lawyers advise on:

  • Relationship property division on end of marriage or de facto relationship
  • – Negotiating and advising on Relationship Property Agreements
  • – Court proceedings
  • Spousal maintenance
  • Contracting Out Agreements (“pre-nuptial agreements”) and asset protection
  • Care of children (“custody”) and guardianship issues
  • Protection Orders (obtaining or defending) and related family violence matters
  • Child support
  • Applications under the Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act 1988 such as:
  • – Appointment of Property Manager and Welfare Guardian to manage affairs of an incapacitated person where no EPOA is in place
  • – Review of use of EPOA powers where concerns arise
  • Estate claims & contesting Wills
  • Disputes involving Trusts
  • Dissolution of marriage (“divorce”)
  • Paternity issues
  • Adoption


Mackenzie Elvin Law is a progressive Tauranga law firm operating across the wider Bay of Plenty.

The foundation of Mackenzie Elvin Law is based in a down-to-earth, and family-friendly approach.

In the early 80s, Fiona Mackenzie founded the firm with one thing in mind – to work with local families and businesses from her family home, providing expert legal advice while juggling motherhood.

Then, with husband Graeme Elvin, a commercial and trust law specialist, and Marcus Wilkins, an experienced property and agribusiness lawyer, this trio of partners built a reputation for excellent legal service. Forty years on, Mackenzie Elvin Law is still grounded in those values – and is still working from the original family home.

Along with Tom Elvin’s admission to the partnership in mid 2018 and Rebecca Savage, Thomas Refoy-Butler and Jason Bywater-Lutman in 2021, Mackenzie Elvin Law continues to grow in numbers and expertise. Their team now numbers over 30 and includes top lawyers with specialist and international experience.

The intention with which Fiona founded the firm continues. Working on your level. No egos. Walking with you. Providing expert legal guidance.

Whether you’re selling or purchasing a property or business, managing the intricacies of family trusts, navigating agri-business issues, working through the consequences of relationship breakdown or the death of a family member and associated inheritance issues, or needing strategic advice or Court representation, we’ve got the experience to help. No matter or conflict is too complex. And we’re grounded enough to bring a human understanding to your situation. People are at the heart of what we do. We’re straight-talkers. Our advice is clear and level-headed. No confusing lawyer speak, and no judgement either. And when you leave our home office, you should feel supported, and know where you stand.



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?

Harris Tate is a ‘hive’ of activity; busy not only with helping clients through various legal issues, but with our 160,000-strong bees, producing up to 50 kg of our ‘L.L.Bee’ branded honey per year, which is split into 250g jars.

Synergy between beehives and Harris Tate has helped bolster our long-standing commitment to the environment, headlined by the development of our environmentally sustainable offices.

Our clients are at the heart of it all.

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.



Need an experienced barrister to help you to resolve family issues? Ewan is available to receive instructions via a barrister and solicitor or on a direct basis depending on the circumstances. He specialises in all types of disputes including relationship property, parenting disputes (custody, access, relocation and guardianship), adoption, trust matters and estate claims.

He understands the importance of ensuring that clients receive expert advice on their rights and entitlements during what is often a very difficult time. He is also committed to the prompt and efficient resolution of disputes in a cost effective manner. Ewan is available to receive instructions via a barrister and solicitor throughout New Zealand.

With over 22 years of experience in the law with the vast majority being in family law, Ewan provides sound, sensitive and common sensical advice and advocacy services for clients dealing with family law issues. His experience is broad based having practised both in New Zealand and Australia.



Burley Castle Hawkins Law is a leading law firm located in Tauranga, New Zealand committed to modern work practice and technology. This allows us to provide effective advice to clients. Directors Nikki Burley, Tom Castle and Holly Hawkins, along with their team, are dedicated to providing excellent service and a complete approach to your personal and business needs.



Cooney Lees Morgan is a full service law firm based in Tauranga, New Zealand. Founded in 1918, the firm has grown to become one of New Zealand’s leading law firms. Currently there are over 90 staff, including 48 lawyers and 9 partners. The firm is organised into four teams specialising in Property & Development, Litigation & Local Government, Corporate & Commercial and Private Client & Trust. More recently the firm has opened an office in Matamata to serve the greater Waikato region.

With the passage of time and the injection of new talent the firm has continued to grow in both skill and scale, working with new clients, undertaking new challenges and perpetually adapting to the changing face of law. Always on the lookout for the best and brightest staff, the firm’s commitment to hiring only the best people is the reason the firm is now a top choice for aspiring young lawyers.

The firm’s commitment to providing the best legal advice is absolute regardless of scale. Practice teams working collaboratively to provide the best and most efficient service – from the first home buyer to corporates, every client is treated like our best client.

Choosing Cooney Lees Morgan will always mean you have the very best legal team at your side. You will have their full attention, the support of their colleagues and the weight and resources of the Bay of Plenty’s best legal firm behind you.



The KM Law team knows that people matter most. We challenge lawyer stereotypes with our client-centric approach. We focus on quality outcomes for our clients and their families, rather than pushing for technical legal ‘wins’ that only generate income for lawyers. We hold our values close.

In our professional experience at KM Law, we know that family relationships are complex and have further-reaching legal implications than expected. People change and people pass on. Marriages can affect shareholders and companies. Children can take completely different paths to their parents and siblings. Loose ends can be legally risky, and costly.



Hine Eagle are experts when it comes to Family Law. Managing the Family Court can be extremely overwhelming for most people. Its personal and emotional and you need solid advice and representation going through that process.

Hine Eagle have a number of experienced family lawyers who can guide you through that process while making you feel informed and supported throughout.

We can assist with parenting, domestic/family violence, Oranga Tamariki matters, guardianship disputes, family protection matters and many more aspects of family law- give us a call to see if we can help.

For further details on Family Law please click “Learn More”. If you need further information and/or assistance regarding Family Law and Family Court you can contact our office.

We also offer Legal Aid in Family Court proceedings.



At The Law Shop, we offer personable advice and legal support. It’s important to us to provide accurate legal advice in a timely manner – without confusing jargon, and at a fair price.

The team is experienced in Business, Personal, Property and Family Law, and we are the preferred lawyers for retirees. If you have questions about us or our legal services, feel free to contact us any time. We can meet at our Rotorua office or if that doesn’t suit you, we can Skype, phone, use Facebook Messenger, email or text. In Tauranga, we work from a virtual office.



Elizabeth Ross is a specialist Family Lawyer, who can offer expert legal advice regarding family law including representation in the New Zealand Family Court.

She has considerable expertise in Family Law – with over 13 years litigation experience, especially cases involving children. She has represented her clients in the Family Court, High Court and Court of Appeal in such cases.

She specialises in creating simple solutions to ensure the safety and security of you and your children.

Elizabeth works with her clients during what can be a confusing and emotionally difficult time, ensuring that they are fully involved and are able to understand the legal issues and processes.

She will listen to your concerns and strive to find an amicable solution that best meets the needs of you and your family.

Elizabeth is based in Tauranga, but represents clients throughout the Bay of Plenty region.


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