Sector

Education

Buddle Findlay regularly advises organisations across the education sector, from regulators to providers. We assist education providers to influence, implement and comply with changes in legislation and policy.

Overview

We have a comprehensive understanding of New Zealand's education sector, from both policy and operational perspectives. 

We have assisted tertiary education providers implement, influence and comply with changes in legislation and policy.  We regularly advise organisations across the sector, from providers to regulators.  We assisted the Ministry of Education in the formulation of policy proposals and preparation of draft legislation for the reform of the tertiary education sector that resulted ultimately in the changes in 2002.  We are uniquely placed to assist the sector rise to the challenges ahead, as the National-led government targets further reform.  

Buddle Findlay's education team provides constitutional, operational and strategic advice to a range of education providers (particularly tertiary education organisations) and suppliers including:

  • Universities, including Massey University and The University of Auckland

  • Polytechnics, such as Unitec Institute of Technology, Manukau Institute of Technology, Universal College of Learning, Waiaraki Institute of Technology, Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, Eastern Institute of Technology, Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki, Aoraki Polytechnic and Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology

  • Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi

  • New Zealand Childcare Association

  • Education Council New Zealand

  • Private tertiary education providers and education providers for overseas students

  • Schools and pre-schools.



Work highlights

Advising institutions

on significant land based acquisitions, and on procurement processes and material contracts

Advising Waiaraki Institute of Technology and Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, Eastern Institute of Technology and Tairawhiti Polytechnic, and Aoraki Polytechnic and Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology

on their respective merger processes

Advising tertiary institutions

on their constitutional and regulatory responsibilities under the Education Act 1989, State Sector Act 1988 and related legislation

Advising senior management, councils and council committees of tertiary institutions

on their respective powers and functions, meeting procedures and conflicts of interest

Negotiating and drafting provider agreements

between tertiary institutions, private tertiary education providers and community educators

Assisting institutions

in protecting new products and concepts, and in obtaining commercial value from those products and concepts
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Our team

David Thomson

David Thomson

Partner, Auckland
Board of Management

David specialises in corporate and commercial law.  His broad practice includes business acquisitions and divestments, joint ventures a...

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  • M +64 21 668 593

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Hamish Kynaston

Hamish Kynaston

Partner, Wellington

Hamish specialises in employment relations, litigation, health law, health and safety, and education...

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  • M +64 21 279 2147

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John Glengarry

John Glengarry

Partner, Auckland
Patent Attorney

John specialises in intellectual property law and has extensive experience in New Zealand and overseas. John's practice covers the...

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  • M +64 21 678 198

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Lisette Hood

Lisette Hood

Partner, Auckland

Lisette specialises in corporate and commercial law, with particular emphasis on commercial contracting, corporate legal advice to...

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  • M +64 27 220 5123

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Peter Chemis

Peter Chemis

Partner, Wellington

Peter specialises in employment law, industrial relations and related areas, and leads Buddle Findlay’s national employment team...

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  • M +64 27 444 6619

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Sherridan Cook

Sherridan Cook

Partner, Auckland

Sherridan specialises in employment, industrial relations and health and safety as well as litigation and dispute resolution...

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  • M +64 27 545 9768

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Stephen Whittington

Stephen Whittington

Partner, Wellington

Stephen specialises in negotiation and documentation of commercial property transactions, development and construction advice...

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  • M +64 21 845 530

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Susan Rowe

Susan Rowe

Partner, Christchurch

Susan specialises in litigation, local government, insurance, industrial relations and health and safety. Susan currently advises...

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  • M +64 27 537 7784

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Tony Dellow

Tony Dellow

Partner, Wellington

Tony specialises in competition law and regulatory processes, especially in infrastructure industries. Tony’s practice is unique...

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  • M +64 21 349 651

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