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Kristine King appointed Chair of NZ Law Limited

Kristine King appointed Chair of NZ Law Limited and Two New Directors Elected

Women make up almost 50% of board

NZ LAW Limited has announced the appointment of its new chair – Kristine King – and the election of two new directors to its board – Natalie Gaskin and Daniel (Dan) Moore. These appointments took effect from 7 October 2016. NZ LAW’s board now comprises three women and four men.

Kristine King succeeds Auckland lawyer, Michael Busch, who has retired from NZ LAW’s board. Kristine says, “The board and I would like to acknowledge the contribution Michael Busch has made to the board as a director for seven years, and in the past three years as chairman. As chair he has bought a level of enthusiasm and professionalism that has greatly benefited the board and the group. Under his leadership, NZ LAW has implemented a number of new initiatives to support and encourage our members to tackle the challenges that face legal professionals.

“We are also pleased that NZ LAW acknowledges the strong contribution that women have in its member firms by having nearly 50% female representation on our board. Women have a significant part to play in the governance of any organisation and NZ LAW is well pleased to be leading the way.”

Kristine King was elected to NZ LAW’s board in 2012, with special responsibilities for the financial portfolio. Kristine King is a director of Duncan King Law a boutique practice in Newmarket, Auckland following a merger of several local firms. Kristine’s areas of practice are property, trusts and commercial matters with a special interest in subdivisions. Kristine is a regular public speaker and presents on a number of property and asset protection issues for ANZ, Bayleys Real Estate and the Auckland Property Investors Association. In addition Kristine volunteers time to the New Zealand Law Society as a Standards Committee Lawyer Member in Auckland.

New director, Natalie Gaskin is a partner of Wellington law firm, Johnston Lawrence Ltd and advises clients on commercial, property and trust matters. Natalie is one of New Zealand’s top amateur long-course triathletes and competes nationally as well as internationally in ironman and half-ironman events. She recently placed second in her division at the 70.3 (half-ironman) World Champs in Mooloolaba and achieved a top-10 finish at the Ironman World Champs in Kona, Hawaii.

Hamilton lawyer, Dan Moore, is a commercial law partner at Norris Ward McKinnon specialising in joint ventures, IT matters, commercial property and construction law. Dan is also a chair of the Waikato Rugby Union’s judiciary and appeals panels and a member of the board of trustees for the Waikato Diocesan School for Girls.

Ms King says, “We welcome Natalie Gaskin and Dan Moore to the board and we look forward to their contributions to the group. NZ LAW would also like to acknowledge the long service to the board of David Graham of Panmure member firm, DG Law Limited. He retires from the board having completed five years as a director. David has been pivotal in driving the group’s benchmarking initiatives and library portfolio.

NZ LAW’s board of directors now comprises:

• Kristine King, Duncan King Law, Newmarket, Auckland (chair) with directors

• Michael de Buyzer, Berry & Co, Oamaru

• Gerard DeCourcy, Downie Stewart, Dunedin

• Natalie Gaskin, Johnston Lawrence, Wellington

• Jacquie Gray, Gifford Devine, Hastings

• Mark Henderson, Corcoran French, Christchurch, and

• Dan Moore, Norris Ward McKinnon, Hamilton.

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