Latest News

Forty Million Dollar Orchard Deal

Forty Million Dollar Orchard Deal

7 March 2017

Having a long-standing relationship with Ngai Tukairangi, Cooney Lees Morgan were delighted to be entrusted with the responsibility of acting for them on their recent acquisition of a 60 canopy-hectare Kiwifruit orchard, one of New Zealand’s largest.

Ngai Tukairangi trustee, Neil Te Kani, says this landmark acquisition marks an important milestone for the trust: 

“We have always been leaders in the kiwifruit industry, and we’ve maintained our long-term commitment to the sector despite challenges the industry has faced.”

“It’s a strategic decision, we signalled it at last ye...


Recent News

Don't miss Sam Curtis on tour!

Don't miss Sam Curtis on tour!

16 February 2017

Recently promoted and now called on tour; a dislocated thumb for a fellow cricketer means Cooney Lees Morgan Associate, Sam Curtis, will join the White Ferns One-Day squad to contest the Rose Bowl in...


Look who got promoted...

Look who got promoted...

22 November 2016

There is a quote from iconic, businessman, Richard Branson, that states “If you take care of your employees, they will take care of the clients.” It’s a statement that we like to...


New appointment for Mary Hill

New appointment for Mary Hill

8 November 2016

An exciting opportunity recently arose for Cooney Lees Morgan Associate, Mary Hill, with her appointment to the National Committee of the Resource Management Law Association. The Resource Management...


Sam Curtis to take on South Africa

Sam Curtis to take on South Africa

25 September 2016

Article by Peter White, published in the Bay of Plenty Times on Sunday Sep 25, 2016 When Sam Curtis played her last ODI for the White Ferns two years ago she wondered if she would get another chance...


5 Minutes with... Rachel Boyte

5 Minutes with... Rachel Boyte

13 September 2016

Published in NZ Lawyer 12 September 2016 What made you decide to become a lawyer? I fell into it – started out at university doing business and languages, and did LAWS101 as I thought a basic...


We are New Zealand Law Awards finalists

We are New Zealand Law Awards finalists

8 September 2016

Cooney Lees Morgan is officially a finalist in the 2016 New Zealand Law Awards! The Mid–Market Deal of the Year merger to form Coretex and Milford Investment was shortlisted for the Awards...


Tania strong arms the competition

Tania strong arms the competition

2 September 2016

Yet another member of our team, Tania Waikato has a hidden talent. Not only a highly successful senior solicitor for us, but also a highly successful CrossFit athlete. Having won the Master...


Sam Curtis called up to the White Ferns

Sam Curtis called up to the White Ferns

31 August 2016

Huge congratulations to senior solicitor Sam Curtis for making the New Zealand White Ferns Cricket team. Sam Curtis has been chosen as a member of the New Zealand White Ferns cricket team on the...


New Deputy Chairperson at TECT

New Deputy Chairperson at TECT

29 August 2016

One of our very own, Cooneys partner, Paul Tustin has been elected Deputy Chairperson for the Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust (TECT) after previously being elected as a trustee of TECT in...


Supporting TAG and Project Tauranga

Supporting TAG and Project Tauranga

24 August 2016

Tauranga’s residents will soon be enjoying two special exhibitions at the Tauranga Art Gallery thanks to Project Tauranga partner Cooney Lees Morgan’s generosity – and Art Gallery...


The healing power of sport

The healing power of sport

19 August 2016

During this time of worldwide Olympic spirit we get to experience a world brought together by the achievements and successes of many dedicated athletes and now this same experience has been brought...


We are now in Matamata

We are now in Matamata

1 August 2016

We have opened a branch office in Matamata at 8 Tainui Street, opposite Farmers. With an established team of business and rural legal specialists as well as other lawyers practicing in all aspects...


Cooneys attends 2016 GP Conference

Cooneys attends 2016 GP Conference

20 July 2016

For the second year in a row the team at Cooney Lees Morgan attended the annual GP Conference in Rotorua, mixing and mingling with GPs, nurses and practice managers who had travelled from far and...


New member of AMINZ

New member of AMINZ

11 July 2016

We are pleased to announce the recent achievement of Special Counsel Sharron Wooler. Sharron, who has been a valued member of the Cooney Lees Morgan team since joining the firm in 2008, has been...


Sponsor of TAG exhibitions

Sponsor of TAG exhibitions

30 June 2016

Did you know that Cooney Lees Morgan is sponsoring some upcoming exhibitions at the Tauranga Art Gallery? By Rebecca Graham We are supporting a series of exhibition at Tauranga Art Gallery by...


City Explorer Challenge Final Results

City Explorer Challenge Final Results

16 May 2016

This year’s Cooney Lees Morgan City Explorer Challenge was a great success. It was impressive to see how many creative photos were received and how positive the vibe was over the...


City Explorer Challenge Update

City Explorer Challenge Update

21 April 2016

We’re just over the halfway mark, and things are heating up. A good number of competitors are enjoying getting out and about, sending in photos of their smiling faces at various...


Comvita announces Denyer in board position

Comvita announces Denyer in board position

6 April 2016

NZX-listed Bay of Plenty honey and health products company Comvita has announced the appointment of Tauranga lawyer Murray Denyer to the board, effective April 1. The Cooney Lees Morgan partner is...


Health and Safety Law Changes

Health and Safety Law Changes

4 April 2016

You may have seen an article in the Bay of Plenty Times (4 April 2016) about the new health and safety legislation which has now come into effect.  The new legislation is called the Health and...


Great Scott!

Great Scott!

1 April 2016

We are proud to announce Scott Goodwin as our newest partner.  Scott’s broad range of experience, diligence and appetite for a challenge will stand him in good stead as he takes...


Comvita's new Independent Director

Comvita's new Independent Director

1 April 2016

The Board of natural health products company, Comvita is pleased to announce the appointment of Murray Denyer as an Independent Director of Comvita, effective from 01 April 2016. Murray is an...


Join up for inter-firm fitness challenge

Join up for inter-firm fitness challenge

31 March 2016

Time is running out for workers who want to enter an exercise-focussed team event aimed at exploring the bike and walkways of the city. The Cooney Lees Morgan City Explorer Challenge is a chance to...


Businesses unite for Tauranga Foodbank

Businesses unite for Tauranga Foodbank

30 November 2015

Article courtesy of Bay of Plenty Times An "amazing" effort by a group of businesses sharing a building pulled together a van full of food and a large cheque for the Tauranga Community...


New Trustees for Art Gallery

New Trustees for Art Gallery

1 July 2015

Article courtesy of Bay of Plenty Times The Tauranga Art Gallery Trust has today announced the appointment of three new trustees - Rebecca Graham, Ben Eagleson and Simon Clark. Rebecca Graham...


TECT boost much-needed for St John station upgrade

TECT boost much-needed for St John station upgrade

4 June 2015

Article courtesy of Bay of Plenty Times St John Tauranga's base is to get a major overhaul after receiving a TECT grant worth more than $2 million. The Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust...


Sale of Route K frees up Council cash

Sale of Route K frees up Council cash

3 June 2015

Article courtesy of Bay of Plenty Times The Route K sale has freed up the council's options and allowed it to focus on developing civic amenities and public spaces. The sale of strategic toll...


Buddy Day underway

Buddy Day underway

14 November 2014

Article courtesy of Bay of Plenty Times They may be imaginary friends – but the cardboard buddies created by Mount Maunganui Intermediate School pupils are sending out a strong message...


New Chamber of Commerce board announced

New Chamber of Commerce board announced

8 October 2014

Tauranga Chamber of Commerce have announced their new board for the year ahead. New President Luke Stewart thanked the outgoing President Paul Bowker and board members Richard Craven, Tracy...


What does business want from local government?

What does business want from local government?

18 September 2013

Article courtesy of RDC RDC chief executive Peter Guerin's Council Talk column in today's Daily Post. Paul Tustin is a partner in Tauranga law firm Cooney Lees Morgan and was a key...