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Passing The RMLA Baton On At Cooney Lees Morgan

Passing The RMLA Baton On At Cooney Lees Morgan

6 October 2021

Cooney Lees Morgan Partner Mary Hill recently completed her two-year term as President of the Resource Management Law Association (RMLA) – just as her colleague, Senior Associate Kate Stubbing, was appointed to the national committee.

Mary says it’s satisfying to know the firm’s long association with the RMLA will continue and the Bay of Plenty will remain well-represented at a national level. 

“One of the key things I’ve tried to focus on during my term as President is regional New Zealand. It’s been a privilege to lead a national organisation from the Bay of Plenty and increase the profile of the interesting work that’s going on in places such as Tauranga and the wider Bay of Plenty.&r...


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Cooney Lees Morgan update on COVID-19

Cooney Lees Morgan update on COVID-19

18 August 2021

As we are now in Level 2 our Tauranga and Matamata offices are open to clients via appointment only.  Our preference is for client appointments to be via phone or video (e.g. Zoom), but we...


Cooney Lees Morgan Supercharges Its Resource Management Expertise

Cooney Lees Morgan Supercharges Its Resource Management Expertise

14 July 2021

Professional resource management advice is more sought-after than ever, and Cooney Lees Morgan is ready to deliver. The firm’s specialist Resource Management and Local Government team, which...


Flexibility Allows Rebecca To Realise Ultimate Career Goal

Flexibility Allows Rebecca To Realise Ultimate Career Goal

1 April 2021

Rebecca Graham is helping set a new benchmark for work-life balance in the legal industry thanks to a deliberate focus on flexible work arrangements at Cooney Lees Morgan in Tauranga.  The 40...


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24 February 2021

The chance to work with top national and international clients while living in one of New Zealand’s most desirable places doesn’t come around often. But if your dream is to have a...


Taking PRIDE In Who We Are

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23 February 2021

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Last Cooney Bids Farewell To Century-Old Family Firm

Last Cooney Bids Farewell To Century-Old Family Firm

7 December 2020

One of Tauranga’s oldest and most successful law firms is approaching the end of an era as Owen Cooney – the third generation of his family to work at Cooney Lees Morgan – announces...


Promoting Top Talent In 2020

Promoting Top Talent In 2020

16 November 2020

Rewarding our staff for outstanding results, hard work and commitment is a key focus at Cooney Lees Morgan and our Partners are thrilled to announce promotions for five of our talented team members...


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16 September 2020

Tauranga’s first major apartment build in recent years required Cooney Lees Morgan to be across all legal aspects of the project from start to finish – including the settlement of 24...


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Introducing new partner Campbell Izzard

10 July 2020

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Busy Summer Ahead For Law Students

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4 December 2019

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Mary Hill Elected RMLA President

Mary Hill Elected RMLA President

30 September 2019

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Support For Tarnished Frocks And Divas As Strong As Ever

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5 September 2019

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Murray Humbled By Export Honour

Murray Humbled By Export Honour

26 June 2019

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Michael Cooney Retires After Nearly 50 Years Service

Michael Cooney Retires After Nearly 50 Years Service

5 June 2019

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Donation Drive

Donation Drive

3 June 2019

Rachel Van Rossen, a Senior Solicitor in our Private Client and Trust team took it upon herself to contact the Tauranga Women's Refuge recently to ask what their current needs were....


Promotions Recognise Our Top Talent In 2019

Promotions Recognise Our Top Talent In 2019

16 May 2019

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Welcoming Our Newest Partner

Welcoming Our Newest Partner

1 April 2019

We have an exceptional pool of talent at Cooney Lees Morgan and we’re delighted to welcome one of our young stars to the firm’s partnership team. At just 33 years of age, Cameron Russell...


Celebrating 25 Years With CLM

Celebrating 25 Years With CLM

15 March 2019

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Helping Spread Christmas Cheer

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13 December 2018

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Cameron Russell - Young Employee Of The Year

Cameron Russell - Young Employee Of The Year

12 November 2018

Cameron Russell Scoops Tauranga’s ‘Young Employee Of The Year’ Award We’re lucky to have some outstanding individuals working at Cooney Lees Morgan and one of our Senior...


Bringing Soft Paradise To Tauranga

Bringing Soft Paradise To Tauranga

17 September 2018

Acclaimed New Zealand visual artist Dr Fiona Pardington MNZM will stage a solo photographic exhibition at Tauranga Art Gallery later this month thanks to generous support from Cooney Lees Morgan. As...


Unveiling Our New Gift To Tauranga City

Unveiling Our New Gift To Tauranga City

3 September 2018

Five new towering pohutukawa trees now provide much-needed shade beside Tauranga’s popular waterfront playground thanks to Cooney Lees Morgan. Our firm is delighted to have sponsored the...


Helping Clients Grow & Succeed On The World Stage

Helping Clients Grow & Succeed On The World Stage

22 August 2018

It was wonderful to see one of my long-standing clients, Greg and Mandy Jarvis, owners of Bluelab Corporation, win the ‘Service to Export Award’ at the recent Bay of Plenty Export...


Important Changes for Clients

Important Changes for Clients

21 June 2018

From 1 July 2018 all lawyers were required to comply with the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 (“AML/CFT Act”). What is the purpose of the AML/CFT...


New Promotions Announced

New Promotions Announced

13 April 2018

Fostering young talent and encouraging staff to progress their legal careers are two important values here at Cooney Lees Morgan. Our partners are pleased to announce the following promotions have...


Reflecting On 100 Years Of Success

Reflecting On 100 Years Of Success

12 April 2018

The Cooney family has had the unique privilege of watching our firm grow and evolve over the past 100 years and we’re all immensely proud to have reached this significant milestone. As a child...


Cooneys back St Johns Building project

Cooneys back St Johns Building project

21 February 2018

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Mary Hill appointed RMLA Secretary

Mary Hill appointed RMLA Secretary

30 October 2017

We are proud to announce that Cooney Lees Morgan Partner Mary Hill has been appointed as Secretary of the Resource Management Law Association.   Established in 1992, the Resource...


Presentation Partner for TAG

Presentation Partner for TAG

6 July 2017

Cooney Lees Morgan has a strong association with Tauranga Art Gallery, supporting the gallery through sponsorship of their exhibitions.  As lovers of the arts Cooney Lees Morgan Partners and...


Celebrating Administrative Professionals Day!

Celebrating Administrative Professionals Day!

26 April 2017

A fabulous day was enjoyed by all to celebrate Administrative Professionals Day in style! A series of fun games and events were held, where we put the Cooney Lees Morgan Partners to the test, with...


Lunchbreak Battles make the local news!

Lunchbreak Battles make the local news!

24 April 2017

There were smiles on their faces and sweat on their brows as Monique Lowry, Stu Robertson and Julia Edward completed the Cooney Lees Morgan Lunchbreak Battle this afternoon. The trio from Team Up...


Mary features in Uno Magazine

Mary features in Uno Magazine

11 April 2017

Cooney Lees Morgan's newest Partner, Mary Hill features in the brand new issue of Uno Magazine, out now. Mary's tale from her arrival in Tauranga to becoming a Partner at the firm makes for...


Tauranga Boys Cricket team off to the Nationals!

Tauranga Boys Cricket team off to the Nationals!

10 April 2017

This story orignally appeared in the Bay of Plenty Times, 12:00 PM Monday Apr 3, 2017. Cooney Lees Morgan Tauranga Boys' College cricket team have qualified for the Secondary School...


Mary Hill becomes a Partner!

Mary Hill becomes a Partner!

1 April 2017

On the 1st of April Cooneys officially welcome Mary as the firm's latest Partner and are very excited to have her onboard.  Mary's 15 years experience as a Litigator,...


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...


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...


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

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Buddy Day underway

Buddy Day underway

14 November 2014

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New Chamber of Commerce board announced

New Chamber of Commerce board announced

8 October 2014

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What does business want from local government?

What does business want from local government?

18 September 2013

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 speaker at a recent Chamber of...