DLA Piper New Zealand has comprehensive property law credentials.

With large clients in every sector from private and commercial through to local and central government, we are known for our work in the most complex property activities.

Our client list encompasses some of New Zealand’s most significant portfolio property owners – including property developers, retailers, industrial and commercial investors, investment banks, listed funds, trusts, Councils and Crown entities.

For example, we are the main legal service provider for New Zealand’s largest grocery distributors and one of New Zealand's largest organisations, Foodstuffs, undertaking all property law advisory. We have worked closely with this client for more than 20 years.

DLA Piper New Zealand has many international clients such as Pfizer, well known for their brands, who operate, own or lease property in New Zealand, and for whom we undertake property law work. Our team can manage all property matters seamlessly for global clients.

In addition, our expertise in foreign ownership of New Zealand land means we make frequent applications to the Overseas Investment Office (OIO) and are highly conversant with its processes.

Our property law knowledge extends to: Crown land; forestry; hotels and tourism; farms and rural land; retirement villages; retail, commercial and industrial; marinas; multi-title residential; local government; Maori land; telecommunications site development.

DLA Piper New Zealand has a close relationship with the principal property industry associations including: Property Council of New Zealand, New Zealand Property Institute and New Zealand Green Building Council. One of our partners also serves on the Property Law Committee of the Auckland District Law Society.


  • Structuring, financing, tax
  • Due diligence, acquisition, disposal
  • Leasing, facilities management
  • Property development
  • Trusts and syndicates
  • Green leasing, sustainability
  • Infrastructure
  • Foreign investment in New Zealand land and property (OIO applications)
  • Environment, planning and resource management


Foodstuffs North Island Limited - Bell Tea & Coffee Company
DLA Piper New Zealand acted for Foodstuffs on the sale of one of New Zealand's iconic brands and oldest tea company, Bell Tea and Coffee Company Limited.  The property aspects of the deal included the sale and lease back of three industrial properties, two in Auckland and one in Dunedin.

Changda International New Zealand Limited
DLA Piper New Zealand acted for Changda International New Zealand Limited in the acquisition of a large development site of approximately 40 hectares in Orewa, Auckland for the purpose of large scale residential development with an estimated cost in excess of NZ$100 million.

The transaction involved due diligence in relation to the acquisition, complex resource management issues, and a multifaceted application for Overseas Investment Office consent.

Insight Global Farmland Fund Limited
DLA Piper New Zealand advised Insight Global Farmland Fund Limited (IGFFL) on the purchase of a Southland 'going-concern' dairy farm business from Fermoy Farms Limited. The transaction included the transfer of property, plant and equipment, contracts and livestock, and also involved complex water rights issues.

DLA Piper New Zealand further advised IGFFL on the purchase of a Southland 'going concern' dairy farm business at Opio and Otauatau, from Braeside Enterprises Limited. The overseas investment transaction has satisfied the criteria by providing 'substantial and identifiable benefit to New Zealand'.

Yashili Dairy Co., Limited
DLA Piper New Zealand acted for Yashili in the purchase of land in Pokeno to construct and operate a milk processing facility where the total expenditure to establish the business (pre-commencement) exceeds NZ$100 million. The project is the first standalone Chinese dairy investment in New Zealand and highlights the wide scope of DLA Piper New Zealand's developing China practice, in particular in respect of inbound investment, and having the requisite language capabilities to communicate directly in Chinese.

Metlifecare Limited
DLA Piper New Zealand advised on the tendering process, construction contracts and on the provision of a performance bond to Auckland Council for landscaping works. The matter was reported to be NZ $40 million and was a key project for a new client of the construction practice.

Holmes Consulting Limited
The Christchurch Justice and Emergency Services Precinct is one of the anchor projects of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Agency's (CERA) city Recovery Plan. DLA Piper New Zealand acted for the structural, civil and geotechnical engineering consultant, a key role given the location of the precinct and risk of earthquakes.

DLA Piper New Zealand has also worked with Holmes on several other major Christchurch projects, namely the new Christchurch Hospital and Burwood Hospital redevelopments reportedly valued at $300 million.

Capacity Infrastructure Services Limited
DLA Piper New Zealand advised Capacity on the review of its template documentation for tender and procurement of infrastructure services, and a range of major infrastructure upgrades and renewal for storm water, sewer and water main, fire fighting water main and reservoirs across Wellington City.

DLA Piper New Zealand also advised Capacity on its new infrastructure management and services agreement with Wellington City, Hutt City, Porirua City and Lower Hutt City.

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