Melissa Bourke elected to NZ LAW Limited Board

NZ LAW Limited has announced the election of two new directors to its board – Melissa Bourke (Palmerston North) and Brent Winkelmann (Taupō). These appointments took effect from 5 October 2018. Melissa and Brent have taken the places of retiring directors Jacqui Gray and Michael de Buyzer.

New director, Melissa Bourke, is a partner in Palmerston North and Pahiatua law firm Innes Dean Tararua Law. She advises clients on trust, property law and all aspects of relationship property; she is also experienced in elder law and is regularly appointed as Lawyer for the Subject Person. Melissa sits on the Manawatu Branch Council of the New Zealand Law Society.

Brent Winkelmann’s law practice focusses on residential and commercial property, trusts and business law. He is a partner at Le Pine & Co which has its main office in Taupō, with branches in Turangi and Putaruru.

Chair of NZ LAW Limited, Kristine King, says, “We welcome Melissa and Brent to the NZ LAW Limited board, and we look forward to their contributions to the group.

“NZ LAW would also like to acknowledge the two directors who are retiring after each having served six years on the board. Jacqui Gray, a partner in Hastings firm Gifford Devine, has had responsibility for member firm staff training and development. Oamaru lawyer, Michael de Buyzer from Berry & Co, has held the board’s insurance portfolio. Jacqui and Michael have set the bar very high for the directors who will take over their portfolios. We thank them very much for their commitment and work they have done for NZ LAW.”

NZ LAW’s board of directors now comprises:

  • Kristine King, Duncan King Law, Epsom, Auckland (chair) with directors
  • Melissa Bourke, Innes Dean Tararua Law, Palmerston North
  • Gerard DeCourcy, Downie Stewart, Dunedin
  • Mark Henderson, Corcoran French, Christchurch
  • Dan Moore, Norris Ward McKinnon, Hamilton,
  • Natalie Smith, Johnston Lawrence, Wellington, and
  • Brent Winkelmann, Le Pine & Co, Taupō.