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Manawatu Branch

PO Box 497, Palmerston North 4440, New Zealand

Ngaire Titov-Smith:
Phone: +64 4 472 7837

The Manawatu branch of the New Zealand Law Society had its beginnings on 30 March 1962 when the Manawatu District Law Society was founded. This became the Manawatu branch of the Law Society on 1 February 2009.

Governance is by an elected Branch Council, consisting of the branch President Ben Vanderkolk, the Vice-President and six Council members.

The branch functions include:

  • representing and serving the interests of local Law Society members; 
  • upholding the fundamental obligations imposed by the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006 on lawyers who provide regulated services;
  • attending to representative functions, including promoting collegiality within the branch;
  •  assisting and promoting law reform.


The Manawatu branch includes the centres of Feilding, Foxton, Levin, Pahiatua, Palmerston North, Shannon and Woodville.

Lawyers in Practice

At 18 July 2016 there were 147 practising lawyers in the Manawatu branch area.

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Last updated on the 3rd October 2019