Community investment

Giving back to the community is a big part of our culture.  Right across the firm our people are doing great things in the community by volunteering, fundraising and providing pro-bono legal advice.  We encourage all our people to get involved in our community investment programme which is both interesting and rewarding.

Volunteering

Volunteering

Each year every member of our team is encouraged to volunteer for a worthy cause and is given paid ‘volunteering leave’ to do this. Our Community Investment Group organises a wide variety of volunteering options where you can go along as a group and pitch in together or you can also suggest your own worthy organisation to support.

There are a number of well established volunteering initiatives happening around the firm. One example is the Homework Help Club, where volunteers go to a decile one primary school in Auckland or Wellington to help the kids with their homework each week. Another example is the Mothers Project, where a group of volunteers have a monthly visit to the Auckland Region Women’s Corrections Facility to help incarcerated mothers maintain meaningful connections with their children. These initiatives were set up by our Partner, Stacey Shortall, winner of the Community & Not-For-Profit Award at the Women of Influence Awards in 2015 and named a 2016 Blake Leader for her success in her pro bono, charitable and legal endeavours.  Stacey also created Who did you help today?,  a charitable trust formed to connect great people and skills with charitable organisations, goodwill projects and communities.

Pro bono legal advice

Pro bono advice

Each year the firm provides a significant amount of free legal advice to many organisations who do not have the means to pay for this themselves. Some of these relationships are very long-standing, such as our relationship with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the SPCA.

We are committed to our strong pro bono culture and have a history of providing free legal advice to a wide variety of not-for-profit and charitable organisations.  If you know of a charity or not-for-profit that might need our help, we are always open to new ideas.

Business sponsorships

Business sponsorships

We also support building long-standing partnerships with organisations that are focused on innovation and globalisation.

Among those we work with include the Trans-Tasman Business Circle, New Zealand International Arts Festival, Global Women, the Deloitte Top 200 Awards and KiwiNet.

Fundraising

Fundraising

For many years we have been involved in various fundraising events – from baking cupcakes to support the SPCA Cupcake Day, to turning the office ‘Pink for a Day’ to support Breast Cancer or carefully growing and grooming moustaches for ‘Movember’.

As well as supporting these types of events, the firm has its own annual Fundraising Month where we spend one month raising as much as we can for a chosen charity.  In 2016 we had 12 teams competing across the firm to raise funds for the New Zealand Women’s Refuge.  It was an excellent way to enact our ‘one team’ philosophy and, at the end of the month, we had raised $44,000 for a great cause.  In 2017, we chose two charities to support and successfully raised $28,000 for Child Poverty Action Group and The Neonatal Trust.

I was very humbled by the effort and help MERW provides to the community, children and families.  We need more MERWs in the world.

Ana Koloamatangi, 2017/18 Summer Clerk

I was lucky enough to spend one of my days over summer at YouthLaw in Manukau.  It was awesome to see one of the ways the solicitors at Minters actively give back to the community.

Charlotte Marsh, 2017/18 Summer Clerk

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