Our People

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Auld Brewer Mazengarb & McEwen’s team are a dedicated group of individuals who provide friendly, helpful forward thinking advice to their clients. They provide legal advice only in those areas in which they have a high level of expertise, and can significantly contribute to the success of their clients.

Marie Callander


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Marie Callander


BA, LLB(Hons) (First Class) – University of Otago MComLaw(Hons) (First Class) – University of Auckland, CMInstD


Admitted to the bar in New Zealand in 2008.

Marie came to Taranaki (from Dunedin) in 2010 to join the firm after practicing in a leading South Island law firm and lecturing company and commercial law.

Marie advises private and public sector clients ranging from internationally owned to local closely held companies, iwi, social enterprises and not-for-profit organisations. Those entities operate nationally and internationally across a range of sectors including energy (innovation and electricity distribution), health, education, primary production, construction, banking, manufacturing and tourism.

Marie is an acknowledged presenter and provides training seminars for clients and other professionals on a range of different topics.

Marie often works remotely with clients from across New Zealand and embraces the opportunities that technology provides to facilitate this.

Marie serves on the Board of Presbyterian Support Central Inc, is deputy chair of each of Family Works New Zealand Charitable Trust and the Council of Presbyterian Support New Zealand and is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors (and former chairperson of the Taranaki branch of the Institute).

Marie married into a family with deep roots in South Taranaki. One of the most special things for Marie about coming to live in Taranaki has been learning to speak some Te Reo Māori.


Marie has particular expertise and knowledge in the legal issues arising in:

  • Corporate governance (including for Iwi and Hapū)
  • Business structuring and restructuring
  • Risk management and compliance
  • Unique social enterprise structures
  • Co-management for community resources/ taonga
  • Property issues for electricity construction projects
  • Land management arrangements
  • Government funding arrangements
  • Security arrangements
  • Acquisitions and disposal of assets
  • Charities

Marie provides advice and documents transactions in plain English.

Marie is an experienced presenter and has led workshops on company law for the University of Otago and provided in-house training for commercial clients and other lawyers on a range of legal issues.



Partner – Auld Brewer Mazengarb & McEwen
April 2016 – Present

Associate – Auld Brewer Mazengarb & McEwen
April 2012 – March 2016

Lawyer – Auld Brewer Mazengarb & McEwen
July 2010 – March 2012

Research Assistant – Faculty of Law, University of Otago
April 2010 – May 2010

Lawyer – Anderson Lloyd Lawyers
March 2008 – March 2010

Programmed Manager and Commercial and Company Law Lecturer – School of Business, Southern Institute of Technology
January 2000 – January 2005


Board appointments

Family works New Zealand Charitable Trust
2019 – present

Presbyterian Support New Zealand Incorporated
2019 – present

Presbyterian Support Central Incorporated
2015 – present

Taranaki branch committee of the Institute of Directors (including as chairperson)
2012 – 2019

Board member (including chairperson) – Scripture Union in New Zealand Incorporated
2011 – 2015


Chartered member of the Member Institute of Directors (NZ)
2018 – present

New Zealand Law Society
2008 – present

Property Law Section of the New Zealand Law Society
2012 – present

Women in Leadership (facilitator)


Te Wānanga o Aotearoa
Level 4 Te Reo Māori

University of Otago
Bachelor of Laws (Hons) (First Class)
Bachelor of Arts majoring in Economics and History

University of Auckland
Master in Commercial Law (Hons) (First Class)

Massey University
Post Graduate Diploma in Business and Administration (Business Law)

Dunedin College of Education
Diploma in Teaching (Secondary)


I really appreciate all Marie Callander’s  work on our Constitution. It went remarkably smoothly and we got a great outcome.

Michael Parker, Chief Executive, Presbyterian Support Southland

ABMM and in particular, Marie Callander provided professional, expert and trusted advice as we navigated the complexities of investigating and establishing a new entity, as part of Venture Taranaki’s NNEDC establishment project.

Marie and the ABMM team were highly responsive to the demands of tight and sometimes shifting deadlines and Marie felt like part of our team, throughout the 12-month project.

Pam Walklin, General Manager – National New Energy Development Centre Establishment, Venture Taranaki

We mainly deal with Marie Callander for our legal requirements, but in the course of the last few years we have had dealings with all of the partners, and a number of other ABMM staff.
Without exception, we have found them to provide a first class service meeting and regularly exceeding our expectations, and they take a genuine interest in us and our aspirations.

Paul Cummings, Kaiwhakahaere/Chief Executive, Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Mutunga