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 Taranaki.

Marie Callander

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

Contact Details

DDI Phone: + 64 6 759 5313
Mobile: + 64 27 634 8659

Admitted to the bar in New Zealand in 2008.

Marie has practiced in a leading South Island law firm and lectured company and commercial law. 

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

Marie also advises local authorities about commercial matters.

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

Marie came to Taranaki (from Dunedin) in 2010 to join the firm.  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 Te Reo Māori.

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

  • Corporate governance
  • Property issues for electricity construction projects
  • Obligations of financial service providers
  • Security arrangements
  • Acquisitions and disposal of assets
  • Consumer protection
  • Charities

Marie provides advice and documents transactions in plain English for use by clients who are not legally trained.

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 number 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 member Presbyterian Support Central Incorporated
April 2015 - present

Member (including Taranaki branch committee) - Institute of Directors (NZ)
February 2012 - September 2014

Board member (including deputy chairperson) - Scripture Union in New Zealand Incorporated
October 2011 - Present

Member - Property Law Section - New Zealand Law Society
2012 - Present

Member - Lawlink Solicitor and Associates
2011 - Present


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)

Independent directors and family owned companies (April 2013)

Governance lessons from finance company prosecutions? (July 2012)

Financial services and financial advisers - the game is changing (Lawlink Connect Magazine - Summer 2010)

What's Under Your Mattress? (LIVE Magazine October 2010)

Legal Ruminations

Marie Callander and Stephen J Page "Managing risk in adventure tourism operations in New Zealand: a review of the legal case history and potential for litigation" (February 2003) 24 Tourism Management, 13-23.

Contracts still important on the family farm


New Chairperson of the Taranaki IoD


Women in Leadership


Women in Leadership


Lawyer opposes Fonterra's new payment terms

Over the Fence

Free help to protect waterways

Legal Ruminations


Farmer Freddy

Sort Out Your Swamps Situation

Sort Out Your Swamps Situation

Good Intentions Only The Start For Forming A Charity

Good Intentions Only The Start For Forming A Charity Read More...

No Complaints From The Neighbours

2014 17/07/2014

The risks of becoming a trustee

2014 27 March 2014
Do your homework before becoming a trustee

Protecting Your Family Farm

2013 17 October 2013
Where there's a Will, there's a way

Future-proofing your family farming business

Articles 20 September 2013
Future-proofing your family farming business is complicated, very important and requires good planning and professional advice. Read More...

Succession Planning

2013 13 June 2013
Early plan vital to deal with farm succession

Independent directors and family owned companies

Articles April 2013
Independent directors bring discipline, objectivity, new perspectives and fresh thinking to the board of a family owned company. Read More...

Incorporated Societies

2013 7 March 2013
Freddy considers forming an incorporated society

Will bankruptcy affect the Society

2012 Published 26/04/12
Farmer Freddy is worried about a board member's bankruptcy. Read More...

Appointing Independent Directors

2012 Published 11/10/12
Appointing independent directors to family companies

What's Under Your Mattress?

LIVE Magazine LIVE Magazine October 2010
Marie Callander, Solicitor, looks at the impending Financial Service Providers (Registration and Dispute Resolution) Act and the Financial Advisers Act. Read more..

Governance lessons from finance company prosecutions?

Lawlink Connect Magazine July 2012
Read more..

Financial services and financial advisers - the game is changing

Articles Lawlink Connect Magazine - Summer 2010
If you provide any one of a wide range of financial services you need to be ready to comply with a new regulatory regime by 1 December 2010 Read more..