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.

Murray McEwen

LLB - Victoria University of Wellington

Contact Details

DDI Phone: + 64 6 759 5315
Mobile: + 64 21 576 039

Admitted to the bar: New Zealand 1977

Murray has practised as a Partner in a leading national law firm in New Zealand.

Murray has a wide range of experience in several areas of the firm's practice:

  • the oil and gas sector in Taranaki
  • residential, farm and commercial property transactions including subdivisions
  • family trusts, wills and estate planning
  • business sale and purchase transactions

Murray was born and educated in New Plymouth.  Murray completed his secondary school education at New Plymouth Boys’ High School.


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

The oil and gas sector

  • service contracts for operators of petroleum permits
  • contract documents for all aspects of well drilling campaigns
  • acquisitions and disposals of oil and gas company shares and assets
  • contracts for drilling rigs, supply boats, seismic surveys, construction and fabrication
  • well-site access agreements and pipe-line easements

Commercial property

Commercial leases

Residential property


Business sales and purchases

Wills, estate planning and trusts

Partner - Auld Brewer Mazengarb & McEwen
August 1998 - Present

Partner - Rudd Watts & Stone
1986 - 1998

Associate - Rudd Watts & Stone
1984 - 1986

Solicitor - Rudd Watts & Stone
1981 - 1984

Partner & Solicitor - Graying Gilbert & Co (New Plymouth)
1979 - 1981

Solicitor - Castle Pope (Wellington)
1977 - 1979

Victoria University of Wellington
1972 - 1976

New Plymouth Boys' High School

Good Fences Make Good Neighbours! (LIVE Magazine, June 2010)

Focus on Employment Law (May 2006)

Good Fences Make Good Neighbours!

LIVE Magazine LIVE Magazine, June 2010
Murray McEwen, Partner, looks at how to go about erecting boundary fences, the neighbourly way. Read more..

Focus on Employment Law

Articles May 2006
The newsletter takes a brief look at a number of employment law areas including the basic statutory requirements for individual employment agreements, determining the real nature of certain employment relationships and the need for your business to be alert to new technology such as blogging. Read more..