Fellow of the NZILE (New Zealand Institute of Legal Executives) awarded in 1986 and obtained from Wellington Polytechnic after a three year period of part time study. Kathy became a Justice of the Peace in 2007.
Kathy was born, educated and completed her early career and legal executive qualification in Wellington.
Arrived in Taupō
She came to Taupō in 2004 for the lifestyle. She and her husband had a holiday home at Omori so the move to Kuratau in 2004 was easy to make.
Kathy started at Le Pine & Co in 2004 looking after the Turangi office but also spending time in the Taupō office. The Turangi office has built over that period from one day a week to the present three days per week.
Started her career
Kathy started as an office junior at the Wellington firm of Martin Evans-Scott & Hurley, Barristers and Solicitors in 1965. She progressed to Law Clerk attending to office searching and registrations at the Land Registry, Company Office, High Court and at Inland Revenue for stamp and Estate duties. She remained at that firm through various changes in the partnership and amalgamations until 2004.
Kathy’s areas of practice include conveyancing, subdivisions and leasing work. She is involved in trust administration and looks after estates and will preparation.
How did she start in these areas?
Her work as a Law Clerk searching the various registries started Kathy in property work. She had good teachers at that time including a partner who later became a High Court Judge and another who ran the Law Society Disciplinary Hearings. Kathy progressed to legal secretary and was later asked to study to be a Legal Executive. She agreed and after three years of study while working gained her qualifications. At this time she reduced her work hours and spent two years at university studying towards a law degree, however her work and family commitments became too much and she decided to go back to work full time.
Memorable moments in the law
Achieving thirty nine years working for the same law practice. Also, being made a JP and having the opportunity to be able to give back to the community through this service.
What does she enjoy about her work
Kathy enjoys meeting and assisting people and having satisfied clients.
Things which catch her imagination
She is a golfing fanatic but also loves the outdoors, walks, the lake, fresh air and sunshine. She is very involved in the Turangi Golf Club being the current secretary and particularly enjoys the outdoors and the social aspect of golf.
Kathy’s achievements have included walking the Tongariro Crossing, completing the across the lake (Taupō) swim (4.2 km) in 2007 and in the year 2000 she was the Wellington Sportsperson of the Year - Administrator, for her work in netball.
Kathy gains inspiration from her community. She belongs to the Turangi and Bays Women’s Club advancing women and children’s welfare mostly through fundraising and is a Board Member of the Omori/Kurutau Ratepayers Association.
Areas of Expertise
Estate and Trust Administration