Tim Kinder


Tim gained an LLB from Victoria University, Wellington in 1973. 

Originally from

Tim was born in Wellington. He began his primary education in New Plymouth before transferring to the Hutt Valley and secondary school was first at Christchurch Boy’s High School and then Wellington College.  

Started his career

Tim began his legal career in Gisborne working for Bernard Bull & Co. In the mid 1970s he moved to Putaruru where he became a partner with Denis Schwarz and when Denis retired, Tim continued to work as a sole practitioner in the practice.   His early years of law practice covered a broad spectrum and included district (then magistrates) court work, rural and urban conveyancing as well as acting for a wide range of commercial clients in general business and within the forestry industry. 

Work areas

Tim became involved in Maori land matters during the early 1990s, acting for individuals, Trust and incorporations.  His earlier experience with the complexities of estate law and rural land ownership meant he was well prepared him for the intricacies of the Resource Management Act, the changing face of farming and the recent change in rules of property designed to control foreign ownership of land. 

What does he enjoy about his work?

Dealing with individuals, whether in their personal, commercial or professional capacities is the most rewarding aspect of Tim’s work and he enjoys the day-to-day challenges it presents. While there is an increasing demand for specialist legal services Tim believes that practitioners such as him, having had years of dealing with a wide range of issues and with strong and longstanding client relationships satisfies the specialist test. 

Community involvement

Tim is chairman of the Rotorua Golf Club Board of management and has been involved with many sporting, social and service organisations including Rotary.

Things which catch his imagination

Tim’s moved from actively playing rugby, cricket, squash and golf to mostly spectating and supporting, although he’s an active golfer and enjoys walking. He’s been married to Kay for 41 years and family is a passion – they have two children and four grandchildren.


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