ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand

From the President July 2018

From the President July 2018


Sian Wingate ILANZ Small2Kia ora koutou

I hope you’re all well. It seems everyone has been in ‘busy mode’ lately so hopefully you can take some time to stay healthy and enjoy some time outside of work to re-charge.

I am fresh from our annual ILANZ strategy planning day. This took place on Sunday 29 July. A huge thank you to both our dedicated (and volunteer) committee members and our executive who used their personal time over the weekend to come along.

We covered a lot in the day.

We agreed some practical deliverables we aim to achieve over the next 12-24 months for you.  We will release our updated strategic plan for 2019 for you to view but as a preview we will prioritise:

  • more ‘in-house community’ local initiatives so our members can connect and share ideas on a local level;
  • scope and develop an in-house induction offering for those new to in-house or stepping up to be a GC for the first time; and
  • research some form of knowledge bank for members to access via our website.

The committee is made up of a range of sole counsel, local and central government advisers and commercial counsel ranging across different experience levels.  Between us we represent you, our members.

However, we are aware that we need to hear more from those of you who have recently been admitted or have fewer years in-house experience. If you fit that description, we want your insight on how we can meet your needs better.

If you have any thoughts, ideas or insights to share on the above, please email myself or our executive manager Gabrielle O’Brien at We truly value your input: the more you talk to us, the better we can serve you.

Have a great August!

Nga mihi, Sian