Our Community

Gibson Sheat has been part of the greater Wellington community for almost 100 years. We love our region and the people and that's why we have chosen to live and work here.

We believe it is important that we make a contribution to our community both as an organisation and as individuals as it's part of what makes us tick in making a positive difference in peoples' lives.

It's important to us to look after our wider environment and we always consider environmentally friendly alternatives where possible and are proud to be working towards being an accredited Living Wage employer.

Royal New Zealand Ballet
Gibson Sheat is delighted to be a sponsor of the Royal New Zealand Ballet. The firm has had a long association with the Ballet, particularly during the period that former partner Bill Sheat was Chairman. rnzb.org.nz
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Wellington Phoenix Football Club
Gibson Sheat supports the Wellington Phoenix Football Club. wellingtonphoenix.com
Nuku Ora (Sport Wellington)
As a leading sports law practice in the region, we're committed to the success of the region's sports. For many years we have sponsored categories at Nuku Ora's annual Sport and Recreation Awards. We are now proud supporters of the Sports Legends of Wellington (displayed at ASB Sports Centre, Kilbirnie). We are also the provider of legal advice through Nuku Ora's shared services platform. nukuora.org.nz
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Cuba Dupa & Creative Capital Arts Trust 
We are proud to be a supporting partner of the iconic Wellington festival, Cuba Dupa. Partner Nigel Moody is involved with the Creative Capital Arts Trust, which operates the Wellington Fringe Arts Festival. The trust also resurrected the famous Cuba Street Carnival, reintroducing it as Cuba Dupa, in 2015. cubadupa.co.nz
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Wairarapa United Football 
Bronze sponsorship. wairarapaunited.co.nz
New Zealand Endurance Yacht Race 
Gold sponsor of this annual event, held in Wellington at Lowry Bay Yacht Club. lbyc.org.nz/24-hour-endurance-yacht-race
Masterton Golf Club Premier team

Sponsor of the Masteron Golf Club team in the Wellington Region Premier Golf Championship. mastertongolfclub.co.nz

Business Involvement
Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce

Platinum Sponsor of the Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce and plays a supporting role in the Chamber's activities. Partner, Mike Gould, is a past Vice President of its Board. hvchamber.org.nz

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Wellington Chamber of Commerce

Gibson Sheat has been a member and supporter of the Chamber for many years. Read more about the Chamber's activities here

Wairarapa Chamber of Commerce

Gibson Sheat is involved with the Wairarapa Chamber of Commerce. Find out more about the Wairarapa Chamber here.

Institute of Directors

Wellington office partners Claire Byrne and Nigel Stirling are members of the Institute, an organisation dedicated to promoting excellence in corporate governance. iod.org.nz

New Zealand Law Society

A number of our partners support the activities of our professional organisation by the membership of its various committees. lawsociety.org.nz

ANZSLA Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association

Through partner Nigel Stirling, leader of our sports law practice, Gibson Sheat plays a supporting role in this Trans-Tasman organisation. This includes organising seminars in Wellington on topics of interest to members. anzsla.com

Atiawa Toa FM

Partner Nigel Stirling is a Director of Atiawa Toa FM Limited - Wellington's leading Iwi radio station. As a fully commercial enterprise, Atiawa Toa FM retains a community focus. It successfully competes in the Greater Wellington market, broadcasting to the Wellington region via 2 transmitters; one on the eastern hills of Lower Hutt and the other overlooking Porirua city. For more information, or to listen go to Atiawa's webpage:‚ atiawa.com/atiawa-fm

Business Network International (BNI)

Several of our associates and staff solicitors are members and contributors to BNI groups in Lower Hutt and Wellington. bni.com

Community Involvement
Cancer Society (Wellington Division) of New Zealand

Gibson Sheat supports the activities of the Wellington division through monetary contributions and participation in Daffodil Day fundraising. Read more about the Wellington Division's activities at cancernz.org.nz.

First Foundation

Gibson Sheat provides an educational scholarship to a Victoria University/University of Wellington student via the First Foundation organisation. As well as the financial element, the student also receives employment and mentoring from Gibson Sheat over a 4-year period. firstfoundation.org.nz

Wellington City Mission

The firm supports the Wellington City Mission on an annual basis through charitable donations and also supports many of its fundraising activities. wgtncitymission.org.nz 

Citizens Advice Bureaux

A number of partners and staff volunteer at Citizens Advice Bureaux, providing free legal advice throughout the Wellington region. cab.org.nz


The firm provides financial support, particularly at Christmas, to a number of organisations including:
  • Knox Presbyterian Church
  • Our Lady's Home of Compassion
  • Salvation Army (Hutt Central)
  • Wellington SPCA
  • Wellington Women's Refuge
  • Lower Hutt Women's Refuge
  • Lions Room at the Inn
  • Young New Zealanders Foundation
  • Wellington Free Ambulance
  • Hospice Wairarapa
  • Masterton Community Churches - Room at the Inn Community Christmas lunch

We have also supported the Wellington Special Children's Christmas Party each year since 2000.

Other Voluntary Activities
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Gibson Sheat partners and staff freely provide their time and support to other organisations in the community, including but not limited to:

Consultant, Roger Drummond: NZ Universities Rugby chairman

Partner, Claire Byrne: sits on the Wellington Catholic Homes Trust Board, St Mary's College Board.

Partner, Mike Gould: a code of conduct commissioner for the Wellington Cricket Association, Citizens Advice volunteer.

Partner, Nigel Stirling: Director Atiawa Toa FM Limited (one of the network of Maori radio stations), Member of the Sacred Heart Cathedral parish council, Junior cricket team coach at Collegians Junior Cricket Club, Honorary Solicitor‚ Playcentre, Honorary Solicitor - Hutt Valley Softball Association Inc, Honorary Solicitor - Hutt Old Boys Marist Rugby Football Club.

Partner, Dave Robinson: Honorary Solicitor - Croatian Cultural Society (Wgtn) Inc, Honorary Solicitor - The Orpheus Choir of Wellington.

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