Wynyard Wood is an eight partner firm that has provided legal advice for more than 120 years. The ‘Wynyard’ name comes from the founder, the son of Lt. Col. Robert Henry Wynyard and the first superintendent of Auckland and an acting Lieutenant-Governor in succession to Grey in 1854. As a smaller firm, they pride themselves on their personal approach and providing quality legal advice, while keeping at the forefront of the increasing complexities in family, commercial and property law, wills and estates, trusts, asset management, and litigation.
How do you choose which groups to support?
For a number of years we have supported a broad range of organisations, such as the Westpac Helicopter Trust, St John, Riding for the Disabled and Guide Dogs.
What form does your support take?
Locally, we support the Warkworth Tennis Club and various other groups and organisations our families are directly involved with. Previously, we have served on the committee and been the honorary solicitors for the Warkworth Area Business Association (now One Warkworth Business Association) and a member for several years.
Is there a special moment you can share that highlights the importance of being a sponsor?
Yes, when we were sponsors of the reinvigorated business association Christmas parade. We won a prize for our marvelously decorated float, which we then donated to Kawau Coastguard.
Do you get many requests for support?
We get many requests for financial or ‘in kind’ sponsorship, and try to find ways to support as many organisations as possible, but in particular those our families are involved with.
How many people do you employ locally?
We have five people employed locally with support from 30 others at our CBD and Highbrook offices, all linked through one IT system. Lack of internet speed is a concern to us as it is to others in the community. Some of us have family associations in the area stretching back generations.
Are you confident about doing business in your town?
Yes. From the day we first moved to the Matakana area 18 years ago, we were confident, which resulted in us opening the Warkworth office in 2005 on the site now occupied by Countdown.
Do you think it’s important for locals to ‘shop locally’?
It is important to shop locally and we endeavour to do so at every opportunity. We have a philosophy of actively inviting clients to come to Warkworth for their legal advice so they can enjoy other local services and amenities while they are here.