Partnering & Collaboration

Our partnerships and collaborations keep us at the forefront of our profession whilst staying true to our values and whakataukī.

Gender Equality Charter

The Gender Equality Charter is a set of commitments aimed at improving the retention and advancement of women lawyers.

BVA The Practice has committed to this charter as a signatory.

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)

The SPCA is a charity that helps protect animals who are sick, injured, lost, abused or simply abandoned. The SPCA is the only charity with the power to prosecute people under the Animal Welfare Act 1999.

BVA The Practice prosecutes regularly on the behalf of the SPCA to help advance the welfare of all animal in New Zealand.

Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand

AMINZ is the leading body in New Zealand for people working in dispute resolution. AMINZ is also the leading proponent for explaining and advocating dispute resolution whilst also working to ensure best practice.

With an AMINZ appointed dispute resolution practitioner, BVA The Practice values and specialises in all forms of dispute resolution.

Fairway Resolution

FairWay Resolution Limited is an independent, employee-owned company providing specialist conflict management and dispute resolution services.

BVA The Practice works with FairWay to provide mediation services as Ben Vanderkolk is an appointed FairWay Practitioner.

Business Clever Companies

BCC is New Zealand’s specialist business development organisation for startups in agriculture, agritech, and agrifood. They also use their expertise in tech transfer, startups, and investment to help entrepreneurs and innovators to take products to market.

As a practice we acknowledge and support BCC as a centre of innovation and utilise their expertise and services.

Food Innovation Club

New Zealand’s smartest food science minds working together to drive innovation in the global food industry.

Innovation is followed by regulation and with compliance expertise we actively observe the developments of Food HQ.

Massey University

Massey University is a tertiary education provider with campuses located in Auckland, Wellington, and the Manawatu.

Ben Vanderkolk serves as a member of the University Council.


UCOL is a modern institute of technology and polytechnic with specialty in Applied Engineering and Trades, Health and Sciences, and Humanities and Business.

Appointed by the Minister of Education, Ben Vanderkolk is the Chair of the UCOL Council.

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