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We have acted for decades in the not for profit, charity and social enterprise space and asked a few of our clients from some different sectors to describe their experiences working with us.


Krama & Co: Co-founder, Rebecca Parnham
Working with Steven and the team at Parry Field has enabled me to be clear about how we needed to set up. Getting some key aspects right now has made me feel confident about our future.


Social services: Housing Plus Charitable Trust, Marg Willis
“We have appreciated working with Parry Field Lawyers because of:
1) Their understanding and experience in the Charitable sector
2) Their attitude  – commitment of staff has been genuine and supportive
3) The staightfoward communication from PF in terms of explaining requirements simply and effectively
4) Being responsive and available
5) Their long and enduring reputation in the province.”


Education: The Commuting Book, Magdalena Lorenzo, Founder & Coordinator
“The guidance and advice I have received from Parry Fields Lawyers has been instrumental to the development of The Commuting Book.  It gave me confidence to move forward and think big.  I particularly appreciate being challenged with interesting questions that helped bring new perspectives to the project. It’s been great working with them.”


The Arts: Film Canterbury, Jackie Maw, Founder 

“When our organization was looking to set up a charitable trust, I knew without hesitation that I was going to select Parry Field Lawyers to do the work.  I was familiar with their conveyancing service and was aware that they specialized in charity law, and so Ken Lord was my first call. Ken arranged for us to meet with his colleague Steven Moe to assist, and from there we made a time to sit around the boardroom table (with a whiteboard and pen) so they could truly understand what we were trying to achieve. This not only reinforced the fact that their clients come first, but reassured me that they really did want to provide the best solution that was right for us. 

As a result of Ken and Steven’s diligence, wealth of experience and expertise, we successfully obtained charitable status, and within a much shorter time frame than I was expecting.  I would highly recommend Parry Field Lawyers, not just for their work in the area of charities, but for all legal services. They truly go above and beyond the call of duty.”


Tech: Digital Seniors, Cathy Hardinge, Founder and CEO

“Steven Moe’s expertise and his support to Digital Seniors has been fantastic. He works with where you’re at, bringing stretch to your thinking and ‘value add’. He has our highest recommendation.”


Youth Arts New Zealand, Founder: Matthew Goldsworthy

“Steven and the team at Parry Field went absolutely above and beyond when assisting us with the set up our charitable trust. Steven also connected us with similar individuals and organisations, and gave us incredible advice regarding our direction as a nonprofit, which was hugely valuable. It’s great to have a lawyer that genuinely cares about the entities he represents.”


Affinity Gymnastics, Founder: Ryan Jones

“Steven at Parry Field was a huge help to us when we needed it, from advice on establishment of our charity through to the lease on our premises. I highly recommend.”


Selwyn Creative Network, Founder: Rachael Inch

“A sincere thank you to Steven and the team who made the process of registering a charitable trust and obtaining charitable status so smooth. The support and knowledge that Steven provided us was outstanding. We are looking forward to growing community through the arts.”


Hagar Executive, Director: Don Lord:

“Through the support of a NZ based law firm, Parry Field Lawyers,  Hagar will strengthen its legal work. Hagar Vietnam ED Carol Mortenson thanked Parry Field Lawyers for their contribution to scaling up the impact of their work in Vietnam.

Don Lord ED Hagar NZ said – the pro-bono assistance Parry Field have given Hagar Vietnam means greater protection and increased access to justice for the young women and men who are survivors of severe human rights abuse.”


Wilberforce Foundation, CEO: Carl Vink

“It has been a pleasure working with Steven Moe and Parry Field – I have particularly appreciated the passion of Steven for the non-profit sector and his desire to see if flourish. This is well supported by the wider Parry Field team and we’ve benefited from having a number of specialists contribute to the outcome we are trying to achieve. I think it makes a difference to see a firm investing in helping to support the wider ecosystem, and doing it well.”


Otakaro Orchard: Peter Wells

“Through their integrity & efficacy, Parry Field Lawyers have been invaluable in helping our project grow from the grassroots to the canopy of the Christchurch rebuild. The team has been extraordinary in providing guidance on property and commercial relationships, ensuring the stability of our work over the coming decades.”


Kahukura Charitable Trust: Aisjah Addison

“You have been so good at helping us steer our way to this point and doing all the hard work!  It really is the beginning of a new togetherness……”


Mid Canterbury TimeBank & Learning Exchange, Coordinator: Kate White

“Steven Moe was great to talk with when our Board was seeking Charitable Trust status. He quickly got what we were about and could see we were charitable, when at first the Charities Commission did not. He could help us see where the Charities Commission were coming from and what the likely roadblocks were from the legal side. He did not give any winning secrets as to how we might gain charitable trust status or promise that our application would get accepted second time round, but he was a great sounding board and willingly gave of his time to understand and look into our situation. When we were frustrated and feeling misunderstood – to be able to call upon someone like Steven with his empathy, wisdom and understanding of the charities sector – it was fantastic, and so appreciated. Something in our conversations must have helped too as our second application for charitable status was approved – to our delight! Thanks Steven- we are really grateful for your support and expertise.”


Crave Cafe, Manager: Nigel Cottle

“Steven Moe and Parry Field have been instrumental in helping us navigate the legal pathways of setting up KIND Eatery as a social enterprise that incorporates social outcomes into its constitution. They helped us avoid significant compliance costs by advising a structure that works both for us and for the enterprise. We have found Steven to be the most knowledgeable person in New Zealand in these areas and are grateful for his advice and support.”


Partners Relief and Development, Chair: Judith Kier

“Parry Field Lawyers and in particular, Steven Moe, have proven really helpful in enabling our newly formed Trust to gain charitable status and most recently, overseas donee status. I have appreciated the efficient and timely manner with which all work was undertaken. Highly recommend!”

We have acted or supported the following charities, not for profits and social enterprises doing good in Christchurch, New Zealand and around the world:


The Good Shop – Eco social enterprise promoting green living, local products and workshops. Visit their website here







Housing Plus Charitable Foundation – Housing Plus provide affordable housing to vulnerable people in Christchurch who might not be able to access housing otherwise.







Film Canterbury – promoting Canterbury as a destination for film productions. Visit their website here: Film Canterbury








Watch this Space – a guide to the street art in Christchurch. Check out their website for more info here: Christchurch Street Art






Youth Arts New Zealand – check out their website here to see the opportunities available to young artists in New Zealand.





Selwyn Creative Network – see what’s on in Selwyn’s Creative Network at their website here.





Affinity Gymnastics Academy is a community focused gymnastics club established to serve the Selwyn district of Canterbury, New Zealand. Find out more here.





Hagar – “communities free and healed from the trauma of slavery, trafficking and abuse”. Find out more here.





The Wilberforce Foundation was established to support faith-based organisations who are reaching out to communities and making a difference in the lives of others within New Zealand. Find out more here.


Co-created through community consultation, Ōtākaro Orchard is a living learning hub for growing food, a local food information centre, with café, office and event spaces, and HQ for the Food Resilience Network. Find out more here.








Kahukura Charitable Trust








Crave Cafe seek to make Morningside, Auckland a better place to live and give all their profit toward the community. Find out more here.









Partners Relief and Development – check out their website here






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