Meet the Summit Law Team

Ngaire Smith
Ngaire Smith

Director

Ngaire is a graduate of the University of Canterbury (1982) and has been in practice since 1983, in particular in the eastern suburbs of Christchurch, for more than 30 years.

Ngaire has a general practice focusing on residential and commercial conveyancing, small business, estate administration and asset planning (wills, enduring powers of attorney, family trusts).

Ngaire values the long associations she has developed with her clients over the years and looks forward to continuing to support them in our local area and beyond.

Naahi Taiaroa
Naahi Taiaroa

Director

Naahi acts for clients all around New Zealand, specialising in conveyancing, and all aspects of commercial transactions, particularly with separation agreements and contracting out agreements.

Naahi graduated from the University of Canterbury and was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in 2013.

Zara Tonks
Zara Tonks

Senior Associate

Zara is a Senior Associate of our firm and a trust law expert. She studied law at the University of Canterbury and was then admitted to the Bar as a Barrister and Solicitor.

She has over a decade of legal experience including a broad range of experience in trust establishment and management, and succession planning for a wide variety of clients from individual family to large wealth international investment trusts.

Outside of work, Zara enjoys spending time exploring the outdoors with her young family and Swedish Vallhund dog, Ragnar. 

Margaret-Anne Hill
Margaret-Anne Hill

Registered Legal Executive

Margaret-Anne is a registered legal executive with over 30 years’ experience and is now a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Legal Executives.

Margaret-Anne works closely with Ngaire and is responsible for residential conveyancing. If you are looking to buy or sell your property, including Kiwisaver and Homestart Grants, and with a particular passion for assisting first home buyers, Margaret-Anne can guide you through the process.

When Margaret-Anne is not in the office, she can be found enjoying the local parks walking her Bernese Mountain Dog, Boston. Boston often visits the firm so you may get to meet him!

A little known fact is that Margaret-Anne is also a trained Bikram Yoga teacher!  

Olivia O'Shea
Olivia O'Shea

Legal Executive

Olivia is a Legal Executive who assists with all aspects of conveyancing and administration.  Olivia started her career as a successful Recruiter with a history of working in the staffing and recruitment industry.  Olivia is particularly skilled at building relationships with our clients, and assisting them through the process of buying and selling property. 

Olivia has almost completed her Diploma in Legal Executive Studies following which she will apply to be a conveyancing Practitioner.

Outside of work, Olivia enjoys the odd round of golf with friends and travelling around the local area supporting her local community.

Emma Fahey
Emma Fahey

Registered Legal Executive

Emma is a qualified Legal Executive and specialises in the areas of Wills, EPA'S and estate administration.  Emma's sense of compassion and professional approach is reassuring to clients who are navigating the legal process.    

Emma keeps busy, so if you are buying or selling property, you will often find Emma assisting our busy team of Property Lawyers to ensure your transaction goes smoothly. 

During her time outside of the office, Emma can be found spending time with her family, and traversing the Bridle Path with her dog, Millie.  

Jessica Cavill
Jessica Cavill

Solicitor

Jessica is a recent graduate of the University of Canterbury and was admitted to the bar as a Barrister and Solicitor in 2021.

Jessica assists Zara in the trust practice of the firm, and is developing her skills and knowledge in all areas of trusts, wills and asset planning.

Outside of work, Jessica enjoys swimming, road-biking, indoor rock climbing and spending time with friends and family and her tabby cat called Yuumi.

Linda van den Arend
Linda van den Arend

Executive Administrator

Linda has a background in Hospitality, Insurance, Graphic Design and has completed a certificate in Business Administration and Technology.

Linda is committed to assisting and supporting the team at Summit Law, whilst giving exceptional customer service to our clients. Additionally, Linda is responsible for coordinating our Anti Money Laundering procedures and technology systems.

During her spare time, Linda enjoys spending time with family and friends, mountain biking, fishing, and camping.

Come and visit your friendly, local law team in Ferrymead.

Whether you've got something exciting on the horizon or need help with a problem that's worrying you, we'd love to have a chat about how we can help.