Technology, media & telecommunications

Technology, media & telecommunicationsTechnology, media & telecommunications

Breadth and depth in the technology, media and telecommunications sector

Chapman Tripp is the market leader in technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) advice in New Zealand. Our multidisciplinary team has developed a deep understanding of the TMT industry through our role as advisers to TMT participants across the economy.  We act for some of the country’s largest private and public sector organisations, including incumbent telecommunications provider Spark (formerly Telecom), and Chorus, the fixed line communications infrastructure company established in 2012 as a result of the structural separation of Spark.

We advise leading technology and media companies such as Microsoft, Paymark, Samsung, Television New Zealand and Weta Workshop on major projects and ongoing operations in New Zealand.  We also continue to help shape and define the TMT industry, assisting clients to usher in groundbreaking technology and negotiate their way through complex new legal and regulatory issues as they arise.

Ranked Tier One for TMT work and Partner Bruce McClintock ranked as the only "Star" lawyer for TMT by independent legal directory Chambers Asia Pacific 2016.  Highly recommended by AsiaLaw Profiles 2016.


  • Chorus, New Zealand’s largest telecommunications infrastructure company, on its legal requirements including advising on:
    • the 10 year Network Infrastructure Project Agreement with Crown Fibre Holdings to build the ultra-fast broadband infrastructure in New Zealand, including renegotiations of certain aspects
    • regulatory determinations setting the price of its core services, and associated competition and commercial issues, and 
    • implications under all its funding facilities as a result of the New Zealand Commerce Commission’s regulatory decisions on the pricing of Chorus’ copper network in 2013
  • Spark, New Zealand's largest telecommunications service provider, on a diverse range of matters, including advising on:
    • its three-way operational separation in 2012; and on Commerce Commission determinations for new regulated services such as local loop unbundling, co-location, wholesale bitstream and backhaul
    • inter-carrier wholesale and interconnection arrangements with other carriers
    • the formation of an incorporated joint venture between Paymark Limited, Spark, Vodafone Limited and 2Degrees to establish “trusted service manager” infrastructure to facilitate the provision of mobile wallet services using Near-Field Communications (NFC), for service providers (including banks) in New Zealand
    • on its data centre agreement with Westpac, establishing a Tier 3 data centre to support Westpac’s critical data centre requirements, and
    • on a wide range of procurement processes, transactions and general matters
  • TVNZ on the transfer of its Archives Facility and Archives Collection, which holds all of the audio-visual materials that have been broadcast by TVNZ and its predecessors since braodcasting began in New Zealand.


  • Kiwibank on the replacement of its core banking system, a high priority project involving expenditure of approximately NZ$100m over the next five years
  • New Zealand Post on contracts for the implementation and operation of a new FMIS and ERP system
  • Maritime New Zealand on the outsourcing of its national maritime distress and safety radio network, and the construction and operation of a MEOSAR satellite ground station
  • Counties Manukau District Health Board on its 10 year Strategic Relationship Agreement with IBM.
  • Treasury on the Claims Management Support Services Agreement between AMI (now Southern Response Earthquake Services (Southern Response)) and IAG to enable Southern Response to continue to manage claims arising from the Canterbury earthquake
  • a Japanese consortium (Tokyo Stock Exchange-listed packaging company Oji Holdings Corp, and INCJ – a Japanese corporate investor, sponsored by the Japanese government and private enterprise) on the IT and transitional services arrangements as part of the consortium’s NZ$1.037b acquisition of Carter Holt Harvey’s pulp, paper and packaging business
  • Australian waste management company Transpacific Industries on the IT and transitional services arrangements as part of the NZ$950m sale of its New Zealand business to a subsidiary of Beijing Capital Group
  • Lockheed Martin in relation to its successful bid for the New Zealand Defence Force contract to upgrade the systems on the Royal New Zealand Navy's two ANZAC-class frigates, valued at more than NZ$180m
  • Microsoft, as its principal legal advisors in New Zealand, on all aspects of its legal requirements
  • Fisher Funds on its transitional services arrangements with Tower, including significant IT and support services structures, as part of Fisher Funds’ NZ$79m acquisition of Tower Investments
  • Christchurch International Airport Limited (CIAL) on the solutions agreement with Technology One Limited for the licence, support and maintenance of software for CIAL’s replacement cornerstone ERP system
  • the Ministry of Education in relation to Novopay
  • Vector on the outsourcing of its IT infrastructure services to Datacom
  • EQC on a range of information technology projects, including contracts to the implementation and support of a Financial Management Information System and for a Learning Management System


  • Spark on the establishment of its video on demand (VoD) initiatives, to establish a market entry competitor to New Zealand’s principal Internet Protocol television (IPTV) providers (Sky TV and TVNZ)
  • Kiwibank, on a wide range of contracts and compliance advice for various advertising and social media campaigns, including Block Out Live, and innovative, real-time online game for viewers of 'The Block NZ' TV show
  • Pukeko Pictures on its co-production and funding arrangements with ITV, for the forthcoming animated TV show 'Thunderbirds are Go!', a new take on the classic 1960's series
  • Weta Workshop on effects production agreements,  merchandising licences and publishing contracts with Warner Bros. Sony Pictures, NBC Universal, Legendary Pictures and others
  • publishers and broadcasters in advertising and broadcasting standards matters, pre-publication review of articles and other media to ensure compliance with laws affecting the media, including specialist advice to Metro, North & South, and Woman's Day magazines on defamation, privacy and contempt of court issues
  • ACP Media Limited in High Court defamation proceedings brought against its North & South publication
  • Maori Television in domain name arbitration before the World Intellectual Property Organisation, and
  • The Radio Network: after multiple successful strike outs, obtaining the dismissal of a decade long claim for damages arising out of The Radio Network’s allegedly unlawful radio transmissions, with indemnity costs.

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