Greg Wise

Greg Wise

Partner, Wellington

Property & real estate

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T:+64 4 498 2404

M:+64 27 285 1943


LLB, University of Canterbury


2006, New Zealand

Greg is a partner specialising in infrastructure, construction law and commercial property.

Greg has extensive experience across a wide range of infrastructure, utilities and property matters and also advises a broad range of clients on contracting issues, with particular expertise in IT services contracts.

Prior to joining Chapman Tripp in 2008, Greg spent a number of years as advisor and in-house corporate counsel at Spark (formerly Telecom) practicing in areas of property and construction, telecommunications and IT.

He has considerable expertise in infrastructure projects and transactions involving large and complex property holdings. Greg also advises on matters involving construction procurement and probity.

Recent experience

Greg has advised:

  • the Ministry of Education in relation to its school capital works construction programme of over $800m during 2016/17 throughout schools in New Zealand
  • Shell New Zealand in respect of the infrastructure transfer elements of its $335m sale of the Maui Pipeline to First Gas
  • Ōtākaro in respect of establishment matters and the transfer of over $500m of land assets and ‘anchor’ construction projects as part of the Christchurch rebuild programme
  • the Ministry of Health on probity matters for the $650m plus Burwood Hospital and Christchurch Hospital Redevelopment Projects, collectively New Zealand’s largest ever health facility construction programme (demolition, refurbishment and new build)
  • Government Property Group (formally Property Management Centre of Expertise) on the recent development agreement, construction elements and leasing of the Department of Corrections head offices in Wellington as part of the Government’s $500m WAP2 office accommodation project, one of the largest leasing project in New Zealand’s history
  • Spark in relation to the deconstruction of 91 Hereford Street, Christchurch involving unique arrangements in respect of protecting critical network infrastructure
  • the Earthquake Commission (EQC) in relation to its commercial leasing throughout New Zealand including post- earthquake Christchurch premises and complex land related insurance analysis
  • Airways Corporation in respect of the front end construction arrangements for its proposed multi-million dollar Wellington control tower
  • Spark on the construction and leasing of its offices at Willis Street, Wellington and Victoria Square, Auckland. Together the largest single tenant design build and commercial leasing transactions in New Zealand’s history
  • Powerco in relation to its electricity infrastructure construction and roll out in the North Island, including in relation to upgrading and replacement of existing works pursuant to the Electricity Act
  • Spark, Chorus and the NZ Transport Agency on the divestment and subdivision of multiple properties involving clearance and other Public Works Act 1981 issues
  • Wesfarmers Industrial Safety NZ on its commercial, retail and industrial leasing arrangements for its substantial New Zealand portfolio, and
  • Shell Eastern Petroleum on the sale of Shell New Zealand to Z Energy involving major due diligence on its extensive property portfolio throughout New Zealand.
Property & real estate





Construction & major projects; Government; Power