Tessa Baker

Tessa Baker

Tessa Baker

Partner, Auckland

Property & real estate

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T:+64 9 357 9502

M:+64 27 622 3161



BCom, LLB, University of Otago


2006, New Zealand

Tessa specialises in commercial property law; advising businesses, individual investors and public clients on a range of property transactions.

Experienced in substantial and complex commercial property transactions; Tessa advises on build and lease contracts for industrial and commercial projects, and residential and project developments.

Tessa is also a national expert in New Zealand’s overseas investment regime and a member of Chapman Tripp’s China Desk, acting for some of China’s biggest developers on their New Zealand development projects.

Recent highlights

Has advised:

  • Ric Kayne on his existing and proposed world class golf courses and associated facilities development at Te Arai
  • Fonterra on various property matters including the sale of Bardowie Farm and the separation of the Tip Top premises following its sale
  • Arvida Group on various property matters, including the property aspects of the recent acquisition of three retirement villages in Queenstown and Tauranga
  • Summerset Retirement Villages on applications for the Overseas Investment Office’s consent and property acquisition matters
  • Eastland Group on negotiating documentation for the redevelopment of Gisborne Airport and its long term leasing, and advising on its marina operations
  • Shanghai Pengxin for investments in Crafar Farms in the central North Island, Synlait Farms in South Canterbury and Lochinver Station
  • PwC for various premises requirements, including negotiating agreements for the development of its premises in Christchurch and Wellington
  • The Warehouse Group on various leasing and transactional matters, including various redevelopment sites and the sale of the Silverdale Centre.


Member of the Overseas Investment Office’s legal reference group

Property & real estate; Restructuring & insolvency





China Desk; Energy & natural resources; Government; Infrastructure