Bell Gully is delighted to have been involved with the successful Givealittle campaign bid to buy the Awaroa Inlet in the Abel Tasman. Shortly before 11pm on Tuesday 23 February, the bid to buy the pristine beach and piece of land was successful.
The team, led by the Givealittle campaigners, Duane Major and Adam Gard’ner, included Andrew Petersen, the head of Bell Gully’s property team, Wellington lawyer Geoff Harley, and Harcourts CEO Chris Kennedy.
“It was a unique negotiation, with elements that no one has dealt with before,” said Andrew Petersen. Andrew was the lead negotiator on this project and was excited to use his expertise to help the cause, which has captured the public’s imagination – “the team resolved to put their best foot forward from the outset of the tender process in order to get the best result for New Zealand.”
”We weren’t the only bidder, however, the vendor wanted to work with us as much as we wanted to get this done, and ultimately we won the race,” said Andrew.
Chris Gordon, Bell Gully partner and chair said, “We congratulate the team, particularly Duane and Adam, who had a great vision and the drive to see it through. They are on the way to delivering a fantastic piece of New Zealand for all New Zealanders to enjoy. We also congratulate the nearly 40,000 New Zealanders who have contributed in a very special way.”
Chris added, “This was an idea which, as a firm, we were very excited to be part of and is a unique addition to our very broad range of pro bono clients and work.”
Bell Gully’s commitment to supporting New Zealand includes doing work on a pro bono basis equal to NZ$1 million of fees every year.