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23 May 2018

We welcomed Prime Minister Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern to our first Breakfast Club event on 21 March. Jacinda gave an inspiring and thoughtful address to the 400 attendees, including 70 senior school students from the wider Wellington region. We were also fortunate to have Hon Grant Robertson join the Breakfast and provide excellent answers to economics questions.

14 March 2017

Our first Breakfast for 2017 was held on 10 March. The Prime Minister of New Zealand, the Rt Honourable Bill English spoke to an audience of over 350 guests on the issues he considers are important for New Zealand in the medium term.

The breakfast was very well attended by diplomats, councillors and school representitives from the Wellington and Wairarapa regions. At the end of the Breakfast session, students were treated to a talk from Sir Anand Satyanand about his career.

20 February 2017

We are very proud of our energetic team’s participation in Wellington’s recent Round the Bays event. Four ran the half marathon race, one ran the 10km race and one walked the 6.5km event. Our participants ran fast for the firm!

The women scored the best times in the half marathon, completing it at 1hr 44mins and 1hr 53mins. All involved enjoyed the event and are looking forward to the challenge again next year

16 November 2016

We are pleased to welcome back Senior Associate Sarah Cates who has returned from sabbatical in Colombia, South America.

Sarah spent a year accompanying local human rights advocates and lawyers and carrying out international observation of the human rights situation in Colombia for Peace Brigades International. She has written two articles about her work for Law Talk, in August 2015 and August 2016.

Sarah pictured talking to a human rights advocate and member of AHERAMIGUA, an organisation accompanied by Peace Brigades International

17 February 2016

Brigadier David Allfrey MBE, Producer and Chief Executive of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, was guest speaker at the Cullen Breakfast event on Wednesday, 17 February 2016.

Brigadier David Allfrey retired from the British Army in 2011 to become Producer & Chief Executive of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.  The Tattoo is being brought to Wellington by the New Zealand Festival and is running for four nights ahead of the main Festival. This is only the fourth time the Tattoo has performed outside of Scotland in their 65-year history.

The Brigadier gave an eloquent and humorous talk about his involvement in the Tattoo, and how it connects Scotland to the rest of the world.

Kerry Prendergast has chaired the New Zealand Festival for several years, with this year’s Festival being her last one. Kerry provided the audience with insightful guidance on the Festival.

Brigadier David Allfrey, Peter Cullen and Thomas Harding, Pipe Major at Scots College

27 October 2015

We were honoured to have the Prime Minister of New Zealand, the Rt Hon John Key, speak at our last breakfast. The Hon Jim Bolger and Joan Bolger also attended as guests of honour.

Mr Key talked on a range of diverse topics including his recent visit to Iraq and his views on issues in the Middle East, the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, New Zealand's need to address climate change and the resulting impact of this on our economy, and future threats posed to cybersecurity from the world's increasing dependency on technology and the internet.

He also fielded a series of questions posed by school leaders and gave great responses, at times very amusing.

Peter Cullen thanks the Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key for speaking at the breakfast

Peter Cullen with the Hon Jim Bolger

22 September 2015

As gold sponsors of the 2015 annual Human Resources Institute of New Zealand NZ HR Conference and Expo, the team from Cullen - The Employment Law Firm packed a lot of energy and enthusiasm into their time at both the Conference and our stand at the Expo.  More...

18 August 2015

We were very privileged to have James Shaw, newly elected co-leader of the Greens Pary, speak at our last breakfast.

He spoke of his vision for the party, in particular for the Greens to be a part of Government.

He not only talked about how businesses can be environmentally sustainable, but gave examples of global and local businesses that have been successful in their efforts to significantly reduce their environmental footprint.

L-R: Matt Lamason (Peoples Coffee), Raveen Dias and Andrew Kelly (Scots College), Calum Cartwright (Cullen-The Employment Law Firm), James Shaw, Peter Cullen, Greg O'Connor (NZ Police Association)

18 August 2015

We were very privileged to have James Shaw, newly elected co-leader of the Greens Pary, speak at our last breakfast.

He spoke of his vision for the party, in particular for the Greens to be a part of Government.

He not only talked about how businesses can be environmentally sustainable, but gave examples of global and local businesses that have been successful in their efforts to significantly reduce their environmental footprint.

L-R: Matt Lamason (Peoples Coffee), Raveen Dias and Andrew Kelly (Scots College), Calum Cartwright (Cullen-The Employment Law Firm), James Shaw, Peter Cullen, Greg O'Connor (NZ Police Association)

13 August 2015



We are proud to announce that Cullen - The Employment Law Firm is once again a Gold Sponsor of the Human Resource Institute of New Zealand's National Conference. This year the NZ HR Conference takes place over two full days.

Tomorrow's World - The Future is Now

The theme for the 2015 NZ HR Conference evolved from the idea of VUCA. VUCA stands for volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity and originated at a military school in the 1990s .

Whilst devised for a war zone, this concept increasingly applies to the environment in which business operates today. It is likely that the world of work, even in just 25 years time, will bear little resemblance to the current day.



A large selection of HR exhibitors will be available to talk about how their HR-related tools and products can provide business solutions. As well as being informative, there will be fun competitions and giveaways.

Cullen - The Employment Law Firm will have a stand at the expo and we would love to see you there!

For further information please visit the NZ HR Conference & Expo website.

23 July 2015

Cullen - The Employment Law Firm has completed a decade of sponsoring a prize for the top Employment Law students at Victoria University of Wellington.

Peter Cullen says the firm takes great pride in recognising talent in employment law at the university. Mr Cullen also studied law at Victoria, where he was President of the Student's Association in 1972.

This year's prize, awarded to the top three students in the employment law class, went to Dirk Lenz, Linda Brown, and Cameron Elliot.

23 June 2015

We were privileged to hear Cardinal John Dew speak at our last breakfast.  He talked about his own upbringing and how he became a priest, his role as Cardinal and the contribution that Pope Francis makes to the Church and the world, and of governance in the Catholic Church.

L-R: Andrew Berry, Peter Cullen, Cardinal Dew, Calum Cartwright

12 May 2015

We were very fortunate that both Minister Paula Bennett and Minister Simon Bridges gave up some of their valuable time to come along and speak at the breakfast.  Both Ministers are very popular and extremely busy individuals - they are not only MPs for their local electorates but also hold an impressive number of Ministerial portfolios within Parliament. 

The Ministers talked freely about their backgrounds and how they became involved in politics. They are both passionate about making a difference in New Zealanders' lives through their present roles, and are inspiring, personable and engaging speakers.

L-R Minister Paula Bennett, British High Commissioner Mr Jonathan Sinclair, Minister Simon Bridges, Amanda Skoog, Royal NZ Ballet dancer, Peter Cullen, Royal NZ Ballet dancer

30 April 2015

We are delighted to announce that we have appointed Sheryl Waring and Sarah Cates as Senior Associates. They have been with the firm for 5-6 years and provide specialist employment law advice to employers, unions and employees from the public, private and charity sectors.

To find out more about our Senior Associates you can view Sheryl's profile or Sarah's profile.

21 April 2015

We were very privileged to have Dr Alan Bollard, former Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and now Executive Director of APEC, speak at our last breakfast.

Dr Bollard gave a fascinating insight into the Asian economies, how these economies are rapidly changing as the population of each country changes, and the significant global impact of these changes.

Dr Bollard also talked about the challenges and opportunities Asian economies hold for New Zealand.

The Cullen Team with Dr Alan Bollard (L-R Calum Cartwright, Dr Alan Bollard, Peter Cullen, Rufus Hancock)

17 March 2015

Cullen staff members returned once again to the annual Jumbo Tennis tournament organised by the Wellington Rotary Club to raise funds for Wellington Free Ambulance.

The staff’s competitive nature came blasting through on the day with Alistair and Rochelle making it through to the semi-finals of the cup and Fred and Calum making it through to the semi-finals of the plate. The Cullen teams also garnered attention for their most vocal supporters. A fun afternoon was had by all.

Cullen staff at the Jumbo Tennis tournament (L-R Al, Rochelle, Calum, Rufus and Fred)

Fred and Calum in action at the Jumbo Tennis tournament

5 March 2015

We were very privileged to hear Professor Michael Kelly, world leader in science and technology, speak on methods of communication and manufacturing heading into 2030. School students also took up the opportunity to speak with Prof Kelly after the breakfast.

The Cullen Team with Professor Michael Kelly (L-R Peter Cullen, Rufus Hancock, Vicki Stent, Professor Michael Kelly, Sue Singh, Rochelle Fausett, Calum Cartwright)

Peter Cullen and Professor Michael Kelly with students from Samuel Marsden Collegiate School and Scots College

24 February 2015

We had an energetic team from Cullen participate in the 10km option for the recent Wellington Round the Bays event.  All involved enjoyed the run with several runners looking forward to the challenge again next year.

Rufus, Calum and Sarah waiting for the Round the Bays Fun Run to start

The Cullen Running Team at the finish of the Round the Bays Fun Run (L-R: Rufus, Fred, Al, Calum and Sarah)

2 December 2014

We were delighted to have All Black and Wellington Hurricanes captain Conrad Smith speak at our last Breakfast Club for the year.

The Cullen Team with Conrad Smith

Conrad Smith with Peter Cullen

Students from Kapiti College and Conrad Smith

29 October 2014

We had a great turnout for our latest breakfast - our guest speakers were the candidates for the Labour leadership. We heard Andrew Little, The Honourable David Parker, and Grant Robertson give their thoughts on lessons learnt from the recent election, and Labour's future position in the political world. (Nanaia Mahuta was unfortunately unavailable due to a prior engagement).

L-R: Andrew Little, Peter Cullen, Hon Annette King, Hon David Parker

10 September 2014

It was a real privilege to hear the wonderful Joy Cowley speak at a Cullen breakfast on her personal story, and to hear her views on why tiny New Zealand has an extraordinary reputation for its literary output.

Joy Cowley with Peter Cullen, renal physician Alistair MacDonald, and the new British High Commission Jonathan Sinclair

L-R: Jess Odering, Peter Cullen, Joy Cowley, Latin America intern Andres Ardila, renal physician Alistair MacDonald, Rochelle Fausett

Joy Cowley with attendees from Chanel College (L-R) Bronwyn Hallot, Emily Farley, Joy Cowley, Sven Tobias, Claire Hills

20 August 2014

We were very honoured to have the outgoing British High Commissioner to New Zealand, Her Excellency Vicki Treadell, speak at our last Cullen breakfast.

21 May 2014

We had the pleasure of the Labour Party Leader and Deputy Leader, The Honourable David Cunliffe and The Honourable David Parker, speak at a Cullen breakfast.

Peter Cullen with (L - R) Labour Party Deputy Leader David Parker, Labour Party Leader David Cunliffe, and MP for Wellington Central Grant Robertson

9 April 2014

Record numbers attended the last Cullen breakfast to hear our guest speaker The Right Honourable John Key. The Prime Minister gave an impressive talk that was unanimously enjoyed by all who were there.

Peter Cullen with the Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key while the Chilean Ambassador, HE Isauro Torres Negri, looks on

28 March 2014


Yacht racing on Wellington harbour

The Cullen Sailing Team came close to maintaining their winning streak... until the final. It must be mentioned that key sailors were absent for the last and most important race in the Spirit sailing league. There's always next year...

7 March 2014

Team Al-Zebra: (L-R) Peter, Jeremy, Al, Fred, Rosanna

Here's a shot of Team Al-Zebra getting into the (winning) spirit at Jumbo Tennis. Cullen staff members participated in Wellington Rotary Club's annual Jumbo Tennis fundraising event. The event is for the benefit of Wellington Free Ambulance and the Wellington Junior Tennis Academy. Most teams entered the competition in weird and wacky outfits for a fun afternoon of tennis.

13 February 2014

We had a record number of guests at our last breakfast held in mid-February. Our guest speakers were the Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown and the Wellington City Council CEO Kevin Lavery.

Celia talked about her goals for this Council term and also covered the airport extensions, local body amalgamations, and attracting business to Wellington.

As our city’s still relatively new CEO, Kevin spoke about Wellington's future from his perspective and how he would like to see the city develop.

Celia Wade-Brown, Peter Cullen, Kevin Lavery

7 February 2014

The Cullen Team has been competing in the local Spirit sailing league. With one round to go, the team is sitting at the top of its division. Look out for us on Wednesday evenings on Wellington Harbour - we'll be in the fast boat.

Team Cullen are leading the race

Members of the Cullen Team in action

21 December 2013

The team at Cullen ended a great year on an adventurous note with a yacht race on Wellington harbour.

23 August 2013

Cullen - the Employment Law Firm was once again a Gold Sponsor at the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand National Conference which was held at Te Papa from 19 - 21 August. 

24 June 2013



Cullen - The Employment Law Firm is once again a Gold Sponsor of the HRINZ National Conference 2013. More...

15 May 2013

We had a full-house for our breakfast event, at which we had the pleasure of hosting Hon Chris Finlayson, Cabinet Minister and Attorney-General of New Zealand.

21 March 2013

We had the honour of hosting the inspirational Sir Richard Taylor, co-founder of the Weta companies, at our breakfast event this morning.

Richard talked to our guests about the passion, enthusiasm and tenacity which has allowed Weta's success in New Zealand and on an international scale. He talked on the challenges Weta has faced in the film and television industries and the developments that will determine achievement for business in the future. More...

From left: Jeremy Ansell, David Burton, Sarah Cates, Sir Richard Taylor, Peter Cullen, Alastair Espie, Sandra Mansor and Rosanna Price.

18 March 2013

This month Peter Cullen accompanied Prime Minister John Key and his delegation on a 10-day tour of Latin America, in which they visited Mexico, Colombia, Chile and and Brazil. More...


18 February 2013

We entered a team of four to take part in Wellington’s Round the Bays race and fundraised $500 for Canteen, a charity supporting young people living with cancer.

The race took place on Sunday 17 February 2013, with more than 13,000 participants. For Fred Hills and Jeremy Ansell, Solicitors, and Alastair Espie, Law Clerk, it was their first time running the Round the Bays half-marathon.

Each team member’s results exceeded expectations, beginning with Fred crossing the finish line at 1 hour 29 minutes. More...

Still smiling after crossing the finish line for the Round the Bays half-marathon and 7km race.

31 January 2013

We have entered a team for the AMI Round the Bays 2013 half marathon in order to fundraise for CanTeen, a charity working to support youth with cancer. 

The event takes place on Sunday 17 February.

For more information about the charity and updates on the Cullen team click here

Cullen half marathon team, from left: Jeremy Ansell, Alastair Espie, Sarah Cates and Fred Hills

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