Greg Wise Greg Wise

Greg Wise


Property & real estate
Construction & major projects

With extensive experience across a wide range of infrastructure, utilities, property matters and IT services contracts, Greg advises a broad range of clients on contracting issues.

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 and has advised on some of New Zealand’s most complex property and construction transactions.

Renowned for his experience across infrastructure, Greg has worked on numerous largescale projects. His work includes assisting Powerco with its electricity infrastructure construction and roll out in the North Island, including upgrade and replacement of existing works under the Electricity Act. He has also helped Spark, Chorus and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency to divest and subdivide multiple properties involving clearance and other Public Works Act 1981 issues.

Earlier in Greg’s career he spent several years as an advisor and in-house corporate counsel to Spark (formerly Telecom) practicing in areas of property and construction, telecommunications and IT. This experience means that he provides commercially astute and pragmatic advice.

Greg is recognised as an Up and Coming lawyer by Chambers Asia Pacific 2023.

Recent highlights

  • Advising the Ministry of Education on its school capital works construction programme of over $1.6b in active projects throughout schools in New Zealand, including the automation of construction contracts and consultancy agreements to drive efficiencies.
  • Working with Department of Corrections on the recent development agreement, construction elements and leasing of its head offices in Wellington as part of the Government's $500m WAP2 office accommodation project, one of the largest leasing projects in New Zealand history.
  • Assisting Mercury on all property aspects of the establishment and acquisition of the $450m Turitea wind farm currently under construction, when completed this will form New Zealand's largest wind farm by output.
  • Advising Wellington City Council on various construction projects including, the $23m Johnsonville Library, Basin Reserve re-strengthening, St James Theatre re-strengthening and the outsourcing of maintenance of its $1.6b roading infrastructure.
  • Working with 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 history.
  • Acting for Shell New Zealand on infrastructure transfer elements of its $335m sale of the Maui Pipeline to First Gas including novel arrangements for the joint use of gas transmission infrastructure.
  • Advising Ministry of Health on probity matters for the $650m plus Burwood Hospital and Christchurch Hospital Redevelopment Projects, collectively New Zealand's largest health facility construction programme (demolition, refurbishment and new build).


  • Society of Construction Law.
  • Property Council New Zealand.
  • Property Law Section of the New Zealand Law Society.

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Chapman Tripp advises on the construction of new parliament buildings

Chapman Tripp is pleased to have advised Parliamentary Service on the contracts for construction of two new parliamentary buildings. The project will see the construction of two new buildings behind the Beehive, expecting to be completed in 2026.

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Wellington City Council finalises significant deal under the Infrastructure Funding and Financing Act

We are delighted to have advised Wellington City Council on its significant deal under the Infrastructure Funding and Financing Act. The deal, which includes an innovative funding model which will fund the construction of a new sludge minimisation facility at Moa Point.

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Chapman Tripp advises OTPP on acquisition of Spark TowerCo in NZ$1.15b deal

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board (OTPP) has acquired 70% of Spark New Zealand’s mobile tower business in a NZ$1.15b deal that closed on 14 October 2022.  This transaction is the first carve-out of a mobile network operator’s passive tower infrastructure agreed in the New Zealand market.

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Helping Mary Potter Hospice

We are proud to have provided pro bono support to Mary Potter Hospice over its plans to build an apartment complex next to its in-patient facility in Wellington.

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Dealing to the infrastructure deficit

New Zealand’s sagging infrastructure is inhibiting the economy and our quality of life, in the form of gridlock, lost production, unaffordable housing, environmental degradation, and more...

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