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Sarah Macky

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Sarah graduated from the University of Auckland in 1997 and was admitted to the New Zealand bar that year.

She started working for the predecessor of the firm in 1996.  In 2013 she became a partner.

Sarah is a specialist in insurance and local government liability.  She regularly appears in the Weathertight Homes Tribunal, District Court, High Court and the Court of Appeal.

She also represents clients at mediations and judicial settlement conferences.

Sarah has successfully defended a number of defamation claims brought against her clients.



1 May 2018

Shadowclad & Councils

Third party claims and 10 year limitation periods tested in court.

14 December 2017

Southland Indoor Leisure Centre Charitable Trust v Invercargill City Council (SC)

The appeal from the Court of Appeal was allowed in part. The council succeeded in establishing that the Southland Indoor Leisure Centre Charitable Trust had contributed to its own loss and damages were reduced by 50%.

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1 September 2017

Southland Stadium

At the Senior Building Control Officer's Forum we convened a panel on the lessons that could be taken from the Stadium Southland case.

2 August 2017

What's the limit?

An issue we encounter when representing councils in claims about defective building work is that the plaintiff sometimes amends the claim to include an entirely new category of building defects.

1 April 2017

Duty to warn of concerns?

The decision of Andrews Property Services Ltd v Body Corporate 160361 & Ors [2016] NZCA 644 was an appeal of a High Court decision.

1 November 2016

Building Claims

In a significant number of the building defects cases that our firm defends on behalf of councils, property owners will often claim that their properties will suffer an ongoing diminution in value or stigma despite their properties being fully repaired.

1 July 2016

Defective Properties - Contributory negligence or no claim?

The Weathertight Homes Tribunal and the courts have leant towards findings of contributory negligence on the part of claimants where claimants have purchased property which they know is defective or is potentially defective.

1 March 2016

The devil is in the detail - consent conditions

Southland Indoor Leisure Centre Charitable Trust v Invercargill City Council and A S Major [2015] NZHC 1983

1 November 2015

That Sinking Feeling

Claims against builders and councils concerning inadequate foundations were more common in the 1980s and the early to mid-1990s than in the 2000s.

24 May 2015

Get it right

This case demonstrates the utmost importance of ensuring the accuracy of the informaton contained in all LIMs.

1 November 2014

Six Years and You're Out

Sarah Macky considers the Supreme Court’s recent dismissal of an application for leave to appeal regarding the limitation period to be applied to claims concerning Land Information Memoranda and concludes that the proposition that reasonable discoverability applies to cases concerning councils, which involve anything other than building defects, has been well and truly put to bed.


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