Resort legal beagle departs firm that made his name


In a surprise move, one of Queenstown’s most prominent lawyers is leaving the firm that half bears his name. 

Graeme Todd finishes his 28-year partnership in Mactodd at the end of next month. 

Todd, fresh from law school in 1981, joined the firm started by Alan Macalister – Macalister resigned as a partner several years ago but remains a consultant. 

Todd worked for free to help Destination Queenstown – then the Queenstown Promotion Board – secure 24-hour shop trading for the resort in 1985. 

He’s acted on one side or the other in some of the resort’s most controversial debates, including the Steamer Wharf resource consent and casino issue. 

In recent years he’s acted as a counsel for both Queenstown Lakes District Council and Central Otago District Council. 

In 2009 he was appointed to the office of notary public, taking his oath before University of Otago colleague and High Court judge Christine French. 

Todd has actively lobbied for improved health services in the Wakatipu. 

He was also director of an Asian consortium which till 2004 owned several Queenstown properties.