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Private Bag 2013
DX NP90056
New Plymouth Central
New Plymouth 4342  

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John Eagles

John became a partner of Govett Quilliam in 1970 and was the senior partner of Govett Quilliam for many years until his retirement from the partnership at the end of 2016. 2017 has seen him continuing his outstanding work for the firm in his new role as a Consultant. 


John has many satisfied clients and a wealth of experience in property law, wills and elder law, trusts and asset protection specialising in succession planning and company and commercial law. Ownership structures and restructuring of businesses and properties are of further special interest.

John has considerable experience in Local Government work, having acted for local authorities in respect of a wide range of regulatory and governance issues. 

He is a Fellow of the Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand and a member of the Institute of Directors. He is also a member of the Property Law Section of the New Zealand Law Society. 

Outside of Govett Quilliam

John has had considerable involvement with many organisations and was awarded a QSM in 2008 for services to the community. John is a former Chairperson of the Govett-Brewster Foundation, Chairperson of the Pukeiti Trust Fund, Life Member of Pukeiti, Chairperson of the Taranaki Anglican Trust Board, Trustee of the Taranaki Community Rugby Trust, former Chairman of New Plymouth Boys' High School Board  of Trustees, Frankley School Board of Trustees, Taranaki District Law Society, New Plymouth Opera House Trust Board, New Plymouth North Rotary and is also a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow. He has spent time on local and national organisations for the Law Society and School Trustees Association and is a trustee for many private trusts and charitable trusts and is involved with not-for-profit organisations. 

He is an Independant Director for the Taranaki Rugby Football Union and a Director of several private companies. 

In 2015, John was awarded Life Membership of CCS Disability Action North Taranaki Inc. He also became a Fellow of New Zealand Trustees Association (FNZTA). 

Personal Interests

John has represented New Zealand at the World Age Group Triathlon Championships from 2007-2010 and 2012 as well as swimming in the New Zealand team at the World Masters Swimming Championships in 2004 and 2006. 

He is also interested in travel, art, sport, rotary and family involvement with his active wife Karen, four children and six grandchildren.