Rainey Collins Lawyer Christian Merten

Christian is a Solicitor in the Dispute Resolution and Litigation Team and is involved in a wide range of areas including employment, family, debt collection, alcohol licencing, privacy, construction and general litigation. 

He provides advice on areas of employment law to both employers and employees including personal grievances, employment agreements, performance issues, misconduct investigations, restructuring and redundancy.

Family law matters he advises on include relationship property, separation, care of children, guardianship disputes and contracting out agreements. 

Christian has specialist knowledge of privacy law, providing a broad range of expert privacy law advice to commercial entities and individuals, including in relation to Privacy Act compliance, access and correction requests, privacy breaches, notification requirements, policy, and legal compliance.  Christian also offers focused training to clients about the Privacy Act 2020, the Information Privacy Principles, and to ensure compliance with the Act when undertaking business activities.  In addition, Christian conducts privacy compliance audits to assess and strengthen clients’ privacy systems and processes.

In his spare time he enjoys outdoor adventure activities and travelling, plus spending time with family and friends.

Before joining Rainey Collins in 2019, Christian completed a science degree and a law degree at the University of Otago while working at a commercial leasing firm, and volunteering at the Community Law Centre.

Qualifications and Professional Memberships

  • LLB – University of Otago
  • BSC (Double Major Pharmacology and Biochemistry) – University of Otago
  • Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand
  • New Zealand Law Society
  • Registered Privacy Professional in the Office of the Privacy Commissioner’s Directory of Privacy Professionals
  • Member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals


Contact Information

Phone:  (04) 473 6850
Fax:      (04) 473 9304
Email:   cmerten@raineycollins.co.nz


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Super Gold Card 

If you are a New Zealand Super Gold Card Holder (Australian Senior Cards do not qualify) we will give you a 75% discount off the fee for one of our set fee 1 hour initial consultations. We will also give you a 17.5% discount off the first matter we handle for you and then 12.5% off any subsequent matters for you.  These discounts relate to your personal matters only (i.e. not business, trust or organisational matters or the sale and purchase of investment properties).

To receive the discount please let us know if you are a New Zealand Super Gold Card Holder.