Adeline was fantastic to deal with.  As this was our first home and experience with legal service, Adeline made us feel very confident and relaxed and ensured we understood everything.

Nicole and John Cole


Our legal team always have our back.  They are thorough with their work to ensure we are fully informed of any new proposal we run past them. 

BlackmanSpargo have been our farming partner for over 25 years – even after moving away from South Waikato 21 years ago.  Living in Northland and having lawyers in Rotorua has never been an issue.  We always feel safe in the professional support and guidance we receive.  We recommend BlackmanSpargo as part of any farming operation. 

Terence and Suzanne Brocx


I am so pleased with the service and help received from Adeline at BlackmanSpargo.  She kept us well informed every step of the way throughout our sale and purchase in a clear and easily understandable language.

Pauline Gardiner


We have recently returned from the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards national finals. As the winners for the Auckland/Hauraki region we were proud to be in Wellington representing our area. To say that we were blown away by our time there would be an understatement. Meeting some of the most progressive and talented farmers from across the country is a career highlight that will stick with us for years to come. The networks that we have built, the knowledge that we have gained from one another, and the lasting friendships forged will shape our careers in ways that we can’t yet imagine. None of this would have been possible without your support as a sponsor of the Dairy Industry Awards. Many people spend a lot of time thanking the sponsors, but what we often don’t mention is that many of the sponsors are invaluable partners to our businesses. Your ongoing industry support, and specifically your support of the Dairy Industry Awards, helps us beyond measure. Entering the Dairy Industry Awards has allowed us to grow our businesses and our skills at an accelerated rate. The experience is truly like no other and we couldn’t do it without you – thank you.

Brad Markham and Matthew Herbert Auckland/Hauraki Share Farmer of the Year

Hayden Kerr Auckland/Hauraki Dairy Manager of the Year

James Doidge Auckland/Hauraki Dairy Trainee of the Year


Rachel Petterson and Anne Hodge acted for us and provided excellent service.  They are fantastic people.  You can’t improve perfection.

Glen & Donna Sparrow


Project Rerewhakaaitu started some 15 years ago and has established a positive working relationship with Councils, scientists, and farmers. A strong part of its success has been the use of a third party independent facilitator from a different industry. The project has been founded on principles such as “by being fully involved in the process we will take ownership of the outcome” and “no surprises”. All the farmers are very aware of their impact on the environment and by understanding this impact through science they are able to select tools that allow them to mitigate this impact.

The district is now part of the Tarawera Lakes Restoration Plan and farmers decided to bring a semi commercial governance structure around the project and include the greater community (Okaro, Rotomahana, Rerewhakaaitu & Rangitaiki).

With the help of BlackmanSpargo we have been able to take the best from existing farmer Incorporations in Taupo and Rotorua to develop our own structure.

Thanks to BlackSpargo’s generosity we were able to present a structure that has been met with great approval from the farmers.

Project Rerewhakaaitu Incorporated


Andrew and I were extremely happy with all aspects to do with the purchase of our orchard.  We are very confident in Rachel and Anne who went above and beyond.

Mary-Ann Wilson and Andrew Carter


You are the best and are always striving to be and we think your personal service is great!  Move to mid Canterbury so we can have coffee with you sometimes.



I am overwhelmed with the excellent service that both Ian and Sandy have provided me for almost 20 years. I appreciate your friendliness and it’s great having you look after my needs.  Thank you so very much.

Noeline Hamilton


We have just entered into a new equity partnership, formed a company and purchased a farm for conversion to dairy – all over the busy Xmas period.  Such things usually entail high levels of stress.  Well that couldn’t have been further from the truth in our case!  We were 100% happy with the service we received.  The best thing about working with Chris and Sandy was that we didn’t need to worry about anything – I didn’t need to ask the right questions or worry about anything getting missed – I knew they had everything covered even the things we hadn’t thought of or couldn’t be expected to know about!  That provided total peace of mind and a relaxing and pleasant way to take care of  what is usually a stressful time.  I cannot recommend them highly enough for their expertise in these areas, their professionalism and their very friendly and efficient service.

Gisele, Peter, Marcel & Regula Schweizer


Tauhara North No 2. Trust works closely and endorses the services of BlackmanSpargo due to the accuracy & relevance of their advice.  We have transacted a number of farm purchases through BlackmanSpargo who continue to exceed our expectations.

Kevin McLoughlin, CEO, Tauhara North No 2. Trust


We have used BlackmanSpargo since the company was formed and have used Ian since 1993 so a good long term relationship.

Ian was incredibly helpful and successful with our “problem” with Peak Notes back in 2004.

Excellent service and good communication.

Euan & Sarah McKnight


Great service and knowledge.  We were very happy with all aspects of your service.  We were able to call Chris or Melissa at any stage to get responses to our queries.  We were very impressed by your service and hospitality.



Please pass on our sincere thanks for the outstanding service we have received from BlackmanSpargo in this, and all other transactions we have been party to.  Without a doubt the communication and quality of service is head and shoulders above any other law firm we have ever dealt with in the time we have been in real estate.

Thank you.

Phil Goldsmith,Rural and Lifestyle Sales, PGG Wrightson Real Estate Ltd


From becoming a finalist in the Bay of Plenty Farm Manager of the Year competition we received a voucher from Blackman & Spargo in our prize pack.  When the opportunity arose that we needed to find a solicitor, we felt confident in the fact that this firm was a rural specialist and would help us with our immediate and future needs.

Upon contacting the firm we found them very punctual on returning our calls and engaging in helping us with our needs.  All communication was of a very professional standard, and the time was taken to ensure we understood exactly what was going on.  We would thoroughly recommend this firm to others.

Thanks Matt & Kelly Fowlie


I cannot speak highly enough in regards the way your company goes about its business.  The communication, the welcome at your office – the way the office girls always made me feel welcome – was all a great experience.

To top all of this off Ian was the complete professional in all our dealings with our mutual clients and the buyers.

So overall nothing but compliments (I guess this doesn’t help much if you are looking to improve your service).

Simon Anderson – Country Sales Manager for Bay of Plenty, Waikato & Taranaki, Bayleys Real Estate


As clients of BlackmanSpargo we are always impressed with the professional and friendly service that we receive.  We feel it makes a significant difference when dealing with lawyers who have farming knowledge, this is most important for our business.

Ross & Katrina Weren, Share Milkers


Thank-you BlackmanSpargo, and in particular Chris Spargo.  Over the years we have had numerous opportunities to use the company, and have always been provided with a professional, diligent service.  Our latest transaction was no exception.



We are grateful for the willingness you showed in processing this sale of our house and the speed you moved with through the Christmas holiday period.

In spite of this work being required through the Christmas holiday period BlackmanSpargo never missed a beat finalising this contract.

BlackmanSpargo have always displayed a high standard of legal and business ethics, when dealing with us.

Graeme & Noeline Wilson


We wanted to write and express our sincere appreciation for your sponsorship of the 2013 Dairy Industry Awards.

We were absolutely delighted to win your Legal Audit merit award, and it was made all the better because you presented it to us!  We know, after 2 years of competing in the awards, about the time commitment for competitors but without wonderful sponsors like you, there would be no awards.

We both feel the dairy industry is an amazing industry and one we are very proud to be involved in but having incredible companies like you supporting us, just makes the industry better and stronger.

Once again, we sincerely appreciate your support of the Dairy Industry Awards.  Receiving your award was an absolute honour and privilege for us.  If there is anything we can do for you please do not hesitate to ask.

Bryce & Rosemarie Costar


It’s always a pleasure to work with Rachel. You never let me feel dumb about legal matters but I know I’m confused sometimes. Nothing more is expected – Great Service!