Heather Collins | Pitt & Moore, Lawyers in Nelson

Heather Collins

Position: Senior Solicitor
Email: heather.collins@pittandmoore.co.nz
DDI: +64 3 545 6702
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Canterbury (2007)
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Canterbury (2008)


  • Member of the Auckland District Law Society
  • Member Human Resource Institute of New Zealand Inc

Heather specialises in immigration and employment law, drawing from a broad general practice background including commercial law and litigation. 

Heather helps both employers looking for staff from overseas and those wishing to emigrate and work in New Zealand. She advises individual clients on all aspects of their immigration matters, including employment and residency options, citizenship and family reunification. Heather is also able to assist with general employment issues and commercial law.

Heather provides immigration advice to individuals and their families seeking New Zealand visas, as well as corporate clients looking to employ and sponsor skilled migrants.

In particular, Heather has experience with applications under the Skilled Migrant Category, Work to Residence and Family categories, as well as the full range of temporary visa applications. She also specialises in Section 61 requests, Ministerial intervention requests, responses to Potentially Prejudicial letters, as well as charcter and medical waivers.

Having a sound background in employment law also allows Heather to advise those seeking work visas and their New Zealand employers with respect to employment law compliance before visa applications are submitted to Immigration New Zealand.

Added to this, Heathers also helps clients who are experiencing difficulties with their visa applications, for example where Immigration New Zealand have indicated that an application may be declined, or where a decline decision has already been reached. Heather is able to advocate well for her clients facing immigration issues and works hard to secure the best possible results for her clients.

Furthermore Heather represents clients before the Immigration & Protection Tribunal and assist clients who are facing deportation liablity proceedings.

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Heather commenced practice in employment law in 2008 and is experienced in this field. She works with clients on a variety of employment matters including drafting, reviewing and advising on employment agreements and employment policies as well as providing advice on overall employment law compliance.

Heather is also experienced in dealing with restructuring and performance and disciplinary processes, as well as raising and defending personal grievances.

Where matters are not able to be resolved in the early stages Heather is experienced in attending employment mediations to assist her clients to reach a resolution. If necessary, Heather can also advise on matters proceeding to the Employment Relations Authority and assist clients in filing and defending claims in that forum.

Heather is also able to draft and provide advice on Contractor agreements.

Heather’s background as an experienced litigator makes her well placed to advocate strongly for her clients involved in employment disputes.

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