Gordon Churchill is a lecturer in law in the Faculty of Business and Information Technology at the Porirua and Wellington Campuses of Whitireia Community Polytechnic.
Born and raised in Wellington, he attended Ridgway School, South Wellington Intermediate, and Wellington College. In the early 1970’s he graduated from Victoria University of Wellington with LL.B (Hons) and LL.M (with Distinction). In the same period he was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand (then called the “Supreme Court”).
After working as a staff solicitor in a medium size law firm in Wellington, he became a partner in a two-person firm at the end of 1978. From then until April 1998 he practised as a solicitor doing conveyancing work in Wellington. At the beginning of 1999 he commenced work as a law lecturer at Wellington Polytechnic, which soon became the Wellington Campus of Massey University. At the beginning of 2006 the Legal Executive Course (as it was then called) moved from Massey University at Wellington to Whitireia Community Polytechnic and Gordon moved with it. He is currently Programme Manager at Whitireia for the New Zealand Law Society Legal Executive Diploma.
Gordon has taught on most of the papers for the New Zealand Law Society Legal Executive Diploma and has also taught law to business students at various levels. In 2000 he was the consultant for the First Edition of the Conveyancing Law Handbook published by CCH New Zealand Limited. His professional development as a lecturer has included achieving an Advanced Certificate in Tertiary Teaching from Massey University.