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February 3, 2015

Preti Flaherty's Simon Leeming Appointed to New Zealand Order of Merit

Concord, NH—Simon Leeming, a director and attorney in Preti Flaherty's  Concord, New Hampshire office, was recently appointed as a Member of New  Zealand's prestigious Order of Merit for his contributions to New Zealand/United  States relations.

The New Zealand Order of Merit is awarded to New Zealand citizens "who in any field of endeavour, have rendered meritorious service, or who have become distinguished by their eminence, talents, contributions, or other merits."

New Zealand's Governor General, Sir Jerry Mateparae, bestowed the honor upon  Leeming in a special investiture at Government House in Wellington, New Zealand. In a previous letter to Leeming announcing the appointment, John Key, New Zealand's Prime Minister, noted that "our success as a nation relies on those from all walks of life stepping forward, helping others, seeking new ways of  doing things, and reaching for their dreams. You have made an outstanding contribution to that success and enriched the lives of us all."

Leeming moved from New Zealand to the United States in the 1970's and attended Boston University, and also University College Cardiff in Wales. He subsequently attended Suffolk University Law School. He has lived and worked  here since that time, maintaining a dual citizenship after becoming an American  citizen. Following his graduation from law school in 1980, he has practiced law  in Boston, Massachusetts and (since 1988) in Concord, New Hampshire. At Preti  Flaherty Leeming focuses his practice on commercial law, corporate law, finance  and real estate matters, including land use and development, as well as assisting New Zealand companies doing business in the United States.

He has served as New Zealand's Honorary Consul to the New England states  since 2001. As Honorary Consul, Leeming's role includes promoting New Zealand, assisting New Zealand citizens in New England, and assisting and coordinating visits by New Zealand Cabinet Ministers and its Ambassador when in New England. 

Leeming said, "I was deeply humbled to have been awarded this honor at the  investiture, surrounded by family and friends. My work in the United States has allowed me to repay, in a small way, what my upbringing and continuing contacts with New Zealand, my native land, have given me."

During the ceremony at Government House, Leeming wore a Maori cloak which  incorporated the feathers of New Zealand native birds. The cloak was provided to Leeming for the ceremony by a close friend, who is a tribal elder, as a token of his friendship and respect.