Treadwell Gordon fostering legal talent in their own backyard

December 13, 2023




Treadwell Gordon, the largest and oldest law firm in the Whanganui, Rangitikei, South Taranaki and Waimarino regions, has announced the inaugural winners of their newly launched scholarship programme. The firm is proud to introduce Zeah Brewer, Amelia Bryant and Emelye Brown as the recipients of the 2023 Treadwell Gordon – Garry Spooner Scholarship.

This innovative scholarship/bursary programme was established to support law students from the regions Treadwell Gordon services, who are entering their penultimate year of study. The aim is to assist with the financial burden of studying and help kickstart the careers of local people. The scholarship offers a generous $8,000 per recipient towards course costs over two years, a summer clerkship and potential employment opportunities in the future.

"Our inaugural winners Zeah, Amelia and Emelye, all hail from our regions and studying at Victoria University and the University of Otago. They displayed an impressive level of dedication and passion for the legal profession," said Simon Badger, Managing Director at Treadwell Gordon.

"It was pleasing to see the calibre of applicants was extremely high, making the selection process challenging. However, we believe these three students embody the values of Treadwell Gordon and will make a significant contribution to our firm in the future and the communities we serve."

Having joined Treadwell Gordon in November, recipient Amelia Bryant said, “I am very grateful to have been selected for the scholarship where I have been given the opportunity to work alongside and learn from an amazing group of professionals who work so closely as a team on issues that are relevant to my rural roots”.

“It is thrilling to see such a well distinguished firm such as Treadwell Gordon investing in the next generation of local aspiring lawyers. There are no other opportunities currently available for law students in the region, so it feels great to be locally recognised in this regard. I have enjoyed working alongside such a professional and accomplished team thus far and am especially grateful to receive such a generous contribution to my final year of legal studies!” said fellow scholarship recipient Emelye Brown.

Treadwell Gordon has a rich history dating back to 1869 and is deeply rooted in the community. This scholarship programme is yet another way the firm is giving back, supporting local talent and driving the future of law in within the Whanganui, Rangitikei, South Taranaki and Waimarino regions.

"We see this as a unique opportunity to turn the tables and offer local students a foot in the door, breaking down the barriers they often face when seeking roles in the city," added Badger. "It's a privilege to support these aspiring lawyers and we look forward to seeing their careers flourish in the coming years."

For more information about the Treadwell Gordon Scholarship programme, visit