Zong-Pei Zhao

Special Counsel, Chen Palmer Partners

Zong-Pei was a civil servant for over 10 years before joining the private sector. He has a solid understanding of the machinery of government and has experience in the areas of building and construction law, criminal law, education law, evaluation, public policy, official information, courts management and international relations.

Zong-Pei was admitted to the bar in June 2007 and had worked in various capacities for the following government organisations:

  • Department for Courts
  • Ministry of Justice
  • New Zealand Qualifications Authority
  • Executive Government Support, Department of Internal Affairs
  • Department of Building and Housing
  • Wellington City Council

Outside work, Zong-Pei is a life member of the New Zealand Chinese Writers Association, a division of the World’s Chinese Writers Association, where membership is by invitation only.  He is also a keen musician and plays a number of instruments.

Zong-Pei is also fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese.  He grew up in Hong Kong.