Nicola Pretty

Staff profile

Nicola Pretty

Senior Lecturer

Contact details

Phone: (09) 9760244

Teaching areas

Carriage of Goods Law, Maritime Law, Risk and Resilience in Supply Chain, Trade Management, Logistics Documentation, Health and Safety, Diploma in Nautical - Foreign Going (Level 7)


BSc(Geology)/LLB (University of Auckland, 2002)

Master of Laws (Maritime and Shipping Law Unit, University of Queensland, 2007)

Grad. Dip. Secondary Teaching (University of Waikato, 2007)


Nicola has been teaching in the logistics team since 2008. She shows her passion for her topics in the way she imparts information and this reflects in the outcomes she achieves with her students.

Nicola was admitted to the Bar, High Court of New Zealand January 2002.

Nicola teaches a section within the Diploma in Nautical - Foreign Going (Level 7) programme on marine insurance which covers hull policies, salvage and general average claims. With the recent incident of the Ever Given, one of the world's largest container ships becoming wedged across the Suez Canal stalling global trade this is a very topical subject.

Industry activities

Nicola is the Minister of Site Visits and organises trips with students to local freight forwarders’ premises, the port at Tauranga, kiwifruit and onion packing sheds, the Chelsea Sugar factory and the steel mill at Glenbrook amongst other places.


Admission to the Bar in New Zealand & Queensland, Australia

Auckland District Law Society

Barrister at High Court of New Zealand

Geological Society of New Zealand

Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand (MLAANZ)

New Zealand Law Society

New Zealand Teachers Council Teacher Registration

Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA)


Pretty,N. “The Timor Sea Treaty 2002” (2006) 12,1 International Journal of International Maritime Law, 45

Pretty,N. “Unseaworthiness – turning a blind eye?” (2008)  22, 1 Australia & New Zealand Maritime Law Journal, 42

Research interests

Seaworthiness of ships at sea – or not as the case may be!

Scholarly activities

Co-editor of Transport Law in Australia 2022

Why I love MIT

I am passionate about my students and love teaching all of my topics. Each topic is relevant to our students when they head out into the workplace at the end of their studies. Seeing the smiles on their faces at Graduation makes it all worthwhile!