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Kensington Swan

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Auckland, Wellington

Christina Sheard

Work +64 9 375 1185
Kensington Swan

Work Department

Environment and planning




Christina is a resource management specialist with over 15 years’ experience in leading law firms in Auckland and London. Her dual legal and planning qualifications give her a unique ability to provide pragmatic legal advice on resource management issues.

Christina advises infrastructure providers, developers, Councils, and private sector clients on a range of consenting and environmental issues under the Resource Management Act. She has extensive experience in district and regional plan formulation, private plan change applications and legislative reform, and specialist expertise in freshwater management and the development of adaptive management conditions.




Christina is a member of the Resource Management Law Association of New Zealand.


LLB - University of Auckland, MPlan - University of Canterbury, Admission date: 1999

New Zealand

Projects and resource management (including environment)

Within: Projects and resource management (including environment)

'The level of service has been of a very high calibre', remarks a client of Kensington Swan. The firm climbs the ranking having been involved in most of the PPP projects undertaken in New Zealand, and its key work on strategic projects for clients such as New Zealand Transport Agency and Auckland Transport. In Auckland, infrastructure projects partner Paul Buetow is adviser to the Executive Council of Civil Contractors New Zealand and was on the board of Infrastructure New Zealand for more than six years. For New Zealand Transport Agency, Buetow and environment and planning specialists Christina Sheard and Wellington-based Nicky McIndoe handled the consenting and pre-construction stages of the NCI roading project, which will complete the Western Ring Route. One client describes McIndoe as 'very responsive and very easy to work with on quite difficult matters'. Also recommended in Auckland are public works expert Matthew Ockleston, who handled key aspects of the improvements to State Highway 1; corporate partners Chris Parke and David Shillson; and newly promoted partner Marija Batistich. Senior associate Frances Weddeis has moved to Buddle Findlay.

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Transport (rail, road, air and sea)

Within: Transport (rail, road, air and sea)

Kensington Swan's transport practice brings together specialists in construction, planning, environment, banking, corporate and property matters to work on road, ferry terminal, water reservoir, bridge, public transport, cycling infrastructure and port projects across New Zealand. The firm has a track record of involvement in most of the country's PPP projects since they were introduced in 2010, and is the only firm on the panels of both New Zealand Transport Agency and Auckland Transport. In Auckland, construction partner Paul Buetow is a key figure in the practice. With environment and planning partners Christina Sheard and, in Wellington, Nicky McIndoe, he advised New Zealand Transport Agency on the NCI roading project in North Auckland. Property partner Matthew Ockleston also played a key role in that work. Banking and finance partner Nicole Xanthopol and Wellington-based corporate partner David Shillson are also recommended.

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