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Projects and resources management (including environment) in New Zealand

Bell Gully

Bell Gully 'always provides exceptional service and appropriate levels of expertise'. The firm has a deep bench of talent across all areas of resource management, projects and environmental law, and it consistently acts for central government, local government and private sector clients in some of the most high-profile matters in the market. In Wellington, the 'pragmatic, commercially astute' Andrew Beatson leads on resource management, David Coull on energy and Hugh  Kettle on infrastructure. Simon Watt advises on public sector procurement and senior associate Claire Harmsworth is also recommended. In Auckland, up-and-coming partner Natasha Garvan is a highly regarded environmental and resource management law specialist.


‘Resource management and environmental law are significant elements in the work of Bell Gully’s Projects and Resource Management practice. The team always provides exceptional service and appropriate levels of expertise. My “go-to” team for planning and RM advice.’

‘Andy Beatson is pragmatic, commercially astute and extensively experienced. He is a standout practitioner in resource management and environmental matters. Great to have on the team!’

‘An exceptional team with an excellent ability to focus on the key issue and deliver a workable outcome.’

‘Andrew Beatson sees the big picture and dissects this down to what you need to achieve the result you are after.’

‘Natasha Garvan is extremely efficient and has an excellent manner in dealing with opponents.’

Key clients

Barton NZ Limited / The Barton Group

Contact Energy Limited

First Gas Limited

Meridian Energy Limited

New Zealand Oil & Gas Limited

Ofer Group

Trans-Tasman Resources Limited

Transpower New Zealand

Wellington Electricity Limited

Auckland Transport

Supporting Growth Alliance

City Rail Link Limited

CentrePort Limited

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council

Housing New Zealand (Kainga Ora)

Marlborough District Council

Meridian Energy Limited

Port Marlborough New Zealand Limited

Tainui Group Holdings

Transpower New Zealand Limited

Crown Infrastructure Partners

Department of Corrections

Housing New Zealand

Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities

Ministry of Defence

Ministry of Education

Ministry of Housing and Urban Development

Te Waihanga – The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission

The Treasury

Work highlights

  • Advised Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities on the successful western Porirua public housing partnership with local iwi Ngāti Toa, for the management by Ngati Toa of properties and tenancies for over 900 state homes.
  • Advised Auckland Transport and NZ Transport Agency on the Supporting Growth Alliance – (Te Tupu Ngātahi), as part of the alliance legal team, on route protection of the transportation network required to service the next 30 years of Auckland’s growth.
  • Advised O.G. Oil & Gas and the Ofer Global Group on its proposed scheme of arrangement to acquire the 30% publicly held majority interest in New Zealand Oil & Gas (NZOG) that it did not already own.

Buddle Findlay

'There is depth of experience in the team at' Buddle Findlay and 'all of the individuals are highly competent, easy to work with and responsive'. The firm has the largest practice in the market and covers all aspects of resource management, projects and environmental law, with a prominent role in market-leading developments such as City Rail Link, the East West Link transport project and the Supporting Growth Alliance in Auckland. The lead partners are based in Auckland with Pat Mulligan in charge of resource management and projects, and Peter Owles serving as head of the projects group. Jennifer Caldwell acts for urban development authority Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities, and senior associate Mathew Gribben is also recommended. In Wellington, Paul Beverley stands out for his work on resource management planning and consenting processes, Māori law and treaty settlement negotiations, and David Allen handles large-scale infrastructure projects. Alanya Limmer in Christchurch is an 'excellent advocate who provides robust strategic advice'.

Practice head(s):

Pat Mulligan; Peter Owles


‘There is depth of experience in the team, with an appropriate level of seniority applied to certain tasks. If one person is not available there is always a back up person who can step in.’

‘All of the individuals I have worked with have been highly competent, easy to work with and responsive.’

‘Individuals from certain other companies attempt to impose their own views, but the team at Buddle Findlay always listen considerately to and take into account the client’s views. If they have a different opinion, they raise this carefully and diplomatically.’

‘Buddle Findlay has a strong RMA team which is very client-centric and with strong industry knowledge.’

‘Alanya Limmer is an excellent advocate who provides robust strategic advice.’

Key clients

Electricity Authority

Energy Fiji

Transpower New Zealand

Contact Energy

Genesis Energy


Ormat Technologies

Pioneer Energy

Petroleum Exploration and Production Association New Zealand

Z Energy

Caltex Australia


Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency

Auckland Transport

Auckland Council

Western Bay of Plenty District Council

Tauranga City Council

Central Hawkes Bay District Council

Gisborne District Council

Whakatāne District Council

Waikato Regional Council

Waikato District Council

Taupō District Council

Matamata-Piako District Council

Waitomo District Council

Horizons Regional Council

Tararua District Council

Horowhenua District Council

Greater Wellington Regional Council

Kapiti Coast District Council

Hutt City Council

Wellington City Council

Nelson City Council

Marlborough District Council

Hurunui District Council

Selwyn District Council

Waimakariri District Council

Mackenzie District Council

Christchurch City Council

Otago Regional Council

Wellington Water


Ports of Auckland

GMP Pharmaceuticals and related companies

Miraka Limited

Nongfu Spring Co. Ltd and its subsidiary Creswell NZ Limited

LPG Association

Otago Land Group

Sky Play Adventures

New Zealand Steel

Central Plains Water

Environmental Protection Authority


Tūpuna Maunga o Tamaki Makarau Authority

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu

Panuku Development Auckland

Waikato River Authority

Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities(Ministry of Housing)

Te Arawhiti (the Office for Māori Crown Relations)

Oranga Tamariki

Department of Corrections

Ministry of Education

Ministry of Primary Industries

Ministry for the Environment

Leading banks: ANZ, Westpac, BNZ

Fulton Hogan

Wairarapa Water

RiverLink partners

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Wilson Parking

Hunter Downs Water

North Otago Irrigation

Waterfront Auckland

Community Finance

Eastland Energy

Work highlights

  • Legal participants in a planning Alliance with Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, Auckland Transport, Aecom, Beca and Bell Gully. The Supporting Growth programme is a five-seven-year programme of work to identify and obtain approvals for a new and upgraded transport network throughout greater Auckland to support and facilitate projected growth in the Greenfields growth areas over the next 30 years.
  • Advised Riverlink partners, who has joined together to deliver a series of critical infrastructure and urban design upgrades for the Hutt City CBD. The Project involves flooding protection and climate change resilience, roading and residential and commercial development.
  • Acting for Auckland Council and Auckland Transport on the City Rail Link (CRL) project which is New Zealand’s largest infrastructure project. The firm has advised on the project alliance agreement for packages C3 (Tunnels and stations), C5 (Western line) and C7 and C7 (Systems, integration testing and commissioning) and related governance arrangements between Auckland Transport, KiwiRail, City Rail Link Limited and the Link Alliance.

Chapman Tripp

Chapman Tripp acts for major domestic and international clients in many of the country's largest and most complex projects, handling every aspect of project development, resource management and environmental law. Its recent work spans major ports and airports, roads of national significance, landfills, coal mines, water, waste, energy and regulatory issues, as well as commercial and residential developments. Ben Williams in Christchurch and Hamish Bolland in Auckland oversee the ten-partner practice, which has some of the market leading practitioners, including Christchurch-based Jo Appleyard who has a lead role in the environmental and resource management aspects of natural resources, irrigation and infrastructure projects. In Auckland, Paula Brosnahan has an impressive track record in infrastructure, transport and property development projects; Catherine Somerville-Frost, who is advising Queenstown Airport on Public Works Act compulsory acquisitions; and Brian Clayton, who is a sought-after projects specialist.

Practice head(s):

Ben Williams; Hamish Bolland

Key clients

Waimakariri Irrigation Limited

Ryman Healthcare

NZ Transport Agency

Lyttelton Port Company

Kerikeri Land Limited, subsidiary of the Arvida Group

Eastland Port Limited

Queenstown Airport Corporation

Solomon Island Electricity Authority

Eastland Generation Limited

Trility Pty Ltd

Tonga Power Limited

Port of Napier Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for Waimakariri Irrigation Ltd, which holds resource consents in relation to a currently ‘run-of-river’ scheme with resource consent to take water from the Waimakariri River to irrigate ~23,000 hectares. It is one of the largest schemes in the South Island with a total scheme area of around 78,000 hectares but currently has poor water reliability.
  • Advising Ryman Healthcare Limited on a range of environmental and consenting matters related to the development of new retirement villages.
  • Handling the consenting phase of the 26km new state highway 1 transport corridor, Ara Tūhono – Warkworth to Wellsford section.


MinterEllisonRuddWatts has 'a good blend of youth and experience, which creates a great team dynamic'. It is also known as 'very diverse, flexible and authentic, with a real client focus and service ethic'. The firm frequently plays a leading role in disputes, projects and transactions for large-scale developments. Paul Foley in Wellington is head of energy and resources. In Auckland, Rachel Devine leads the environment and planning group, while David Gilbert is head of real estate. Sarah Sinclair is a key adviser on large infrastructure projects and Steve Gallaugher and Tom Fail focus on project finance. Bianca Tree, who handles energy sector projects, and newly promoted partner Travis Tomlinson are also recommended by clients.


‘A good blend of youth and experience, which creates a great team dynamic. They have the energy and knowledge to competently manage the brief and deliver the result that the client is looking for.’

‘Bianca Tree applies incredible attention to detail, and leaves no aspect of the application to chance. She is across all aspects of this and drives the wider team to achieve a positive result.’

‘This is an excellent full service law firm with strong projects, construction, environmental and real estate practices. The firm is very diverse, flexible and authentic. It has a real client focus and service ethic and employs strong commercial and technical lawyers who can advocate well and also take collaborative approaches.’

‘Travis Tomlinson is an excellent commercial construction lawyer with a strong client focus, sharp technical skills and attention to detail and has the ability to provide real collaboration.’

‘Sarah Sinclair is one of New Zealand’s leading commercial and construction lawyers with a very deep knowledge of industry and strong collaborative and leadership skills. Sarah is very client-centric and provides excellent strategic advice.’

Key clients

Refining NZ

The Crown

Ports of Auckland

Fulton Hogan


Goldman Sachs Australia

Kāinga Ora

Queenstown District Lakes Council

Waitematā District Health Board

Southern Cross Hospitals

Work highlights

  • Sole legal advisors to the Crown (through the Ministry of Transport) on its procurement and construction of the City Centre to Māngere light rail mass transport project which will connect the CBD of New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland to the country’s largest international airport. Acting as an integral member of the Crown’s project team providing strategic procurement, delivery and contracting advice, including analysis of regulatory and legislative requirements and policy for the infrastructure.
  • Advising POAL to achieve it ambitious target to be a zero emissions port by 2040 including acting on several sustainability initiatives, including a hydrogen demonstration project in Auckland.
  • Providing strategic whole-of-project advice to The New Zealand Refining Company Limited (Refining NZ) on the structure of and documentation for refining New Zealand’s infrastructure projects across construction aspects as well as offtake arrangements and project financing.

Simpson Grierson

Simpson Grierson has a large, multi-disciplinary group of partners handling resources, infrastructure, projects and construction. With a client base that includes regional and district councils, the firm is consistently involved in major projects. It has acted in water and wastewater projects in Auckland over the last five years, and its environment, planning and resource management group has a key role in flagship energy and infrastructure projects. Head of the resources and infrastructure group Padraig McNamara and construction specialist Michael Weatherall are the lead partners in Auckland, where one of the country's leading public sector lawyers Bill Loutit also resides. In Wellington, James Winchester and Matt Conway are prominent practitioners in resource management and environmental law. Sarah Scott is the key partner in Christchurch.


‘The firm works extremely well in a team environment. They enjoy a broad in-house skill base and utilise this effectively, providing core competencies to determine the appropriate strategies to any given situation and to assess risks, working collaboratively with me as the client.’

‘A strength is how the senior associate and associate levels are dedicated to support the partner and this adds a strength to the firm and helps to achieve the desired outcome.’

‘Commercial property partners Michael Wood and Nick Wilson are highy regarded. Specialising within the Public Works area, they both provide careful and considered legal advice and are able to negotiate complex and complicated agreements.’

‘Gerald Lanning is a highly competent resource management solicitor. He has an in-depth knowledge of the RMA and adds significantly to the outcomes wishing to be achieved.’

‘Bill Loutit is a highly regarded RMA solicitor and litigator and has a charming and witty manner. Bill provides well considered strategic advice focused on achieving difficult outcomes.’

‘The team has taken the time to really try to understand what we are seeking and how to present most effectively in the work that they do and within the current parameters of the environmental law.’

‘James Winchester and Sarah Scott really take the time to listen to what we want and to make sure that they understand the options and risks before them of the work that they want doing. It takes time to build trust in relationships and Simpson Grierson has taken the time to do this well and is trusted in the advice that it gives.’

‘The team has significant relevant experience with securing consents for wastewater discharges to freshwater receiving environments.’

‘The team is ready to assist when requested but also ready to say when they do not believe legal oversight or input is not required.’

Key clients

City Rail Link Limited

Fletcher Building

Auckland Transport

Watercare Services Limited

Auckland Council

Panuku Development Auckland

Queenstown-Lakes District Council

Christchurch City Council

Tauranga City Council

Ministry for the Environment

Taranaki Regional Council

Kāpiti Coast District Council

Work highlights

  • Advise CRLL as the lead legal advisor for the City Rail Link (CRL) Project. This is by far the most significant mandate for any construction law team in New Zealand.
  • Advise Watercare Services Ltd on the procurement for the Central Interceptor Main Works project, one of the largest and most complex infrastructure projects ever undertaken in New Zealand.
  • Advise Auckland Council on the procurement of alliance partners for the construction of the 36th America’s Cup base in central Auckland.

Chancery Green

Chancery Green in Auckland is a specialist firm with a two-partner team handling resource management, environmental law and major projects. Advising clients in a range of industry sectors, among them energy, commercial and residential property development, coastal and infrastructure. The firm handles consenting for large infrastructure projects, including renewable energy, fracking and telecommunications developments, as well as large-scale subdivision and property development projects. The lead partners are Chris Simmons, who focuses on planning applications and appeals, and Jason Welsh, who has a strong track record in sectors such as energy, coastal developments, forestry and primary production. Senior associate Steve Mutch is growing his reputation in resource management and environmental litigation and major environmental due diligence projects.

Practice head(s):

Chris Simmons; Jason Welsh

Other key lawyers:

Steve Mutch

Key clients

The New Zealand Refining Company Limited

Tilt Renewables

Viranda Partners

2Degrees Mobile


New Avenues LP

Chartwell Developments

Environmental Protection Authority

Hamilton Airport

Graymont (NZ) Limited

Work highlights

  • The firm is the sole legal advisor to Refining NZ on obtaining the full suite of resource consents for the ongoing operation of New Zealand’s only refinery. It is advising Refining NZ and the team of 13 expert witnesses on those resource consent applications which include discharges of contaminants to air, land and water and the occupation of the coastal marine area.
  • The firm continues to advise Tilt Renewables on its Waipipi Wind Farm on various matters associated with its development. It  is also advising Tilt Renewables on a number of new development opportunities.
  • Supporting Viranda Partners’ barrister in assisting with its Mangawhai Central Development. This is a comprehensive development of a 128ha site which will provide for a town square, secondary school, retirement village, supermarket, service centre and residential properties. The project has involved applications for resource consents which were recently granted, as well as initiating a private plan change.

Dentons Kensington Swan

Dentons Kensington Swan is 'incredibly responsive, collaborative and proactive'. The environment, infrastructure and planning practice brings together specialist partners and expertise from the firm's finance, corporate, property and Asia business groups. The firm advises on strategic projects throughout New Zealand, notably in the transport, water, energy and social infrastructure sectors. Its work spans consenting and property acquisitions, procurement, PPPs, project delivery and dispute resolution. Environment and planning partner Nicky McIndoe in Wellington, along with Auckland-based infrastructure partner Paul Buetow and projects and public law Matthew Ockleston, co-lead the practice.

Other key lawyers:

Ezekiel Hudspith


‘Nicky Mcindoe and special counsel Ezekiel Hudspith are incredibly responsive, collaborative and proactive. They are highly skilled and experienced practitioners and add a lot of value to our projects in terms of strategy, tactics and risk management.’

Key clients

NZ Transport Agency

Auckland Transport

Wellington Water Limited

Transpower New Zealand

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga

Hineuru Iwi Trust

Airways Corporation

Tamaki Regeneration Company

Ghella & Albergeldie Joint Venture

CPB Contractors Pty Limited

Naylor Love

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Transport Agency on the Northern Corridor Improvements Project (NCI Project) from development of the Business Case through to the current construction process. Our work has included legal advice on the resource consent applications and notices of requirement and appearing at the Board of Inquiry hearing where we successfully obtained the required approvals.
  • Advised Fletcher Building on the Commercial Bay project, which is New Zealand’s largest commercial and retail development interfacing with the Auckland City Rail Link. The project was significantly delayed and disputes arose between Fletcher and the principal, Precinct Properties Holdings Limited (also a listed company in New Zealand) over variation claim, extensions of time and Precinct Properties’ entitlement to deduct liquidated damages.
  • Advised Ghella & Abergeldie Joint Venture through the tender and preferred bidder phase for the construction of the 13km of 4.5m diameter wastewater pipe under Auckland, through to the finalisation of the contract and post-construction documentation.

DLA Piper New Zealand

The 'always impressive, easy to relate to and accessible', DLA Piper New Zealand is a small practice involved in high-profile projects for a diverse range of clients, among them government entities, local councils and private companies in key sectors such as retail, energy, dairy, forestry, aquaculture and residential development. Led by Stephen Quinn in Wellington, who is 'one of the best RMA lawyers around', the team has standout practitioners in Kerry Anderson, who is co-head of the local RMA group, and key senior associate Emma Manohar. Partner Diana Hartley is head of the Auckland RMA team and has 20 years' experience in acting for public bodies, local government, corporate entities and individuals.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Quinn


‘I’ve engaged the resource management team led by Stephen Quinn for over ten years now when I was working in the local government sector and now in private sector. While they have never provided anything but great legal advice, the team has always impressed me as being very human, very easy to relate to and get along with and accessible. Additionally, they provide great value for money and I’ve appreciated their value-added services. In my view, their customer service is a cut above the rest. All these factors make them stand out and they are my “go-to” firm for resource management and public law advice.’

‘I’d like to make a special mention of partner, Stephen Quinn. While Stephen is one of the best RMA lawyers around, what I’ve appreciated about Stephen is his ability to get alongside officers and executives, provide useful, timely and practical advice and simply make our busy professional lives easier. Our experience with some other partners of big law firms are that they tend to manage upwards and prioritise Mayors, Councillors or CEOs at the expense of executives who actually gets the work done. This is not the case with Stephen or the team at DLA Piper. I’ve appreciated his objectivity and customer service when there are issues I had to raise about the advice or invoice; and his initiative in making us aware that our business might be impacted by new legislation or regulation. In short, he is a great lawyer. So easy to deal with. Great value for money. He makes our lives easier.’

‘I have found DLA Piper to be responsive, even if your organisation is a relatively small client. Other firms manage client contact through a partner and in my experience this has caused delays. DLA Piper does not operate in this way which is a big plus. They are accessible and generally keep to the deadlines.’

‘They make a huge effort to be approachable and establish comfortable relationships with those they work with. They try to put people at ease and give advice that is tailored to the circumstances. Their approach to case management is without ego and pragmatic.’

‘Diana Hartley and special counsel Anne Buchanan are fantastic to work with. They have a down to earth approach and a genuine concern for the environment and effects on people. They are not afraid to be blunt when things aren’t going well and keep the interests of the client at the forefront. They keep their clients well informed of developments and are agile in their response to changing circumstances. They don’t engage in some of the “game-playing” that other legal providers seem to enjoy’

‘Having a small team works well, as we get to know the individuals so well, and feel like they are colleagues. They have a great legal knowledge in our subject area.’

‘Diana Hartley is an amazing person who involves us at every step of the way and never assumes anything. She treats us as equals, unlike some firms who see themselves as superior and charge the earth. Diana values instructing counsel input which is vital to us. Diana gives us value for money, and is always willing to work after hours to get us urgent jobs, even though we don’t expect her to. She is happy to work with us as juniors, or take the full lead, she is really flexible in that regard, and we see her as someone who we can call for advice at any time.’

‘Anne Buchanan has a great intellect, and produces amazing legal opinions that are easy to read’

‘Their key strength is their people. The individuals that I have had the pleasure of working with have extensive knowledge of the RMA, consenting pathways and experience of working on large scale infrastructure projects. They understand our business, what we are seeking to achieve and are highly competent at working on projects with a high public profile and of community interest. They worked on one of the first projects to be referred to a Board of Inquiry and one of the first PPPs in New Zealand. In this environment DLA Piper excelled in providing RMA advice, risk management and stakeholder management including engagement with regulators. Their client care is second to none. It is reassuring to always be able to reach an individual and know that a considered response will be received within an often very tight timeframe. I value the easy to digest legal advice that we receive which in my mind sets them apart from some of the other legal firms.’

‘Stephen Quinn is well regarded by the Courts and Councils, has a wealth of RMA experience and is familiar with working on contentious projects. He is always composed and as a client you have the knowledge that your project is in safe hands.’

‘In a fast paced project environment, Emma Manohar provides sound RMA advice, brings clarity, pays meticulous attention to detail, is personable and easy to deal with’

‘Kerry Anderson is quick to grasp the issues and tease apart sticking points and adopts a pragmatic approach to situations.’

‘Kerry Anderson is professional in both the small and large things that matter. She returns calls, provides digestible advice on time, manages workflow within agreed budgets and helps us to be ahead of any deadlines. She is friendly and works well with our team be they juniors, senior managers or Trustees. Many law firms promise to be and deliver all these things, but often drop the ball on one or more of these things that matter to clients.’

Key clients

Auckland Council

Greater Wellington Regional Council

The Department of Corrections

Hutt City Council

Maungaharuru Tangitū Trust

Nelson City Council

Bookabach Limited

Yashili New Zealand Dairy Company Limited

Todd Energy Limited and Todd Generation Limited

Marlborough District Council

Work highlights

  • Advised Auckland Council on appeals on rural subdivision rules in the Auckland Unitary Plan, including successfully representing Auckland Council in the High Court on its appeal of the Environment Court’s decision.
  • Advising Department of Corrections on the implementation of the environmental approvals obtained for the $750m expansion of Waikeria Prison.
  • Advising Wellington Regional Council on issuing of its new Regional Plan, including representing Wellington Regional Council on 30 Environment Court appeals, all with up to 30 additional parties joining each appeal.

Russell McVeagh

Russell McVeagh is consistently involved in major projects across New Zealand and is frequently called upon for advice on resource management and environment issues. One client remarks that the practice provides 'a quality service with open, honest and commercially-focused advice'. Daniel Minhinnick in Auckland is national chair of the energy, environment, planning and natural resources practice. Mei Fern Johnson in Wellington is a key adviser on projects in the transport, defence and water sectors. In Auckland, former practice chair Allison Arthur-Young is a highly regarded practitioner; and senior associate Simon Pilkinton has significant experience in district and regional planning matters.


‘Communication is clear, precise and very commercially-focused. Above all,  it is realistic and does not simply tell us what we want to hear.’

‘The advice is risk-orientated. The firm is clear in setting out projects risks from the onset and working with the client on strategy to address these risks and achieve good outcomes.’

‘Relationships are key for us. The firm respects and understands our commercial and operational requirements, opinions and is very much part of the wider team – understanding a broad range of property and planning issues – rather than a simply a required add-on.’

‘Daniel Minhinnick has a track record in significant RMA cases, showing excellent performance at hearings and in mediation, with an understanding of commercial pressures and a wide range of property disciplines. He provides clear explanation of complex issues and is focused on relationship-building.’

‘The Russell McVeagh team is highly adept at tackling complex issues. The team in general is excellent in terms of its responsiveness and transaction management. The senior members of the team are available and seen to be actively leading their teams on each transaction and are enthusiastic in their engagement on achieving the desired outcome.’

‘The firm has high levels of skill, preparedness, and commerciality. It provides excellent knowledge and service.’

‘Russell McVeagh’s projects and resources team works well with the firm’s related practice areas, including its market leading property and construction team.’

Key clients

Watercare Services Ltd

KiwiRail Holdings Limited

Stevenson Group (Drury South Limited)

Auckland International Airport Limited

Ports of Auckland Limited

Panuku Development Auckland Limited

Fonterra Limited

Woolworths New Zealand Limited

Summerset New Zealand

Bunnings Limited

Spark New Zealand Trading Limited

Vector Limited

Westfield New Zealand Limited

Kiwi Property Group Limited

Templeton Group Limited

Genesis Energy Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Auckland International Airport on the suite of planning approvals required to enable the development of a longer second runway at Auckland Airport.
  • Advising Stevenson Group (through its subsidiary Drury South Limited) on the comprehensive development of the 360-hectare Drury South Precinct.
  • Advising KiwiRail on all aspects of the design, procurement, strategy, contracting and environmental consenting process for the redevelopment of the ferry terminals at Centreport in Wellington and Port Marlborough in Picton.

Anderson Lloyd

Anderson Lloyd has a national focus and advises on projects, infrastructure and resource management through all four of its offices. The firm is highly respected for its work in major renewable energy projects, particularly wind farm developments, and in the development of large-scale water conservation, water storage and irrigation projects. It is heavily involved in marine development projects, including ports, aquaculture, fishing, reclamation and dredging, seabed mining and marine conservation. It is also among the leading domestic firms for mining projects. Construction, infrastructure, and energy sector specialist Anton Trixl in Auckland and Dunedin-based local government and resource management partner Michael Garbett are the practice co-heads. Maree Baker-Galloway in Queenstown focuses on environmental and planning law and Ben Johnston in Auckland is a commercial lawyer with notable expertise in the mining sector. David Holden departed to become a sole practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Anton Trixl; Michael Garbett

Other key lawyers:

Maree Baker-Galloway; Ben Johnston

Key clients

Tilt Renewables Limited

Waimea Water Limited

Trustpower Limited

Balance Agri-Nutrients Limited

New Forests Asset Management Pty Limited

Foodstuffs South Island Limited

Connect 8

Ngāti Tama Ki Te Waipounamu (Ngāti Tama) and Andrew Yuill

Whitewater NZ Incorporated

Work highlights

  • Advising Tilt as lead project counsel on the development of the Waipipi Wind Farm – its first New Zealand project since it demerged from Trustpower in 2016. Having successfully brought the project to financial close in September 2019, the firm is continuing to advise as the project progresses.
  • Advised Waimea Water Limited on the Waimea Community Dam, which is a project 36km south-east of Nelson involving the construction of a dam and reservoir with a capacity of 13m cubic metres in a joint venture between the Tasman District Council and private sector land owners.
  • Advised Hiringa Energy Limited and Ballance Agri-Nutrients on the nationally significant joint-venture, which is set to kickstart the hydrogen industry in Taranaki, aiming to generate zero-emission hydrogen for the heavy industry sector. Ballance Agri-Nutrients and Hiringa Energy have signed a multimillion-dollar joint development agreement for the project, with the first stage set to see four wind turbines built at Kapuni to develop 16 MW of wind generation.

Atkins Holm Majurey

Atkins Holm Majurey in Auckland is among the leading specialist environmental law firms in New Zealand. Paul Majurey and Helen Atkins lead the practice. Mike Holm is an experienced public law specialists, while environmental, corporate and Maori law specialist Vicki Morrison-Shaw is also a prominent figure in the market. Their work spans high-level marine and resource consenting processes, central government inquiries, plan changes and submissions on key environmental legislation. Partners frequently appear in high-profile litigation, including matters before the High Court. They also provide strategic and compliance advice.

Practice head(s):

Paul Majurey; Helen Atkins

Other key lawyers:

Vicki Morrison-Shaw; Mike Holm

Work highlights

  • Represented Trans-Tasman Resources (TTR) in the Court of Appeal regarding an offshore mining consent application. The application was originally granted by the Environmental Protection Authority in 2017.  The decision was appealed to the High Court and then the Court of Appeal.
  • Advised, and continues to advise and represent, the interests of Cooper and Company – the developers of the Britomart Precinct – on City Rail Link (CRL) matters.  This work commenced when the CRL was first mooted, and has included representation in notice of requirement and plan change hearings, a variety of resource consent hearings, and regular meetings with the CRL team.
  • Acted for an environmental enterprise seeking consents for a development on Mt Dewar to fund the largest commercially funded reforestation project in New Zealand.  The firm was successful in the Council hearing and also successfully resolved the two appeals lodged with consent orders having been granted.

Tompkins Wake

Tompkins Wake has established a resource management practice, notably in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions, through the specialist skills of lead partners Marianne Mackintosh and Bridget Parham in Hamilton and Theresa Le Bas in Rotorua. They advise public and private sector clients on resource management and local government law, with notable work for local government authorities, large corporate farming entities and private individuals. Recent work encompasses resource consents for a municipal wastewater treatment plant and a milk processing facility’s wastewater treatment plant; representing councils in their role as responding territorial authorities; supporting territorial authorities in full district plan reviews and plan changes; and extensive work on due diligence and enforcement obligations.

Key clients

Hamilton City Council

Otorohanga District Council

Rotorua Lakes Council

Waikato District Council

Waipa District Council

Wynn Williams

One of the 'strongest environmental and local government' teams Wynn Williams, is the lead legal provider of resource management law to two of New Zealand's three largest regional councils and has a large roster of local government clients. Freshwater planning is a key pillar of its work, though the firm also handles pan reviews, retail projects and residential development. Managing partner Philip Maw and specialist litigator Lucy de Latour lead the practice from Christchurch, where special counsel Michelle Mehlhopt and senior associate Kirstie Wyss are recommended for advice on local government law and freshwater management respectively. The Auckland office has a senior associate, Mike Doesburg, who focuses on environmental litigation.

Practice head(s):

Philip Maw; Lucy de Latour


‘Depth at the associate level gives confidence in consistent and practical advice.’

‘Philip Maw continues to impress in terms of professional understanding and status in the profession. Associate Imogen Edwards and senior associates Kate Woods and Kirstie Wyss are all very experienced, and they have the confidence of their local government clients.’

‘I work solely with the environmental and resource management team at Wynn Williams, and receive a very high level of service from them. Legal opinions received from them are robust and turned around in short timeframes if required. For matters that go to court, they make the process as easy as possible and work closely with my team to get the desired outcomes. The RM training that is offered as part of the contract with Wynn Williams is extremely helpful, and is delivered in a concise and easily understandable manner.’

‘The main individual I work with at Wynn Williams is Mike Doesburg. He always makes time to discuss any issues I have, whether it be a complex, specific case, or a smaller issue that crops up in business as usual. Mike’s ability to turn around urgent work quickly makes him very valuable to my team due to the tight timeframes we work with, as does the quality of his work. Legal opinions received from him are accurate and concise. Over the years, Mike has been working with my team, he has taken the time to get to know us and as a result is able to identify and deliver training needs for the whole team with minimal input from me – the ease in which this is done is appreciated and makes Mike stand out as a top provider of legal services.’

‘My team works occasionally with Philip Maw. Philip’s resource management expertise is second to none. Complex matters are dealt with professionally and accurately. Philip also takes the time to check in on how my team is going and gives an impression of informal mentorship in all dealings we have with him – something that I value in his work and a quality which makes him stand out.’

‘Phil Maw is possibly one of the best in NZ and definitely the best in Christchurch.’

Key clients

Canterbury Regional Council

Southland Regional Council

Otago Regional Council

Queenstown Lakes District Council

Northland Regional Council

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council

Greater Wellington Regional Council

Greater Christchurch Partnership

Weston Lea Limited

Reefville Properties Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Canterbury Regional Council in relation to judicial review proceedings which have attracted significant public interest, regarding several untested areas of law in relation to water permits for water bottling, and the ability to authorise the “take” of water separate to “use”.
  • Acting for Southland Regional Council on 25 Environment Court appeals on the proposed Southland Water and Land Plan, as well as providing strategic and legal advice on all stages throughout the plan development. The Plan seeks to establish an integrated region-wide planning framework for the management of water and land resources within the Southland Region.
  • Acting for Canterbury Regional Council in declaratory and enforcement proceedings in respect of clearance of significant indigenous vegetation on Kaitorete Spit, Christchurch. The proceedings will have significant implications for vegetation clearance planning frameworks across the region.

Lane Neave

Lane Neave expanded its resource management and environmental law team during the last two years. The firm is predominantly focused on projects in the natural resources and the energy sector, as well as large-scale commercial, industrial and residential property development, coastal, conservation and tourism issues and infrastructure projects. Newly promoted partner Joshua Leckie in Queenstown leads the practice. Associate Annabel Hawkins in Christchurch, who joined from Meredith Connell in 2019, specialises in resource management, environmental and local government law.

Practice head(s):

Joshua Leckie

Other key lawyers:

Annabel Hawkins

Key clients

Bathurst Resources Limited and BT Mining Limited

Cardrona Alpine Resort Limited

Woolworths New Zealand Limited

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu

Remarkables Station Limited

University of Otago

DHL Global Forwarding (NZ) Limited

Arrowsouth Properties Limited

Mt Iron Junction Limited

Shundi Queenstown Limited

Triple Connection Limited

Work highlights

  • Provided strategic advice to Bathurst Resources Limited and BT Mining Limited on plan-making, consenting and enforcement matters in respect of their mining operations across New Zealand, including on the West Coast Regional Policy Statement, Waikato District Plan Review and Plan Change 1 to the Waikato Regional Policy Statement.
  • Advised Woolworths New Zealand Limited on appeals to the Environment Court on the Proposed 2nd Generation Dunedin City Council District Plan and Proposed Kapiti Coast District Plan.
  • Advised Cardrona Alpine Resort Limited on the Proposed Queenstown Lakes District Plan, including in appeals to the Environment Court, and the multi-party Cardrona Wastewater Treatment Scheme.