Ms Nicky McIndoe > Dentons Kensington Swan > Wellington, New Zealand > Lawyer Profile

Dentons Kensington Swan
PO BOX 10246
New Zealand

Work Department

Environment and planning law, Resource Management




Nicky leads the firm’s Environment and Planning team.

She has extensive experience advising national and local government agencies carrying out large infrastructure projects, such as roads, reservoirs, bridges, ferry terminals, wharves, hydro-electric power schemes, electricity transmission lines, wastewater treatment plants and landfills.

She works closely with planners, project managers, technical experts, and in-house counsel to develop consenting strategies, advise on their implementation, and prepare application documents. She is a skilled advocate, and represents clients in council hearings, boards of inquiry, the Environment Court, mediations, and the High Court.

Nicky also advises businesses and government on the development and interpretation of district and regional planning documents which regulate their activities. This includes the making of submissions, and representation in Environment Court appeals.

Nicky has a particular interest in heritage regulation, and advises New Zealand’s heritage regulator Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, as well as clients such as the NZ Transport Agency, on the protection of heritage buildings and archaeological sites.


Member of the Wellington Committee of the Resource Management Law Association.


BA, LLB – University of Otago Admission date: 1999

Lawyer Rankings

New Zealand > Projects and resources management (including environment)

(Leading individuals)

Nicky McIndoeDentons 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.

New Zealand > Transport (rail, road, air and sea)

Dentons Kensington Swan’ top full-service transport department is involved in major PPP projects, and is distinguished as the only law firm on both the NZ Transport Agency and Auckland Transport panels. Auckland office managing partner and real estate specialists Matthew Ockleston  worked with Paul Buetow , Christina Sheard and Nicky McIndoe  in assisting NZ Transport Agency on the Northern Corridor Improvements Project, which connects State Highway 1 with State Highway 18, and involves the construction of an the extension of the Northern Busway and a network of shared walking and cycling. In Wellington, McIndoe leads the national environment and planning Team, and her work focuses on the Resource Management Act, heritage, conservation, public works, and local government legislation relevant to infrastructure.