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 > Transport (rail, road, air and sea)

Dentons Kensington Swan’s full-service transport department has a strong record in handling major PPP projects, and is a regular advisor to major New Zealand transport agencies. Auckland office managing partner and real estate specialist Matthew Ockleston worked with other key names Paul Buetow, Christina Sheard, and Nicky McIndoe advising NZ Transport Agency on the Northern Corridor Improvements Project. 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.

New Zealand > Projects and resources management (including environment)

(Leading individuals)

Nicky McIndoeDentons Kensington Swan

Dentons Kensington Swan‘s Auckland and Wellington-based practice has specialist expertise in the Public Works Act, provided by PWA specialist Matthew Ockleston, who advised the Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency on a multimillion-dollar road project. Nicky McIndoe in Wellington leads the national environment and planning team with a focus on the Resource Management Act; she advised Wellington Water on consents for a flood protection project and worked with special counsel Ezekiel Hudspith to represent Pernod Ricard in Environment Court hearings. Infrastructure project specialist Paul Buetow in Auckland co-leads the firm’s national construction and major projects team, advising on construction contracts for the Waikeria Prison PPP Project and wastewater projects.