Ms Christina Sheard > Kensington Swan > Auckland, New Zealand > Lawyer Profile

Kensington Swan
New Zealand

Work Department

Environment and planning




Christina is a partner in our environment and planning team. She is a resource management specialist with 20 years’ experience in leading law firms in Auckland and London. Her dual legal and planning qualifications give her a unique ability to provide strategic and pragmatic legal advice on environmental and planning issues.

She regularly advises industrial, commercial, residential and government clients on all aspects of the Resource Management Act and associated legislation, efficiently guiding them through the consenting process from the early stages of the business case phase through to resolution of appeals and compliance during the construction process. With a well-earned reputation for delivering pragmatic legal advice that avoids a heavily caveated, risk adverse approach, Christina provides valuable strategic guidance to project teams.

Through her experience consenting major infrastructure projects, such as transportation and energy generation projects, she has significant experience working collaboratively within large project teams. She also has a proven track record successfully negotiating agreements with stakeholders. Her specialist expertise in freshwater management includes developing effective adaptive management conditions.

Christina also has extensive experience with district and regional plan formulation, private plan change applications and legislative reform.




Member of Resource Management Law Association
Associate member of the New Zealand Planning Institute


LLB, University of Canterbury 1994
MPlanPrac (Hons), University of Auckland 1996

Lawyer Rankings

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.