Ms Paula Brosnahan > Chapman Tripp > Auckland, New Zealand > Lawyer Profile

Chapman Tripp
PO BOX 2206
New Zealand

Work Department

Projects and resource management, transport




Paula specialises in environmental and planning law, and advises clients on the resource management and environmental aspects of infrastructure, land transport, property developments, subdivisions, retail, due diligence investigations and Overseas Investment Act issues.  Paula has advised the NZ Transport Agency (the central government agency responsible for New Zealand’s land transport networks), at Council and Environment Court levels, on the designation and resource consent aspects of major State Highway projects, including those that form part of the Government’s ‘Roads of National Significance’ programme.  Paula was the lead Chapman Tripp partner on the Pūhoi to Warkworth Planning Alliance (known as “Further North”), which successfully obtained the statutory approvals for the construction and operation of the Puhoi to Warkworth section of the Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Wellsford (P2W) motorway north of Auckland (a Road of National Significance).  She served as Resource Management Legal Lead on the project as it moved through the procurement phase. This was one of the most significant, complex and innovative resource management projects undertaken in New Zealand over the last two years.  Chapman Tripp’s involvement in the Alliance is believed to be a world first.


Member of the Resource Management Law Association


BSc, LLB, University of Auckland, LLM (Env & Nat Res), Lewis & Clark Law School, Oregon; Admitted 1997 New Zealand, 2000 Oregon, 2001 California

Lawyer Rankings

New Zealand > Projects and resources management (including environment)

(Leading individuals)

Paula BrosnahanChapman Tripp

Chapman Tripp has a multi-disciplinary team that advises both domestic and international companies on issues relating to oil and gas, power, coal and minerals, water and waste, government and regulatory issues, and climate change. Among its clients for projects and resource management matters are major primary sector participants, government agencies, minerals and mining companies, leading gas and electricity infrastructure providers, upstream and downstream petroleum sector participants, and irrigation companies. Energy and natural resource projects specialist Brian Clayton and major infrastructure, transport and property development projects expert Paula Brosnahan lead practice in Auckland. Construction and projects partner Hamish Bolland is recommended for infrastructure, mining, energy, water, oil and gas, health, commercial, hotels and residential matters. Ben Williams leads the practice in Christchurch, where Jo Appleyard is a leading light in the environmental and resource management aspects of natural resources, irrigation and infrastructure projects.

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

Chapman Tripp has a broad-ranging transport practice that handles the funding, procurement and establishment of road, rail, sea and air transport infrastructure for government agencies, airports, port companies and shipping operators. Among its clients are the New Zealand Transport Agency, Auckland International Airport, Queenstown Airport Corporation, Christchurch International Airport and Lyttelton Port Company. It draws on the experience of its environment and resource management specialist Jo Appleyard in Christchurch and, in Auckland, Paula Brosnahan and Catherine Somerville-Frost. Litigator John Knight is recognised as a leading expert in insurance, maritime law and resource management disputes.