Theresa Le Bas > Tompkins Wake > Rotorua, New Zealand > Lawyer Profile

Tompkins Wake
New Zealand

Work Department

Environment and Resource Management | Local Government




Theresa is a partner at Tompkins Wake with more than 20 years’ experience in resource management and local government law in New Zealand and Australia.

Theresa joined Tompkins Wake in 2011and is a senior partner in the firm’s Environmental and Resource Management and Local Government and Public Law practices.

With a background in top tier, national law firms in both New Zealand and Australia, Theresa has extensive experience in large scale infrastructure, mining, energy and industrial projects, performing legal due diligence for national and international acquisitions as well as managing contaminated site issues across New Zealand, Victoria and Western Australia.

Theresa has guided several local authorities through significant plan changes, variations and plan reviews.

Theresa has acted for and advised:

Theresa was lead counsel in obtaining all required planning and
environmental approvals, and successfully concluding appeal
proceedings, for the following cases:

  • Tauranga’s Routes P, J, K, Takatimu Drive Extension and second harbour crossing.
  • Rosedale Wastewater Treatment Plant expansion and ocean outfall.
  • Waihi Mining and Newmont Waihi’s expansion of mining activities in Waihi.
  • Orica Australia’s sale of its former explosives reserve to the former Auckland Regional Council to establish the Waitawa Regional Park.
  • WALS’ landfill establishment in Serpentine, Western Australia.
  • Hanson’s Red Hill Quarry expansion in Perth, Western Australia.
  • Successful conclusion of the appeal processes on the Rotorua Lakes and Waipa District Plans.


Tompkins Wake, Board of Partners
Member of the Association for Resource Management Practitioners


BA, LLB, LLM (Hons), University of Auckland

Lawyer Rankings

New Zealand > Projects and resources management (including environment)

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.