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Kerry Anderson

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Partner, Environment, Projects and Resource Management


Kerry Anderson focuses on all aspects of local government and resource management law.

Kerry provides advice on resource consent issues, designations, plan drafting and interpretation, mediation, drainage, roading issues, elections, bylaws, Council hearings, Environment Court appeals, High Court proceedings, Board of Inquiry hearings and an extensive range of enforcement matters, including prosecutions across a wide variety of local government legislation.

She has experience in large infrastructure projects and has had involvement in a number of New Zealand's 'roads of national significance', prisons, landfill/recycling facilities, windfarms and wastewater treatment plants, usually on behalf of Government or local government clients.


  • Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand, 1997


  • New Zealand Law Society
  • Honorary Solicitor, New Zealand Parking Association
  • Resource Management Law Association


  • University of Otago, LLB, 1997

New Zealand

Projects and resource management (including environment)

Within: Projects and resource management (including environment)

DLA Piper New Zealand's resource management and environment practice acts primarily for government and local government clients, though it also handles significant work for private sector clients. The firm is a key adviser to Auckland Council on local and national planning documents and policy, development projects, consenting and enforcement matters, as well matters in the District Court, Environment Court, High Court and Court of Appeal. Stephen Quinn in Wellington leads the practice. He recently advised the Department of Corrections on the environmental approvals required for the expansion of Waikeria Prison in Waikato. Senior associate Emma Manohar also played a key role in that work. Kerry Anderson jointly leads the RMA practice in Wellington with Quinn and frequently advises Auckland Council. In a recent matter, she acted for Wellington City Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council in a major roading project, handling the implementation of consents for the Transmission Gully. Diana Hartley in Auckland is highly recommended, particularly for urban growth and intensification matters, rural issues and infrastructure projects. Senior associate Anne Buchanan also has significant expertise in resource management and local government law.

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