I have specialised for 17 years in Resource Management, Environment, Planning, and Natural Resources Law. I was originally based in Auckland, but now service the whole of New Zealand from Wellington.
I have significant experience in advising on resource consent applications, plan changes, designations, hazardous substance, and other environmental approvals, with a focus on commercial, residential, infrastructure, and industrial developments. I advise on compliance and liability issues, including defending enforcement proceedings, as well as advising on local authority rating and development contribution matters and Public Works Act issues.
I act in applications for judicial review (both for applicants for review, and respondents), particularly in respect of non-notified consent issues, but also in respect of other local authority and Ministerial decisions.
I also advise on Maori legal matters, from best practice consultation and engagement, through to protection of sites of cultural significance and waahi tapu.
I have worked across many sectors, including:
- Coastal (reclamations, port issues, marinas, and aquaculture)
- Water, wastewater, transport, energy and other infrastructure
- Mining and quarrying
- Oil and gas
- Retail and commercial
- Subdivision and residential
Past clients include Aquaculture New Zealand, Air New Zealand, Auckland International Airport, Ballance, the Board of Airline Representatives of New Zealand, Bostock NZ, Cloudy Bay, the Department of Corrections, Fulton Hogan, Genesis Energy, Gore District Council, Higgins, Hospitality New Zealand, Imperial Tobacco, Infinity Investment, JetConnect, Kapiti Coast Airport, the Karori Sanctuary Trust, K-Jet and K-Jet Rotorua, KiwiRail, McDonalds, Meridian Energy, Mobil Oil, Mr Apple, New Zealand King Salmon, Origin Energy, Ports of Auckland, Progressive Enterprises, Sanford, Scentre (formerly Westfield), Sealord, Te Ohu Kaimoana Trust, Te Runanga a Iwi Ngati Kahu, Te Whiu Hapu, Todd Energy, Transpower, Trustpower, Vector, and Watercare Services.
I am the author of the "Lexis Nexis Practical Guidance to Resource Management" and the Hazardous Substances chapter of the NZ textbook "Environmental and Resource Management Law".