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Environment and planning

Navigating consenting processes can be a time consuming, costly and uncertain process. Our team of experts, based in Auckland and Wellington, has a wide range of resource management law experience to help ease your consenting path. From providing strategic advice at the earliest stage of your development, right through to appearing for you in Court if necessary, we will expertly guide you through every step of the process. We proactively manage our clients’ environmental risks and responsibilities by providing strategic advice, overlaid with a good dose of common sense. Our clients praise us for our direct approach and our pragmatic, results-oriented advice.

Coastal development

Development within the environmentally sensitive coastal marine area brings unique challenges. We have a long track record of consenting coastal projects. For example, we assisted Auckland Transport in obtaining consents for a new ferry terminal at Half Moon Bay, and are currently acting for the NZ Transport Agency in relation to a new walking and cycling bridge across the Mangere Inlet. More >>

Compliance, environmental liability and due diligence

Whether you have an existing business or property or are in the process of buying one, our team can assist in making sure that you are managing environmental risks and are complying with all your obligations under the Resource Management Act 1991 and associated legislation. More >>


Through our work for clients such as Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga and the NZ Transport Agency, we understand the difficulties associated with managing historic heritage. We have a comprehensive understanding of the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014 and its relationship with the Resource Management Act 1991. More >>

National level, regional and district planning documents and plan changes

We are actively involved in providing advice to clients on changes to resource management and local government legislation. At a regional and district level, we assist clients in navigating their way through the plan review and plan change process from providing strategic advice on how to best protect their interests to representation at hearings. More >>

Resource consents, subdivisions, designations and statutory approvals

We assist a wide variety of clients through the consenting process, from large scale transportation projects to small childcare facilities. Through our work consenting numerous large roading projects and our work in the electricity sector, we have an in depth understanding of the specific risks associated with lodging notices of requirement and alterations to designations. More >>

Water resources

Both Nicky McIndoe and Christina Sheard have extensive experience advising clients working within the water industry on water quality, water allocation and priority issues. They have been involved in consenting large scale hydro-electric power schemes, agriculture and irrigation projects. More >>

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Updates and Media

Mana Whakahono-a-Rohe: Iwi Participation Arrangements

21 Apr 2017 Environment and planning, Māori business

Select Committee approves proposed changes to resource consent processes

30 Mar 2017 Environment and planning, National level, regional and district planning documents and plan changes

Select Committee supports greater national direction in resource management

27 Mar 2017 Environment and planning, National level, regional and district planning documents and plan changes

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