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Government relations

Decisions made by the Government and by regulators can have significant and long-lasting implications for business. Early engagement with policy-makers is critical to ensure that your voice is heard.

Kensington Swan’s expertise can help you maximise the opportunities that policy change can offer, while helping to minimise the risks.

Key relationships

Our team works alongside policy-makers on a daily basis and understands how policy is developed in the New Zealand environment.

Engagement is about more than just access. It’s also about developing clear, well structured, arguments and presenting them in effective ways. There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution. With our practical experience in government relations, we tailor effective strategies to meet your business objectives and needs.

Act early

Businesses that engage early with policy makers are in the best position to take advantage. By the time new policy is announced, it is often too late to effect significant change.

Recent experience

High Country Accord

Our lawyers are part of an Accord sub-committee with responsibility for reviewing and developing alternatives to the statutory calculation of rents for pastoral leases. That subcommittee has worked closely with Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and Land Information NZ officials and with the Valuer-General on proposals for new approaches.

Flexible Land Use Alliance (FLUA)

We advised FLUA on its submissions on the emissions trading scheme (ETS) legislation. We assisted with the drafting of alternative clauses in the legislation to allow for land substitution.

Master Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers NZ

We advised Master Plumbers during an inquiry by Parliament’s Regulations Review Committee into regulations made by its Board. This involved issues of consultation and compliance with statutory requirements. As a result of our advice, Master Plumbers was successful in arguing that regulations relating to competence in the industry should be upheld.

Related legal services

Public and administrative law
Local government law
Information law and privacy

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