Environmental Law

Environmental and resource management law encompasses the Resource Management Act, the compulsory acquisition of land for public works under the Public Works Act, road stoppings, Local Government matters, development contributions, heritage protection, procedures under the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act and other related legislation or regulations.

Members of Chambers include the past and current editors and authors of New Zealand’s leading text book in the field and have served as President of the Resource Management Law Association and as convenor of the New Zealand Society’s Environmental Law Committee.

The experience of members includes acting as counsel before local authorities, Boards of Inquiry, the Environment Court and higher courts including the Supreme Court, on major port and waterfront redevelopments, marine farms, marinas, water and waste infrastructure including wastewater plants and pipelines, major shopping centres, office towers, convention centres, hotels, ferry terminals, rail infrastructure, churches, schools, quarries, hospitals and other healthcare facilities, sand extraction, airports, residential subdivision and development.

Advice is also provided on proposed new legislation including appearing before Select Committees of Parliament and preparing submissions on proposed national policy statements, regional policy statements and plans and district plans and appearing at hearings in support of those submissions.

Experts in this area