Experience

We have advised:

Transport
  • the NZ Transport Agency, as part of the ‘True North Alliance’, on the procurement phase of the Pūhoi to Warkworth section of the Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Wellsford motorway north of Auckland, which is proceeding as a PPP. This results from our previous work during the environmental consenting phase of the project as part of the 'Further North Alliance' – which successfully secured all required resource management approvals for the construction and operation of the project
  • Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) on all aspects of its equity and debt investments into the NZ Transport Agency’s Transmission Gully Motorway PPP, as key project sponsor in the Wellington Gateway Consortium
  • Lyttelton Port Company on construction (including demolition) and environmental consenting components of its vast redevelopment and remediation works programme in the wake of the Canterbury earthquakes
  • Queenstown Airport Corporation in obtaining the statutory approvals for a separate taxiway and appropriate separation distance from the main runway required to enable a major expansion of Queenstown Airport, which includes plans for a new international terminal
  • Airways New Zealand on the consenting and construction aspects of its new new ‘leaning’ control tower at Wellington International Airport
  • the NZ Transport Agency on its 2015 review of Auckland Transport’s recent Public Transport Operating Model bus contracts
  • the NZ Transport Agency on the initial planning and consenting phase of the proposed additional Waitemata Harbour Crossing project
  • Eastland Port on the consenting and construction aspects of its log yard expansion project
Social infrastructure
  • the Ministry of Health on the $650m+ post-earthquake redevelopment (demolition, refurbishment and new build) of the Burwood and Christchurch hospitals in Christchurch, one of the most significant social infrastructure projects in New Zealand’s history
  • Ōtākaro Limited on its establishment and assumption of assets relating to the Christchurch earthquake rebuild from the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA). Our work required us which in just a few short weeks to complete not only Ōtākaro establishment work, but an extensive range of work associated with the transition of responsibility for Christchurch ‘anchor projects’ from CERA to Ōtākaro
  • the Ministry of Education on its National Transportables Programme for the procurement of portable classrooms, a major project in which private sector providers are undertaking the design, construction, delivery, management and maintenance of the Ministry’s entire portfolio of relocatable modular classrooms
  • Lincoln Hub – a unique collaboration between three Crown Research Institutes, DairyNZ and Lincoln University – on a major staged development of a world-class agricultural research and education facility across the AgResearch and Lincoln University campuses in Christchurch
  • Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) on its role as a major provider of equity and funding into the Wiri Men’s Prison PPP project
  • a Leighton Contractors led consortium on its bid for the Wiri Men’s Prison PPP project
  • Investec, Balfour Beatty and DGL Investments Consortium on their bid for the Schools 2 PPP project
  • McConnell Group on its equity investment into the Hobsonville Schools PPP project
  • Fletcher Building on its successful bid for the high profile New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC) project in Auckland. The NZICC will be New Zealand’s premiere convention centre
  • the Preferred Contractor on all legal aspects of the development of the high profile Christchurch Convention Centre Precinct project, which will include a world-class convention centre, a hotel (operated by Accor), residential accommodation, food and beverage outlets, retail, office spaces and parking
Telecommunications
  • Chorus on all aspects of its arrangements with Crown Fibre Holdings for Ultra-Fast Broadband, telecommunications retailer, and national field service contracts with Visionstream, Transfield and Downer EDI to roll out the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband project through to 2019
  • Spark on its nationwide property portfolio including the acquisition, disposal and leasing of cellular phone tower sites and associated access arrangements
  • Maritime New Zealand on long-term outsourcing arrangements for the National Maritime Distress and Safety Communications Network, including the management of a Maritime Operations Centre and maintenance of radio sites around New Zealand, and on tender documentation and contractual arrangements for construction of a ground segment forming part of the global MEOSAR satellite system
Utilities (sewage, waste and water)
  • Waste Management NZ (previously Transpacific Industries NZ) in obtaining environmental consents necessary for the continued operation of the Redvale Landfill, a significant piece of waste infrastructure that supports Auckland’s growing population and economy
  • Queenstown Lakes District Council on a wastewater plant expansion project (design, build and operate) and a ‘3 waters’ (operate and maintain) project, both involving innovative partnering delivery models
  • CERA on the establishment of the alliance for the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT), responsible for rebuilding horizontal infrastructure (roading and ‘3 waters’) following the Canterbury earthquakes
  • Metrowater and other participants on the Alliance Agreement for the ‘Clear Harbour Alliance’, responsible for the complex upgrade and separation of Auckland’s previously combined stormwater and wastewater system
  • Transwaste Canterbury in relation to the Canterbury Regional Landfill
Energy
  • Mighty River Power (now Mercury), as its key legal advisor over a long period, on a wide range of projects including the establishment and operation of many of its geothermal power stations (Kawerau, Nga Awa Purua, Ngatamariki), and ongoing construction, consenting and operations & maintenance work relating to its substantial portfolio of hydro assets
  • the Solomon Islands Electricity Authority on four renewable energy projects in the Solomon Islands, including the proposed Tina River Hydro Development Project, which involves the development of a new 20MW hydro power plant and will be the Solomon Islands' first PPP. Our role has included: advising on the possible procurement options; briefing management and the board of directors on the legal and ‘key risks’ of the project (and possible risk transfer); and drafting/commenting on the project documentation
  • Transpower on its tendering of field services and capital works contracts for maintenance and upgrade of its electricity lines and stations, understood to comprise New Zealand's most significant and largest set of field services contracts
  • the InfraRed Capital Partners Consortium on the development of a 100MW open cycle gas turbine power plant which is being procured by Nova Energy, a subsidiary of Todd Corporation
  • Te Ahi O Maui Limited Partnership on the development of a 25MW geothermal power plant to be located in Kawerau
  • Methanex on development work related to the upgrade of its existing methanol production facilities in New Zealand
  • Bathurst Resources and its New Zealand subsidiary Buller Coal on its successful resource consent application for a coal mine (estimated 4.6m tonne coal reserve) on the Denniston Plateau on the West Coast of the South Island. The Escarpment Mine will become New Zealand's second-largest coal mine
Irrigation
  • Crown Irrigation Investments on structuring, funding and all other legal aspects of the Government’s investments into major regional irrigation projects, to drive growth in New Zealand’s critical agricultural sector
  • Hunter Downs Development Company on the proposed Hunter Downs Irrigation scheme project, which will take water from the Waitaki River in the South Island and through an extensive race and pipe system deliver water to irrigate up to 40,000 hectares of farm land in South Canterbury
  • Waimakariri Irrigation on all corporate and environmental consenting matters relating to the Waimakariri Irrigation Scheme and storage proposals, involving a large storage dam/reservoir located in the Canterbury region
  • Barrhill Chertsey Irrigation on consenting, water sharing and nutrient management matters relating to the development of the Barrhill Irrigation Scheme, and
  • Ngāi Tahu property on the Balmoral irrigation scheme involving the proposed conversion over 7,000 hectares of forest land in North Canterbury to dairy and dairy support operations.
Environment, planning & resource management; Finance; Property & real estate; Public law; Tax

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