Experience

We have advised:

  • the New Zealand Transport Agency on the Pūhoi to Warkworth project, undertaking extensive work as the legal team of the Further North Alliance. Further North is believed to be the first time (globally) a law firm has been part of an integrated planning alliance. Further North secured all statutory approvals required to construct and operate the Pūhoi to Warkworth section of the Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Wellsford Road of National Significance
  • 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
  • Ryman Healthcare, New Zealand’s leading retirement village provider, on a range of environmental and consenting matters related to the development of new villages, including the consenting of the Petone, Howick, Birkenhead and Ellerslie Retirement Villages; and lobbying Auckland Council and the Government on the Government’s special housing area policy
  • Bathurst Resources and its New Zealand subsidiary Buller Coal on its successful resource consent application for the Escarpment coal mine (estimated 4.6m tonne coal reserve) on the Denniston Plateau on the West Coast of the South Island
  • an overseas investor on how best to secure resource consents for the development of New Zealand’s largest resort, including obtaining Overseas Investment Act approval, establishing key positive working relationships with different stakeholder groups and obtaining a suite of complex resource consents and other statutory approvals
  • Crown Irrigation on the environmental and resource management, structuring, funding and all other legal aspects of its investments into major regional irrigation projects in a manner consistent with government policy
  • Waste Management on its application for the renewal of consents for the Redvale Landfill at Dairy Flat, Auckland’s largest municipal landfill
  • on plan reviews and variations, and applications for land use and discharge consents for a clients’ various projects and manufacturing sites
  • several major players in the Auckland economy, including Waste Management, New Zealand Steel, The Warehouse, Ryman Healthcare, Transpower, Downer and O-I New Zealand, on the impact of the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan
  • the Earthquake Commission (EQC) in relation to various consenting options for land repair work in the Christchurch region, following thousands of earthquakes since 2010
  • New Zealand Steel by obtaining all necessary resource consents and coastal permits for their extension to the Taharoa irons and slurry pipeline
  • Deepwater Group, an industry body representing the majority of New Zealand's commercial fishing interests, in opposing a marine consent application by NZX listed mining company Chatham Rock Phosphate
  • on obtaining plan change approvals and the necessary resource consents for the redevelopment of the Porter Heights Skifield, including a year-round alpine village situated at the foot of the ski area, and
  • on National Policy Statements and National Environmental Standards, including representing various agricultural clients on implementing the National Policy Statement for Fresh Water Management, representing Transpower on giving effect to the proposed National Policy Statement on Electricity Transmission, advising Ministry for the Environment officials as part of a reference group on proposals for a National Policy Statement on Renewable Generation and advising the telecommunications sector on a new National Environmental Standard.
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