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Doing the thinking, moving issues forward

Chapman Tripp’s multi-disciplinary team works across the range of climate change issues, including emissions trading, RMA implications, forestry projects and contractual fixes.

Our team leads with its sharp commercial and public policy thinking, helping shape the debate and an effective response. It is at the forefront of this evolving and far-reaching practice.

We have advised

  • Sanford on the sale of New Zealand units freely allocated by the government to the fishing industry.
  • NZX (New Zealand Stock Exchange) on securities law, market infrastructure and regulatory policy for NZX’s “TZ1” carbon credits market. 
  • Many of New Zealand's most significant corporates with their response to the government’s climate change policy, including submissions to select committee and discussions with officials. 
  • Ngati Porou Whanui Forests in relation to its joint venture with an overseas company to generate carbon credits from forestry activities. 
  • Meridian Energy on the sale of ERUs and on turbine procurement programmes for its wind farms. 
  • GreenAir Fund in relation to its carbon forestry activities in New Zealand, both in the "voluntary" and "compliance" markets. 
  • Mighty River Power on issues relating to carbon credits arising from its Turitea wind farm project in Palmerston North. 
  • Vector and Rio Tinto on carbon tax pass-through.

Initial contacts



Andy Nicholls

Andy Nicholls

Managing Partner - Wellington

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