Resource management law

We are leaders in the resource management law field, available to assist clients with all environmental matters.

The Resource Management Act manages the use of natural and physical resources within our environment. District and regional plans prescribe the rules that must be complied with when carrying out any activities involving land, water or air. The rules may require a resource consent to be obtained to carry out an activity, which could range from extending your house to significant commercial development. It is important that you are aware of the requirements of the Resource Management Act as it contains substantial penalties for failure to comply.

We provide advice on all aspects of resource management law, including:

  • Obtaining resource consents, plan changes, certificates of compliance and existing use, designations or other environmental approvals
  • Preparation and advice on district and regional plans, policy statements, and submissions on plan changes
  • Compliance and liability issues including defending enforcement proceedings and resource management prosecutions
  • Consents for large scale activities including quarrying and intensive farming
  • Interpretation of district and regional plan requirements
  • Applications to extend resource consents
  • Due diligence for property transactions
  • The interrelationship of Treaty of Waitangi and resource management law, and implications for landowners and iwi
  • Coastal issues
  • Representation at Local Authority, Environment Court, District and High Court hearings and at Boards of Inquiry
  • Preparation and presentation of submissions in opposition to resource management applications
  • Strategic, policy and practical advice on resource management issues


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Experts in the field


Dr. Joan Forret


Direct Dial: +64 7 834 4662


Robert Davies


Direct Dial: +64 7 834 6687


Pervinder Kaur


Direct Dial: +64 7 834 6673