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Resource management law

Resource management law

When it comes to environmental matters, we’re the leaders in the resource management law field.


Our years of experience have provided an intrinsic understanding of The Resource Management Act, and the use of natural and physical resources in our environment and within the bounds of district and regional plans.

We provide advice on all aspects of resource management law and how it relates to your business or property, 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

Read our articles on resource management law

Focusing on the positives: Spatial planning to be a major part of resource management re-think

In this second article of three, Jay looks at the proposed Strategic Planning Act (SPA). The SPA is the second major piece of legislation that the Resource Management Review Panel (Panel) has recommended should replace the often highly criticised, Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA). The SPA would set the long-term strategic goals in resource management and would also focus on regional spatial planning.

Back to the Future – Government announces a “new” direction for Resource Management system

The Resource Management Review Panel (Panel) has recommended a statutory framework for resource management in New Zealand which involves the repeal and replacement of the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA). In the first of a series of three articles, Jay Rajendram discusses what can be expected under the primary Act that the Panel proposes should replace RMA, the proposed Natural Built and Environment Act (NBEA).
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