Cases

PUBLIC INPUT ON THE PORT

Acted as part of legal team for Urban Auckland on their successful judicial review against Ports of Auckland Ltd. Read more

Victory over Ports of Auckland – NZ Herald – New Zealand

SPECIAL CHARACTER, SPECIAL HERITAGE

Acted for Character Coalition, representing 60 community groups in relation to character and heritage protection provisions in Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan.

PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE

Acted for Matata Lot 6A Komiti in 3 week Environment Court fixture. Whakatane District Council tried to establish a wastewater treatment plant on Maori Land (Te Ture Whenua Maori). It failed. The Court agreed that the Council had acted arbitrarily in its site selection process.

MAKING WAVES

Acted for Environmental Defence Society against sea-bed mining applications by Trans Tasman Resources (iron sand mining in South Taranaki Bight) and Chatham Rock Phosphate (phosphorus mining in Chatham Rise). Both applications were declined.

TRANSPORT – MAKING BETTER DECISIONS

Acted for Campaign for Better Transport at Board of Inquiry for Puhoi – Wellsford Road of National Significance.

IWI AND INFRASTRUCTURE:

Advocacy and advisory on behalf of Maori tribal groups in relation to approx. $130 million wastewater project. Negotiated settlement involving payment of biosolids levy to Governance Trust, ownership of $27 million Island vesting in Maori Trustees with perpetual lease in favour of Auckland Council.  Read more here.

AQUACULTURE AND THE SUPREME COURT:

Acted for Environmental Defence Society on successful hearing in NZ’s Supreme Court. Read more here. This is now NZ’s leading decision on the meaning of sustainable management and environmental bottom lines.

WATER AND A BOARD OF INQUIRY:

Successful representation of Environmental Defence Society in Tukituki Catchment hearings at National Board of Inquiry and successful appeal to the High Court. Issues included the balance between water use for dairy farming and other uses, allocative entitlements to water and implementation of national water quality standards under Plan Change 6A. Read more here.

ENERGY AND A REQUIRING AUTHORITY

Advisory and advocacy for NZ’s largest petroleum and avgas tankfarm, responsible for 95% of Auckland region’s diesel, petrol and 100% of Auckland’s aviation fuel requirements, Ministerial approvals, designations, resource consent process.  Read more here.

MINING, WAIHI AND THE COROMANDEL

Advocacy and advice to environmental NGOs in opposition to major gold mining projects at Waihi (Newmont Mining Corporation) and policy issues in Coromandel. Read more here.

TELECOMMUNICATIONS:

Advisory in relation to proposed designation for television network, protection of corridor for transmission stations.

INDIGENOUS RIGHTS:

Advocacy before Waitangi Tribunal in relation to Maori ownership and native title to water and geothermal resources. Read more here.

PUBLIC LAW

Advocacy for NGO in successful judicial review against Minister of Conservation for proposed marine reserve at Akaroa Harbour. Read more here.

DAIRY – APPLICANT

Advisory for due diligence, consents strategy, consents project for $210 million dairy factory.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC OPEN SPACE:

Advisory to Dunedin City Council in relation to ownership, co-governance and co-management models for public open space areas. Read more here.

OTHER PROJECTS

Information on additional projects (public domain due diligences, PPP advisory, wind, risk management advisory, regulatory prosecution and defence work) available on request subject to confidentiality requirements.