I specialise in resource management and environmental law. My farming background means I have a real interest and knowledge in rural issues, particularly freshwater management, however I enjoy assisting clients on a range of urban and other matters.
Resource management is often a forward-looking area of law, and I enjoy assisting my clients in obtaining the approvals and consents required to allow development and expansion of their businesses. There is often a balancing act between environmental outcomes and commercial results and I am focussed on providing pragmatic advice that meets both requirements.
My recent experience includes:
- advising clients (and submitting) on policy documents, including Regional Plans, District Plans and National Environmental Standards;
- assisting with resource consent applications, including gravel extraction, development at an existing milk processing site, an urban medical centre and a rural-residential heli-pad;
- assisting with defending prosecutions for dairy effluent discharges and works in a riverbed; and
- due diligence reporting on purchases of rural farmland, forestry blocks, and avocado and kiwifruit orchards.
I am a national committee member of the Resource Management Law Association, as well as a member of the New Zealand Law Society and the Australasian Land and Groundwater Association.