Sarah Mathews


Sarah specialises in resource management law, advising clients in the primary and commercial sectors on environmental due diligence, and assisting with a range of resource management and property matters.

She provides environmental due diligence advice on large infrastructure projects, and regularly advises on district and regional consenting requirements, and on property acquisitions for farming or commercial development (including the conversion of land for forestry, horticulture, viticulture and dairy). She has assisted clients with submissions on plan changes and has experience in residential property developments and subdivisions.

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Sarah has lived and worked in Wellington, the Bay of Plenty, Canterbury and Nelson and her property and commercial law background brings a practical element to her resource management advice.

Sarah is currently on parental leave.

Recent highlights

  • Advising on environmental due diligence for the conversion of land for forestry and horticultural operations.

  • Preparing submissions on District Plan changes.

  • Providing resource management advice on the suitability of land for commercial development and leasing.

  • Assisting on the acquisition of farms.

  • Providing resource management and property advice on property taken under the Public Works Act 1981.

  • Advising on unit title and free hold subdivisions.


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