Restoration of the City of Christchurch, and the wider Canterbury region, to a functioning and vibrant destination brings with it a set of unique challenges:
New infrastructure is required to service commercial, industrial and residential land and buildings
Economic recovery requires the redevelopment of manufacturing, retail and tourism sectors
Population movement has flow on effects for employment and health and safety
A changing natural environment means local resources must be carefully managed
Strategic planning, good governance and management are essential for progress
Significant insurance and finance requirements.
These challenges also present exciting opportunities for those investing in the future of Canterbury. Navigating a project in Canterbury during this phase of growth takes planning, creativity and specialist legal advice.
Our clients are actively involved with the financing, development and construction of large scale projects in Canterbury. At a broader level we understand the way in which this region is adapting and planning for long-term change. We advise key local authorities on matters relating to the rebuild, including the Christchurch City, Ashburton District, Hurunui District and Selwyn District Councils. We also advised the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (now LINZ) on a wide range of legal issues.
As a national law firm with a long-established office in Christchurch, our staff have extensive local knowledge, contacts and experience throughout the region.
While adaptability is essential in the current environment, prior to the Canterbury earthquakes, our staff were already experienced in construction, insurance, employment, resource management, and commercial law. Our rebuild team in Christchurch is supported by a wider group of national experts based in our Wellington and Auckland offices.
Advising the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authorityon earthquake recovery matters, including the exercise of its powers under legislation
Advising the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority
on the acquisition of the residential red zone properties and the acquisition of the central city properties required for the anchor projects forming part of the Christchurch CBD rebuild
Assisting Selwyn District Councilwith the largest industrial/business park development in New Zealand. At over 180 ha, the project has required Buddle Findlay to advise on multifaceted aspects including subdivisions, sales, leasing, acquisitions and consenting issues
Acting for Richard Diver/Countrywide Property Trust
in the acquisition and development of a number of high profile commercial properties in the Christchurch CBD
Advising Christchurch Central Development Unit (CCDU)
on the acquisition of large central city tracts of land for development and construction of anchor projects
Advising Christchurch City Council
on liability, risk and contracting issues arising from the Port Hills Earthquake Remediation project