Conservation law is not only relevant to the protection of New Zealand's environment and conservation resources, but is critical to our industries such as tourism, skiing, farming, mining, fishing, aquaculture, roading and other infrastructure.
We have a leading specialist legal practice in New Zealand’s conservation and biodiversity laws, and advise central and local government and private entities on a wide range of issues arising under conservation legislation.
Over one-third of New Zealand's land area is administered by the Department of Conservation. Paul Beverley who leads our conservation team was formerly a senior lawyer at the Department of Conservation and is a leading specialist in conservation law. He has a particular specialty in concessions and advises a range of clients on the Department of Conservation concession process. Paul is also a leading adviser on issues relating to reserves and the Reserves Act 1977. Paul was appointed by the Ministers of Conservation and Fisheries to Chair the Subantarctic Marine Protection Planning Forum (which has resulted in three new marine reserves in that area).
We advise on processes under conservation legislation including the Conservation Act, National Parks Act, Reserves Act, Resource Management Act, Crown Minerals Act (access arrangements), Marine Reserves Act, Wildlife Act and Marine Mammals Protection Act.
"Operating across Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, Buddle Findlay’s 20-strong practice ‘takes a supportive, collaborative approach to projects’, and is particularly recommended for its conservation and resource management work"
Advising the Crown and private entities
on issues relating to concessions and biodiversity offsets in the context of large infrastructure projects
on its current concession application in relation to a hydro development on the Waitaha River
Advising the NZ Transport Agency
on its application under the Marine Reserves Act to reclaim six hectares from a marine reserve for the Waterview Connection project
Advising the Crown, local authorities and private entities
on a wide range of issues relating to the Reserves Act 1977
Advising a range of clients
on conservation planning for national parks, reserves, marine reserves and conservation areas
Advising Auckland Council
on issues under the Reserves Act 1977, including on the Tāmaki Collective Treaty settlement in relation to the volcanic cones in Auckland