Energy and renewables

We are at the centre of many key developments in New Zealand's energy and renewables sector.  Our experience, collaborative approach and intellectual capital helps us meet our clients' needs, overcome challenges, and leverage the opportunities of the energy industry.


We have a deep understanding of strategic drivers and the legal and regulatory framework of this industry.

This means we are well placed to give advice on all aspects of the energy and renewables sector.

We understand that responding to climate change is challenging. We know there’s a critical need to deliver a significant increase in renewable electricity generation, to enable New Zealand to decarbonise and meet its emissions reduction targets.

We work collaboratively to successfully deliver on aspects of the energy sector

Our ability to work collaboratively with clients as well as across our internal teams, coupled with our Te Tiriti expertise, sets us apart.

We have a compelling reputation for successfully delivering at all stages and in all aspects of energy sector businesses.

We advise:

  • Generators
  • Retailers
  • Network operators
  • Transpower (grid operator) and sponsors
  • Developers
  • Financiers of new generation developments.
We have been directly involved in the development of rules and policy

We have advised the Electricity Authority - the principal electricity industry regulator – on significant matters. We drafted and amended the Electricity Industry Participation Code - the rules that govern the electricity market in New Zealand.

We are experts on renewable energy projects

Our environment, resource management and Māori law teams are key advisers in the development of new renewable energy projects, including:

  • Advising and guiding development
  • Planning and environmental approvals for significant energy projects including wind, geothermal, hydro, and solar.

Our corporate, construction and property teams have given advice to several significant industry participants in New Zealand. We support clients with various aspects of their energy businesses including:

  • Development and acquisition of new assets
  • Securing property rights
  • Financing
  • Procurement and supply chain contracts
  • Construction
  • Corporate transactions
  • Emissions trading
  • Hedging
  • Regulatory issues
  • Customer arrangements
  • General corporate, commercial and regulatory advice
  • Property portfolios, including sale and purchase of land, leasing, easements, and encumbrances.
We have hands-on experience in the oil and gas industry

We advise clients on:

  • Exploration initiatives, Crown Minerals Act matters and Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act matters
  • Reticulation issues, including open access
  • Acquisitions of gas wholesale and retail businesses,
  • Acquisitions of gas reticulation businesses and major new gas supply contracts, both in New Zealand and overseas.
We can support you with litigation and dispute resolution

We advise on litigation and other dispute resolution procedures relating to the gas sector and Commerce Act issues impacting on various levels in the market.

We can give advice on fuels in the aviation industry

We are fuels experts in the aviation industry. We give advice on downstream fuel joint venture agreements, use of systems agreements, and fuel pipeline joint ventures (both operation and development).

Work highlights

Genesis Energy reconsenting for Tekapo Power Scheme

We advise Genesis Energy on the reconsenting of its existing Tekapo A and B hydro-electric power stations which provide 190MW of renewable energy and form part of the New Zealand's largest hydro-electric generation involving seven power stations within the Waitaki Catchment.

GeoFuture Geothermal Power Development

We advised Contact Energy's internal and expert advisory team on the successful consenting of the NZ$750m GeoFuture Geothermal Power Development which will deliver electricity for over 70,000 additional homes.  Read more here 

Kapuni Green Hydrogen Project

We advised Westpac New Zealand and Commonwealth Bank of Australia on the proposed funding (debt) of the Kapuni Green Hydrogen Project which, has the ability to provide renewable electricity to up to 24,000 homes.


We advised Lightsourcebp on the planning, environmental and regulatory approvals required for a proposed solar project which is expected to supply enough electricity for 33,000 homes.

Electricity Authority

We advised the Electricity Authority on its review of Transpower New Zealand's proposal to vary the transmission pricing methodology (the method by which transmission charges are allocated to participants in the electricity industry) and on significant amendments to the Electricity Industry Participation Code including the introduction of default distributor agreements.

Consenting for Contact Energy projects

We are presently advising Contact Energy on its new wind farm projects. We have advised Contact Energy on the consenting of its hydro, geothermal, thermal and wind projects including the Waitahora and Hauāuru mā raki wind farms, the Tauhara 2 and Te Mihi geothermal power stations, the Stratford thermal peaker stations, the reconsenting of Poihipi and Ohaaki geothermal power stations, and changes to consent conditions and lapse periods for the Otahuhu Thermal power stations.

Our team

Charlotte von Dadelszen

Partner, Wellington
Board of Management

Charlotte specialises in leasing, construction and land-related property advice. She has been involved in the development…

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Daniel Kelleher

Partner, Auckland

Daniel has earned his reputation as a leading practitioner in the property sector by developing strong and lasting relationships with…

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David Allen

Partner, Wellington

David specialises in all aspects of resource management, environmental and natural resources law and local government law…

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David Randal

Partner, Wellington

David specialises in resource management, environmental and Māori law. He has advised clients at the heart of intensive RMA…

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Grant Dunn

Partner, Auckland

Grant specialises in corporate and commercial law and has over 20 years experience. He previously spent six years with the London…

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Hamish Kynaston

Partner, Wellington

Hamish specialises in employment relations, litigation, health law, health and safety, and education…

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Jennifer Caldwell

Partner, Auckland
National Chair

Jennifer specialises in resource management, environmental and local government law, with extensive experience as a strategic…

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Lisette Hood

Partner, Auckland

Lisette specialises in corporate and commercial law, with particular emphasis on commercial contracting, corporate governance and merge…

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Natasha Wilson

Partner, Wellington

Natasha is a partner in our public law team in Wellington, and has extensive experience in the health, education, and science and…

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Paul Beverley

Partner, Wellington

Paul was the National Chair of Buddle Findlay from 2017 to March 2020. Paul specialises in Māori Law, Treaty settlement negotiations…

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Peter Chemis

Partner, Wellington

Peter specialises in employment law, industrial relations and related areas, and leads Buddle Findlay’s national employment team…

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Susie Kilty

Partner, Wellington

Susie specialises in competition, fair trading, overseas investment consents and economic regulation, particularly of infrastructure in…

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Thaddeus Ryan

Partner, Wellington

Thad specialises in resource management and Māori law. Thad has a particular specialty in RMA consenting and…

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Tony Wilkinson

Partner, Auckland

Tony has a highly regarded practice acting for public and private sector clients. He is the lead tax advisor for Buddle Findlay’s most…

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Vanessa Evitt

Partner, Auckland

Vanessa specialises in resource management, infrastructure, and environmental law.…

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