We have one of New Zealand's leading resource management and environmental law practices with specialist teams in each of our three offices.
Our lawyers are specialists in all aspects of resource management and environmental law and we advise clients on the full spectrum of Resource Management Act processes ranging from large infrastructure projects to national and local policy development. Our practice includes conservation and Māori law, as well as advising on central and local government processes.
Our team is known for its "can do" attitude and ability to work effectively with clients, their consultants and collaboratively with the community.
"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."
"They are principled and academically strong, but also give commercially smart advice that reflects a good understanding of the law and our company's needs."
Chambers and Partners
"They're helpful without being overbearing, and provide timely, appropriate advice without being smug."
Chambers and Partners
Advising the Crown
on its 'All of Government' submission (on behalf of 22 government departments and agencies) on the proposed Christchurch Replacement District Plan
Advising Auckland Council
on the hearings of its Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan
Advising the NZ Transport Agency
on numerous roading designation and consenting projects including: the designation of State Highway 20B in Manukau, Auckland; the widening of SH16 (North West Motorway); the East/West Connection Project; the Rangiriri Section of the Waikato Expressway; the Peke Peka to North Ōtaki and North Ōtaki to North Levin sections of the Wellington Northern Corridor Roads of National Significance; the Petone to Grenda project; the Wellington Petone to Ngauranga cycleway project; Russley Road widening and interchange and Northern Arterial and QE2 four laning (part of the Christchurch Motorways Roads of National Significance and the Caversham road widening project in Dunedin
Advising Boards of Inquiry
in respect of the Tukituki Catchment proposal (dam and irrigation project), Ruakura Development Plan Change Request (inland port and commercial/industrial hub), and New Zealand King Salmon proposal (including appearing before the Supreme Court)
Advising Contact Energy
on the successful consenting of the Waitahora and Hauāuru mā raki wind farms; the Te Mihi and Tauhara 2 geothermal power stations; the Stratford thermal peaker stations; the reconsenting of the Clutha River hydro-electricity scheme (the Clyde and Roxburgh dams, and Lake Hawea Control Gates); the reconsenting of the Wairakei, Pohipi and Ohaakai geothermal power stations; and changes to consent conditions and lapse periods for the Otahuhu Thermal power stations
Advising Central Plains Water and the Central Plains Water Trust
on the establishment of what will be New Zealand’s largest irrigation scheme, including advising on significant resource consent and designation processes, and appearing in appeals to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court