Environment and resource management

Buddle Findlay has a leading resource management and environmental law practice with specialist teams in all three offices.  We are known for our 'can do' attitude and ability to work effectively with both clients and their consultants.


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.

Work highlights

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

Our team

David Allen

Partner, Wellington

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

  • DDI +64 4 462 0423
  • M +64 21 955 744


David Randal

Partner, Wellington

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

  • DDI +64 4 462 0450
  • M +64 21 742 863


Jennifer Caldwell

Partner, Auckland
National Chair

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

  • DDI +64 9 358 7034
  • M +64 21 624 162


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…

  • DDI +64 4 462 0406
  • M +64 21 276 9322


Vanessa Evitt

Partner, Auckland

Vanessa specialises in resource management, environmental and local government law. She has acted…

  • DDI +64 9 363 0584
  • M +64 21 754 503