Partner, Wellington

David Allen

David Allen


David specialises in all aspects of resource management, environmental and natural resources law.  He is a leading adviser on complex and large scale infrastructure projects and has particular experience in wastewater and freshwater, roading and energy projects (having advised on geothermal, wind, hydro and thermal projects).  David understands the unique challenges of large projects and works collaboratively with his clients, their advisers and other parties to ensure his clients' outcomes are achieved in the most effective and efficient manner.

David is an accredited chair of RMA hearings panels and has chaired a number of hearings.  He is also a presenter of the Ministry for the Environment's "Making Good Decisions" programme required for all resource management decision-makers.

  • Accredited RMA Hearings Commissioner Chair
  • Member of the Resource Management Law Association (RMLA)
  • Associate Member of the New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI)

Work highlights

Advising the RiverLink Project partners

(Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, Greater Wellington Regional Council and Hutt City Council) as well as KiwiRail on the designation and resource consent applications and notices of requirements for the $700m RiverLink project (new Melling interchange and bridge, new flood protection works and public transport works, and urban renewal and regeneration works for the Lower Hutt City centre)

Advising Local Government New Zealand

and other clients on the current RMA reforms

Advising Contact Energy

on its $750m GeoFuture project and previously on numerous wind, geothermal, hydro and thermal projects and other planning matters

Advising Genesis Energy

on the reconsenting of the Tekapo A and B hydro-electricity stations (as part of the larger Waitaki Power Scheme) and on other projects and planning matters

Advising Waka Kotahi

on various projects including the $1.5b Ōtaki to North of Levin Expressway, the Melling interchange (as part of RiverLink) and the $280m Mt Messenger bypass project

Advising Horowhenua District Council

on numerous land development and intensification matters including Environment Court direct referrals for the Shannon and Levin wastewater projects, the Levin town water supply and its wastewater and trade waste bylaw reviews

Alternate contacts

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