Partner, Wellington

David Randal

Dave Randal


David specialises in resource management, environmental and Māori law.

He has advised clients at the heart of intensive Resource Management Act (RMA) processes and relishes being part of multi-faceted teams working on large projects.  He is an experienced advocate and has appeared in a broad range of cases before various tribunals, including the Privy Council, Court of Appeal, High Court, Environment Court, Waitangi Tribunal, and Māori Land Court.

David has specific expertise in consenting large-scale infrastructure (such as transport and electricity generation projects) through streamlined consenting processes, including boards of inquiry, direct referral to the Environment Court, and processes under the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Act 2020.  He also advises on marine consent processes under the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act 2012.

David works extensively with local authorities and has expertise in resource management planning and consenting council operations such as Three Waters infrastructure, flood protection works, and other council assets.

David has acted for the Crown on the settlement of historical Treaty of Waitangi claims.

  • Member of the Resource Management Law Association (RMLA)
  • Associate Member of the New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI)
  • Accredited RMA hearings commissioner (with chair endorsement)

Work highlights

Advising Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency

on significant transport projects, including Te Ahu a Turanga: Manawatū Tararua Highway, the Peka Peka to North Ōtaki Expressway, and Te Ara Tupua: Wellington to Hutt Valley Walking and Cycling Link

Advising Contact Energy

on resource consent processes for several large-scale renewable energy developments, including the Hauāuru mā raki wind farm, which was called in for hearing by a Board of Inquiry

Acting for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

on its applications for marine consent to decommission the Tui oil field

Assisting an overseas client

to obtain resource consents for a large water bottling plant and successfully defend appeals in the Environment Court and High Court

Advising Horowhenua District Council

on a range of High Court, Māori Land Court, and Environment Court matters relating to municipal water, wastewater and landfill infrastructure

Advising Kāpiti Coast District Council

on Court of Appeal proceedings relating to district plan matters

Alternate contacts

Paul Beverley

Partner, Wellington

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


David Allen

Partner, Wellington

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


Thaddeus Ryan

Special Counsel, Wellington

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

  • DDI +64 4 498 7335
  • M +64 21 840 457