Senior Associate, Wellington

Libby Cowper

Libby Cowper


Libby specialises in resource management and Māori law.

She has experience in the consenting of infrastructure projects and advises local authority and government clients on a range of RMA consenting and planning processes, including in respect of transport and water infrastructure.

Libby also advises the Office for Māori Crown Relations – Te Arawhiti on Treaty of Waitangi settlement negotiations and drafting.

Prior to joining Buddle Findlay, Libby worked at the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority where she assisted the development of the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016.

Work highlights

Advising the Office for Māori Crown Relations – Te Arawhiti

on a range of Treaty of Waitangi settlements, including the drafting of Treaty settlement and collective redress deeds

Advising Greater Wellington Regional Council

on resource consent applications to undertake flood protection works throughout the Wellington region

Advising Greater Wellington Regional Council, Hutt City Council and Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency

on the consenting of the RiverLink project

Advising Genesis Energy

on matters related to reconsenting the operation of the Combined Waitaki Power Scheme

Advising Hutt City Council

on its ability to use powers in the Local Government Act 2002 to compulsorily acquire land and assisting in related High Court litigation

Advising Hutt City Council

on the consenting of the Eastern Bays Shared Path Project and associated appeals