Partner, Wellington

Paul Beverley

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Paul was the National Chair of Buddle Findlay from 2017 to March 2020.

Paul specialises in Māori Law, Treaty settlement negotiations, co-governance and partnership arrangements with Māori, and resource management and conservation law.

Paul has extensive experience collaborating and negotiating with Māori and advising on Māori and Treaty of Waitangi related issues.  He has been a member of the core Crown design, negotiation and drafting teams on significant Treaty of Waitangi settlements, including in relation to the 'legal personality' models in Tuhoe (Te Urewera); Whanganui River (Te Awa Tupua); and currently Taranaki Maunga and numerous co-governance models such as over the Tūpuna Maunga in Auckland and Waikato River.

Paul's particular specialty is designing, negotiating and drafting co-governance, co-management and relationship frameworks between the Crown, local government and Māori.  He has advised on most of the Treaty settlement co-governance and co-management arrangements that have been designed and agreed with Iwi, and he advises on a wide range of partnership and relationship agreements between various Crown, local government and private entities and Māori, including in the context of infrastructure projects and the RMA.  Paul advises on law reform and policy processes and he acts for a number of co-governance authorities including the Tūpuna Maunga Authority in Auckland, Waikato River Authority and Te Urewera Board.

Paul also appears in the Māori Land Court, advises widely on the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act and on approaches to working with Māori under conservation legislation including the National Parks Act and Reserves Act.

Paul has practised resource management law since 1994 and advises on a range of RMA consenting and planning issues.  He regularly appears in a range of Courts and tribunals on Māori law and resource management and co-governance matters.

Prior to joining Buddle Findlay, Paul was a senior lawyer at the Department of Conservation (DOC) and he still works extensively on the Reserves Act, concession and DOC related processes.

  • Ranked by Chambers Asia Pacific as one of four 'Band 1' lawyers for Environment and Resource Management in New Zealand
  • Listed in Legal 500 as one of four 'Hall of Fame' lawyers for Projects and Resource Management in New Zealand

Work highlights

Specialist in designing and negotiating co-governance, co-management and partnership arrangements with Māori

including through Treaty settlements and other negotiations including for iwi, Crown entities, local authorities and infrastructure developers

Member of the core Crown design, negotiation and drafting team on numerous Treaty of Waitangi settlements

including in relation to the Tūhoe/Te Urewera (the former Te Urewera national park), Whanganui River (Te Awa Tupua), and Taranaki Maunga, involving the novel 'legal personality' approach to natural resources, and in relation to the Tūpuna Maunga Authority in Auckland; the Waikato River; and settlements in Northland, Auckland, Hauraki, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, the central and lower North Island and the top of the South Island

Appearing in the Supreme Court

for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu in the Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki case in relation to section 4 of the Conservation Act and the Reserves Act and the role of Treaty of Waitangi principles under conservation legislation

Appearing in the Supreme Court

for the Board of Inquiry in the NZ King Salmon case under the RMA

Appearing in the High Court and Court of Appeal

for the Tūpuna Maunga Authority in the judicial review of the decision under the Tāmaki Collective Redress Act and the Reserves Act to removes exotic trees from Ōwairaka / Mt Albert in Auckland

Advising on a wide range of conservation law processes

including advising widely and appearing in Court processes on the Reserves Act, Conservation Act, National Parks Act and Wildlife Act, and running numerous DOC concession processes