Senior Associate, Wellington

Rachael Balasingam



Rachael specialises in environment and resource management, and local government law.

She has advised various public sector entities, including local authorities, on planning and regulatory matters. Rachael also assists Crown agencies and corporate clients to navigate consenting, planning and enforcement processes.

Rachael has a diverse background, with experience in large firms, a boutique civil litigation and resource management firm, and as in-house counsel.

Work highlights

Advising the NZ Transport Agency

on state highway projects including in the preparation of notices of requirement and resource consent applications, and the implementation of designations and resource consents

Advising several local authorities

on planning matters including implications of recent amendments to the Resource Management Act 1991

Acting for the Horowhenua District Council

in Māori Land Court litigation

Acting for a local authority and private company

defending prosecutions for discharges to water

Acting for the Napier City Council and Wairoa District Council

on regulatory enforcement matters

Assisting and representing New Zealand King Salmon's application

to the Environmental Protection Authority for a private plan change and resource consents


Alternate contacts

David Randal

David Randal

Partner, Wellington

David specialises in resource management, environmental and conservation law, public law, general civil litigation and Māori law. He…

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David Allen

David Allen

Partner, Wellington

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

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  • M +64 21 955 744


Paul Beverley

Paul Beverley

Partner, Wellington

Paul was the national chair of Buddle Findlay from 2017 to March 2020. Paul specialises in resource management planning and consenting…

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