UNLOCKING POTENTIAL

Whether it be a land, water, tourism, industrial or extractive industry development, I can help you unlock your resources’ potential.

EXAMPLES OF MY WORK: ENVIRONMENTAL LAW

Solid Energy was a state-owned New Zealand coal mining company, and the country’s leading coal producer. Its operations were primarily in the South Island of New Zealand: the West Coast and Southland. They exported coals to coke manufacturers and steelmakers around the world and supplied industrial users throughout New Zealand.
Acted as key advisor for Solid Energy on all its South Island operations for over 15 years. During those years the consents sought by Solid Energy were obtained through providing credible and reliable evidence. Projects of note were:

  • consenting of the Cypress (Happy Valley) and Mt William North mines
  • litigation around the endemic large snails Powelliphanta found on the Mt Augustus Ridge near Westport

Te Kuha is a new proposal for a coal mine on the ridge north of Westport on the West Coast of the South Island, New Zealand. Stevenson Mining has explored the resource and developed a mine plan and are seeking the required resource consents and access agreements.
The resource management and crown minerals system has to be successfully navigated involving the local councils and the Department of Conservation.

Lead advisor on litigation associated with priority to obtain water take permits for irrigation from the Waimakariri River

Advisor on regional planning processes for nutrient management and water quality controls

Obtained all consents for the Cape Foulwind cement plant near Westport and a new cement plant, coal mine and quarries near Oamaru.

Advised on all resource management legal issues for the development of the resort near Christchurch.

Secured consents for an international golf course and resort near Wanaka.

Advised on statutory planning documents and obtaining resource consents for supermarket developments throughout Christchurch.

Advising Te Runanga on applications for dredging consents in the Lyttelton Harbour.

Principal legal advisor to the Life Sciences Network (a collaboration of over 50 organisations including Crown Research Institutes and universities) on the Royal Commission of Inquiry on Genetic Modification, and district and regional planning documents.

Advising the Federation in relation to legal aspects of new organisms, including genetic modification.

Obtaining resource consents for an extension to the Greenmount Landfill in South Auckland.

Advising the Government and Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu on legislative and governance issues.

MainPower is a lines company based in the Canterbury region of the South Island of New Zealand. They proposed to develop a wind farm on Mt Cass, about six kilometres east of Waipara in North Canterbury.
The wind farm was a controversial proposal as there were undeniably excellent biodiversity and natural values on the ridge. It is also one of the few places in Canterbury where the wind is reliable enough for a commercial wind farm.
The Environment Court approved the resource consents based on the stronger, more objective evidence presented. MainPower further benefitted as its credibility with the community was enhanced.

Co-ordinated and led the case for the Life Sciences Network with their Executive Director and Chair. An interesting and complex debate on science, policy, ethics, and economics. The case was ‘won’ by the Life Sciences Network because of the sound credible evidence presented at the Inquiry.

Advice to the Minister for the Environment and the Minister of Conservation on a draft National Policy Statement on Biodiversity. A draft National Policy Statement is still to be issued by government.

Obtained resource consents for the Grey River Dredge operations near Greymouth.

Consented a range of new aggregate quarries and extensions to existing quarries around the North Island.

Obtaining consents for a marine farm.

Reconsented discharges to air and water for the Glenbrook Steel Mill and associated ironsands mining activities.

Obtained air discharge permits for the Whakatane Mill.

Obtained reclamation consents for the Bayswater marina and an extension to the Fergusson Container Terminal.

Obtained reclamation consents to enable the second runway at Auckland Airport.

Land use consents for numerous service station and bulk storage facilities throughout New Zealand.

EXAMPLES OF MY WORK: GOVERNANCE

Current Positions

Orillion is a State-Owned Enterprise authorised by, and has oversight from, the Ministry of Primary Industries and the Environmental Protection Authority. The core business of Orillion is the supply of pest control solutions to central and regional government agencies and to professional pest control operators. An estimated $100 million is spent annually on pest control programmes funded by the Department of Conservation, OSPRI New Zealand (for the Bovine TB National Pest Management Plan), Regional Councils, forestry companies, private landowners and non-government conservation agencies. https://orillion.com/

EcoCentral is a Christchurch City Council Controlled Trading Organisation and is responsible for the operation of Christchurch’s Materials Recovery Facility and the refuse and recycling drop-off centres that assist in the handling, separating and disposal of all domestic and commercial waste types across the City.  https://www.ecocentral.co.nz/about

Lake Hood Extension Project is an unincorporated joint venture established in 2008. The Joint Venture is in the business of residential subdivision and lake development. Lake Hood is a purpose-built public recreational facility with residential development, and the largest man-made recreational lake in New Zealand.

(https://www.lakehood.co.nz/index.html)

The Central Plains Water Trust was established by the Christchurch City and Selwyn District Councils to facilitate sustainable development of Central Canterbury’s water resource. The objects of the Trust include supporting and facilitating sustainable development of the water resources of the Central Plains, agricultural and horticultural diversity in the Central Plains, and an appropriate balance of the benefits of agricultural development with the enhancement of ecological, social and recreational values in the Central Plains area. https://cpw.org.nz/

The Committee is a not for profit, member funded think tank that unites Canterbury’s business, civil society and academia leaders to ensure the sustainable growth of Canterbury – economic, social, cultural and environmental. 
http://committeeforcanterbury.co.nz/

PCEG is a unit with the World Conservation Union’s (IUCN’s) Oceania Office, based in Fiji. It provides expert environmental governance advice and support to countries in Oceania and to IUCN Oceania programs, including from IUCN’s network of scientists and experts.
http://iucnpceg.org/


Former Positions

The NZCA is a statutory body which is appointed by the Minister of Conservation.  It advises the Minister and Director-General on conservation policy and conservation planning for the management of public conservation areas.
http://www.doc.govt.nz/about-us/statutory-and-advisory-bodies/nz-conservation-authority/

WWF-New Zealand is the local office of the WWF International Network, the world’s largest independent conservation organisation.  New Zealand programmes include research, advocacy and partnerships aimed at protecting precious habitats and species, minimising harm from fishing and other activities, reducing impacts from climate change, and conserving and protecting New Zealand wildlife.
https://www.wwf.org.nz/what_we_do/

The Trust is a charitable trust established in 2001 and undertakes a wide range of biodiversity and community engagement activities, collaborating with landowners, agencies, and other community groups.  The Trust is the only non-governmental organisation in New Zealand with powers to create voluntary conservation covenants on private land.
http://www.bpct.org.nz/

This is a private Foundation which provides fund management, transparency, assurance and accountability for businesses and philanthropists investing in conservation projects. https://nznaturefund.org/?scrollto=about

This role included establishing the Christchurch office of Anderson Lloyd in 2000 and growing it to be a leading law firm in Canterbury and moving from a provincial law firm to having a national reputation, including taking a leading role in establishing the firm’s Auckland office in 2014.


EXAMPLES OF MY WORK: ADVISORY

  • Advisor to the NZ Sustainable Business Council’s Business, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services project

  • Co-author of Guidance report to regional councils on biodiversity offsetting in New Zealand

  • Member of the Advisory Group of the International Business and Biodiversity Offset Programme (BBOP)

  • Advising Straterra (the NZ minerals industry body) on environmental policy, including biodiversity offsets and environmental compensation

  • Advising the Ministry for the Environment on a proposed National Policy Statement on Biodiversity

  • Member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee to the Minister for the Environment and the Minister of Conservation on the protection of biodiversity on private land

  • IUCN Oceania Regional Vice Chair, Commission on Environmental Law, and consultant to the IUCN Oceania environmental law programme

  • Member of the Peer Review Panel for IUCN Guidelines on legislation on biodiversity management in extractive industries

  • Advising the South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (Samoa) and the Pacific Islands Development Forum (Fiji) on conservation trust funds

  • Advising the International Development Law Organisation (Italy) on fisheries legislation

  • Advising the Public Solicitor’s Office (Solomon Islands) on compensation to local communities for mining activities