Recent highlights/ appointments
Lead counsel for Rotorua District Council in Court of Appeal regarding appeal against land valuation methodology and discount factors for local government
Lead counsel for Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board on leading decision concerning kaitiakitanga and Part 2 RMA matters of national significance
Lead counsel for Auckland Council on declaratory proceeding test case under s310 of the RMA for correct interpretation of Overlay provisions within the
Auckland Unitary Plan
Principal advisor to Hamilton City Council on review and development of its policy of Special Housing Areas under the Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Act 2013 including advising on all SHA applications
Appointed by the Principal Environment Judge under s269 of the RMA to act as an independent advisor to lay litigants in respect of appeal rights and procedural requirements of the Environment Court in respect of appeals against the Auckland Unitary Plan.
On behalf of Rotorua Lakes Council and its elected Mayor and councillors, successfully defended Court application for a petition of Inquiry under the Local Electoral Act 2001 against the outcome of the Mayoralty race and election of councillors in the Rotorua District Council local body elections in 2016.
Led the legal strategy and representation of Hamilton City Council I between 2013 -2016 in respect of over 60 appeals in the Environment Court relating to its 10 year review of its District Plan, securing operative status ahead of Council's intended critical path.
Appointed by Auckland Council in 2014 to the panel of independent legal advisers to the hearing panel of the Auckland Unitary Plan.
National Presenter of the Ministry for the Environment “Making Good Decisions” course for commissioner accreditation under s39B of the Resource Management Act 1991 since 2013.
Represented Hamilton City Council in the 2015 Board of Inquiry into the Ruakura Inland Port project of National Significance.