Environmental / Natural Resources

Environmental / Natural Resources

Whatungarongaro nga tangata, toitū te whenua - As man disappears from sight, the land remains.

Our team works in all areas of resource management, Te Tiriti and tangata whenua matters. We understand the diverse nature of both public and private sector needs and can strategically guide you through your development or consenting project and any issues which arise. The importance of Māori involvement in environmental and resource consent matters is always at the forefront of our thinking, and we have a firm understanding of the policy frameworks affecting Te Ao Māori and how these policies can operate alongside tikanga.

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Aidan Warren Managing Director
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Thomas Gibbons Director

Our team takes a strategic approach and works with developers, planners, surveyors, engineers from the early stages of resource consenting and planning to the issue and sale of new titles. We have considerable knowledge of the approach and objectives of public interest bodies, private third-party interests and iwi interests, whether the development be infill or greenfield, residential, commercial, industrial or mixed-use.

We can assist and provide advice on:

  • Subdivisions.
  • Consenting.
  • Plan Changes.
  • Special Housing Areas.
  • Environmental Court Appeals.
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Thomas Gibbons Director
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Jonathan Aquilina Senior Associate

We have expertise to achieve positive environmental and mana enhancing outcomes for Māori. In doing so, we aim to ensure that cultural values and taonga are recognised and provided for in a way that enhances the relationship of Māori with the environment.  We are also able to provide specialist advice as to how Te Tiriti and its principles should be appropriately applied and interpreted in regards to resource management law.

We provide advice on:

  • Resource Consents.
  • Infrastructure Projects.
  • Local Authority relationships including reviews for Local Authorities. 
  • Cultural Values Assessments.
  • Advocacy:
    • Council Hearings
    • Board of Inquiry
    • Environment Court Hearings
    • Appeals to higher courts
  • Natural Resource redress within Treaty Settlements.
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Aidan Warren Managing Director

McCaw Lewis has worked extensively with private clients, bodies corporate and councils relating to all areas local authorities interact with. This work includes gaining resource consents, issues with land rating, the amalgamation of land, private pipes, council policies, lobbying strategies, long-term and annual plan reviews.

We can assist and provide advice on: 

  • Infrastructure.
  • Property Issues.
  • Commercial Contracts.
  • Development Contributions.
  • Rating.
  • Plan changes.
  • Long-term plans.
  • Legislation:
    • Resource Management Act
    • Public works Act
    • Reserves Act
    • Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act
  • Hearings in the Environment Court and Board of Inquiry Processes. 

 

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Aidan Warren Managing Director
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Thomas Gibbons Director

The McCaw Lewis team has knowledge and expertise in multiple aspects of resource management and environmental law and can advise on the full spectrum of Resource Management Act processes. We understand the diverse nature of both public and private sector needs and also all of the highly technical areas involved in resource management.

We can assist and provide advice on:

  • Water allocation consents.
  • Air.
  • Minerals.
  • Discharges.
  • Quarrying. 
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Aidan Warren Managing Director
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Thomas Gibbons Director
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