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Russell McVeagh

Energy & Natural Resources

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What the team is known for

Commercial and collaborative resource management team that specialises in resource consents, environmental law reform, and energy projects. Multidisciplinary practice with corporate capability, addressing a range of issues throughout the energy sector. Also widely acknowledged in infrastructure and land development matters. Able to represent clients in local and district council hearings and Environment Court appeals. Increasingly active on behalf of investors in the renewables sector.

Strengths

One client highlights the team's "in-depth knowledge, understanding of key issues and sound strategic advice."

Another says of the lawyers: "Their communication is clear, precise and very commercially focused. Above all, it is realistic and does not simply tell us what we want to hear."

Work highlights

Advised Tilt Renewables on the conclusion of a 20-year off-take agreement with Genesis Energy, underpinning the construction of the 133 MW Waipipi Wind Farm.

Notable practitioners

Allison Arthur-Young garners praise for her expertise in resource management and planning matters for large infrastructure and residential projects, one source calling her "a thought leader on RMA issues" with "a track record that speaks volumes for her capabilities."

Daniel Minhinnick advises on resource consents and environmental litigation for a wide range of developments. One interviewee praises his "excellent performance at hearings and mediations" as well as his "understanding of commercial pressures and relationship-building."

Mei Fern Johnson is well regarded for her handling of large transactions, restructures and joint ventures, as well as procurements and contractual issues, within the energy sector.

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Overview

Our energy and resource management team is particularly known in the market for its commercial approach and working collaboratively with clients and their teams to achieve key strategic objectives. 

Our team comprises experts in resource management, energy and litigation.

We specialise in:

  • ​Resource consents and other approvals - in particular those for large-scale water/wastewater and transport (Port and Airport) infrastructure
  • Network utility operations
  • Commercial, retail, tertiary, retirement and residential development; and quarry / clean-fill projects
  • Environmental law reform
  • National and local authority planning and policy documents
  • Investment in energy projects - including oil and gas exploration and field development, downstream fuel marketing, hydro, solar, wind and geothermal electricity generation and electricity transmission and retailing

In the resource management space, planning processes are becoming subject to 'one-stop' processes before specifically constituted panels. We are currently advising a significant number of clients on the Auckland Unitary Plan process and the Christchurch District Plan Review, two major pieces of planning currently affecting New Zealand, and on the New Zealand Government's current proposals to reform the Resource Management Act 1991.

Members

Arthur-Young, Allison

Arthur-Young, Allison

Johnson, Mei Fern

Minhinnick, Daniel

Minhinnick, Daniel

Pilkinton, Simon

Clients

Auckland International Airport Limited

Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited

Mobil Oil New Zealand Limited

Ports of Auckland Limited

Scentre (New Zealand) Limited

Stevenson Group Limited

Unitec Institute of Technology

Vector Limited

Watercare Services Limited

Woolworths Limited

Energy & Natural Resources Department

Russell McVeagh

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Department location

Level 30, Vero Centre,

48 Shortland Street,

PO Box 8

DX CX10085

Auckland City

Auckland

New Zealand

1140

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New Zealand

Energy & Natural Resources


Mei Fern Johnson
Band 2

Environment & Resource Management


Allison Arthur-Young
Band 3
Daniel Minhinnick
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