Legislative Reform and Case Law Developments: Environmental, Water, and Resource Management

Be brought up to date on the very latest developments in environmental, water, and resource management law as it evolves rapidly. Gain timely updates on not only on the legislation as it passes but also on recent case law and key management issues, offering valuable insights and practical guidance. Don’t miss this opportunity to stay updated.

Thursday, 29 August 2024
Early Bird Discount ends 2 Aug 2024 $294.00
11.00am to 11.15am Morning Break

Attend and earn 4 CPD hours


Melanie Baker-Jones, Climate Advisor & Project Manager, Te Whakahaere

9.00am to 10.00am Fast-track Approvals Bill


  • Progress through the legislative process
  • Overview of content at this stage
  • Issues raised in submissions
  • Possible, or even likely, amendments
  • Some thoughts on what’s likely to happen when the Bill comes into force

Presented by Madeleine Wright, Barrister, Sally Gepp Barrister

10.00am to 11.00am Environmental Case Law Update


  • Recent decisions with broader implications for the resource management (RM) system

Presented by Natasha Garvan, Partner, Bell Gully

11.15am to 12.15pm Updates on Freshwater Management Under the RMA


  • Overview of the NPS Freshwater and its implications for consenting
  • Analysis of recent caselaw impacting freshwater management
  • Discussion of anticipated bills in May and July and their potential impact on freshwater issues

Presented by Lucy de Latour, Partner, Wynn Williams

12.15pm to 1.15pm The Coastal Environment: Climate Mitigation and Adaptation


  • Overview of the strengths and weaknesses of current environmental laws, and current issues related to land tenure and governance:
    • Te Tiriti o Waitangi (The Treaty of Waitangi)
    • Other issues, such as the Te Takutai Moana Act, NZCPS, depending on time availability
  • Protection and restoration of 'blue carbon'/climate mitigation
  • Co-benefits in the form of biodiversity protection and coastal hazards/climate adaption

Presented by Maree Baker Galloway, Partner, Anderson Lloyd

Learning Objectives:
  • Reflect on the overview of the fast-track approval bill
  • Ensure you are updated on recent case law updates 
  • Receive practical guidance on protection and restoration of coastal environment  


Madeleine Wright, Barrister, Sally Gepp Barrister
Madeleine is a barrister specialising in environmental and resource management law. She is an experienced litigator, appearing in courts of all levels. She has a diverse practice, assisting developers, industry, farmers, government, community groups, and environmental NGOs. She is frequently involved with matters in which indigenous biodiversity features. Madeleine is well-acquainted with fast-track processes, having provided advice on the various fast-track bills, and to applicants, those providing feedback on fast-track projects.

Natasha Garvan, Partner,Bell Gully
Natasha is a resource management specialist, heading up Bell Gully’s environment and planning practice. She advises on strategic and consenting strategies for large scale infrastructure providers, public bodies, iwi, property and land developers, businesses, and community interest groups, supporting them through plan change, designation or consenting processes. Natasha regularly appears as counsel at mediations and hearings, including advising on consents, designations, planning instruments, declarations, enforcement, and judicial review proceedings. She also routinely advises on sensitive land applications under the Overseas Investment Act. She is Convenor of the NZLS Climate Change Law Committee. Some of Natasha’s clients have included Waikato-Tainui, Auckland Transport and Genesis Energy.

Lucy de Latour, Partner, Wynn Williams
Lucy leads Wynn Williams' environment and planning team. She specialises in environment and planning and local government law. Since returning to New Zealand in 2013, Lucy's work has focused primarily on freshwater management, and advising local authorities on a range of planning and resource consenting issues. In addition to her local government sector experience, she also has significant experience in the energy (hydro-electricity generation), retail, industrial, residential and infrastructure sectors. Lucy is exceptionally well versed in district and regional planning processes, resource consent applications, resource management related law reform and local government legislation. While at Wynn Williams, she has spent more than a year on secondment as General Counsel to a major local government client, providing her with a unique and valued understanding of how councils work.

Melanie Baker-Jones, Climate Advisor & Project Manager, Te Whakahaere
Melanie Baker-Jones, is a Climate Consultant committed to driving collaborative initiatives that empower individuals and businesses towards a climate-positive and sustainable future. With a foundation degree in Sociology and a background in IT, Melanie's early career has been shaped by problem-solving and a keen understanding of the collective wisdom gained from diverse and shared experiences. Having been admitted as a solicitor and with experience working with both corporates and SMEs, Melanie brings a unique perspective to the table. Her journey of knowledge acquisition includes not only her early career degree but also a law degree and a subsequent PhD. This doctoral research delved into the intersections of regulatory systems, legal liability, resilience, disaster management, and social media, supported in part by the prestigious Bushfire and Natural Hazard Co-operative Research Centre (CRC). This academic journey reinforced the importance of translating research findings into actionable strategies, underlining Melanie's dedication to fostering collaboration and enhancing collective capabilities. Melanie's passion for knowledge dissemination is reinforced through her role as a co-lecturer in climate change law at the University of Auckland. Continuously expanding her horizons, she is currently focused on deepening her understanding of te ao Māori and its relevance to risk perception, while also honing her proficiency in te reo. Drawing on her diverse background and expertise, Melanie continues to focus her efforts on the climate sector. Through collaborative ventures, she endeavours to integrate various strands of knowledge and experience, ultimately driving tangible outcomes for communities and future generations. Join Melanie on her journey as she navigates the intricacies of climate action, charting a course towards a sustainable future for all.

Maree Baker Galloway, Partner, Anderson Lloyd
Maree is based in Queenstown and has a national practice and profile in resource management and environmental issues and collaborative decision making. In March 2014 she was appointed by the Ministers of Conservation and Primary Industries to chair the southeast Marine Protection Forum, a 14-member community led forum to make recommendations to the Ministers on the management of the Canterbury, Otago and Southland coastline. Maree has expertise, experience and interest in freshwater management, marine issues, tourism development, urban development (including the Housing Accord and Special Housing Areas Act) and natural resource use. She advises industry leaders on complex projects, national strategies, and daily operational issues and manages complex projects and litigation. Maree also advises public interest groups and industry bodies. Maree is interested in the advances being made in buildings, technology, emissions and energy usage that fall under the category “green growth” or “clean tech” in the context of natural resource use and urban development and how environmental and planning law applies. Maree was on the national executive for the Resource Management Law Association (RMLA) from 2007 to 2017, serving from 2015 to 2017 as President. Maree is recommended as an environment lawyer in the Legal 500 (Asia Pacific) and Doyles Guide (2021 and 2022), and for her expertise in Natural Resource Law in the ‘Best Lawyers’ rankings. She co-authored the Lexis Nexis textbook “Focus on Resource Management Law”, 2015, and is author of the Costs chapter of DSL’s Environmental Handbook.


Legislative Reform and Case Law Developments: Environmental, Water, and Resource Management


Single Session
Thursday, 29 August 2024
9.00am to 1.15pm New Zealand
CPD Hours 4
Early Bird Discount ends 2 Aug 2024 $294.00
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