Hon Peter Salmon CNZM QC, Retired Justice of the High Court of New Zealand
*Hon Peter Salmon CNZM QC is general editor of Salmon Resource Management Act and A to Z of NZ Law - Environment and Natural Resources - Westlaw NZ. He is co-general editor of Environmental Law in New Zealand.

Hon David Parker, Minister for the Environment
9.25AM National Policy Statements for Freshwater Management (NPS-FM) what has changed in the last 12 months

What is This session explores the latest developments in freshwater policy at the national and local level. It also covers the recent development in the Government review of the ‘Three Waters’ including the challenges in meeting safe drinking water standards, managing waste and storm water systems, and service delivery arrangements.

Helen Atkins, Partner, Atkins Holm Majurey Limited
10.00AM National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry (NES-PF) – what’s ahead?

NES-PF provides nationally consistent regulations to manage the environmental effects of forestry. What have been the lessons learnt from the first six months of implementation, the scale of the New Zealand’s most comprehensive NES to date. The session also looks at how the NES tackled regional issues.

Elizabeth Heeg, Manager, Land Management Analysis, Ministry for Primary Industries
10.55AM Māori cultural landscapes and cultural landscape values – recognising and providing for cultural values special to location and place

Learn about the challenges of identifying and acknowledging Māori cultural landscapes and cultural landscape values within an RMA framework. As well as recent Environment Court decisions such as Self Family Trust v Auckland Council, learn about the extent to which Māori cultural landscapes and their values are given specific recognition in the New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement and other higher order planning documents.

Jennifer Caldwell, Partner, Buddle Findlay
11.30AM Coastal development – overcoming challenges and insights from the Bay of Plenty

The Bay of Plenty is one of the fastest growing areas in New Zealand, which poses challenges for development, given that much of it is in the coastal environment. The presentation will highlight insights from the regional coastal plan process in light of relevant High Court and Environment Court decisions including the framework for regionally significant infrastructure in high value areas and Marine Spatial Planning.

Vanessa Hamm, Partner, Holland Beckett
David Phizacklea, Regional Integrated Planning Manager and Acting Water Policy Manager Bay of Plenty Regional Council Toi Moana
12.05AM Overcoming infrastructure project hurdles

Infrastructure projects, whether standalone or as part of greenfield or brownfield developments, are facing increased challenges. The session will share recent lessons learnt to prepare for and address the common factors infrastructure projects face.

Daniel Minhinnick, Partner, Russell McVeagh
1.30PM Panel discussion: UDAs: building urban development capacity through balanced growth

How can the goals of affordable housing be balanced with environmental sustainability? This panel will discuss the latest proposals regarding an urban development authority and its opportunities and challenges for sustainable urban development.

Jason Krupp, Chief Executive Advocacy, Local Government New Zealand
John Mauro, Chief Sustainability Officer, Auckland Council
Rachel Devine
, Partner, Minter Ellison Rudd Watts

2.05PM Environmental compliance in Auckland

Auckland Council has taken action to address widespread compliance issues, to ensure that development needed to meet the current housing shortage is not carried out at the expense of the environment. This presentation will address issues such as insufficient or non-existent sediment controls in small site developments, fill from building sites being illegally dumped, and illegal minor units and slum landlords, with reference to the Augustine Lau prosecution and enforcement orders as an example.

Janet Whiteside, Specialist Advisor, Targeted Initiatives, Regulatory Compliance, Auckland Council
2.40PM Feature session: Procedural requirements: Understanding the procedural requirements of alternative adjudicatory forums to simplify and reduce time.

This session will discuss the procedural nuances of those varied and sometimes hybrid forums, whether it involves the Environment Court, EPA, a Board of Inquiry or some other special tribunal. Understanding the applicable procedural requirements is fundamental to adequately prepare and ultimately succeed in representing your clients of if you are parties participating.

Judge Laurie Newhook, Principal Environment Judge
3.35PM Managing appeal risk – how do you make decisions more robust?

Joint presentation from a legal and consents-planner perspective on how to make robust decisions. The presentation will focus on recent trends emerging from cases where decision-making processes have been challenged, together with a practical overlay in terms of how best to protect decisions from challenge.

Philip Maw, National Managing Partner, Wynn Williams
Dr Philip Burge, Principal Consents Advisor, Environment Canterbury
4.15PM Environmental Case Law – important case for planning and environment

The session will address noteworthy cases relevant to planning and environment practice and how to apply and refer to such cases in planning evidence. This session provides a case law roundup of recent environmental law decisions (including the Court of Appeal’s decision in R J Davidson Family Trust v Marlborough District Council, and related cases), a summary of how the law was interpreted, and their impact going forward.

Ezekiel Hudspith, Senior Associate, Kensington Swan

Date & Location

26 February 2019
Crowne Plaza, Auckland

Early bird cost

$595 + GST
*Earlybird closes 18 January 2019

Full Price

$650 + GST

Conference attendance earns 6 CPD Hours


For any event enquiries please email or phone 09 361 8925