Hon Peter Salmon CNZM QC,
Retired Justice of the High Court of New Zealand

Hon Peter Salmon CNZM QC commenced practice in 1959 and was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1983. In 1992 he was asked to be the RMLA’s first president in recognition of his position as the respected leader of the Planning Bar. He was appointed to the High Court in 1996 where he sat until 2005 including in the Court of Appeal. He retired from practice in 2005 but continued to work as an arbitrator, mediator and resource consent commissioner. He was also a judge on the Pacific Island Court of Appeal and is general editor of the annotated Salmon – Resource Management Act and joint editor of Environmental Law in New Zealand, both published by Thomson Reuters.


Judge Laurie Newhook,
Principal Environment Judge

Judge Laurie Newhook has been the Principal Judge of the New Zealand Environment Court since 2011, and a Judge of the Court since 2001. Prior to that he was a partner at Brookfields Lawyers and had over thirty years of advocacy experience to that point, with particular emphasis on environmental matters, land, property, and maritime laws.

Judge Newhook has presented at many national and international conferences on the themes of environmental adjudication and the use of technology in adjudicative settings, and has written multiple papers on the subjects. His Honour is a consulting editor of the New Zealand Resource Management Bulletin and edits the Annual Review by Members of the New Zealand Environment Court ( Judge Newhook has hosted international delegations to his Court from many parts of the World; chaired and presented at the International Forum for Environment Judges, Oslo, Norway, June 2016; and chaired and addressed plenary sessions at IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Colloquia and other international conferences. With Associate Professor Ceri Warnock of University of Otago Law School, he has established a website,, and organised an international symposium on the subject in Auckland in April 2017.


Judge John Hassan,
Environment Judge

Prior to his appointment in 2013, Judge Hassan was a partner at Chapman Tripp specialising in resource management and environmental law. He was previously in-house solicitor for the Ministry of Works and Development (1985-88) and the Ministry for the Environment (1988-91), where he was principal legal adviser during the development of the Resource Management Act (RMA). In 2009 he was appointed by the Local Government and Environment Select Committee to audit and advise on the drafting of the Resource Management Amendment Act 2009.

As well as law reform, he has represented government agencies, industry, local government and community groups before councils, the Environment Court, Boards of Inquiry, the High Court and Supreme Court in relation to major infrastructure works, plan changes and consent and appeal hearings. He is the founding co-author of Brookers Resource Management.

In 2014, Judge Hassan was appointed deputy chair of the Independent Hearings Panel on the post-earthquakes Christchurch Replacement District Plan. All appeals against Panel decisions now having been resolved, the Plan is now fully operative.

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


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