Vivienne is a senior associate in the firm's local government and environment group. She is a specialist in local government law, administrative law, and statutory drafting.
Her extensive experience in local authority issues includes decision-making processes, bylaws (review, drafting and interpretation), electoral law, traffic and transport related matters, dog control, burial and cremation, sale of liquor, water supply, access to official information, and privacy questions. Before joining the firm in 1998, Vivienne was a parliamentary counsel drafting legislation for the Government.
Examples of Work
- New Zealand Society of Local Government Managers - coordination of legal advice on all aspects of its legal compliance programme for local authorities
- New Zealand Society of Local Government Managers and Local Government New Zealand - amendments to their constitutions
- Christchurch City Council, New Plymouth District Council, Hurunui District Council, Kapiti Coast District Council, and Western Bay of Plenty District Council - bylaw reviews and ongoing bylaw issues
- Local Government New Zealand and other local authorities - freedom camping issues
- Christchurch City Council and other local authorities - delegation issues and amending their delegation registers
- Drafting a number of local Acts and successful promotion of them through Parliament, including the Porirua City Council (Pauatahanui Burial Ground) Act
- Guide to the Local Government Act 2002 published by Thomson in 2003 - Principal author