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Public Policy

Simpson Grierson has a leading public policy unit, led by Tony Ryall, a former senior cabinet minister.

Our public law specialists have decades of experience in dealing with government decision-making processes. We work with numerous business clients, local authorities and public bodies, assisting them in developing strategies for working effectively with central government.

Our connections with prime movers in government circles, and the market profile of our public law practice, has seen government take note of our views on policy and legislative developments.

Examples of our work

  • Numerous commercial clients - public policy advice including perception research and strategy development
  • Auckland Transition Agency - advising on all aspects of the reorganisation of local government in Auckland, the most significant local government reorganisation in New Zealand since 1989
  • Auckland City Council, North Shore City Council and Tourism Auckland - project management of Auckland Host Region Agreement, covering Auckland's successful bid for the Rugby World Cup 2011 matches
  • Regional Amenities Funding Act - required all Auckland territorial authorities to fund Auckland's amenities
  • Christchurch City Council and New Plymouth District Council - advising on mandatory review of bylaws under the Local Government Act
  • Local Government New Zealand - successfully lobbied for the re-instatement of the exemption for local authorities from the full disclosure requirements of the Securities Act
  • Legislative drafting and policy development for the Auckland Regional Council and Waitakere City Council promoting the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area Act