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Donna Hurley



P+64 4 924 3500

M+64 21 484 711

Donna Hurley

Donna is a partner in our resources and infrastructure group, advising local government and public sector clients on a range of issues, with a focus on property work and public works. She also specialises in property development, leasing, subdivision, acquisitions, and disposals of commercial property.

Donna advises clients on the acquisition and disposal of property, easements, roading, reserves, public works, and leasing. She also provides advice on the Local Government Act 2002 and other local government related statutes.

Accredited by Land Information New Zealand to undertake Crown property work (All Legislation and Roading Actions), Donna assists public sector clients with the acquisition and disposal of land under the Public Works Act, including offer back obligations under section 40 of the Act.

She also has extensive experience drafting Local Bills, commenting on Government legislation proposals, and assisting local authorities with the passage of legislation through Parliament.

Donna advises BP Oil New Zealand on all property issues related to subdivision, development and commercial leasing.

Examples of Work

  • BP Oil New Zealand - property advice for BP's New Zealand network of service stations, truck stops, terminals, developments, and infrastructure management
  • Christchurch City Council - acquisition of land for arterial extension and water quality treatment and stormwater detention, including related Public Works Act 1981 issues
  • Christchurch City Council - advice on issues related to Greater Christchurch Regeneration Plan
  • Christchurch City Council - advice on issues related to social and affordable housing
  • New Plymouth District Council - advice related to sale and lease of Endowment Land, including the New Plymouth District Council (Waitara Lands) Act 2018
  • Strategic advice related to reserve management planning and leasing
  • Assisting with property aspects related to the transfer of management and control of a regional airport to a new CCO
  • Queenstown Lakes District Council - preparation of lease for reserve camping ground sites
  • Queenstown Lakes District Council - negotiation and preparation of Funding and Operational Agreements for shared use community hall facility
  • Wellington City Council - preparation of template community leases and licences for reserve land
  • Wellington City Council - advice and transactional work focusing on road stopping and land exchanges
  • Strategic advice for a local authority related to a land holdings review project
  • Porirua City Council - preparation of lease documentation and local government compliance for Porirua Adventure Park proposal
  • Porirua City Council - completion of template agreement for private development agreements
  • Porirua City Council - advice related to liability for slips and subsidence involving legal road and other Council land and infrastructure
  • Porirua City Council - Public Works Act 1981 acquisition of property from unit title development
  • Porirua City Council - advice related to strategic land disposal project including specific advice on Public Works Act 1981 offer back obligations
  • Local authority advice relating to Treaty obligations in the context of the Reserves Act 1977
  • Acting for Crown with respect to strategic land purchases for a motorway project
  • Strategic local authority land acquisitions and disposals and related advice including section 50 Public Works Act transfers of land to and from the Crown (NZTA)
  • Compulsory acquisition of land under the Public Works Act 1981 for road widening related to strategic projects
  • Advice for a Government department regarding a lease back of land subject to a Treaty settlement, including preparation of lease for inclusion in deed of settlement and settlement of transfer and leaseback arrangements

Other Credentials

  • Local Authority Property Association (LAPA) Conference - Presenter (2003 - 2019)
  • Property Law Section, New Zealand Law Society - Accredited member
  • Accredited by Land Information New Zealand to undertake Crown property work (All Legislation and Roading Actions)