Donna is a leading real estate lawyer who advises clients on complex property transactions and issues.  She is a member of the firm's Board of Management.

She advises local government and central government clients on a range of issues with a focus on complex property and infrastructure projects. She also specialises in public works, property development, leasing, subdivision, and acquisitions and disposals of commercial property.

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

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 on all property issues related to subdivision, development and commercial leasing.

Donna adopts a pragmatic, practical approach to providing legal advice and works closely with her clients to understand their strategic drivers and objectives.

Donna is accredited by Land Information New Zealand to undertake Crown property work (All Legislation and Roading Actions).  She is also an accredited member of the Property Law Section, New Zealand Law Society.

Donna is an independent Board Member on the Property Institute of New Zealand Incorporated.

Work Highlights

 bp Oil New Zealand

Property advice for bp's New Zealand network of service stations, truck stops, terminals, developments, and infrastructure management.

New Plymouth District Council

Advice related to sale and lease of Endowment Land, including the New Plymouth District Council (Waitara Lands) Act 2018.

Porirua City Council

Strategic property and public works advice related to acquisitions of land for a key roading infrastructure project.

Porirua City Council

Preparation of transactional documentation and advice on local government compliance for the Porirua Adventure Park proposal at Te Rahui o Rangituhi.

Queenstown Lakes District Council

Preparation of lease for reserve camping ground sites.

Porirua City Council

Lease of land from an iwi-related entity for a wetland project at Elsdon Park.

Porirua City Council

Advice related to liability for slips and subsidence involving legal road and other Council land and infrastructure.

Porirua City Council

Advice related to an ongoing strategic land disposal project including specific advice on Public Works Act 1981 offer back obligations.

New Plymouth District Council 

Assisting with property aspects related to the transfer of management and control of a New Plymouth Airport to a new CCO.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi

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.

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