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Gerald Lanning

BSc LLB(Hons) DipTchg


P+64 9 977 5406

M+64 21 660 466

Gerald Lanning

Gerald is a consultant in the firm's planning and environment group. He advises on all aspects of resource management and local government law, with a focus on large infrastructure projects, land transport management and policy, and Māori/Treaty of Waitangi issues.

In addition to providing a wide range of legal and strategic advice, Gerald regularly appears before a range of decision-making bodies, including council hearing panels, Boards of Inquiry, the Environment Court and the High Court.

Gerald primarily acts for government entities, including Auckland Transport, Auckland Council, and Waikato Regional Council.

Examples of Work

  • Waikato Regional Plan Change 1 - acting for the Council in hearing and on subsequent appeals
  • Auckland Unitary Plan - acting for the Auckland Council in relation to a range of topics, including stormwater, flooding, transport and designations
  • Kaitiaki Forum - acting for all mana whenua groups to establish a kaitiaki forum to advise Watercare
  • Ohinewai Development - acting for the Waikato Regional Council to oppose the rezoning of land at Ohinewai
  • Waikato Regional Theatre - acting for the applicant for resource consents and Heritage NZ authorities (including in relation to wahi tapu issues)
  • Local government/tangata whenua joint decision-making - advice to a council on the options
  • Rena wreck - acting for a significant hapu on Motiti Island at council hearing and on their Environment Court appeal
  • Hauraki Gulf Islands District Plan - acting for the Council in relation to appeals
  • East-West Link - acting for the Auckland Council group in the Board of Inquiry hearing and in the subsequent High Court hearing
  • Waterview Connection - acting for the Auckland Council and Auckland Transport successfully achieving greater levels of mitigation
  • Auckland Stormwater Network consent - advising on the Council's stormwater network discharge application and subsequent Environment Court appeals
  • Tauranga City Council - obtaining coastal, discharge, and land use consents for its Southern Pipeline project, including a pipe crossing the Tauranga harbour
  • North Shore Busway - successfully resolving and defending appeals against designations and resource consents
  • Tauranga City Council - obtaining designations, coastal permits, and consents for reclamations for the Tauranga second harbour crossing
  • Auckland Transport - Eastern Busway (formerly AMETI) Project - advising on project development and consenting issues, and acting on appeals
  • American forestry company - 40 lot rural subdivision/"forest-park" development on Matakana Island

Other Credentials

  • Resource Management Law Association - Member
  • Local Government Law in New Zealand 2003 - Contributing author