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Senior Associate

Hamish Harwood



P+64 4 924 3508

M+64 21 916 779

Hamish Harwood

Hamish is a senior associate in the local government and environment work group in Wellington. Hamish specialises in resource management, local government and public law. 

Hamish advises on district and regional plans and policies, resource consent applications and marine consent applications under the Exclusive Economic Zone (Environmental Effects) Act 2012, and environmental enforcement. 

Hamish also advises on a range of other strategic local government issues including issues relating to building law, local government liability, official information requests, roads, compensation disputes, the Reserves Act, the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011, and the Public Works Act.

Hamish's advice is informed by his litigation practice.  He represents clients in environmental and public law litigation and has appeared in all levels of New Zealand's civil courts. 

Examples of Work

  • South Taranaki District Council - judicial review proceedings against the Council’s decision to add fluoride to the water supplies for two communities (currently before the Supreme Court)
  • Christchurch City Council - counsel on various chapters and hearings of the Replacement District Plan process before an Independent Hearings Panel, and advising on evidence and case strategy
  • Kāpiti Coast District Council - advising the Council on its district plan review process
  • Ministry for the Environment - advising the Ministry on the preparation of National Planning Standards
  • Advising and representing eight regional and local authorities on applications for customary marine title and protected customary rights under the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act
  • Porirua City Council and Kāpiti Coast District Council - various plan change appeals to the Environment Court and strategic advice
  • Buller District Council - advising and representing the Council in relation to judicial review proceedings concerning a proposed coal mine on Local Purpose (Water Conservation) Reserve
  • Chatham Phosphate - representing Chatham Phosphate Limited in an application for marine consent under the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environment Effects) Act 2012
  • OMV - advising OMV on marine consent applications for exploratory and development drilling projects in the EEZ
  • Hawke’s Bay Regional Council - assisting senior counsel in resolving resource consent and plan change appeals to the Environment Court
  • Christchurch City Council - judicial review proceedings challenging CCC’s earthquake-prone building policy
  • Christchurch City Council - representing CCC before a board of inquiry on a roading project of national significance
  • Transpower - advising Transpower on resource consents and plan changes
  • Transpower - representing Transpower on a compensation dispute before the Land Valuation Tribunal
  • Queenstown Lakes District Council - judicial review proceedings in relation to a notification decision for a significant development on Frankton Flats
  • Queenstown Lakes District Council - judicial review proceedings regarding Queenstown Airport Corporation’s share issue to Auckland International Airport
  • Masterton District Council - enforcement proceedings under the Building Act
  • Gore District Council - providing strategic advice on a long standing electricity supply project
  • Porirua District Council - advising on the provision of infrastructure and potential claims in negligence
  • Vinstar - assisting senior counsel drafting legislation for Pacific Island countries 

Other Credentials

  • Resource Management Law Association of New Zealand – Member