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Senior Associate

Hamish Harwood



P+64 4 924 3508

M+64 21 916 779

Hamish Harwood

Hamish is a specialist resource management and local government lawyer based in Wellington who advises and represents local authorities, energy companies, infrastructure providers and corporate clients.

Hamish has a broad resource management and environmental law specialisation. He has a particular interest in:

  • district and regional plan reviews and plan changes
  • marine consent applications for activities taking place in the EEZ
  • managing natural hazards (including risks from climate change), water quality and air quality
  • resource consent and designation applications for various land uses including infrastructure projects, housing project and roads
  • environment enforcement and due diligence.

Hamish also advises on a range of other strategic local government issues including:

  • judicial review
  • building law
  • local government liability
  • valuation and rating disputes
  • local authorities’ ownership and control over roads
  • compensation disputes and compulsory acquisitions under the Public Works Act
  • applications for customary rights under the Takutai Moana Act 2011.

Hamish's advice is informed by his litigation practice. He represents clients in mediations and hearings, and has appeared in all levels of the courts.

Examples of Work

  • Plan reviews and plan changes - advising and representing Christchurch City Council, Kapiti Coast District Council, Queenstown Lakes District Council, Porirua City Council and New Plymouth District Council at all stages of their plan review and plan change processes
  • Marine consents - advising and representing OMV, Beach Energy Limited, BW Offshore Limited, Chatham Rock Phosphate Limited and others in relation to marine consent and discharge consent applications for various energy (both renewable and non-renewable) and mining projects in offshore Taranaki, the Great South Basin, the Canterbury Basin and the Chatham Rise
  • Judicial review - successfully defending local authorities decisions about fluoridation of drinking water (Supreme Court), earthquake prone building policies (Court of Appeal), non-notified consent applications (Court of Appeal), rating decisions (High Court), access arrangements (High Court), reserves (High Court), and issues relating to the ownership and management of council controlled companies (High Court)
  • Resource consents and designations - advising and representing local authorities, infrastructure providers and private clients in relation to infrastructure and roading projects, housing and subdivisions, commercial and industrial projects and marine farms
  • Local government liability - advising local authorities on a range of liability issues, particularly in relation to natural hazards and compulsory acquisitions, including includes defending and negotiating claims for compensation under the Public Works Act, Rating Valuation Act and Local Government (Rating) Act
  • Building law - advising building consent authorities on their obligations and functions under the Building Act 2004, including issuing notices to fix, applications for Determinations from MBIE and enforcement proceedings
  • Customary rights applications - representing eight local and regional councils in relation to applications for customary rights under the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011
  • Environmental enforcement - both prosecuting and defending clients in relation to criminal charges under the Resource Management Act 1991, the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act 2011, the Building Act 2004, and the Crown Minerals Act 1993
  • Due diligence - advising on the environmental and regulatory aspects of business and other land assets

Other Credentials

  • Resource Management Law Association of New Zealand – Member