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Matt Conway



P+64 4 924 3536

M+64 21 455 422

Matt Conway

Matt is a partner in the firm's planning and environment group.

He provides strategic advice about how best to navigate environmental and other regulatory processes, and regularly represents clients in mediations and in hearings before councils, boards of inquiry, the Environment Court and the High Court.

Matt has particular interests in freshwater management, infrastructure projects and resource management planning, and advises and represents clients on a wide range of policy and planning issues under the Resource Management Act 1991 and other environmental and related legislation, including:

  • Reviews of district and regional plans and regional policy statements
  • Management of water quantity and quality, air quality and coastal hazards
  • Planning for the impacts of climate change
  • Designating and consenting of infrastructure projects such as roads, prisons, water supply networks and waste water treatment plants
  • Consenting of land use activities, water takes, and discharges to air, land, and water
  • Marine consenting under the Exclusive Economic Zone (Environmental Effects) Act 2012
  • Enforcement, declarations and appeals
  • Environmental due diligence
  • Development contributions
  • Regulation of the sale and supply of alcohol
  • Procedures under Te Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993
  • Applications under the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011

Examples of Work

  • South Taranaki District Council and Kāpiti Coast District Council - advice on district plan reviews and representation in district plan appeals
  • Ministry for the Environment - member of practitioner drafting group for first National Planning Standards
  • Hawke’s Bay Regional Council - representation in direct referrals relating to wastewater scheme and coastal outfall
  • Councils throughout New Zealand - representation in applications for customary marine title and protected customary rights orders under the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011
  • Christchurch City Council - representation in district plan hearings, with a particular focus on papakainga, indigenous biodiversity, historic heritage, significant trees, landscape and sites of cultural significance
  • Hawke's Bay Regional Council, Taranaki Regional Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council - regional policy statement and plan development, and resolving appeals
  • OMV NZ - obtaining marine consents in relation to exploration and development drilling in the South Taranaki Bight
  • Porirua City Council - advice and representation in relation to Local Alcohol Policy and appeals
  • Greater Wellington Regional Council - representation in Board of Inquiry proceedings for the Basin Bridge Proposal
  • Kāpiti Coast District Council - representation in Board of Inquiry proceedings for Transmission Gully, Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway, and Peka Peka to Otaki Expressway
  • Kāpiti Coast District Council - obtaining resource consents for a water supply network upgrade
  • New Plymouth District Council - obtaining resource consents for an upgrade of municipal waste water treatment plant
  • Hawke's Bay Regional Council - resolving appeals of resource consent decisions for surface and ground water takes, coastal discharges and discharges to air
  • Reviewing Council templates, delegations and processes following Resource Management Act amendments
  • Regional councils - advising on the regulation of hydraulic fracturing
  • Taranaki Regional Council - re-consenting of the Patea Hydro-Electric Power Scheme
  • NZ Transport Agency - obtaining designation and resource consent approvals for the Christchurch southern motorway stage 1
  • South Taranaki District Council and Taranaki Regional Council - consent appeals for a coastal quarry
  • Taituarā (NZ Society of Local Government Managers) - reviewing legal compliance modules on resource consents, aquaculture, and enforcement

Other Credentials

  • Chambers Asia-Pacific Environment & Resource Management 2023 - Leading Lawyer
  • Brookers Resource Management - Updating Author
  • Resource Management Law Association - Member
  • New Zealand Planning Institute - Associate Member
  • Water New Zealand - Member