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Padraig McNamara



P+64 9 977 5095

M+64 21 924 350

Padraig McNamara

Padraig advises and advocates for councils, CCOs, and corporate clients on resource management, local government, administrative law, and public policy issues.

His areas of expertise include consenting major infrastructure (especially water and wastewater projects), roading (including road stopping), district plan changes, development contributions and other infrastructure funding, special housing areas, bylaws, Local Government Act issues, official information and privacy, liquor licensing and local alcohol policies, legislative drafting, and judicial review.

An experienced litigator, Padraig regularly appears for clients at council hearings, and in the Environment Court and High Court.

  • Chambers Asia-Pacific Public Law 2022 - Leading Lawyer
  • Asia Pacific Legal 500 Projects & Resources Management 2022 - Leading Lawyer

Examples of Work

  • Watercare - obtaining discharge consents for the Auckland wastewater network, Pukekohe Wastewater Treatment Plant and South-West Wastewater Servicing Project
  • Watercare - obtaining designation and resource consents for Pukekohe East reservoirs, and successfully defending Environment Court appeal
  • Auckland Transport / Auckland Council - successfully defending Environment Court appeals against road stopping and private plan change to facilitate redevelopment of QEII Square
  • Tauranga City Council - successful Environment Court declaration proceedings concerning monetary contribution conditions on designations
  • Tasman District Council and Queenstown Lakes District Council - successfully defending major objections against development contributions
  • Auckland Council, Whangarei District Council and other local authorities - advice on development contribution policies
  • Auckland, Christchurch, Tauranga and Thames-Coromandel District councils - advice and representation on appeals against local alcohol policies
  • Thames-Coromandel District Council - successfully defending High Court judicial review proceedings challenging the Council's freedom camping bylaw
  • Auckland Council and Tauranga City Council - advice in relation to special housing areas and consenting under the Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Act 2013
  • Watercare - drafting and legal advice on Auckland's Trade Waste Bylaw, and Water Supply and Wastewater Network Bylaw
  • Auckland Council and Tauranga City Council - advice and drafting of solid waste bylaws, and advice on waste management and minimisation plan
  • Westpac New Zealand - drafting Westpac New Zealand Act 2011 providing for the transfer of assets and liabilities of Westpac Banking Corporation to its New Zealand subsidiary
  • Auckland Transition Agency - primary external legal advisor on various legal, legislative and governance issues involved in the reorganisation of Auckland local government in 2010

Other Credentials

  • Resource Management Law Association - Member
  • Resource Management Law Association, NZ Planning Institute, Water New Zealand, Taituarā (Society of Local Government Managers) and NZ Law Society events - Presenter
  • Ministry for the Environment workshops on RMA reforms in 2009 and 2013 - Member of expert panel