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Padraig McNamara



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M+64 21 924 350

Padraig McNamara

Padraig heads the resources and infrastructure department and is a member of the firm's board. He advises and advocates for councils, CCOs, and corporate clients on resource management, local government, administrative law, and public policy issues.

Particular 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 2018 - Leading Lawyer

Examples of Work

  • Auckland Transport / Auckland Council - successfully defending appeals in relation to a road stopping and private plan change to facilitate redevelopment of QEII Square in downtown Auckland
  • Watercare - obtaining comprehensive Auckland wastewater network discharge consent 
  • Watercare - obtaining designation and resource consents for major water storage reservoirs, and successfully defending Environment Court appeal 
  • Auckland Council - conducting appeals before the Alcohol Regulatory & Licensing Authority in relation to the Provisional Local Alcohol Policy, and defending applications for judicial review of the Authority's decision 
  • Tasman District Council - successfully defending objection against development contributions
  • 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 the Trade Waste Bylaw 2013 and Water Supply and Wastewater Network Bylaw 2015, including advice on wastewater charging
  • Auckland Council and Tauranga City Council - advice and drafting of solid waste bylaws, and advice on waste management and minimisation plan
  • Auckland Transition Agency - primary external legal advisor on various legal, legislative and governance issues involved in the reorganisation of Auckland local government in 2010
  • 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
  • North Shore City Council - successfully defending Environment Court appeals against major plan changes for Long Bay and Bayswater Marina

Other Credentials

  • Resource Management Law Association - Member
  • Resource Management Law Association, NZ Planning Institute, Water New Zealand, 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