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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), land transportation and roading, infrastructure funding, local government decision-making, bylaws, legislative drafting and judicial review.

Padraig is one of New Zealand’s most experienced local government litigators, regularly acting for clients in the judicial review proceedings in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

  • Chambers Asia-Pacific Public Law 2023 - Leading Lawyer
  • Asia Pacific Legal 500 Projects & Resources Management 2022 - Leading Lawyer

Examples of Work

  • Auckland Council - representing the Council in the Supreme Court in judicial review proceedings concerning its Provisional Local Alcohol Policy
  • Watercare - obtaining water take and associated resource consents to take water from the Waikato River under a Board of Inquiry process
  • 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 Auckland Transport and the Council in a climate-change based challenge to the Regional Land Transport Plan
  • 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
  • Thames-Coromandel District Council - successfully defending High Court judicial review proceedings challenging the Council's freedom camping bylaw
  • Watercare - drafting and legal advice on Auckland's Trade Waste Bylaw, and Water Supply and Wastewater Network Bylaw
  • 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