Updates from 2018

Our Space 2018-2048 - Urban Development Strategy Update for Greater Christchurch - Public Consultation November 2018

Introduction The Greater Christchurch Partnership has released a draft settlement pattern update to the Greater Christchurch Urban Development Strategy for public consultation. The draft Our Space 2018-2048: Greater Christchurch Settlement Pattern Update has been prepared to satisfy the...

Submissions on Zero Carbon Bill Released

Introduction The Ministry for the Environment has publically released the submissions received on the Zero Carbon Bill, following public consultation. The proposals for inclusion in the Bill, which were the subject of public consultation, related to New Zealand’s 2050 greenhouse gas...

Court of Appeal Decides King Salmon Does Not Apply to Resource Consent Applications

Introduction The keenly awaited decision of the Court of Appeal in RJ Davidson Family Trust v Marlborough District Council[1] was released this week. The decision is important because it resolves uncertainty arising from the Supreme Court decision in King Salmon[2] about whether recourse to Part...

A Council's Duty of Care for Known Hazards

Introduction Plaza Investments Ltd v Queenstown Lakes District Council is a High Court decision regarding a tree that fell in St Omer Park 2014 (the Park), causing extensive damage to a motel property located across the road. Justice Cull held that the Queenstown Lakes District Council (the...

Existing Use Rights and Plantation Forestry

Introduction Historically there has been considerable uncertainty about the extent to which existing use rights (EURs) under section 10 of the Resource Management Act (RMA) apply to planation forestry activities. The recent Environment Court decision of Mawhinney v Auckland Council [2018] NZEnvC...

Introduction to AML for clients

As of 1 July 2018, there are changes to the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 (the Act). These changes apply to lawyers and their clients. This update provides an overview of the changes to the Act and how they affect the way Adderley Head will work with new...

The National Environmental Standard for Plantation Forestry

This article was first published in the New Zealand Journal of Forestry and is republished with minor updates. Introduction The long awaited National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry (NESPF) was notified in the New Zealand Gazette on 3 August 2017. It has been heralded as a new...

Minister David Parker on Environment Policy Priorities

An Overview  Environment Minister David Parker delivered a speech last month outlining environment portfolio policy priorities for the next 12 months, in relation to improving freshwater quality, climate change and urban development. He also confirmed that a comprehensive review of the...