Nicky is a leading Environment and Planning lawyer with over 23 years’ specialist experience, who has worked on some of NZ’s most important infrastructure and RMA projects.
Nicky is a partner in the Dentons Kensington Swan National Environment and Planning team. Her focus is on the Resource Management Act, heritage, conservation, public works, and local government legislation relevant to infrastructure. She advises clients on planning authorisations for water reservoirs and landfills, transport and community infrastructure, and electricity assets. These networks often need to navigate environments which are sensitive because of their landscape, ecological, heritage or amenity values, so she is adept at addressing these issues. She has a particular interest in heritage infrastructure, and developments which affect heritage, arising out of her work for New Zealand’s heritage protection agency (Heritage NZ), together with her work on a number of projects occurring in locations with high heritage values.
Nicky is sought after by clients for her experience in obtaining Resource Management Act authorisations necessary for consenting and developing major infrastructure projects. Her expertise has been instrumental to the development of projects critical to New Zealand’s progress, including high voltage transmission lines and substations, wind farms, hydro-electric power generation, water reservoirs, marine farms, bridges, ferry terminals, ports, bus ways and shared use paths (pedestrian and cycleways), landfills, airports, and roading (both state highways and local roads).
Nicky also advises on compliance and enforcement issues which can arise during the construction of these projects, as well planning frameworks which can operate to protect assets from the activities of third parties.
She advises a range of clients including government agencies, local government, and council-controlled organisations, as well as Māori landowning entities, vineyard operators, commercial property developers, and construction companies. She works closely with in-house planners, project managers, technical experts and in-house counsel. Nicky is also an experienced advocate, and has appeared before council committees, boards of inquiry, independent hearing panels, the Environment Court and the High Court.
Admission to High Court: 1999
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Areas of practice
Energy, Environment and resource management, Infrastructure and projects, Local government