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Holland Beckett Law has been established in the Bay of Plenty for approximately 80 years and has played a key role in many of the region's success stories.


Our specialist environmental and resource management legal team has been integral to these achievements, providing advice on the planning, consent and compliance requirements of the Resource Management Act 1991 and other environmental legislation.

The environmental and resource management team at Holland Beckett has broad experience across a range of resource management matters in a number of regions.  We act for developers, local authorities, port authorities, local businesses and industrial enterprises, large corporations, Tangata Whenua and individuals.  There is also a high emphasis on infrastructural projects with that experience being gained in electricity generation, irrigation, port and hazard mitigation projects.

We regularly appear before local authorities, the Environment Court and other courts on our clients' behalf.

The matters we advise on include:

  • Resource consents including land use and subdivision consents
  • Coastal and water issues
  • Involvement in statutory planning processes – regional policy statements, regional plans and district plans
  • Environmental compliance, enforcement and liability issues
  • Due diligence investigations in mergers and acquisitions
  • Special legislation such as the Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Act 2013 (HASHA)

Examples of our experience include:

  • Representing Sanderson Group in relation to the hearing under HASHA for the Queenstown Country Club.
  • Representing Port of Tauranga Limited in seeking consents to deepen and widen the Tauranga Harbour channels by dredging 15,000,000m³ material.
  • Representing TrustPower Limited in connection with re-consenting of the Matahina Hydroelectric Power Scheme in the Bay of Plenty.
  • Obtaining requiring authority status for the Mayfield Hinds, Valetta and Ashburton Lyndhurst irrigation schemes in mid Canterbury in (total command area of 94,000 hectares).
  • Representing Rangitata Diversion Race Management Limited in the Canterbury region on the proposed Natural Resources Regional Plan, Canterbury Water Management Strategy, Regional Council State of the Environment Water Charging proposal, proposed Canterbury Regional Policy Statement and proposed Land and Water Regional Plan including its subsequent plan changes.