Local Government

Holland Beckett Law has been interacting with local authorities for many years and is also a provider of legal services to local authorities.  As such we advise on local government law issues, judicial review proceedings and local government legislation on a daily basis.

Our experience in this area includes:

  • Representing the Whakatāne District Council, Opotiki District Council and Kawerau District Council in relation to appeals against the Local Alcohol Policy

  • Advising local authorities on reserve land exchange processes, change in classification of reserve land, and leases of recreation reserves for marina and berth purposes, under the Reserves Act 1977.

  • Advising private clients on long term plans and annual plans including filing submissions and appearing at Council hearings regarding proposed resource consent charges, funding on infrastructure project and consultation documents. 

  • Advising body corporates on Notices to Fix and Dangerous Building Notices under the Building Act 1991. 

  • Advising clients on Tauranga City Council's Development Contributions Policy including seeking reconsideration of assessed development contributions under the Local Government Act 2002. 

  • Advising council controlled organisations on compliance with Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 (LGOIMA) and specific requests. 

  • Advising clients in respect of acquisitions under the Public Works Act 1981 including with respect to statutory processes (notice of objection) and negotiations. 

  • Routinely dealing with LGOIMA requests.