Our areas of expertise

We work hard for councils, developers, farmers, environmental groups and individuals to help them achieve their respective resource management goals. See us for advice on district or regional plan changes, proposed developments, the renewal of a resource consent or on any other related matter.

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The New Zealand public is rightfully precious about our country's natural resources and hence the laws restricting their use are complex.

Our resource management lawyers work hard for councils, developers, farmers, environmental groups and individuals to help them achieve their respective resource management goals.

Whether you seek advice on a district or regional plan change, a proposed development, the renewal of a resource consent or on any other matter - our team has the experience, proven track record and the capabilities to assist.

We advise clients daily on all manner of resource management matters - no job is too big or too small.

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Local government

Cavell Leitch currently has a number of district councils as clients who choose to use our services due to the quality of advice and service they receive. Our teams understand the unique challenges facing the public sector and this is evident in the testimonials received from current clients.

We have extensive experience in Resource Management Act regulatory litigation in the Environment Court for private clients and local authorities

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Planning issues

The New Zealand public is rightfully precious about our country's natural resources and hence the laws restricting their use are complex.

Whether you seek advice on a district or regional plan change, a proposed development, the renewal of a resource consent or on any other matter - our team has the experience, proven track record and the capabilities to assist.

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Rural resource management expertise

We enjoy using our bank of knowledge and experience to ensure our rural clients have the rights to use their land as they need.

​We can assist you through the consenting process, inlcuding obtaining and maintaining land use consents, bore and water take permits, and subdivision consents (which may, for example, be needed to achieve your farm succession plans).

We also keep abreast of upcoming changes to local and regional plans. If a plan change is going to afffect you we can assist you assess and mitigatge the impact, including preparing a submission to the relevant Council.

We can also advise and assist you if things go wrong, and you need to respond to a claim that may lead to enforcement or prosecution proceedings.

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Waste, discharges and contamination

It is important for businesses and communities to focus their efforts in order to deliver environmental, social and economic benefits to all New Zealanders. The responsibilties for territorial authorities are set out in the Waste Minimisation Act 2008 (the Act). Waste-related initiatives under the Resource Management Act 1991 and the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996 are also under way – for example, the proposed National Environmental Standard for Assessing and Managing Contaminants in Soil.

If waste management is an important part of your business our Resource Management experts are here to help you.

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Our experts

Our resource management lawyers advise clients daily on all manner of resource management matters - no job is too big or too small. Don’t hesitate to reach out to the team directly.

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