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Natalie is a member of our environment and planning team. She specialises in obtaining consents and designations for medium and large infrastructure projects.

Natalie has extensive experience on regional and district plan reviews.  With a sound understanding of how planning rules operate, and her previous experience in our property team, she provides clients with strategic advice about the use and development of their properties.

Natalie advises government agencies involved in large infrastructure projects generally, with a particular focus on roading projects. She works closely with in-house counsel, project managers, planners and technical experts.

Natalie also carries out environmental due diligence for national and international clients, helping them to identify key environmental risks or obligations.

Natalie has experience in RMA prosecutions, providing strategic advice to help avoid prosecutions, and defending clients when the unfortunate happens.

Natalie is committed to giving back to the community and spent six years on the board of trustees of her old school, Birkdale Intermediate. For part of her time on the Board, she was chair, making her one of the youngest chairs in the country at that time.

Admission Date: 2009

EXPERIENCE

Natalie has advised: 

  • NZ Transport Agency on the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan and the Thames-Coromandel District Plan. This work involved reviewing submissions, preparing further submissions, attending mediations, preparing evidence and attending hearings.
  • NZ Transport Agency on several projects including the Northern Corridor Improvements Project in Auckland, the Longswamp and Hamilton Bypass sections of the Waikato Expressway, and the Te Puna Memorial Hall designation.
  • Auckland Transport on the notice of requirement for the Lincoln Road Corridor Improvements project and on resource consents for the Tamaki Drive/Ngapipi Road intersection improvements.
  • a developer on an Environment Court appeal against land use consent for a child care facility on Auckland’s North Shore, which successfully settled at mediation.
  • a private client on the defence of a RMA prosecution relating to the discharge of a significant quantity of concrete slurry into a stream.  Natalie successfully obtained a discharge without conviction and a significant reduction in the fine for our client.
  • the consent holder on a judicial review of a residential development in Piha, where the neighbours challenged Auckland Council’s decision to process the resource consent application on a non-notified basis.
  • an Auckland-based pistol club in relation to its compliance with its existing resource consent conditions, and mitigation measures due to reverse sensitivity noise effects caused by urban developments within close proximity to the club’s property.

 

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