Our sponsors

The RMLA acknowledge and thank the sponsors listed below, without whom the Conference would not have been possible.

Platinum sponsor | RMLA Conference and Annual Awards Dinner

Brown & Company Planning Group operate nationwide on many different projects ranging from large-scale developments, infrastructure projects, commercial, urban, and rural projects to single dwellings; our expert advice, local knowledge and experience get results. Our success comes from years of experience working in the public and private sector, as well as numerous working relationships with a variety of councils and on the ground local knowledge.

We take pride in the expertise, efficiency of our efforts, and the enduring quality of our results. With offices in Auckland, Queenstown, and Wanaka, our capability spans the country.

Our services include:

  • Strategic Policy Planning
  • Masterplanning
  • Resource Consent Applications
  • Project Management
  • Consultation
  • Due Diligence
  • Strategic Advice
  • Research

Platinum sponsor | keynote speaker (Kaila Colbin)

Boffa Miskell is a leading professional services consultancy with offices in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown and Dunedin.

Boffa Miskell works with private and public sector clients in the areas of planning, urban design, landscape architecture, landscape planning, ecology, biosecurity, cultural advisory (Te Hihiri), and technical services (graphics and mapping).

Planning, designing and sustainably managing resources, areas and places within complex statutory frameworks and changing public expectations is no easy task. We offer in-depth knowledge and proven experience to shape the right outcome. We always seek to understand each project’s interconnections with the wider environmental, economic and social context and to achieve sustainable solutions within that context.

Over the past four decades Boffa Miskell has built an award-winning reputation for professionalism, innovation and excellence. We are proud to have been associated with a significant number of projects that have shaped New Zealand’s environment.

Gold sponsor | Taste of Central Otago function sponsor

The Bell Gully environment and planning team have a solid reputation for achieving results-driven success on a variety of environment and planning matters. The team’s breadth of experience ranges from large scale infrastructures, commercial development, transport, energy, and policy work. Recent significant matters include advising Waikato-Tainui on the RMA reforms and Three Waters reforms, and Auckland Transport and Waka Kotahi on Te Tupu Ngātahi the Supporting Growth Alliance. The environment and planning team were ranked in Tier 1 by the Chambers Asia Pacific 2023 and Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2023, being described as “an exceptional team with an excellent ability to focus on the key issue and deliver a workable outcome”.

Gold sponsor | Lanyard, name badge, pocket programme sponsor

Communities are fundamental. Whether around the corner or across the globe, they provide a foundation, a sense of place and of belonging. That's why at Stantec, we always design with community in mind.

We care about the communities we serve—because they're our communities too. This allows us to assess what's needed and connect our expertise, to appreciate nuances and envision what's never been considered, to bring together diverse perspectives so we can collaborate toward a shared success.

We're designers, planners, engineers, scientists, and project managers, innovating together at the intersection of community, creativity, and client relationships. Balancing these priorities results in projects that advance the quality of life in communities across the globe. You’ll find us in 17 locations throughout New Zealand and a further 400 around the world.

Stantec trades on the TSX and the NYSE under the symbol STN. Visit us at stantec.com or find us on social media.

Silver sponsor | Master of Ceremonies

Anderson Lloyd is recognised for its expertise in environment, planning and natural resources law. Our team of specialists work on projects throughout New Zealand ranging from individual consenting issues through to statutory plan development and nationally significant projects. Successes include a wide variety of projects in the energy, mining, property development, agribusiness, aquaculture, conservation and tourism sectors.

Our lawyers know the importance of community consultation, as many of our projects involve high levels of public interest. We work closely with stakeholders and know our way through bureaucracy, bringing a high level of integrity to legal processes. Strategies are planned so that our outcomes last – both from a commercial and community perspective.

Anderson Lloyd represents clients across a broad range of areas, advising government departments, local government, primary industry, energy and infrastructure developers, mining industry, heavy industry, iwi, conservation, recreation groups and land developers.

Anderson Lloyd is internationally recognised by top global legal directories for our natural resource and resource management law expertise, including the Asia Pacific Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 directories.

Silver sponsor | Coffee cart sponsor

Barker & Associates is a specialist planning consultancy founded in 1997. Today B&A has a team of more than 45 planning and urban design staff operating out of Kerikeri, Whangārei, Auckland, Tauranga, Hamilton, Cambridge, Napier, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown and Wānaka offices. We service clients nationwide and undertake projects of all sizes.

Our Services:

  • Resource consent applications
  • Notices of requirement and outline plans
  • Urban design
  • Plan changes and submissions
  • Master-planning
  • Due diligence reports
  • Strategic policy advice
  • Evidence for Council and Environment Court hearings
  • Iwi consultation and joint management agreements
  • Third party liaison: Councils, Heritage New Zealand, NZTA

Silver sponsor | Coffee cart sponsor

Cooney Lees Morgan is delighted to support this year’s conference in Queenstown. We enjoyed catching up with you over coffee in Rotorua in 2022 and want to share again in the spirit of manaakitanga.

We cannot think of a better venue for this year’s conference theme of “Pivoting in Paradise Whakatipua”. We are in the midst of the most significant resource management reforms since the RMA and the changing statutory landscape and uncertainty constantly requires evaluation and pivoting within our industry.

Here at Cooney Lees Morgan, we know that adapting to change and pivoting is the key to success. We first opened our doors in Tauranga over 100 years ago and have been advising local government, businesses and tangata whenua ever since. As a firm we are constantly challenging ourselves and our approach so we can deliver the best possible service and advice to our clients.

Our firm continues to have a strong connection to RMLA, with one of our Partners, Mary Hill, a Past President, and Senior Associate, Kate Stubbing, on the National Committee. Both Mary and Kate are also on the Bay of Plenty Branch Committee.

Our nationally-recognised team provides both strategic and technical advice on all aspects of local government and resource management practice. As a Bay of Plenty-based firm, our clients’ needs cover the full resource management spectrum including planning, water, coastal, geothermal, forestry and horticultural issues. We also have a specialist enforcement practice, and our climate change and sustainability experts can advise on global industry and commodity-specific standards for sustainability, traceability and reporting.

We enjoy helping navigate our clients through complex legislation, opportunities and challenges and we are very much looking forward to spending time with you all in Queenstown during this year’s conference. And the coffee!

Silver sponsor | Coffee cart sponsor

Harkness Henry’s environmental, local government, commercial and property clients are continually grappling with challenges such as:

  • navigating the resource management and local government landscape;
  • obtaining resource consents and alcohol licences; and
  • influencing national, regional and district strategies and plans.

Our particular areas of expertise are in the management of natural and physical resources within our environment in the context of district and regional plans and resource consents. We also provide advice on all aspects of public land acquisition, land development agreement and development contribution levies. We have been able to secure planning consents for clients where heritage, archaeological and/or locational constraints have caused conflict, with a focus on delivering enduring solutions where relationships between developers, landowners, iwi and council officers are ongoing.

Harkness Henry offers a high level of skill, depth and breadth of experience and expertise across a range of legal services including commercial, resource management/environmental, property, employment, litigation and private client law. We differentiate ourselves on the importance we place on our relationships with our clients. Our lawyers are specialists in their fields, each with a high level of technical expertise combined with industry knowledge and experience.

We extend our warmest welcome to all participants at this year’s RMLA Conference and we look forward to meeting you there.

Bronze sponsor | Livestream sponsor

When you need public sector expertise, Brookfields is the firm you want on your side. With over 150 years of experience, we understand the legal needs of both public and private sectors. Our Environment and Resources team provides focused, authoritative and strategic advice to central and local government, statutory bodies and educational institutes. We also advise private sector clients such as developers, investors, business and property owners in optimising their dealings with the public sector. To promote the success of our clients, Brookfields has specialist skills in a wide range of other practice areas including the Business, Property and Finance sectors and Litigation, Disputes and Employment. We therefore provide a seamless package of legal services, and we offer effective legal solutions.

Bronze sponsor | Toitū net carbonzero certification sponsor

Lane Neave is recognised as one of New Zealand's leading full-service law firms, with offices in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown. With 26 Partners and around 150 staff, we have a depth of knowledge and experience required for any job. Our unique position in the legal market allows us to provide the legal capability and depth of resources of a large law firm, while enjoying the ability of a boutique-sized form to develop close and long-lasting client relationships.

Our Resource Management team at Lane Neave is led by Joshua Leckie and has well-established relationships and a proven track record in resource management and environmental issues. We provide strategic advice and representation on many of New Zealand’s most significant projects, complex and controversial planning review process and environmental due diligence. We are regularly involved in mediation and other alternative dispute resolution processes and public hearings before local authorities and the Court.

With experience across a wide variety of fields and issues, we are particularly recognised for our retail, minerals and energy, land subdivision and development, and tangata whenua expertise. We are the trusted legal advisors of valued clients who have significant interests in these areas including Ngāi Tahu, Woolworths New Zealand, KiwiRail, Bathurst Resources, BT Mining and Cardrona Alpine Resort.

Bronze sponsor | Fieldshop sponsor

Market Economics (M.E) is an independent consultancy company that specialises in market analysis and economic research. Formed in 2001 and serving clients nationwide, our highly qualified team have extensive experience in market, business and sectoral research that balances analysis, evaluation, reporting and strategic advice. Our core business is to provide innovative, and evidence-based knowledge and advice to enable informed decision making. M.E operates as two divisions to distinguish and emphasise the range of skills and services on offer.

  • M.E Research specialises in ecological economics, focusing on the interface between economic and social activity and the earth’s environment, to show how systems interact and influence each other. M.E Research services are applied in large scale, multi-year funded research programmes. Current research areas include freshwater management policy, economic resilience in the face of natural hazards, risk modelling, resource security and ecological pricing.
  • M.E Consulting assesses economies and markets, analysing processes and patterns of economic and people activity, and their spatial interactions. These skills are applied to analyse markets and communities, events, economic sectors, developments, and infrastructure to provide commercial and public sector clients with strategic and tactical advice, and market and service solutions. M.E Consulting services are widely applied in the RMA and LGA contexts, through expert evidence to all levels in the statutory hearing structure. Our specialisation in RMA based economic assessment sets us apart from many economic consultancies.

M.E’s analytical and interpretation expertise, combined with our wide experience base and knowledge of structures and systems puts us in the unique position to add significant value to economic research and evaluation, planning, policy, and strategic decision-making processes. M.E has applied its diverse skills and capabilities to an enormous range of research projects over the past two decades. Our work varies between location specific projects, to national level research and analysis. Our research reports have contributed to funding decisions, local and central government policy development, legislative development and significant capital and operational investments throughout New Zealand. Our services for local and regional government span assessments (and peer review) relevant to consents, plan changes, district plan reviews, structure planning, spatial planning, economic and growth strategies, spatial plans, and implementation of national direction – all backed up with council hearing and environment court representation.

Bespoke sponsor | Thursday lunch

Dentons, is part of the world’s largest global law firm, and a leading law firm in New Zealand. A firm that embraces change and has unparalleled access to legal expertise in over 80 countries. Dentons helps you grow, protect, operate and finance your organisation by providing uniquely global and deeply local legal solutions. The challenges that our clients are navigating and the opportunities they are advancing are changing at an accelerated pace. This is why we offer more than legal insight, we help you find business solutions to achieve your goals.

In New Zealand, Dentons tackles legal challenges for our clients across the country. Our teams collaborate to provide complete legal solutions that are tailored to each client, seamlessly guiding clients through consenting, property, and construction project phases. We are committed to providing a responsive, professional and service-centered approach. Our New Zealand clients benefit from the expertise and experience of our experts across the world.

Our Environment and Planning team members are true infrastructure specialists, advising on infrastructure responses to many of New Zealand’s most challenging water, climate change, transportation, and energy issues. From district and regional plan reviews, to government policy advice and contentious litigation, our team advises on all aspects of resource management and environmental law.

We are driven to challenge the status quo, delivering consistent and uncompromising quality and value for our clients in new and innovative ways. We are proud to be one of the three best known and most favoured firms in the world, according to the Thomson Reuters Acritas “global Elite Brand Index”.