Our sponsors

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

Platinum sponsor | Conference and awards dinner

Harkness Henry offers a high level of skill, depth and breadth of experience and expertise across a range of legal services. 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 ability.

Our environmental, 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 regional and district strategies and plans.

Recently we have been involved in cases where we have been able to save both time and money as well as reducing reputational risk by securing the status of existing activities established under historic district plans and protecting private property from the potential for adverse flooding events.

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. We also provide advice on all aspects of public land acquisition 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 and council officers are ongoing. We extend our warmest welcome to all participants at this year’s RMLA Conference and we look forward to meeting you there.

Platinum sponsor | Keynote speaker

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 | Welcome reception

Tēnā koutou katoa!

Nā tō rourou, nā taku rourou ka ora ai te iwi. With your food basket and my food basket the people will live. This whakataukī encapsulates the principle that while working alone might ensure survival, working together can help people achieve prosperity. This resonates with our own Tompkins Wake values which focus on our people and the people they work alongside every day.

With 80 specialist lawyers working across our four Tompkins Wake offices, our people work together to offer our clients genuine expertise. Our Environment & Planning Team offers more than 80 years’ combined experience in the RMA regime to both our private and public sector clients. Tompkins Wake has been ranked among the region’s best performing law firms in the 2021 Asia Pacific Legal 500 and was the Winner of the New Zealand Law Awards’ Mid-size Law Firm of the Year in 2020. Our Rotorua office and Environment & Planning team are very excited to finally welcome you all to the Conference’s Welcome Function at the Rotorua Energy Events Centre on the evening of Wednesday 22 September.

Ngā mihi
Theresa Le Bas, Partner
Environment & Planning Team, Tompkins Wake

Gold sponsor | Lanyard, name badge, pocket programme

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 16 locations throughout New Zealand and a further 350 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 | Coffee cart

Cooney Lees Morgan is delighted to welcome you back to the Bay of Plenty for this year’s conference. We enjoyed our chats with you over coffee in Tauranga in 2015 and want to share again in the spirit of manaakitanga. Our Partner, Mary Hill, is coming to the end of her term as RMLA’s President so it’s wonderful to gather in our rohe as she passes the baton on. Given we’re about to embark upon the most significant resource management reforms since the RMA, this year’s conference theme of “Rethinking Resources” is very apt. In changing times, we are challenged to constantly reassess the way we do things.

Here at Cooney Lees Morgan, we know that adapting to change 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 rethinking our approach so we can deliver the best possible service and advice to our clients.

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 during this year’s conference.

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa

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 Chamber and Partners and Legal 500 directories.

Bronze sponsor | "Rural growing pains" Field shop

Bloxam Burnett & Olliver (BBO) is a New Zealand based, multi-disciplinary company of professional consultants based in Hamilton and Tauranga, with a focus on building better development outcomes.

BBO provides consulting services in engineering (infrastructure, construction monitoring, structures, water resources, traffic and transportation), planning and land development. Despite its size, BBO competes with major national and international consultants for commissions and has built a strong reputation for providing cost effective, innovative, and practical solutions for complex problems.

The company was founded in 1993 by Martin Bloxam, Reece Burnett and John Olliver. Building client trust, delivering cost effective and innovative project outcomes, and demonstrating our values has seen the company grow steadily. BBO is managed by five directors and is owned by key staff who play an important role in the continued overall success of project delivery. Supported by approximately 100 staff, BBO is a tight-knit and loyal team that takes a real pride in its work.

Bronze sponsor | “RMA Meets Middle Earth” Field shop

Marshall Day Acoustics is New Zealand’s largest and most experienced acoustic engineering firm. We are acoustic specialists and approach our work with a singular focus and unrivalled depth of knowledge. We make use of our 40 years in business, and 500 years of collective experience amongst our New Zealand consultants, to find pragmatic and practical solutions for our clients. Environmental acoustics is a complex field, and we are involved in every aspect, from small resource consents to providing expert evidence at environment court and council hearings. Right now, we are engaged in work that ranges from managing noise and vibration from NZ’s largest infrastructure projects to neighbourhood heat pump complaints. This variety, and our involvement with all other aspects of acoustics keeps us fresh, engaged and always looking for new and interesting challenges.

We use the latest computer modelling software and measuring equipment as our tools of trade, and if a suitable tool isn’t available, we create it. We are currently pushing the boundaries by creating innovative 3D audio monitoring techniques and VR simulations. They help our clients to understand how noise and vibration is perceived, and design appropriate mitigation to manage potential effects. As a company, we prioritise relationships and aim to foster a family atmosphere within our working environment, seeing those we work with as part of our whakapapa. We are members of the Diversity Agenda Accord, and engage with our community by taking in Tupu Toa interns and mentoring in the Women in Engineering network.

Bronze sponsor | "Catch a matter of national importance while you can – trout fishing for beginners" Field shop

Founded in 1997, Barker & Associates Limited (B&A) is a firm of over 30 specialist planners and urban designers, servicing clients nationwide from offices in Kerikeri, Whangārei, Auckland, Hamilton, Napier and Christchurch. We are a close knit team who have built a reputation of providing consistent high-quality work to private entities, local authorities and government agencies.

Our services include:

• 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

Bronze sponsor | "Geothermal power development and industrial use" Field shop

Mercury NZ Limited (Mercury) is a vertically integrated generator and national retailer of electricity in New Zealand. Electricity is generated from 100% sources of renewable energy (hydro, geothermal, and soon to be wind). Mercury’s 9 hydro stations form the Waikato Hydro Scheme, and with Maori land trust joint venture arrangements, it operates and/or owns five geothermal power stations in the Bay of Plenty and Waikato regions. The Turitea wind farm when completed in 2023 will be New Zealand’s largest windfarm and Mercury has acquired the New Zealand windfarm assets of Tilt Renewables. Mercury’s mission is Energy Freedom and its purpose is to inspire New Zealanders to enjoy energy in more wonderful ways. Mercury is at the forefront of initiatives to promote the electrification of light transport, through a range of e-mobility initiatives. As part of an on-going energy freedom mission, Mercury has committed to Kissing Oil Goodbye. Over the last few years, we've converted 69% of our vehicle fleet to electric or plug-in hybrid. We're a proud member of EV100, an initiative to help reduce carbon emissions and make electric transport the new normal by 2030. In 2018 we introduced Evie, the poster-car for EVs, our bright yellow converted 1957 Ford Fairlane.

Our Electric Revolution has been supported by a number of campaigns and initiatives exposing every-day Kiwis to the joys of electric transport, whether it be an e-scooter, e-bike or EV. Popular events such as “Big Boys’ Toys” and the “Go Green Expo” provide us the opportunity to present electric transport to the masses, allowing hundreds of people try an e-bike or e-scooter for the first time. Through our partnership with Big Street Bikers, we support the delivery of public secure parking, charging and wayfinding docks (called “Locky Docks”) for e-bike users. Mercury owns and operates an EV Subscription Service aimed at making it easier for New Zealanders to get behind the wheel of an EV by eliminating up-front costs and the need to worry about managing insurance premiums, warrants of fitness, vehicle registration and maintenance. We offer off-peak charging packages for plug-in vehicle owners, to get 20% off electricity usage between 9pm and 7am.

Mercury is pleased to be supporting the RMLA conference “Rethinking Resources”.

Bronze sponsor | Award Category

Dentons is the world's largest law firm, connecting talent to the world's challenges and opportunities in more than 75 countries. Dentons' legal and business solutions benefit from deep roots in our communities and award-winning advancements in client service, innovation and strategic advisory services. Dentons' polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client and community interests in the New Dynamic. In New Zealand, Dentons Kensington Swan 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”.

Bronze sponsor | Lunch

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 focussed, 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 | Thursday Morning Tea

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.

Bronze sponsor | Friday Morning Tea

Bell Gully is independently recognised as New Zealand’s leading commercial law firm. We help many of New Zealand’s leading companies and public sector agencies navigate their most complex and ambitious projects along with their day-to-day operational issues.

With a team of over 200 lawyers combining market-leading corporate, commercial, financial services, tax, property and dispute resolution capability with a wide array of specialist skills, we consistently deliver practical solutions to everyday and unique problems.

Internationally, we work with prestigious multinational clients and maintain strong links with leading law firms in Australia, Asia, Europe and the United States.

Our service is founded on being available, commercial and cost-effective – and on being enjoyable to work with. By dedicating ourselves to understanding our clients' business and goals, we translate the law into everyday commercial language, provide solutions and prepare our clients for challenges before they arise.