Helen AtkinsPartnerDDI: + 64 9 304 0421
Mobile: + 64 21 405 464
Key Areas of Experience
Environmental and Resource Management
Public and Local Government Law
Helen has over 25 years’ experience acting in the areas of environmental, public law and local government law. She regularly advises the public and private sectors on a variety of matters relevant to resource management, environmental and local government law and practice.
Helen has significant local government experience starting in the late 1980s and early 1990s (1989 to 1993) in England where she headed the Litigation and Licensing legal team at the Oxford City Council. Since that time Helen has continued to advise extensively on local and central government matters.Read more
From 2004 to 2010 Helen was the primary provider and client relationship manager for the work done for Papakura District Council (now part of the Auckland Council). This work included all aspects of legal services that a local authority requires and therefore Helen was, in essence, the Council Solicitor albeit external. Since the amalgamation Helen has continued to advice the Auckland Council on a number of issues. Helen now has a similar role for Waipa District Council where she advices on a range of matters for that Council in conjunction with their local legal providers.
Helen (together with Tama Hovell) was appointed to advise the Independent Maori Statutory Board (established under the Auckland Council legislation) in relation to all the legal issues of concern to them, many of which involve consideration of some extremely difficult Maori law and local government legal and organisational issues.
Helen is frequently called upon by central government agencies and government Ministers to assist on aspects of law reform. For example, Helen was involved in advising on the Resource Management (Simplifying and Streamlining) Bill in 2009 and the Future of Pest Management Project for the then Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in 2009-2010. She is currently involved in various reform projects relating to environmental management in New Zealand. (Land and Water Forum work, the review of the local government legislation and the review of the Resource Management Act).
Helen has advised a variety of corporate clients on the full range of resource management and environmental matters including the primary production sector (e.g. Horticulture New Zealand), heavy industry (e.g. Sims Pacific Industries Limited, Transpacific Industries Limited, Nuplex Industries Limited), land developers (e.g. Cooper and Company), energy companies (e.g. Todd Energy, Vector Limited), the oil and gas sector (e.g. Todd Energy) and infrastructure providers (e.g. local authorities).
Helen is a Board member of Water NZ and MOTAT.
Mike HolmPartnerDDI: + 64 9 304 0428
Mobile: + 64 21 2777 118
LLB (Hons) University of Canterbury
MSc Resource Management (Distinction) University of Canterbury
LLM Environmental Law, George Washington University, Washington DC
Mike Holm is one of the most experienced environmental and public lawyers in practice in New Zealand. Since the establishment of Atkins Holm Majurey in 2009 Mike has provided strategic advice to a wide range of local and international clients on a variety of high level public law matters and advised and represented clients in contentious resource consent and environmental issues related to major development projects throughout New Zealand.Read more
Following completion of law and resource management degrees at the University of Canterbury (1975) Mike was appointed legal counsel for the Commission for the Environment, Wellington (a central government agency which was predecessor to the Ministry for the Environment). In this role he was an advisor to the Minister for the Environment and worked on major legislative and policy matters. He was also directly involved in the auditing of environmental impact reports which were required on major development projects throughout New Zealand and represented the Commission in planning and water consent hearings (1975-1980). He was the author of the first Guide to Environmental Law in New Zealand published by the Commission.
While with the Commission, Mike was seconded to the Federal US (Washington D.C.) and UK (London) government environmental agencies as well as the OECD Environmental Directorate (Paris). With the OECD he assisted in the first OECD review of New Zealand’s environmental policies and laws (1979).
Environmental Law Practice
In 1980 Mike joined Russell McVeagh’s newly established environmental litigation practice. He was the first specialist environmental law partner in the firm and worked on securing approvals for a wide variety of major projects throughout New Zealand including: mining; petrochemical projects; oil and gas exploration and development; power generation; water resources; pulp and paper; urban and city planning; coastal subdivision and port/waterfront developments.
Clients included: NZ Synthetic Fuels Corporation (Bechtel and Mobil); Shell; Todd Corporation; Coal Corporation; Cypress Minerals; Auckland Harbour Board; Tasman Pulp and Paper; LD Nathan/Lion; and a variety of other local and international corporate clients.
Public Law Practice
In 1996 he headed Russell McVeagh’s newly established public law practice in Wellington. In this role he advised and represented a range of local and international corporate clients on regulatory issues including high level negotiations with Central Government in relation to a variety of policy and legislative issues. Clients included: IBM; the New Zealand Tourism Board; Westfield; Dow; Daewoo; TVNZ; NZ Dairy Group and Fonterra. He worked extensively on public law issues involved in the establishment of Fonterra which involved major changes to government policy and new legislation.
Government Advisory Work and Public Interest Environmental Litigation
Mike has undertaken high level advisory roles to Government on major legislative and policy reforms including: local government and environmental administration reforms in the mid 1970’s and 1980’s; and expert reviews of the Resource Management Act (1997 and 2009).
In 2011 he prepared a joint report (with ERM) for the Ministry of Economic Development on New Zealand’s offshore health, safety and environmental legislative regime for oil and gas exploration and development. In 2013 he chaired a Local Government Efficiency Task Force appointed by the Minister of Local Government to recommend changes to local government legal and policy approaches.
Mike has successfully represented environmental organisations in major conservation litigation including: Queen Elizabeth II Trust (Motu River Water Conservation Order – New Zealand’s first water conservation order); Waterfront Watch, Wellington (waterfront development issues); and the Central Otago Environmental Society (Project Hayes Windfarm and Nevis River Water Conservation Order).
Since the establishment of Atkins Holm Majurey in 2009 Mike has provided strategic advice to a wide range of local and international clients on a variety of high level public law matters and advised and represented clients in contentious resource consent and environmental issues related to major development projects throughout New Zealand.
Paul MajureyPartnerDDI: +64 9 304 0420
Mobile: +64 274 955 741
LLB (Hons) Auckland
Key Areas of Experience
Treaty of Waitangi / Maori Law
Paul has specialised in environmental and Treaty of Waitangi law for over 26 years.
He has extensive experience in securing environmental consents for major natural resource development and infrastructure projects, including: electricity generation - thermal (gas, coal) and renewables (hydro, wind, geothermal); minerals development (coal, gold and petroleum); dairy processing projects (North Island and South Island); large scale aquaculture projects (mussels and oysters); pulp and paper manufacture and forestry developments.
Paul regularly provides advice on Treaty of Waitangi and Maori land issues. He also is Treaty negotiator with the Crown on claims encompassing an area generally between Matakana Island through to Matakana (near Leigh). He is the Chair of both the Hauraki Collective of Iwi and Tamaki Makaurau Collective of Iwi who have been in parallel negotiations since 2009.
Paul appears as Senior Counsel before the Environment Court, Maori Land Court, Waitangi Tribunal, and superior courts.Read more
His major environmental cases include:
- The Karikari case in which the Court of Appeal reversed then current case law on sections 3 and 4 of the Town and Country Planning Act.
- The widely cited Privy Council case of McGuire v Hastings District Council in which Lord Cooke of Thorndon affirmed the place of the ‘Maori provisions’ in the RMA.
- The Ngati Maru cases in which the courts clarified evidential considerations in relation to wahi tapu and taonga within the RMA; the Greenpeace cases in which the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court confirmed the parameters for climate change considerations in RMA decision-making
- The TPD cases in which the High Court and Court of Appeal confirmed the law in relation to evidential onus and the review conditions regime.
- The first wind farm case before the Environment Court (Awhitu).
Specialist appointments Paul has accepted include:
- Special Counsel for the Waitangi Tribunal on the release of its Ko Aotearoa Tenei Report (Wai 262).
- Minister for the Environment’s 2009 Technical Advisory Group on the reform of the RMA.
- Attorney-General’s 2009 Ministerial Review Panel on the co-management arrangements for the Waikato River Treaty settlement.
Paul is a Co-Author of Environmental & Resource Management Law (2nd and 3rd Editions), including the chapter entitled Maori and Environmental Law. He is also co-author for the Maori chapter of the making-good decisions course for certifying RMA commissioners.
His current and former positions of responsibility include:
- Tikapa Moana Enterprises Ltd
- Pare Hauraki Asset Holdings Ltd
- Hauraki Seafoods Ltd
- New Zealand Pastoral Agriculture Research Institute Ltd
- Tangata Whenua representative - Hauraki Gulf Forum
- Trustee - Te Ara Tika Charitable Trust (Maori Spectrum Trust)
- Commissioner - local authority RMA hearings
- Chair - Environmental Section of Inter-Pacific Bar Association.
Tama HovellPartnerDDI: +64 9 304 0424
Mobile: +64 21 637 773
Key Areas of Experience
Environmental and Resource Management
Public and Local Government Law
Maori Legal Issues
Tama worked for over seven years at Russell McVeagh prior to joining Atkins Holm Majurey in July 2009. Tama specialises in environmental, resource management and Maori issues and has been involved in a number of major resource consenting projects (including Awhitu and Kaiwera Downs wind farms, the Wairau Hydro Power Scheme, the Tongariro Power Development, the Rodney Power Station and the Tasman Pulp & Paper Mills).
Tama has provided advice and been involved in negotiating land issues between corporate entities and iwi land owners. Tama has provided advice on development in outstanding natural landscape areas, and a range of large infrastructure developments. Tama has also provided advice on approvals for electricity and telecommunications infrastructure within transport corridors.
Tama has appeared as co-counsel in the Environment Court, High Court, Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court and as counsel in the Waitangi Tribunal National Park inquiry. Tama appeared before the select committee for the Resource Management (Simplifying and Streamlining) Amendment Bill.Read more
Tama has advised a wide range of clients on national and regional policy and planning instruments as well as district plans. He has undertaken large due diligence projects in a range of industries (including electricity generation, forestry, coal mining, oil exploration) and advised clients on Maori land and Treaty issues and environmental / resource management issues.
Tama was a co-author of the Maori Values Supplement for the Making Good Decisions Commissioner Training course and presented a number of seminars on the Supplement in a number of locations throughout the country.
Tama is involved in advising the Independent Maori Statutory Board (set up under the Auckland Council legislation) on a range of extremely complex governance and establishment issues. Tama is also involved in advising Maori corporate entities and iwi authorities in recognising their interests in regional and district policy and in resource consent applications.
Tama is of Ngai Te Rangi, Ngati Porou, Ngati Tamatera and Nga Puhi descent.
Vicki Morrison-ShawPartnerDDI: +64 9 304 0422
Mobile: +64 275 720 883
BCom Auckland 1999
LLB Waikato 2003
Key Areas of Experience
Environmental and Resource Management
Public, Local Government and Maori Law
Corporate and Commercial
Vicki has 13 years of professional legal experience (in-house and private practice) across a range of local government, resource management, environmental, corporate and Maori law undertakings. Particular details of her professional experience, memberships, and voluntary work are set out below.Read more
While at Atkins Holm Majurey Vicki has provided legal advice and services to a broad range of corporate, local authority and public sector organisations in the areas of environmental, local government, resource management, public works, contracts, leasing, and Maori law issues. In particular, this work has included:
- Negotiating, reviewing and drafting a range of agreements and documents from development agreements, tender responses and leases, to policies, plans and bylaws, settlement agreements and court documents.
- Liaising with developers, engineers, planners, ecologists, archaeologists, landscape architects, noise consultants, Maori groups, local government staff and councillors, court staff, senior executive teams, environmental groups, and community members on proposed new developments, compliance issues with existing developments, and policy and plan changes.
- Representing clients in council, Environmental Protection Authority, and court hearings in relation to resource consent applications, marine consents, plan changes, and in enforcement order and environmental prosecution proceedings.
- Advising on Official Information Act and Privacy Act requests for local government and corporate clients.
- Producing a report for the (then) Ministry of Economic Development, regarding the health, safety and environmental legislation (including Maritime legislation) applying to offshore petroleum operations and how the legislative regime could be improved.
- Producing a Supplement to Making Good Decisions Commissioning Training Programme for the Ministry for the Environment on Maori values and worldviews.
- Presenting various seminars including a series of seminars on Maori values and worldviews throughout the country to local authorities and corporate personnel.
- Being the health and safety representative from 2009 – 2012.
Rowan AshtonSolicitorDDI: +64 9 304 0425
Mobile: +64 21 296 5200
Rowan specialises in environmental and public law. After graduating from Auckland University, Rowan gained valuable litigation experience at a barristers’ chambers, also specialising in environmental and public law.
Rowan has provided advice and representation to a range of private and public clients concerning natural resources, urban development, land development, plan policy, development contributions, events consents, biosecurity, fisheries, statutory powers, due diligence, and local government law.
Rowan has appeared at council hearings and as in cases before the Environment Court and High Court in relation to resource consents, plan reviews, plan changes, enforcement and judicial review.Read more
Recent assignments include:
- Representing private and institutional clients in relation to the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan before the Independent Hearings Panel, and on appeal to the Environment Court and High Court;
- Acting for the Northland Regional Council on appeals regarding plans made under the Biosecurity Act 1993;
- Acting for a land development company on appeals of the Proposed Thames Coromandel District Plan;
- Acting for Iwi concerning judicial review of extensions to water permits;
- Assisting with environmental due diligence on the acquisition of an energy company;
- Assisting with publically notified consent hearing for a Queenstown hotel development;
- Assisting Water New Zealand with participation in the Havelock North Drinking Water Inquiry;
- Advising fishing interests concerning jurisdiction under the Resource Management Act 1991 to control fisheries resources;
- Assisting both applicants and opponents involved in special housing area plan variation and qualifying development applications.
Rowan is a member of the Resource Management Law Association (RMLA). Rowan presents regularly presents case law updates for the New Zealand Planning Institute.
Nicole BuxedaSolicitorDDI: +64 9 304 0429
Mobile: +64 21 1011 697
LLB University of Canterbury
BA University of Canterbury
LLM in International Law with first class honours University of Auckland
Key Areas of Interest
Resource Management and Environmental law
Public and Local Government law
During university Nicole worked in both in-house and corporate law teams and has experienced a broad range of work types, topics and situations. Nicole was admitted to the bar in April 2016.
Since joining Atkins Holm Majurey in 2016 Nicole has been involved in a range of issues across the spectrum of the firm's clients including:Read more
- For the IMSB in relation to the appeal to the High Court against the Auckland Council decision on the Unitary Plan;
- For Horticulture NZ providing advice on a range of issues concerning plan and policy issues around the country, including in relation to the Ngaruroro and Clive Rivers Water Conservation Order;
- For private developers (including aged care facilities and churches) seeking resource consents for their proposals;
- Appearing as lead counsel in a Council hearing for neighbours opposing a chicken farm expansion;
- Assisting clients in developing submissions on plan changes; and
- Involvement with a range of iwi clients on issues ranging from consultation requirements, resource consent matters, Marine and Coastal Area Act applications and process, and general advice.
Nicole regularly assists in the preparation of evidence and submissions (for both Council and Court hearings), and has assisted other members of the team in preparing and updating textbook contribution chapters, and in researching and drafting legal and technical journal articles. Nicole has appeared as a junior in the High Court, Environment Court and at the council hearings level.