Helen AtkinsPartnersDDI: + 64 9 304 0421
Mobile: + 64 21 405 464
Key Areas of Experience
Environmental and Resource Management
Public and Local Government Law
Helen has approximately 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 and is a member of the Environmental Protection Authority’s Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Committee.
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) has been 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 (eg Horticulture New Zealand), heavy industry (eg Sims Pacific Industries Limited, Transpacific Industries Limited, Nuplex Industries Limited), land developers (eg Cooper and Company), energy companies (eg Todd Energy, Vector Limited), the oil and gas sector (eg Todd Energy) and infrastructure providers (eg local authorities).
Mike HolmPartnerDDI: + 64 9 304 0428
Mobile: + 64 21 277 7118
LLB (Hons); University of Canterbury (1971)
MSc Resource Management (Distinction); University of Canterbury (1975)
LLM Environmental Law; George Washington University, Washington DC, United States of America (1978)
Key Areas of Experience
Environmental and Resource Management
Public and Local Government Law
Mike Holm is one of the most experienced environmental and public lawyers in practice in New Zealand. He is a founding partner of Atkins Holm Majurey. Prior to the establishment of this firm he was a partner of Russell McVeagh (New Zealand) and Mallesons (Sydney) and has also worked as legal counsel in Hong Kong and China.
In New Zealand he has specialised primarily in environmental and public law. In the mid 1970’s he was 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 legislativeRead more
and policy matters as well as the auditing of environmental impact reports on major development projects throughout New Zealand. He also appeared in planning and water consent hearings representing the Commission (1975-1980). While with the Commision, Mike was seconded to the Federal US (Washington D.C.) and UK (London) government environmental agencies as well as the OECD Environmental Directorate (Paris).
In 1980 Mike joined Russell McVeagh’s newly established environmental litigation practice founded by David Williams. He was the first specialist environmental law partner in the firm (1982) and worked on a wide variety of major projects throughout New Zealand including: mining; infrastructure; 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.
In 1991 he joined Mallesons in Sydney as an environmental law partner and worked on major infrastructure, mining and water resources projects in both Australia and Asia – particularly China. In the early 1990’s he was Mallesons’ Chief Representative in Beijing.
In 1996 Mike returned to New Zealand to establish and head Russell McVeagh’s public law practice in Wellington. In this role he represented a range of local and international corporate clients in negotiations with Central Government in relation to a wide variety of policy, regulatory and legislative issues including: IBM; the New Zealand Tourism Board; Westfield; Dow; Daewoo; TVNZ; NZ Dairy Group and Fonterra. In particular, he worked extensively on public law issues associated with the successful establishment of Fonterra which involved major changes to government policy and new legislation. In 2002 he undertook a short term appointment as Director of International Trade and Government Relations with Fonterra before moving to work in China as legal counsel for a private equity firm investing in property and natural resources development.
Throughout his career Mike has been appointed in 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.
He has also 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).
Since the establishment of Atkins Holm Majurey he has represented a range of local and international clients on a variety of high level environmental and public law issues – as well as representing clients in contentious resource consent or environmental issues in Council hearings, the Environment Court and the High Court.
Examples of recent clients
- Cooper and Company (Britomart Precinct redevelopment – resource consent and regulatory issues – Auckland CBD waterfront planning and regulatory issues)
- Ministry of Economic Development (EEZ and Continental Shelf – Health Safety and Environmental Regulatory Review and Recommendations)
- NIWA (Judicial review proceedings related to climate change issues)
- Government of Dubai (International and public law issues)
- Todd Energy (resource consent issues – Taranaki)
- New Zealand Windfarms (resource consent issues – Manawatu)
- Maniototo Environmental Society and Central Otago Environmental Society (Project Hayes Windfarm – Environment Court and High Court litigation)
- Te Arai Coastal Lands Trust (Auckland) – resource consent and regulatory issues for coastal subdivision/development
- Matakauri Lodge (Queenstown – resource consent issues for new lakefront lodge development)
- Sanford / Sealord – Ministerial Inquiry into use of Foreign Charter Vessels in New Zealand Waters
- URS (environmental consultants – USA and New Zealand) – water resource regulatory issues
- Coca Cola Amatil (food safety regulatory issues)
Paul MajureyPartnerDDI: +64 9 304 0420
Mobile: +64 274 955 741
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
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-ShawSenior AssociateDDI: +64 9 304 0422
Mobile: +64 275 720 883
Vicki Morrison-Shaw has over 12 years’ experience across a range of local government, resource management, environmental, corporate, commercial, and Maori law undertakings. Vicki’s experience is unique in that she has held in-house roles in a local authority and two separate corporate entities before moving into private practice.
In two of the in-house roles, Vicki went into organisations where she was essentially required to establish and operate the legal function, and while those were challenging requirements, they gave Vicki valuable insights into how to design the provision of efficient, cost effective, legal structures capable of strongly supporting the operational side of the business. In both instances, Vicki worked closely with all levels of management and senior governance, as well as with external legal service providers, other corporate suppliers and contractors.Read more
Since moving into private practice in 2008, Vicki has advised a range of corporate, local authority and public sector organisations in the areas of environmental, local government, resource management, public works, leasing and Maori law issues.
Vicki has appeared as counsel in Council level hearings, Court facilitated mediations, the Environment Court and the High Court in relation to resource consents, plan and policy changes, private plan changes, enforcement orders and prosecution proceedings. Vicki has also been part of significant projects providing advice to government departments. In 2011 Vicki co-authored the Off-Shore Petroleum Health Safety and Environmental Legislation Review Report for the Ministry for the Environment; and in 2009 Vicki co-authored the Maori Values Supplement to the Making Good Decisions Commissioners Training Programme for the Ministry of the Environment.
Vicki has also regularly given presentations on changes to environmental and local government legislation and Maori values. This includes a series of nationwide seminars in 2010 – 2011 on Maori values for the New Zealand Planning Institute, Ministry for the Environment and Te Puni Kokiri.
Vicki was recently appointed to the New Zealand Law Society’s Environmental Law Committee for a two year term from September 2015.
This diversified experience has contributed to Vicki being very attuned to client needs and has enabled her to provide practical, timely and cost effective advice and legal services to clients.
Rowan AshtonSolicitorDDI: +64 9 304 0425
Mobile: +64 21 296 5200
Rowan has a keen interest in resource management, environmental and public law. After graduating from Auckland University in 2012 Rowan gained valuable experience at a barristers chambers, specialising in resource management matters.
Rowan has provided advice and representation to a range of private and public clients. Rowan has appeared at council hearings and as junior counsel 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 (PAUP) before the Independent Hearings Panel, and on appeal to the Environment Court and High Court.
- Acting as junior counsel in a successful judicial review of a non-notification resource consent
- Assisting both applicants and opponents involved in special housing area plan variation and qualifying development applications
- Assisting a national road transport organisation represent its members regarding controls relating to relocated dwellings.
- Advising a Regional Council in relation to marine pests
- Acting for submitters in a variety of resource consent applications
Rowan is a member of the Resource Management Law Association (RMLA) and was a runner-up in the RMLA mooting in 2015.
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
Nicole completed her LLB/BA at Canterbury University in 2014, and returned to Auckland to study for her Masters in Law at Auckland University in 2015. During her university career Nicole worked in both in-house and corporate law roles and has experienced a broad range of work types, topics and situations. Nicole was admitted to the bar in April 2016.