Environmental and resource management law – any development is a considerable investment. Make sure your decisions are both environmentally and legally sustainable.

The Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) governs how people interact with New Zealand's natural resources. The Act manages our air, soil, freshwater, and coastal marine areas. It regulates land usage and how people use natural resources under the provisions of the RMA or as permitted by a resource consent.

Resource Management

Resource Management is a broad area of the law. Issues range from applications for resource consents and appeals to claims against various parties for breaches of the RMA. Perhaps you are considering constructing a dwelling requiring resource management compliance and are having difficulty obtaining it, or you have knowingly or unknowingly breached a provision of the RMA. McVeagh Fleming can provide realistic and cost practical advice to assist you in the resolution of the matter.


Subdivisions – the division of an allotment into parts with separate certificates of title – require resource consent under the Resource Management Act and need to meet the standards and criteria of district plans and environmental standards, with the exception of Māori land under the Te Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993. Other legislation that may affect your subdivision include the Public Works Act 1991, the Conservation Act 1987 and the Property Law Act 2007. Talk to McVeagh Fleming about how to ensure you reach your goals.

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