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Nicola de Wit

Rōia Whakarae (Senior Associate)

Environmental, planning & resource management

Specialising in resource consent and designation processes under the Resource Management Act, Nicola advises national infrastructure providers, property developers, Māori organisations, environmental organisations and other businesses and individuals.

She also assists clients with Local Government Act development contributions and Public Works Act issues.

Nicola has appeared as counsel at Council, Environment Court and High Court level, and represented clients at mediation and informal negotiations. She has extensive experience advising on a wide range of legal and strategic issues, and has a particular interest in legislative and regulatory reform.

Recent highlights

  • Acted for a major retirement village provider on resource consent applications for retirement village developments across New Zealand, as well as a number of planning processes.
  • Represented Transpower on various planning processes, including the Auckland Unitary Plan Environment Court and High Court appeals.
  • Advised Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency on the designation and resource consent aspects of a number of state highway projects.
  • Acted for an iwi organisation opposing resource consents for a geothermal power station, and an iwi organisation opposing resource consents for a coastal development.
  • Advised infrastructure providers on a number of national planning documents, including the New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement, National Policy Statement for Electricity Transmission and the National Environmental Standard for Telecommunication Facilities.
  • Advised various clients on legislative and regulatory reform processes.


  • Resource Management Law Association.
  • Auckland Women Lawyers Association.
  • Infrastructure New Zealand.

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Tikanga Māori supports successful Westhaven decision for Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei

In a decision made by the High Court, the Environment Court has jurisdiction to consider, and make findings about, the relative strengths of hapu and iwi relationships in an area affected by a resource consent application – delivering a successful outcome for Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei.

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Certified commitment to environmental sustainability

We meet the requirements of Toitū's carbonreduce® certification programme, having measured our GHG emissions. We are committed to managing and reducing our carbon footprint.

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Chapman Tripp promotes nine to Senior Associate

Nine Senior Solicitors from across six of our specialist practice areas, have been promoted to Senior Associate.

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