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Paula Brosnahan


Environmental, planning & resource management

Paula advises public and commercial clients on the resource management and environmental aspects of developments, retail and infrastructure projects, land transport matters, due diligence investigations and Overseas Investment Act issues.

She has extensive experience in managing the consenting process for complex, large-scale infrastructure projects.

She is recognised as a Leading Individual by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2024 and ranked as a Notable Practitioner by IFLR1000 2023.

Recent highlights

  • Advised Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, as legal manager of the Further North Alliance, on the successful consenting of the Pūhoi to Warkworth motorway north of Auckland.
  • Advised Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency on the initial planning and consenting phase of the proposed additional Waitematā Harbour crossing project.
  • Provided specialist advice to corporate entities on environmental due diligences (both purchaser and vendor), including coordinating environmental audits and reviewing relevant contract and warranty provisions.
  • Advised Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency at Council and Environment Court, on the designation and resource consent aspects of a number of state highway projects, including the Victoria Park Tunnel, duplicate SH20 Manukau Harbour Crossing and Waikato Expressway-Cambridge Section.
  • Overseen and managed property assessments for the resource management components of the Overseas Investment Act.

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Hard slog for infrastructure

The New Zealand infrastructure sector is facing exceptional challenges – economic, financial, environmental, logistical and regulatory – as the Government seeks to create a more sustainable and climate resilient economy in a world which is becoming less predictable.

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New Zealand infrastructure – ready for lift-off?

Pressure on all forms of infrastructure in New Zealand remains high with little evidence of physical progress in recent years. But, we may now be about to obtain lift-off, according to our latest publication, New Zealand Infrastructure – trends & insights.

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auckland harbour bridge

Dealing to the infrastructure deficit

New Zealand’s sagging infrastructure is inhibiting the economy and our quality of life, in the form of gridlock, lost production, unaffordable housing, environmental degradation, and more...

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