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Environmental Law Committee

The Environmental Law Committee makes submissions on proposed changes to environmental and resource management legislation. The Committee also contributes towards practice notes issued by the judiciary.

About Us

The Environmental Law Committee was established in 1996 to review and comment on new legislation affecting environmental law – and in particular the resource management legislation that created the Environment Court. The committee continues to monitor and comment on proposed reforms of environmental law.

Our People

Bronwyn Carruthers is an environmental law specialist, with expertise in all aspects of resource management and environmental law, as well as public and local government law. Bronwyn has extensive experience in resource management litigation in the Environment Court as well as the higher appellate courts (including the Supreme Court). She is on the Editorial Committee of the Resource Management Law Association, and delivers the Association's National Roadshow on Case Law Developments.

The committee is made up of experienced environmental law practitioners:

  • Helen Andrews
  • Vanessa Hamm
  • Lucy de Latour
  • Vicki Morrison-Shaw
  • Phil Paige
  • Trevor Robinson

NZLS contact: Lucette Kuhn, Law Reform Adviser
DX SP20202 or PO Box 5041, Wellington 6145

Recent Work

In the past 18 months, the committee has made a submission on the Wildlife (Powers) Amendment Bill (law enforcement: powers to detect and investigate offences and apprehend offenders), and a very comprehensive submission on the long-signalled RMA reforms in the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill.

The committee has also commented on proposals for national policy statements on freshwater (Next steps for freshwater management) and urban development (Proposed National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity).

In addition, the committee contributed to NZLS comments on the Ministry of Justice’s proposed restructure of service delivery to support courts and tribunals (focusing, in particular, on the need to retain institutional knowledge and skills supporting the specialist courts and tribunals).

Get Involved

Appointments are made to this committee biennially. If you have a passion for law reform, skills, interest and expertise in environmental law and the time and energy to commit, then get involved.

Membership of this committee allows you to play an important role in environmental law reform and is an excellent basis for professional development as well as collegiality and networking.

Additionally, substantive contribution to NZLS law reform may count towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Applications for the 2017 appointment round have closed. The next appointment round will be in mid-2019.

Last updated on the 25th January 2019