New Zealand Law Society - Environmental Law Committee

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 the convenor of the Environmental Law Committee. Bronwyn is an environmental law specialist, with expertise in all aspects of resource management and environmental law, as well as public and local government law. She has been in practice since 2000, in major New Zealand law firms and more recently at the independent bar. Bronwyn also has extensive experience in resource management litigation, not only before the Environment Court but also in the higher appellate courts (including the Supreme Court of New Zealand).

The committee is made up of experienced environmental law practitioners:

  • Helen Andrews
  • Vicki Morrison-Shaw
  • Trevor Robinson
  • Vanessa Hamm
  • Daniel Minhinnick
  • Barbara Mead
  • Kim Proctor-Western

Recent Work

In the past 18 months, the committee has made submissions on numerous bills, including the Crown Minerals Amendment Bill, the Crown Minerals (Petroleum) Amendment Bill, the Conservation (Indigenous Freshwater Fish) Amendment Bill, and the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Amendment Bill.

The committee has also commented on RMA draft National Planning Standards; fisheries management reform proposals; and a LINZ discussion paper regarding reform of the Crown pastoral lease regime.

Get Involved

Appointments are made to this committee biennially. 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.

Applications will be called for in mid-2021, for the next 2-year term starting September 2021.

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