Senior Associate 


t: +64 9 357 0600
m: +64 21 0255 1256


Steve has wide-ranging experience in resource management and environmental litigation, and has made numerous appearances at council-level and Environment Court hearings and mediations. His experience includes: assisting with resource consent/plan change applications for a number of major energy, residential, retail, and infrastructure projects; and advising on resource management plans and plan changes, resource consents, designations, and environmental legislation (including legislative/policy reform).

Steve has also acted on numerous major environmental due diligence projects prior to company and property acquisitions; and has advised on Public Works Act acquisition and compensation issues, the Local Government Act, and the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act.



  • Junior counsel for Tilt Renewables (formerly Trustpower) for its 48 turbine coastal Waverley Wind Farm proposal in South Taranaki. Independent Commissioners granted consents for all 48 turbines in July 2017, with one appeal being lodged to the Environment Court

  • Assisting The New Zealand Refining Company, trading as Refining NZ, on a range of environmental matters, including a proposed coastal dredging project

  • Assisting Scentre (formerly Westfield) obtain consent for a shopping centre at 309 Broadway, Newmarket

  • Working with Progressive Enterprises to achieve Environment Court approval for a plan change providing for a new supermarket and business centre at Beachlands, East Auckland. Steve also assisted Progressive in obtaining resource consents for a new mixed-use development at Ponsonby, including a supermarket, offices, retail, and residential dwellings

  • Assisting Oceania Group successfully obtain resource consents for a number of new residential care facilities, including at Eden Village (Auckland), Green Gables Rest Home and Village in Nelson, and a new wing at the Lady Allum Lifestyle Care and Village in Milford

  • Junior counsel for residents affected by a proposed wind farm in Dunedin. A decision of the Environment Court on appeal is expected in late 2017

  • Assisting the Mount Maunganui Underwater Club with respect to the resource consent applications for the MV Rena wreck, through both council and Environment Court hearings

  • Acting for a property developer in Beachlands, Auckland regarding a multi-stage residential subdivision/development

  • Assisting Waterfront Auckland (as it was then) obtain numerous resource consents at Wynyard Quarter, Queens Wharf and other areas along Auckland’s waterfront, both pre and post Rugby World Cup 2011

  • Advising a number of clients, including Sanitarium, Waterfront Auckland, and Mansons TCLM in relation to the Auckland Unitary Plan

  • Advising a consortium in relation to one of New Zealand’s first Public Private Partnerships, Hobsonville Schools PPP

  • Advising several clients on the land acquisition and compensation regime under the Public Works Act in relation to the proposed Waikato Expressway


Resource Management
Major Projects
Energy and Resource