Environment, planning and natural resources

Anderson Lloyd is recognised nationally and internationally for its expertise in environment, planning and natural resources law, and specialists work on projects throughout New Zealand.

These projects range from individual consenting issues through to statutory plan development and nationally significant projects. Successes include a wide variety of projects in the energy, mining, property development, agribusiness, aquaculture, conservation and tourism sectors.

We know the importance of community consultation, as many of our projects involve high levels of public interest. We work closely with stakeholders and know our way through bureaucracy, bringing a high level of integrity to legal processes. Strategies are planned so that our outcomes last – both from a commercial and community perspective.

Anderson Lloyd represents clients across a broad range of areas, advising government departments,  local government, primary industry, energy and infrastructure developers, mining industry, heavy industry, iwi, conservation, recreation groups and land developers.


Anderson Lloyd is a specialist provider of legal services to the energy sector.  Our clients include generators, distributors and industrial users and our work covers a broad range of advice including consenting, contractual, property and regulatory matters.

Examples of advice provided to clients include:

  • Meridian Energy on consenting and statutory planning matters affecting the Manapouri Power Station (the country’s largest power station), the Waitaki Power Scheme, and the Mokihinui Hydro Proposal
  • Vector on the arrangements with Transpower for the use of Vector’s tunnel and other assets for Transpower’s grid upgrade programme, including the development of the Hobson Street substation
  • Trustpower on the procurement, construction and maintenance arrangements for its windfarms and hydroelectric power projects
  • a broad range of energy supply agreements.


Anderson Lloyd is a leading provider of legal services to the mining industry, including:

  • minerals permit applications and compliance issues
  • strategic project consenting and development advice
  • land acquisition and access (including advice on the overseas investment regime and access to Crown land)
  • project risk assessment and due diligence
  • bonds and finance
  • health and safety
  • employment
  • mining contract advice.

Our clients include New Zealand’s largest gold producer OceanaGold New Zealand  – as well as many smaller mining and exploration companies, quarries and gravel harvesting operators, and industrial clients that mine as part of their operations.

We provide advice to the industry as a whole through our involvement with Straterra Incorporated, the collective industry body representing more than 80 per cent of New Zealand’s mineral production.

The firm has been closely involved in leading projects, including OceanaGold’s Macraes, Reefton and Waihi mines.  We regularly provide strategic advice to companies investigating mineral development opportunities in New Zealand.  We have also been involved in both New Zealand’s marine mining proposals within the Exclusive Economic Zone – as a government-appointed decision-maker and as an advocate.

Our in-depth industry knowledge, experience in helping to manage large projects to delivery, and our relationships with local and national government agencies, mean we are uniquely placed to advise the mining sector.


Anderson Lloyd is a national leader in water law.  Not only do we advise major industry in sectors such as hydroelectricity, primary industry, mining and irrigation that are reliant on water, we have also been at the forefront of developing case law as it relates to the preservation and protection of outstanding waterbodies through our involvement in the development of water conservation orders, and the sustainable management of water, including the setting of appropriate water quality and quantity regimes in rivers and lakes to provide for both development and conservation outcomes. Our resource management team in particular has significant institutional knowledge and depth of understanding of the technical, scientific, legal and practical issues relating to the protection, management and use of water.

We have been lead counsel for the full range of parties in this field:

  • Energy, mining, primary industry and irrigation companies
  • Fish and Game
  • Iwi
  • Local authorities