Partner, Tāhuna | Queenstown
BA (Hons), LLB, University of Otago
Maree specialises in environmental and planning law, specifically the Resource Management Act 1991, Conservation Act 1987 and related legislation. She joined Anderson Lloyd in 2002.
Maree is based in Queenstown and has a national practice and profile in resource management and environmental issues and collaborative decision making. In March 2014 she was appointed by the Ministers of Conservation and Primary Industries to chair the south East Marine Protection Forum, a 14 member community led forum to make recommendations to the Ministers on the management of the Canterbury, Otago and Southland coastline.
Maree has particular expertise, experience and interest in freshwater management, marine issues, tourism development, urban development (including the Housing Accord and Special Housing Areas Act) and natural resource use. She advises industry leaders on complex projects, national strategies, as well as day to day operational issues and manages complex projects and litigation. Maree also advises public interest groups and industry bodies.
Maree is interested in the advances being made in buildings, technology, emissions and energy usage that fall under the category “green growth” or “clean tech” in the context of natural resource use and urban development and how environmental and planning law applies.
Maree was on the national executive for the Resource Management Law Association (RMLA) from 2007 to 2017, serving from 2015 to 2017 as President.
Maree is recommended as an environment lawyer in the Legal 500 (Asia Pacific) and Doyles Guide (2021 and 2022), and for her expertise in Natural Resource Law in the ‘Best Lawyers’ rankings.
She co-authored the Lexis Nexis text book “Focus on Resource Management Law”, 2015, and is author of the Costs chapter of DSL’s Environmental Handbook.
- RMA Reform
- National Policy Statement for Highly Productive Land
- Exposure draft of proposed changes to the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2020 and the National Environmental Standards for Freshwater 2020
- Otago Regional Council’s pest management regime
- Otago Regional Council Flood Protection Management Bylaw Review
- COVID-19 Recovery (Fast Track Consenting) Bill introduced to Parliament
- Sweeping changes to freshwater management announced