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Local Government

Our specialist Local Government practice advises councils, local authority and private sector clients interacting with local government.

Acting for a significant number of local authorities across the central North Island, our team are experts in the Local Government Act. We understand the diverse nature of local government and our clients’ legal, regulatory and political risks.

Tompkins Wake provides legal support and strategic advice across the entire spectrum of local authority governance and operations – from the day-to-day provision of local infrastructure, local public services and numerous regulatory and enforcement functions, to strategic advice on policy making, law reform, and long-term planning.

Our Local Government team has an in-depth understanding of how councils work and the nature of public decision-making and accountability; helping our Local Government clients to ensure their decision-making is consistent with statutory, public and administrative law obligations and wider policy frameworks.

In the private sector, we work to help our clients navigate the complexities of policy and regulation to achieve their commercial outcomes. Our experience in the local government sector enables us to establish and position commercial interests with key decision-makers.

The team works alongside specialists from across Tompkins Wake to ensure our clients have access to the operational and strategic expertise they need on every matter.

Recent examples of our work:

  • Advised Hamilton City Council, Rotorua Lakes Council and Waikato District Council on their Provisional Local Alcohol policies.
  • Representing Hamilton City Council in successfully resolving High Court judicial review proceedings in relation to our client’s local approved products policy (re legal highs) and in relation to fluoridation of the water supply.
  • Representing South Waikato District Council in successfully defending a claim alleging breach of a process contract in relation to a council tender.
  • Rotorua Lakes Council – petition for enquiry relating to the conduct of the 2016 local government elections
  • Advised Hamilton City Council on its rating review and change from a land value to a capital value rate.
  • Advised Rotorua Lakes Council on its Iwi engagement strategy and governance structure in order to achieve compliance with Local Government Act obligations concerning Maori involvement in decision-making.
  • Advising Hamilton City Council on its 2013 development contributions policy and associated growth funding.
  • Acting for councils on a range of significant infrastructure projects, including the New Zealand Transport Agency’s Waikato Expressway and Huntly and Cambridge Bypasses

Areas of expertise:

  • Bylaws and Policies
  • Constitutional Law
  • Heritage Processes
  • Official Information (LGOIMA)
  • Public Works Act
  • Judicial Review Proceedings
  • Public Accountability
  • Public Private Partnerships
  • Regulatory and Enforcement Powers
  • Council Hearings
  • Development Contributions
  • Governance and Management
  • Decision Making
  • Local Government Elections
  • Reserves and Endowment Land
  • Services and Powers
  • Warrants
  • Long Term Plan and Annual Plans
  • Rating Reviews
  • Revenue Policy
  • Council Controlled Organisations
  • Sale and Supply of Alcohol
  • Law Reform
  • Roading

Local Government team

Andrew Orme

Partner

Bridget Parham

Partner

Marianne Mackintosh

Partner

Peter Duncan

Partner

Theresa Le Bas

Partner

Dr. Edward Willis

Consultant

Megan Crocket

Senior Associate

Shaye Thomas

Senior Solicitor

Knowledge and insights

Tompkins Wake introduces four new lawyers

Thursday 2 August, 2018

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Bella Vista learnings

Tuesday 24 July, 2018

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Supreme Court upholds councils' power to fluoridate water

Tuesday 24 July, 2018

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Should Councillors see Council reports?

Tuesday 24 July, 2018

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New RMA Compliance Oversight Unit and best practice guidelines

Tuesday 24 July, 2018

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Court upholds sensible approach to local authority works on private property

Tuesday 24 July, 2018

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High Court guidance on HASHAA

Thursday 3 May, 2018

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New guidance on publicly available official information

Thursday 3 May, 2018

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Environment report highlights serious land issues

Thursday 3 May, 2018

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New Local Government Bills

Thursday 3 May, 2018

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Alert: Ombudsman's warning to Local Government

Friday 9 March, 2018

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Ombudsman disturbs confidential settlement agreement

Thursday 3 May, 2018

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Minister to reverse new non-notification law

Thursday 23 November, 2017

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New Bill extends enforcement powers under the LGA

Friday 15 September, 2017

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Requiring authority status for irrigation scheme operators

Thursday 13 July, 2017

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Bribery of a public official

Thursday 13 July, 2017

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Increased Compensation available under the Public Works Act

Monday 12 June, 2017

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Tompkins Wake appoints new Partner

Thursday 1 June, 2017

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