LLB, BSc, Partner
Philip Maw
Philip leads the Resource Management and Environmental Law Team at Wynn Williams.  He is experienced in a wide range of resource management and local government matters, with particular expertise in freshwater management.

Philip is a highly skilled advocate and regularly appears on appeals to the Environment Court and High Court.  With degrees in both science and law, he is able to readily assimilate complex technical information often associated with resource management projects.

As lead legal advisor to Environment Canterbury and Environment Southland, Philip is adept at managing client relationships and understands the complexities associated with achieving strategic outcomes within the confines of the law.  In these roles he has led the development of the Canterbury Land and Water Regional Plan (including sub-region catchment sections giving effect to the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2014) and the proposed Southland Water and Land Plan.  He has also advised Regional Councils on:
  • All stages of plan development, from inception through to resolution of appeals, including regional and district plans, and regional policy statements;
  • All stages of resource consenting, including for quarrying, stormwater discharge, retail development, water takes, irrigation schemes, hydro-electricity schemes, subdivision and industrial developments;
  • Water Conservation Orders;
  • Judicial review on notification decisions; and
  • Declaration proceedings, in both the Environment Court and the High Court.Philip has also served on the National Committee of the Resource Management Law Association.

Philip and his team are recommended and recognised by the 2017 Asia Pacific Legal 500 for their work in Resource Management and Philip is recognised as a noted practitioner in the Chambers Asia Pacific global directory for 2017.

     
  

"I like to work collaboratively with my clients and their advisors, focusing on delivering results which add real value. Often, simplicity is the key – solutions need not be complicated to be effective."
Contact
Wynn Williams (Christchurch)
Level 5, Wynn Williams House,
47 Hereford Street,
Christchurch 8013,
New Zealand.

Specialities

Recent Projects

  • Acting for the Canterbury Regional Council on TrustPower's application to amend the National Water Conservation (Rakaia River) Order 1988.
  • Acting for the Canterbury Regional Council on High Court appeals filed on the Canterbury Regional Policy Statement 2013.
  • Acting for corporate farmers and directors being prosecuted for unlawfully taking groundwater.
  • Obtaining resource consents for a large-scale corporate dairy farmer to take and store water from the Pareora River, together with numerous land use consents for intake structures and the storage dam.
  • Acting for the Canterbury Regional Council on the proposed Hurunui and Waiau Rivers Regional Plan.
  • Obtaining resource consents to enable the diversification of retail offerings at a Business Retail Park in Christchurch.
  • Acting for the Canterbury Regional Council on direct referral proceedings for a land based quarry in the Selwyn District.
  • Acting for the Canterbury Regional Council on the proposed Canterbury Land and Water Regional Plan.
  • Obtaining liquor licences for Gustav's Kitchen and Wine Bar at The Tannery.
  • Providing strategic advice to a large commercial land owner in respect of projected growth in the Selwyn District.
  • Obtaining discharge to air consents for concrete batching plants in Auckland.
  • Acting as counsel in Johns Road Horticulture Ltd v Christchurch City Council [2011] NZEnvC 185, a case regarding the rezoning of land in Belfast.
  • Successfully acting as counsel in Crouchley v Ashburton District Council ENC Christchurch C061/08, 21 May 2008, overturning a decision of the Ashburton District Council who declined consent for a rural subdivision.
  • Acting as counsel in White v Christchurch City Council ENC Christchurch C079/07, 15 June 2007, successfully obtaining a rehearing of an appeal.
  • White v Christchurch City Council ENC Christchurch C079/07, 15 June 2007

Recent Articles

14/05/2006

Amending A Resource Consent Application Post-Notification - How Far Can You Go?

Situations often arise during the resource consent process where an applicant may wish to change its application after the application has been notified.  The changes may result from concerns raised in submissions, a request for further information from a consent authority, or at the suggestion of the consent authority itself.  The applicant’s own advisers may even suggest that the application be amended to incorporate changes to better serve the applicant’s needs.  This raises the question of whether an applicant can amend an application after it has been notified, without the need to re-notify the application.

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Reported Decisions

  • Amuri Irrigation Company Ltd v Canterbury Regional Council [2016] NZRMA 1
  • Hurunui Water Project Ltd v Canterbury Regional Council (2015) 19 ELRNZ 19, [2016] NZRMA 71
  • Sutton v Canterbury Regional Council [2015] NZRMA 93
  • PGG Wrightsons Ltd v Mid Canterbury Real Estate [2009] DCR 515
  • Williams v Cazemier [2009] 11 NZCPR 79
  • Road Metals Company Ltd v Selwyn District Council [2013] NZRMA 41
  • Johns Road Horticulture Ltd v Christchurch City Council (No 9) [2011] NZEnvC 185
  • West Coast Regional Council v Marsh DC Christchurch CRI-2010-018-000695, 15 June 2011
  • Canterbury Regional Council v Christchurch City Council ENC Christchurch C134/08, 5 December 2008
  • Briggs v Christchurch City Council ENC Christchurch C113/08, 11 September 2008
  • Briggs v Christchurch City Council ENC Christchurch C045/08, 24 April 2008
  • Canterbury Regional Council v Takamatua West Ltd DC Christchurch CRI-2007-009-4858, 4 April 2008
  • White v Christchurch City Council ENC Christchurch C079/07, 15 June 2007
  • Frater v Christchurch City Council ENC Christchurch C124/06, 20 September 2006

Memberships

  • New Zealand Law Society Standards Committee
  • New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants Insolvency Special Interest Group
  • Resource Management Law Association



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PO Box 4341, DX WX11179, Christchurch 8140.
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