BA, LLB, Solicitor
Imogen Edwards
Imogen is a solicitor in the Resource Management and Environmental Team and also practices in the related area of local government law.  Since joining Wynn Williams in 2014, Imogen has been involved in all aspects of resource management and environmental law, and has developed particular experience with district plan reviews, urban development and land use planning, and disclosure of official information by local authorities.  Imogen provides advice to both private clients and local authorities.

"I enjoy working within a collaborative team, providing strategic legal advice to assist clients in achieving desired outcomes."
Contact
Wynn Williams (Christchurch)
Level 5, Wynn Williams House,
47 Hereford Street,
Christchurch 8013,
New Zealand.

Recent Projects

  • Part of the legal team acting for regional councils in the development of plans under the Biosecurity Act 1993 including the Canterbury Regional Pest Management Plan.
  • Part of the legal team acting for Canterbury Regional Council on the proposed Christchurch Replacement District Plan, including in relation to indigenous biodiversity and airport noise, and the subsequent High Court appeals.
  • Part of the legal team acting for Canterbury Regional Council on the proposed Hurunui District Plan appeals.
  • Appearing as junior counsel in the Environment Court in relation to a resource consent application to erect a dwelling beyond the existing urban area and greenfield priority areas identified in the Canterbury Regional Policy Statement.
  • Advising on local authority obligations and the application of the National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity 2016.
  • Part of the legal team acting for Canterbury Regional Council during the hearing of the proposed Canterbury Air Regional Plan and subsequent High Court appeals.
  • Part of the legal team providing advice in relation to regional planning documents managing natural resources in both Canterbury and Southland.
  • Advising on the disclosure of information and procedural requirements under the Local Government Act and the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987.
  • Advising on local authority obligations and the application of the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2014.
  • Analysing the consultation obligations of a local authority in relation to ad medium filum rights.
  • Advising on the enforcement of district plan provisions and the Property Law Act 2007 in relation to a neighbour tree dispute.
  • Preparing resource consents to erect digital signage around Christchurch.
  • Undertaking environmental due diligence in respect of residential and commercial properties.

Recent Articles

9/08/2017

National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry

The much anticipated National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry Regulations were notified in the NZ Gazette on 3 August 2017. These Regulations, which come into force on 1 May 2018, establish a new nationwide consenting regime for plantation forestry activities.

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23/02/2017

Changes to freshwater management

Today the Government announced a suite of further freshwater management reforms. The headline change is a new target that 90 per cent of New Zealand's lakes and rivers meet swimmable water quality standards by 2040.

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2/02/2017

Court confirms wide-ranging rating powers

The recent decision of the High Court in Meridian Energy Company v Wellington City Council [2017] NZHC 48 has reaffirmed the broad discretion and wide-ranging powers of local bodies to set rates under the Local Government (Rating) Act 2002 (Rating Act). The Court has also confirmed that both general and target rates can be set differentially, within the one rating unit, depending on the use to which the land is put.

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31/01/2017

Have your say on the Draft New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is calling for submissions on the recently released Draft New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy 2017-2022.

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29/11/2016

Resource Legislation Amendment Bill and the NPS on Urban Development Capacity

Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith recently announced that the Māori Party will support the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill enabling the Bill to progress through the Parliamentary process. These reforms were first introduced in November last year and Wynn Williams published an article regarding the proposed reforms.

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15/02/2016

A New Marine Protected Areas Act: Does More Flexibility Result In Better Protection?

In January 2016, the Ministers for Primary Industries, Conservation, and the Environment announced plans to improve the management of New Zealand's oceans by implementing a revised system of marine protected areas designed to improve and build upon management systems which already exist.

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3/03/2015

6 months or bust

The new six-month consent processing time frames will be introduced on 3 March 2015 when Part 3 of the Resource Management Amendment Act 2013 (the "Amendment Act") comes into force. This will have a significant impact on the resource consent process, which has been overhauled in an attempt to make the entire procedure more efficient and provide a degree of certainty to applicants. Although these amendments were originally proposed to hasten "medium-sized projects" the amendments now apply across the board to all resource consent applications.

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Memberships

  • Canterbury Women's Legal Association
  • Young Resource Management Legal Association
  • Resource Management Law Association
  • Canterbury Young Professionals



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Wynn Williams Christchurch
Level 5, Wynn Williams House, 47 Hereford Street, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand.
PO Box 4341, DX WX11179, Christchurch 8140.
+64 3 379 7622
+64 3 379 2467
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PO Box 2401, Shortland Street, Auckland 1140.
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