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. Imogen provides advice to both private clients and local authorities.

"I enjoy working in a supportive and collaborative environment, which allows me to expand my knowledge across a range of practice areas. Each day provides new challenges and I value the opportunity to work alongside enthusiastic individuals. "
Wynn Williams (Christchurch)
Level 5, Wynn Williams House,
47 Hereford Street,
Christchurch 8013,
New Zealand.

Recent Projects

  • Part of the legal team providing advice in relation to regional planning documents managing natural resources in Canterbury.
  • Analysing activities under district plan rules, including the preparation of applications for resource consents and a regional certificate of compliance.
  • Advising on the enforcement of district plan provisions and the Property Law Act in relation to a neighbour tree dispute.
  • Analysing the obligations of a local authority when undertaking a review of resource consent conditions.
  • 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 disclosure of information and procedural requirements under the Local Government Act and the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act.
  • Preparing resource consents to erect digital signage around Christchurch.
  • Undertaking environmental due diligence in respect of residential and commercial properties.
  • Preparing a submission in opposition of a notified resource consent application.

Recent Articles


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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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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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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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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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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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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  • 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
Wynn Williams Auckland
Level 11, AIG Building, 41 Shortland Street, Auckland 1010, New Zealand.
PO Box 2401, Shortland Street, Auckland 1140.
+64 9 300 2600
+64 9 300 2609

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