Mining, Quarrying & Aggregates
Strong background in commercial and environmental law
With our strong background in both commercial and environmental law, Wynn Williams has the expertise to provide legal advice to mining and aggregate operations.

We have experience across various aspects of the law relating to coal and gold mining, mineral extraction, and aggregate processing; including compliance with the Resource Management Act 1991 and other environmental matters. We can assist with negotiating of Alliance Agreements and other contracts between local and offshore parties.

We also act for a number of quarrying and concrete-batching companies.  We advise on compliance with the Resource Management Act 1991, and obtaining resource consents for mineral extraction and aggregate processing activities and associated discharges to air.  We are also involved in district and regional plan reviews, with a particular emphasis on zoning, noise and air discharge rule implications.

Where new development has the potential to adversely impact existing mining, quarrying and aggregate operations, we provide advice on reverse sensitivity issues, side-agreements and "no-complaint" covenants.

We also regularly advise on:
  • negotiating Alliance Agreements
  • the Crown Minerals Act
  • company and joint venture structuring
  • health and safety issues




West Coast Ent Inc v Buller Coal Limited

The Supreme Court has recently released its decision West Coast ENT Inc v Buller Coal Limited [2013] NZSC 87, upholding the earlier findings of the Environment Court and the High Court that the effects of coal combustion on climate change are irrelevant to the resource consent process.

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When the RMA bites

One of our resource management partners Amanda Douglas writes an article for the Q& M New Zealand Quarrying & Mining about the Resource Management Act.

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Road Metals Limited v Selwyn District Council and Environment Canterbury

Road Metals Company Limited (Road Metals) sought consent to establish and operate a quarry, involving surface extraction of river metals from a property in Burnham adjacent to Rolleston. Both district and regional consents were needed.

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Fracking in Canterbury - What is it and how is it controlled?

Mining is a divisive issue in New Zealand. Deniston Plateau, offshore exploration, Save Happy Valley and Schedule 4 land are terms that invoke diverging opinions and heated discussions.

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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 25, Vero Centre, 48 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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