Kate Dickson

LLB, BSc, Associate

Kate is an associate in the Resource Management and Environmental Law Team.  Kate joined the firm in February 2018 having graduated from the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Science majoring in geography and economics.

Kate provides advice in relation to both district and regional resource management matters, including planning processes, preparing resource consent applications, enforcement of regional plans and resource management related due diligence for commercial properties.  Kate has particular expertise in complex consenting matters and judicial review proceedings.

Kate also advises local authorities and private clients on local government matters.

Kate is on the committee for the Canterbury branch of the Young Resource Management Law Association.


Recent Projects

  • Providing advice in relation to regional planning documents managing natural resources to local authorities.

  • Advising local authorities on procedural requirements under the Local Government Act 2002 and the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987.

  • Advising several local authorities in relation to judicial review proceedings.

  • Providing advice in relation to development contributions.

  • Undertaking environmental due diligence in respect of commercial properties throughout New Zealand.

  • Assisting in successfully obtaining resource consents for commercial clients.

  • Appearing at a Council hearing and successfully obtaining a certificate of compliance for workers’ accommodation in an industrial zone (contested by the council).

  • Part of the legal team assisting a private developer with obtaining resource consent for a large subdivision, including assisting with subsequent Environment Court appeals.

  • Part of the legal team acting for Environment Canterbury in judicial review proceedings relating to water bottling activities.

  • Appearing as junior counsel in the High Court on appeal from a declaration decision of the Environment Court relating to an advice note in the Hurunui and Waiau River Regional Plan.

Recent Articles


Select Committee’s recommendations on housing intensification amendments to the RMA released

The Resource Management (Enabling Housing Supply and Other Matters) Amendment Bill (Bill) has recently been reported back from the Select Committee, following the hearing of public submissions. While the Select Committee has tinkered with some of the finer details of the Bill, and slightly watered down some of the MDRS, the intent of the Bill remains the same – allowing for increased density in urban areas, and quickly.

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Fast-tracking increased housing density for urban environments: Changes proposed to Resource Management Act 1991

Increased housing density has been given the green light through changes to the Resource Management Act 1991 jointly proposed by both Labour and National. The Resource Management (Enabling Housing Supply and Other Matters) Amendment Bill was introduced to the House on 19 October 2021. The Bill seeks to make changes to accelerate the implementation of the National Policy Statement on Urban Development 2020.

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RMA refreshed? Changes to the Resource Management Act enacted

The Resource Management Amendment Act 2020 came into force this week. The amendments will have significant implications for local authorities, particularly in the freshwater and climate change space.

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Local Government – Urgent amendments to legislation to deal with COVID-19 pandemic

This update focuses on the changes to the LGA and the LGOIMA, in relation to holding meetings through audio or audiovisual link, and amendments regarding public access and posting of agendas.

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