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Alyssa Langford

LLB, BSc, Associate

Alyssa is an associate in the firm’s national Resource Management and Environmental Law Team.  She has degrees in law and science, majoring in geology, from the University of Canterbury.
Alyssa joined the team in August 2017 after previously working in a general practice firm dealing primarily with property and commercial matters.  She has experience in district and regional resource management matters, including planning, resource consents, enforcement, and resource management related due diligence on commercial and residential properties.

Recent Projects

  • Advising on Emissions Trading Scheme obligations for forestry operations.

  • Carrying out environmental due diligence in respect of residential and commercial properties throughout New Zealand.

  • Part of the legal team providing advice in relation to regional planning documents managing natural resources in both Canterbury and Southland.

  • Advising on local authority obligations and the application of the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2014.

  • Advising on the requirements relating to signage/billboards in the Christchurch District Plan.

  • Part of the legal team advising Environment Southland on the development and implementation of the proposed Southland Water and Land Plan.

Recent Articles


Changes afoot for wetland regulations

The ‘natural wetlands’ provisions in The National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2020 and the Resource Management (National Environmental Standards for Freshwater) Regulations have caused considerable issues throughout the country as councils, applicants and other stakeholders have struggled with their implementation. As a result of this feedback, the government has released a discussion document which sets out proposed changes to the NPS-FM and NES-F and is seeking feedback from the public. 

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Natural and Build Environments Act: a closer look at environmental limits

Section 7 of the NBA introduces the concept of “environmental limits” in relation to the natural environment. The purpose of the limits is to protect the ecological integrity of the natural environment and/or human health.

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First look at the proposed replacement for the RMA

Reform or replacement of the Resource Management Act 1991 has been on the legislative agenda for some time. The Government announced in February 2021 that it intends to repeal the Resource Management Act 1991 and replace it with three new Acts. an exposure draft has now been released.

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Essential freshwater – new rules released for freshwater management

On the eve of the house rising for the last time before the election, Government released the highly anticipated new national direction on freshwater management - a new National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management (NPSFM 2020), new National Environmental Standards for Freshwater (NESFW), new stock exclusion regulations, and amendments to the regulations for the measurement and reporting of water takes.

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It’s a building…it’s a vehicle…it’s a tiny house!

A number of recent Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment determinations, and District and Environment Court decisions have discussed the legality of ‘tiny houses’, and specifically the question of whether they need to comply with the requirements of the Building Act 2004 and Resource Management Act 1991.

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Take 19 – another Resource Management Amendment Act

Last week the Minister for the Environment, Hon David Parker, introduced the Resource Management Amendment Bill (Bill) to the house. The Bill proposes to repeal a number of the changes to the RMA that were introduced by the previous coalition Government in the Resource Legislation Amendment Act 2017 (RLAA) and otherwise includes some easy ‘wins’ for this Government.

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The pitfalls of Airbnb

In Christchurch, and around the country, home owners and renters alike have been renting out their spare bedrooms and baches to visitors via websites like Airbnb. The explosion in listings on these sites has led to complaints from neighbours about noisy guests (in turn leading to compliance action being taken by district and city councils), and complaints that the hosts (i.e., the person renting the room to guests) are not paying their fair share in rates.

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Money doesn’t usually grow on trees, so have your say on the proposed amendments to the Emissions Trading Scheme

The Ministry for the Environment is currently consulting on a suite of proposed amendments to the Emissions Trading Scheme; New Zealand’s principal policy response to climate change.

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Next wave of RMA changes in force

The second tranche of amendments introduced by the Resource Legislation Amendment Act 2017 came into force on 18 October 2017. These amendments aim to further streamline the resource consent process, with a move away from public participation in the process in favour of a more straightforward consenting pathway.

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PCE calls for a legislated process to reduce emissions

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment's latest report, released on 27 July 2017, highlights and addresses the lack of a clear process to achieving New Zealand's emissions reduction targets.

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  • Canterbury Women's Legal Association

  • Young Resource Management Legal Association

  • Resource Management Law Association

  • Property Council of New Zealand
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