Effective RMA Participation Workshop - Gisborne

These workshops are designed to assist individuals and community groups to effectively participate in RMA processes at council level and at Environment Court hearings. The workshop also included focused sessions on local environmental issues.


The speaker presentations and videos are available below. To see more detail on what each presentation covers, view the programme link above.


Who decides and how decisions are made
Nicola De Wit, Lawyer, Environmental Defence Society

Planning in the Gisborne District
Trevor Freeman, Environmental Services Manager, Gisborne District Council 
Kurt Ridling, Principal Planner – Policy, Gisborne District Council

Overview of RMA processes
John Burns, Partner, Burns Fraser

Proceedings in the Environment Court
Acting Principal Environment Judge Laurie Newhook, Environment Court
Effective mediation - notes
Effective involvement in a case in the Environment Court

Judge Laurie Newhook on: The role of expert witnesses

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Judge Laurie Newhook on: Judicial conferences

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Judge Laurie Newhook on: The conduct of Hearings

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Judge Laurie Newhook on: Case management

Judge Laurie Newhook on: Mediation

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Impact of the NZ Coastal Policy Statement for coastal management
Raewyn Peart, Policy Director, Environmental Defence Society

Management of oil and gas activities under the RMA and other legislation
Nicola de Wit, Lawyer, Environmental Defence Society

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Land use and freshwater policy and management under the RMA
Gary Taylor, Chairman, Environmental Defence Society

Last updated at 10:17AM on May 1, 2015