Finding a Resource Management Lawyer

My local district council, along with one of New Zealand’s largest corporate, were prosecuted for breaches of the Resource Management Act (RMA).

One pleaded guilty while the other opted for a contested hearing at which, four days later, they were found guilty.

As an affected resident I coordinated a local action group determined to gain compensation. Prior to the RMA prosecutions, a local lawyer informed me it would be straightforward to gain reddress in civil court.

Nothing could be further from the truth!

I wrote to around 150 New Zealand law firms. Not one would take on our case. Some wanted $10,000 up front just to look through the basic issues.

You see they would like to represent one of New Zealand’s largest corporates, not prosecute it.

Hence now I am doing law. Because no practising lawyer was brave enough to help.