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.