Buddle Findlay

Paul leads the Buddle Findlay’s resource management and Māori law team in Wellington where he specialises in resource management planning and consenting processes, Māori law and Treaty settlement negotiations.

He appears in a range of courts, tribunals and boards of inquiry on RMA and Māori law cases and appeals.  His primary areas of RMA practice are large infrastructure designation and consenting processes, and regional and district planning processes.  Paul also has extensive experience collaborating and negotiating with Māori and advising on Māori law issues and relationship frameworks.  He has been a member of the core Crown negotiation and drafting teams on over 40 Treaty of Waitangi settlements, including in Te Tau Ihu (Nelson/Marlborough) where he led the drafting of the 8 deeds of settlement.  His recent involvement has included the design, drafting and negotiation of the novel 'legal personality' approaches adopted for Te Urewera (Tūhoe) and the Whanganui River, and currently in the negotiations over Mt Taranaki. His particular specialty is designing and negotiating co-governance, co-management and relationship frameworks between the Crown, local government and Māori.  

Paul was the independent chair of the Stakeholder Working Group for the Sea Change - Tai Timu Tai Pari marine spatial planning process in the Hauraki Gulf, and the independent chair of the Subantarctic Marine Protection Planning Forum. 

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