2016 RMLA Annual Awards winners announced

Isthmus, Boffa Miskell, Hobsonville Land Company and Environmental Management Services were among the thirteen winners at this year’s RMLA Annual Awards.

Nearly 400 leading resource management practitioners gathered to attend RMLA’s Annual Conference and Awards in Nelson over the weekend.  A total of ten organisations and three individuals walked away with awards recognising their contribution to the advancement, implementation and understanding of resource management best practice in New Zealand.

RMLA Documentation Award 2016

WINNER: Tūpuna Maunga o Tāmaki Makaurau Authority and Boffa Miskell Limited


For the compelling and evocative recording of the strategic direction for the management of the 14 Tūpuna Maunga in the Tūpuna Maunga o Tāmaki Makaurau Integrated Management Plan

Thomson Reuters Publication Award 2016

WINNER: Isthmus


Coast. Country. Neighbourhood. City.

For capturing leading-edge RMA practice in Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Architecture in an attractive, accessible presentation.

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Catherine Iorns Magallanes


“Maori Cultural Rights in Aotearoa New Zealand: Protecting the Cosmology that Protects the Environment”

For a significant contribution to understanding how environmental law in a Western state can incorporate a broad approach to our relationship with the natural world through a survey of how Maori cosmology is upheld in New Zealand environmental law.

Chapman Tripp Project Award 2016

JOINT WINNER: Hobsonville Land Company, Isthmus, Campbell Brown, Glaistor Ennor, Isthmus_Construkt_JV


For setting a benchmark in the delivery of sustainable new communities in New Zealand in the development of Hobsonville Point

JOINT WINNER: Ruapehu District Council, Environmental Management Services Limited, Aquanet Consulting Ltd,  Ngāti Rangi and Uenuku


For developing an approach in the reconsenting of the Ohakune, Raetihi and National Park Wastewater Treatment Plants that was culturally inclusive, collaborative, technically feasible and effective.

Kensington Swan Outstanding Person Award 2016


WINNER: Judge David Kirkpatrick

The RMLA Outstanding Person Award is made for outstanding contributions to the law, theory and practice of resource management.

This award is made to Judge David Kirkpatrick for making an outstanding contribution as Chair of the Independent Hearing Panel for the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan.

The Judge has made outstanding contributions to Resource Management law in New Zealand since his admission in 1984.  From 1994 – 2004 he was a partner at Simpson Grierson, before going to the bar in July 2004 and joining the bench in February 2014 following his appointment as Chair of the Independent Hearing Panel in late 2013.  While his long and distinguished career in the resource management field itself is outstanding, it is for his role as Chair of the IHP that he receives this award.

Judge R J Bollard Commemorative Lifetime Award 2016

WINNER: Dr Royden Somerville QC


Dr Royden Somerville has a long and distinguished career in the Law that is remarkable not only for his skill as a barrister, recognised when he took silk and the many significant cases he has led, but the breadth of his contribution to environmental law and practice and the personal qualities that have made him admired and respected.

The RMLA would like to acknowledge and thank our sponsors for their generous support, including our Awards Dinner Sponsor, Russell McVeagh; and our individual awards sponsors Chapman Tripp, Kensington Swan and Thomson Reuters.

About the RMLA Annual Awards

The Resource Management Law Association makes regular awards in the field of resource management.  The focus of the awards is to:

  1. Award excellence in resource management documents including National Standards, Policy Statements, section 32 analyses, District or Regional plans or other such documents, prepared by or on behalf of government or local authorities in fulfilment of their duties under the Resource Management Act 1991
  2. Recognise outstanding contributions to the Resource management field of law and practice by individuals; and
  3. Award projects and publications, such as books and journals, that have made or make a significant contribution to the development of best practice and the implementation of the RMA’s purpose and principles, or enable a better or more complete understanding of resource management law, theory