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Marianne Mackintosh

Marianne Mackintosh


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Qualifications LLB, LLM (Waikato), MPhil (International Environmental law), (Nottingham University).

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Marianne specialises in environmental, resource management and local government law.  She has over 15 years’ practice experience in resource management and environmental law, providing advice to both local authorities and applicants.  She has previously held academic positions at the University of Wales, Swansea and the University of Wales, Aberystwyth where she specialised in environmental law and policy.

Marianne provides legal and strategic advice to clients on a range of matters including to both resource consent processes, plan reviews, plan changes, and designations.  Marianne has experience in the rural sector, advising farming clients in relation to compliance, resource consents and the review of planning documents affecting farming operations.  She also provides advice to local authority clients in relation to “3-waters” planning and consenting and has a particular interest in coastal planning and consents. 

Marianne is a member of the Resource Management Law Associate and an associate member of Taituarā.

Marianne has been noted in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021 as a Recommended Lawyer.

Areas of expertise

  • Coastal and Oceans Policy
  • Environmental Due Diligence
  • Freshwater Management
  • Official Information (LGOIMA)
  • Plan Changes, Variations and Plan Reviews
  • Resource Consents
  • Rural Environmental Issues
  • Urban Planning and Development
  • Council Hearings
  • Development Contributions
  • Appeal Hearings
  • Coastal Development
  • RMA Compliance and Enforcement
  • Wastewater Treatment and Discharge

Other credentials

  • Member of the Association for Resource Management Practitioners
  • Associate Member of the New Zealand Society of Local Government Managers
  • Recommended Lawyer, Projects and Resource Management (including Environment), The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021
  • New Zealand contributor to The World Bank Group report "Enabling the Business of Agriculture 2019"
  • Marianne is counsel for Waikato Regional Council in an appeal to the Environment Court against an application to establish a mussel spat farm in Mercury Bay, Coromandel;

  • Marianne is counsel for Hamilton City Council in relation to appeals to the Environment Court relating to a large subdivision and land use development in the Peacockes area of Hamilton.  

  • Marianne acts for Hamilton City Council and South Waikato District Council in relation to their appeals to the Environment Court on Plan Change 1 to the Waikato Regional Plan.

  • Marianne represented BBC Technologies Limited in its applications to the Waipa District Council to establish its new “Centre of Excellence” headquarters near Hamilton airport.

  • Marianne represents private clients in relation to applications to establish and/or expand quarrying operations in the Waikato.

  • Marianne provides regular and ongoing legal and strategic advice to Hamilton City Council’s policy and planning units in relation to resource consents and plan reviews/changes.  She was counsel for Hamilton City Council in relation to appeals against its (then) Proposed District Plan (now operative).

  • Marianne was counsel for Otorohanga District Council in relation to the alteration to the designation for Waikeria Prison and represented Otorohanga District Council in relation to the applications for resource consent to establish the “Happy Valley” milk powder processing plant in Otorohanga.

  • Land development: Marianne has represented numerous clients in relation to their applications for multi-lot subdivision and commercial developments in the Waikato region, including appearing at local authority hearings and the Environment Court.

  • Marianne provides ongoing advice to a range of agri-business/farming clients.


  • Presentation to Resource Management Law Association (RMLA) Conference 2013 – iwi participation in RMA processes.
  • Member of panel at Resource Management Law Association (RMLA) Conference 2016.
  • Presentations to New Zealand Society of Local Government Managers (SOLGM) meetings – 2016/2017 and 2018.
  • Presentation to New Zealand Planning Institute 2017 – Freshwater issues.
  • Presentation to Water NZ 2017 – relevance of regional plan change in context of stormwater management.
  • Presentation of paper on rural issues/freshwater via webinar – Auckland District Law Society (ADLS) 2016.
  • Presentation of paper for New Zealand Law Society (NZLS) Rural Law Conference 2017 – water quality and Waikato case study.

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