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Judge Kirkpatrick 
Chief environment court judge


Keynote Speaker

His Honour Judge David Kirkpatrick LLB (Hons) (Auck) is a Judge of the Environment Court of New Zealand. Judge Kirkpatrick had, prior to his appointment to the court in February 2014, been a barrister sole since July 2004. He specialised ,in administrative and public law generally, and resource management law in particular. He appeared regularly before consent authorities, the Environment Court, and the High Court. He also appeared before the Court of Appeal, the Privy Council, and the Supreme Court. From 1994 to 2004, Judge Kirkpatrick was a partner in the 'local government and environment' practice area of the national law firm Simpson Grierson. In that role, he was the primary legal advisor to a number of local authorities in the Auckland region in regard to public administration, the regulation of public utilities and resource management. He has also acted for a wide range of corporate clients, incorporated societies and individuals in those fields. In 2008 and 2009 he acted as counsel assisting the Royal Commission on Auckland Governance. During 2014 – 2016 Judge Kirkpatrick chaired the Auckland Unitary Plan Independent Hearings Panel. Judge Kirkpatrick has presented numerous conference and seminar papers relating to resource management and local government law, and is a contributing author of the chapter ‘Land use and subdivision - resource consent procedures, designations and appeals' in Derek Nolan (ed) Environmental and Resource Management Law (LexisNexis), now in its sixth edition.





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