About me | Ko wai au

Vicki Morrison-Shaw

Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Pākehā | BCom LLB​

About me | Ko wai au

Vicki Morrison-Shaw

Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Pākehā | BCom LLB​

I obtain consents for people and organisations to establish new businesses, carryout new activities, and to have their say on developments or activities that may affect them. I assist people to understand the implications that resource management plans and policies may have on their interests and I advocate for them and represent their interests throughout any hearing processes. My focus is on delivering sustainable outcomes in a cost effective timely manner.

I have a broad range of experience in a variety of different roles including as a director of a boutique law firm, in-house counsel for a land development company, a development manager for an iwi consultancy firm, and a research and policy officer for a local government organisation. This diversified experience has enabled me to provide practical, bespoke, timely and cost effective advice and legal services to clients.

My areas of practice span environmental, local government, resource management, public and Māori law issues. I have appeared as counsel in mediations and hearings before Councils, the Environmental Protection Authority, Māori Land Court, Environment Court, High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. 

I am an accredited RMA (Making Good Decisions) Commissioner and have been a member of hearing panels involving fast track consents, resource consents and district plan changes.

I am continuing my Te Reo Māori studies with Manavation and Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi.

Recent notable cases

Supreme Court
  • Trans-Tasman Resources Limited v Taranaki-Whanganui Conservation Board [2021] NZSC 127 – Taranaki offshore iron sand mining
  • SKP Incorporated v Auckland Council (2021) 22 ELRNZ 637 – Kennedy Point marina rehearing
  • Poutama Kaitiaki Charitable Trust v Taranaki Regional Council [2021] NZSC 87 – Mt Messenger Bypass
Court of Appeal
  • Trans-Tasman Resources Limited v Taranaki-Whanganui Conservation Board [2020] NZRMA 248 – Taranaki offshore iron sand mining
  • SKP Incorporated v Auckland Council [2020] NZCA 610 – Kennedy Point marina rehearing
High Court
  • Poutama Kaitiaki Charitable Trust v Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga [2022] NZHC 2713 – Heritage authority appeal

  • Ngāi Tamahaua Hapū Committee v Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga [2021] NZHC 2033 – Heritage authority appeal

  • SKP Incorporated v Auckland Council [2020] NZHC 1390 – Kennedy Point marina rehearing
  • Taranaki-Whanganui Conservation Board [2019] NZRMA 64 – Taranaki offshore iron sand mining

Environment Court
  • Poutama Kaitiaki Charitable Trust v Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga [2021] NZEnvC 165 – First Gas Heritage Authority appeal
  • Ngāti Pāoa Trust Board v Kennedy Point Boatharbour Limited  [2021] NZEnvC 146 – Enforcement Order application
  • Director-General of Conservation v Taranaki Regional Council  [2019] NZEnvC 203 – Mt Messenger Bypass
  • SKP Incorporated v Auckland Council  [2019] NZEnvC 199 – Kennedy Point Marina rehearing
  • SKP Incorporated v Auckland Council  [2018] NZEnvC 081 – Kennedy Point Marina original hearing
Māori Land Court
  • Te Korowai Tiaki o te Hauāuru Incorporated Society v Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Tama [2019] 407 Aotea MB 47 – Interim injunction
  • Te Korowai Tiaki o te Hauāuru Incorporated Society & Allen White v Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Tama [2020] 415 Aotea MB 164 – Interim injunction and major transaction authorisation
  • Te Korowai Tiaki o te Hauāuru Incorporated Society & Allen White v Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Tama [2020] 425 Aotea MB 203 – Compliance with Trust Deed and registration processes
Environmental Protection Authority
  • Trans-Tasman Resources Limited, Application for Marine Consents, 2017 – Taranaki offshore iron sand mining

Affiliations Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Pākehā

Qualifications

BCom (Commercial Law & Economics) | Auckland University 1998

LLB (Commercial & Māori Law) | Waikato University 2003

Admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor | High Court 2005

Certificate of Proficiency (MAOR500 & MAOR501) Te Reo Māori | AUT 2009

Certificate Te Waka Tīwai I and II, Te Waka Tētē 2020 | Te Awa Māori | 2020

Certificate of Proficiency (MAOR600 & MAOR601) Te Reo Māori | AUT 2021

Accredited RMA Hearings Commissioner | 2021

Certificate of Proficiency (MAOR701 & MAOR702) | AUT 2022

Appointments

Hearing Panel Member, Hamilton City Council Plan Changes 5 – Peacocke, 9 – Heritage and Significant Natural Areas, and 12 – Intensification Plan Instrument | 2022

Hearing Panel Member, Tauranga City Council Plan Change 33 – Intensification Planning Instrument | 2022

Hearing Panel Member, Waikato District Council Plan Change – Intensification Planning Instrument | 2022

Hearing Panel Member, Waipa District Council Plan Change 26 – Intensification Planning Instrument | 2022

Hearing Panel Member, Horizons Regional Council – Aquifer 182 Resource Consent Application | 2022

Chair Fast Track Expert Panel for Otawere Water Storage Reservoir | 2022

Hearing Panel Member, Tauranga City Council Plan Changes 27 Flooding and 30 Earthworks | 2021

Fast Track Expert Panel Member, Nola Estate Development | 2021

New Zealand Law Society Environmental Law Committee Member | 2015 to present

Practice areas

Environmental, resource management and planning law
Māori law
Local Government
Public law

Professional history

2021 – present | Barrister sole
2018 – 2021 | Director, Atkins Holm Majurey
2009 – 2018 | Senior Associate, Atkins Holm Majurey
2008 – 2009 | Solicitor, Phillips Fox
2005 – 2008 | In-house counsel, Landco Limited / Landco Land Development Limited
2004 – 2004 | Law clerk, Landco Limited
2003 – 2004 | Development Manager, Indigenous Corporate Solutions
2001 – 2003 | Research and Policy Officer Legal, Franklin District Council
1999 – 2001 | Researcher, Franklin District Council