Bianca Tree

Partner - Environment and Planning

Bianca leads our real estate team and is a specialist in resource management and environmental law.

She provides advice on all aspects of the Resource Management Act 1991 and related legislation. She has experience across a broad range of development projects and environmental issues, including in the commercial, industrial, infrastructure, aquaculture, forestry and energy sectors. Bianca’s clients value her knowledge of their business and her clear commercial advice on resource consent and planning process.

Bianca has extensive experience of the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan, with direct involvement in the regional policy statement, business, transport, heritage and air quality chapters. She also acted for several clients to achieve an uplift in zoning or area specific precinct controls.

Bianca also has experience in the related fields of the Public Works Act and the Local Government Act, including development contributions and private development agreements.

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Professional background

Recent work

Stride Property

Advising on the Wellington City Spatial Plan which sets out how the city might grow, develop and adapt to anticipated change and opportunities.

Southern Cross Hospitals Limited

Advising Southern Cross on its request for a private plan change to the Auckland Unitary Plan, and a concurrent resource consent application, to enable the expansion of its existing Brightside Hospital.

Southern Cross Hospitals Limited

Assisting Southern Cross with a private plan change request and resource consent application to enable the expansion of its Brightside Hospital in Epsom.

Development agreement for dairy processing company

Assisting a dairy processing company to obtain a development agreement to support the establishment of a new, large-scale nutritional powder manufacturing facility. The facility required significant infrastructure connections, including to Waikato District Council’s freshwater, wastewater and roading networks.


Assisting Metlifecare with planning due diligence, consenting strategy, and development contribution policies.

Stratex Group Limited

Advising Stratex Group in relation to the NZ Transport Agency’s East West Link proposal and associated land acquisition under the Public Works Act.

Toll Networks deal

Assisting Allegro Funds with environmental due diligence related to its acquisition of Toll Networks.


  • 2001, New Zealand


  • LLB, BSc, University of Otago


  • Energy and Resources
  • Environment and Resource Management
  • Planning and Environmental Approvals
  • Acquisition and compensation claims under the Public Works Act 1981