Bianca Tree

Partner - Environment and Planning

Bianca 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

Stratex Group Limited

Advising in relation to the NZ Transport Agency’s East West Link proposal.

Eamon Storage Limited

Assisted Kiwi Self Storage Limited and Eamon Storage Limited with its submission and High Court appeal opposing the notice of requirement by the NZ Transport Agency for the Northern Corridor Improvements Project.

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.

Tip Top deal

Assisting Froneri with environmental due diligence related to its acquisition of Fonterra’s Tip Top ice-cream business through its Australian ice-cream subsidiary, Peter’s Ice Cream.

Waitematā District Health Board

Advising Waitematā DHB to facilitate the development of the North Shore Hospital campus to meet growing healthcare demands.


  • 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