Rachel Devine

Partner - Environment and Planning

Rachel provides advice on all aspects of environmental and resource management law for private and public sector clients – from design through to approval, implementation and operation.

Rachel has advised extensively on requirements for resource consents, including for major industrial and infrastructure projects, and implications of planning requirements. She has significant experience in obtaining complex environmental and project approvals for developers, and advises on other environmental issues including pollution licensing, contaminated land and climate change adaptation and response.

Her commercial experience means Rachel can provide practical, down-to-earth solutions to environmental problems in any context – corporate transactions, planning projects or site management.

In recognition of her environmental expertise, Rachel was President of the New Zealand Resource Management Law Association during 2018 and 2019.

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Professional background

Recent work

Northland Regional Plan appeal

Advised Northpower with preparing an appeal and seeking changes to meet their operational and functional needs as an electricity distributor and broadband network provider.

Reverse sensitivity planning

Maintaining protection for one of Liquigas’ major hazard facilities from sensitive activities through a plan change process.

Archaeological sites at Ihumātao

Advising Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga on its decision to grant archaeological authority to Fletcher Residential Limited to modify or destroy archaeological sites known as Ihumātao, which was upheld by the Environment Court.

Ports of Auckland

Advising on strategic environmental aspects of the Hydrogen Demonstration Project including regulatory and legislative requirements and climate change policy implications.

Ministry of Transport on Light Rail in Auckland

Advising the Ministry of Transport on strategic environmental aspects of the procurement process for Light Rail in Auckland.

Westpac New Zealand Limited

Advising Westpac with a proposed forestry sink arrangement to offset carbon emissions as part of its work towards an Enviro-mark certification.

Climate change policy

Advising the International Association of Geophysical Contractors on the implications of the Government’s decision to ban all new offshore exploration and mining in New Zealand by way of the Crown Minerals (Petroleum) Amendment Bill.


  • 2000, England and Wales
  • 1996, New Zealand


  • Associate Environmental Auditor, IEMA & QSA
  • LLB (Hons), University of Waikato


  • Member, International Environmental Lawyers Network
  • Member, The Petroleum Exploration and Production Association of New Zealand (PEPANZ)
  • President, Resource Management Law Association (2018-2019)


  • Climate Change
  • Energy and Resources
  • Government
  • Forestry
  • Infrastructure
  • Maori and Treaty Negotiations
  • Public Law


  • Ranked as a Band 1 lawyer – Environment and Resource Management, Chambers Asia-Pacific & Global
  • Ranked as a Leading Individual – Projects, Resource Management and Environment, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
  • Winner – Environment Lawyer of the Year New Zealand, Corporate LiveWire (2016)
  • International Who's Who Environment Lawyer (2011-2019)