Travis Tomlinson

Partner - Construction

Travis is a specialist transactional construction and infrastructure lawyer and a Partner in MinterEllisonRuddWatts’ Band 1 ranked Construction team by Chambers Asia Pacific. He is ranked as a Next Generation Partner in the ‘The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific’ rankings. He has practised in New Zealand and Australia (both in private practice and as in-house counsel) on a range of complex and large-scale projects.

Travis helps clients on their procurement planning, contract drafting and negotiations, project governance, and project administration across a wide spectrum of industry sectors, including acting for some of New Zealand’s largest organisations. He has detailed knowledge of the Government’s procurement rules and advises the public and private sector in relation to regulation and compliance.

He has specific expertise in civil and building; residential; aged care and retirement; rail and road; social and economic infrastructure; and power, energy and industrial D&C, EPC, Alliancing, DBM, BOOT and PPP projects. He has recent experience in procuring a number of major projects using ECI to complement project procurement models. He advises on the full suite of tender and project documentation, including New Zealand and Australian standard form and bespoke documentation.

Through his previous employment in the private sector, Travis has gained unique insight into project delivery, risk and global and project-specific insurances. He has an in-depth understanding of the Australasian private sector’s appetite for risk and its strategies to manage and mitigate these risk. This enables him to work closely with tender and project teams to identify the best value for money solutions for all parties.

Travis is an elected Council Member for the New Zealand Society of Construction Law. He lectures the Construction Law paper at the University of Auckland Law School and is the lead lecturer for Law for Construction as part of the Masters of Project Management program at the Auckland University of Technology.  He has contributed to the LexisNexis Laws of New Zealand on the Building and Construction chapter.

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Professional background

Recent work

Canterbury Earthquake Rebuild

Advises on all aspects of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority’s (Ōtākaro Limited) earthquake rebuild Anchor Projects, a $billion major project programme in Christchurch. This has included the Metro Sports Facility; the Christchurch Convention and Exhibition Centre; and the public realm and infrastructure projects.

District Health Board

Advises New Zealand’s largest District Health Board in relation to its $billion capital works investment programme across several hospitals and sites.

Civil Infrastructure

Advises tier-1 contractor, Fulton Hogan Limited, on its civil infrastructure projects in New Zealand including the recently awarded Waimea Community Dam (Nelson) and the Ministry of Defence’s Project Te Whare Toroa at Ohakea.

Hengyi Pacific (The Pacifica)

Lead advisor to international developer, Hengyi Pacific, on all aspects of its procurement, construction and financing of the 57-storey luxury ‘The Pacifica’ apartment tower in Auckland’s CBD. Project completion is scheduled for 2020.

Retirement/ Aged Care

Advises major Aged Care/Retirement developers in the planning, procurement and delivery of major aged care and retirement developments across New Zealand. Travis has been involved in the procurement of a number of large villages in New Zealand including at Richmond Road, Ponsonby; at Huapai; at Edgewater in Pakuranga, Crofton Downs in Wellington; on Waiheke; and in Northland.

City Rail Link

Advised the Crown, as co-Sponsor, on the funding and delivery structure of the City Rail Link Project, one of the largest and most complex infrastructure projects under delivery in New Zealand.

Private Public Partnerships

Acted on a number of recent PPP projects for all project parties, including the East West Link (for the D&C Contractor) and the Cranbourne Pakenham PPP (for the State) in Melbourne; the New Perth Stadium in Western Australia (for Project Co); and the most recent PPP in New Zealand, the Waikeria Prison PPP (for the FM Contractor).


Advises Kiwi Property Group in relation to its shopping centre investment programs in Auckland (Sylvia Park), Hamilton (The Base) and Christchurch (Northlands).

Fisher & Paykel, Building 4

Advised Fisher & Paykel Healthcare on all aspects of the planning, development, procurement, and delivery of its Building 4 project at East Tamaki.


  • 2007, New Zealand


  • LLB (Hons), BCom, University of Canterbury


  • Council Member, New Zealand Society of Construction Law
  • Past Member, Australian Society of Construction Law


  • Procurement and Contracting
  • Building regulatory advice
  • Construction & Infrastructure
  • Major Projects


  • Ranked as a Next Generation Partner – Projects and Resource management, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific