Daniel Minhinnick


Environment, Planning and Natural Resources

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Daniel's practice specialises in resource management and environmental litigation, and providing advice to major development projects. His expertise has led him to assist on a variety of projects including residential, retail, commercial and industrial, energy and infrastructure projects, mining and hazardous waste facilities.

Daniel is the firm's National Practice Group Chair for Environment, Planning and Natural Resources. He has a significant knowledge of environment and planning law, Daniel offers advice for a range of clients on district and regional planning matters and legislative reform, local government matters and Public Works Act issues.


As well as considerable Court experience on resource management matters, Daniel has advised on a range of matters of public and corporate significance, including:

  • SkyPath – securing the resource consents for the proposed walking and cycling pathway across the Auckland Harbour Bridge.
  • Drury South – advising on the development of the Drury South Precinct (a major greenfield development including 45 ha of residential land, 145 ha of industrial land and 90 ha of public open space), which has involved multiple plan changes, securing a special housing area, obtaining resource consents, and negotiation of infrastructure and project agreements.
  • Trustpower's Lake Coleridge Project – including securing a variation to the Rakaia River National Water Conservation Order and securing the resource consents for the Wairau Hydroelectric Power Scheme.
  • Weiti Precinct – the development of the 860 ha Weiti Precinct for residential uses, including securing resource consents, acting in relation to the planning framework for the area and negotiating infrastructure agreements for the development.
  • Advising Fonterra on planning issues for a number of sites across the country, including the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme, reverse sensitivity issues at various sites and in relation to Government policy reform.


LLB (Hons), BSc, University of Auckland


Daniel was admitted to practise in 2005 and has been at Russell McVeagh since. He was made partner in 2016.

Daniel is a regular contributor to the Resource Management Journal and various environmental and resource management publications. He has also presented at a number of conferences on resource management issues.

Daniel is the author of the Minerals and Mining chapter of the Laws of New Zealand.

He has also assisted with the Water and Mining chapters in Environmental and Resource Management Law (5th Ed) and is a leading lawyer in Environment and Resource Management Law by Doyle's Guide.

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