Rachel Devine



Rachel Devine

Firm: Minter Ellison Rudd Watts
Address:Lumley Centre
88 Shortland Street
Auckland 1140 DX CP24061
New Zealand
Phone:64 9 353 9912
Fax:64 9 353 9701
Email:Send an Email
Local Time:Sun. 10:32
Web site: Direct Page


Rachel is an environmental and resource management lawyer who leads the firm's resource management/environment team. She specialises in providing advice on all aspects of environmental and resource management issues for private and public sector clients. This includes commercial environmental and planning advice on real estate and infrastructure projects, environmental dispute resolution (mediation, negotiation and litigation), and issues arising on or consequent to the sale or purchase of businesses and assets. Rachel's experience means she can provide practical down-to-earth solutions to environmental problems in any context - corporate transactions, planning projects or site management.

Rachel also advises various parties on reforms related to the Resource Management Act including various proposed national environmental standards on infrastructure, urban design and urban planning, contaminated land, forestry, water (quality and quantity), the New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement, the Coastal and Marine Area Bill which seeks to repeal the Foreshore and Seabed Act as well as reforms seeking to align or streamline RMA processes with Department of Conservation, Historic Places Act, and Public Works Act processes.

Rachel also advises about compliance requirements under the Climate Change Response Act and related allocation plans.


Areas of Practice


  • Energy
  • Environmental


Professional Career


Significant Accomplishments

Leading individual - Asia Pacific Legal 500 - 2013/2014
Up & Coming Individual - Chambers Asia-Pacific 2011/2012
Firm noted as recommended for Resource Management in The Legal 500 - 2010, 2009
Top natural resources practitioner - Asia Law Directory 2010
Noted practitioner - ALB Real Estate Practice Area Guide 2009
Recommended individual - ALB Guide: Energy & Resources 2009

Professional Associations

Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand
Environmental Defence Society


Chair, New Zealand Resource Management Law Association (Auckland Executive Committee)
Acting Chair, New Zealand Society for Risk Management (National Environmental Special Interest Group Committee)
Regional Chair (New Zealand), Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment
Member, AWLA – Auckland Women Lawyers Association
Member, Energy Law Association
Member, Energy Network Association
Member, Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand
Member, Environmental Defence Society
Member, National Environmental Law Association of Australia
Member, New Zealand Association for Environmental Education
Member, Straterra (Natural Resources of New Zealand), also member of Straterra’s Groups regarding Resource Management Planning, environmental legislation affecting the Exclusive Economic Zone and the Crown Minerals Act Review
Member, Sustainable Business Network
Member, The Petroleum Exploration and Production Association of New Zealand (PEPANZ)
Member, Waste Management Institute of New ZealandMember, Waste Management Institute of New Zealand


- Rachel Devine and Emma Tait, “What is a proposal of national significance and how do they modify regular consenting procedures? Environmental Law and Regulation Forum, conference paper, Conferenz, April 2011
- Rachel Devine and Emma Tait, “A watery environment: Legal developments concerning mining in New Zealand's waters, AusIMM New Zealand annual conference paper, November 2010
- Rachel Devine and Emma Tait (contributers), Mining in Australia and New Zealand, Minter Ellison book, November 2010
- Competition for water supply: are we getting it right? Natural Resources Forum, Conferenz Bright Star Conference, May 2010
- Rachel Devine and Amber Trebtisch, "Emissions Trading in New Zealand: A small but earnest start", Tax Planning International - Indirect Taxes, 8 BNA International 4, April 2010

- Resource Management Climate Change and Water Allocation, Lexis Nexis webinar, January 2010
- Rachel Devine and Shannan Mills, "Information about unverified contaminated land to be released" New Zealand Local Government Journal, September 2009
- "Transferability of Water Permits", The RMA Reform Forum, Conferenz, April 2009
- Rachel Devine and Carolyn van Leuven, "The New Zealand Approach to Renewable Electricity Generation and a Sustainable Energy Future" 26 AMPLA Yearbook 519, 2008
- "Product Stewardship: the next tool in the tool box?" WasteMINZ Annual Conference, November 2008
- "Waste as part of Economic Transformation in a Carbon Constrained World", FoodTech PackTech Conference, October 2008
- "Emissions Trading", Climate Change Law Summit, Conferenz, September 2008
- "New Zealand: Movement from Carbon Tax to Emissions Trading" Environmental Taxes: a Special Report, BNA International, July 2008
- "Update: from Waitakere Ranges to Affordable Housing, Biofuels to a ban on thermal energy" Resource Management Forum 2008, conference paper, Lexis Nexis, June 2008
- "Laws Waiting in the Wings" (Legislative and Policy Update) LexisNexis Resource Management Forum, May 2008
- Case law updates for Thompson Local Government & Planning Law Guide, Australia 2008-2010
- Recent Developments, Australian Resources and Energy Law Journal 377 (26), 2007

Professional Activities and Experience

Partner, Minter Ellison Rudd Watts, New Zealand (2007 to current)
Solicitor and Senior Associate, Another major New Zealand law firm (2005 to 2007)
Health, Safety and Environmental Counsel, Schlumberger Limited, Paris (2002 to 2004)
Senior Associate, Allen & Overy, London (2000 to 2002)
Solicitor, Minter Ellison Rudd Watts, New Zealand (1998 to 2000)
Solicitor, Another major New Zealand law firm (1996 to 1998)



Associate Environmental Auditor IEMA & QSA, 2001
LLB Hons (First Class) University of Waikato, 1996
Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales, 2000