River Legislation Series | 1


Join the Rivers Managers Forum and the Rivers Groups for a three-part webinar series on river legislation.

Part 1 | Understanding local government law relevant to flood control and drainage maintenance activities

This first session will provide historic context and introduce the relevant legislation that regulates flood control works and drainage maintenance activities.

Attendees will leave with a practical understanding of the key parts of the Soil Conservation and Rivers Control Act 1941, the Land Drainage Act 1908, the Public Works Act 1981 and the Local Government Act 2002, and the overlap in responsibilities between district and regional councils.

Speaker bios:

Imogen Edwards
Associate | Environment and Planning

Imogen is experienced in all aspects of resource management and environmental law, as well as local government law. She has significant experience with regional and district plan reviews, freshwater planning processes, streamlined planning processes, private plan change requests, and urban development and land use planning. Imogen acts predominantly for local authorities and has spent time on secondment at a regional council.

Mike Doesburg
Partner | Environment and Planning

Mike is a local government and environmental law specialist and regularly advises local authorities, companies and private clients on water issues. He has experience advising on complex flood control and drainage issues, including the implementation and upgrading of flood control schemes and bylaw processes to protect such schemes. Mike regularly appears before hearings panels, the Environment Court and High Court on resource consent and plan change appeals under the Resource Management Act 1991 and has a particular interest in water, coastal and land development issues. Mike is recognised as a next generation partner by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022 legal directory and currently serves as Treasurer of the Auckland Branch Committee of the Resource Management Law Association.

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