Senior Solicitor

Bridget Bailey

Environment & Resource Management Law  

  • Direct dial (07) 928 0196
  • Email bridget.bailey(at)

Bridget joined Holland Beckett in August 2012 having previously practised at a boutique environmental law firm in Auckland, and in the environmental and resource management team of another Tauranga law firm.

Bridget acts for both private and corporate clients and practises in all areas of resource management law, including advising on large scale infrastructure and renewable electricity projects, designations, district and regional planning matters, enforcement and Environment Court proceedings, and environmental due diligence.

Bridget is also experienced in local government matters and the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012.

Bridget's experience in resource management projects include the following:

  • Assisting in acting for Whakatāne District Council in relation to the appeals in relation to the proposed Matatā wastewater scheme.
  • Assisting in acting for Te Ahi O Maui Limited Partnership in relation to its resource consent applications and appeals regarding the proposed Te Ahi O Maui 15-20MW geothermal power station at Kawerau.
  • Assisting in acting for Geothermal Developments Limited in relation to the re-consenting of its 8.3MW geothermal power station at Kawerau.
  • Acting for Eastland Generation Limited in respect of its interests the Proposed Bay of Plenty Regional Policy Statement and Proposed Rotorua and Whakatāne District Plans.
  • Assisting in advising both Contact Energy Limited and Mighty River Power in Board of Inquiry hearings in relation to the 500MW Hauauru Ma Raki Wind Farm and the 288MW Turitea Wind Farm, respectively.
  • Assisting in acting for Trustpower Limited in connection with appeals to the Environment Court regarding the re-consenting of the Matahina Hydroelectric Power Scheme in the Bay of Plenty and the 46MW Arnold River Hydroelectric Power Scheme on the West Coast.
  • Advising Trustpower Limited on due diligence investigations for landowner agreements to establish a wind farm, rights and obligations for various land and works acquired and operated under the Public Works Act, and in preparing complex landowner agreements, easements, and royalty agreements to facilitate wind farms, transmission and hydro-electric power schemes.
  • Assisting in acting for a private client in successfully defending enforcement proceedings in respect of flood protection structures.
  • Acting for Whakatāne District Council in respect of appeals against the joint Eastern Bay Local Alcohol Policy.
  • Advising Te Runanga a Iwi o Ngapuhi in relation to Northland Regional Council Plan Change 4 (Aquaculture) appeals.
  • Representing Trustpower Limited at mediations on the Proposed Northland Regional Policy Statement.
  • Assisting in acting for Whakatāne District Council on appeals on the Proposed Whakatāne District Plan.

Bridget has published the following articles:

  • Enabling an iwi allocation of freshwater – is it a radical change?, Resource Management Journal, November 2015.
  • Resource consent – property in all but name?, Resource Management Journal, April 2014.

LLB(Hons)/BA – University of Waikato
Admitted to the Bar in New Zealand in 2009

Community Activity

Bridget is a member of the Resource Management Law Association.
Bridget regularly volunteers at Baywide Community Law Centre.