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:

  • Queens Wharf Cruise Upgrade – advising Panuku Development Auckland on the consenting of the new infrastructure to allow larger cruise ships to berth at Queens Wharf
  • 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.
  • America's Cup – assisting the Crown in relation to the consenting of the infrastructure and facilities for the 36th America's Cup event.
  • SkyPath – securing the resource consents for the proposed walking and cycling pathway across the Auckland Harbour Bridge.
  • 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 the Practice Group Chair of Russell McVeagh's Environment, Planning and Natural Resources Team and is a member of the New Zealand Law Society's Environmental Law Committee. He is recognised by Chambers and Partners 2020 as 'Up and Coming' in Environment and Resource Management Law, by Doyle's Guide as a leading lawyer in Environment and Resource Management Law, and by Best Lawyers for both Environmental Law and Natural Resources Law, the former of which he was named 'Lawyer of the Year' for in the 2021 edition.

Daniel is the author of the Water and Mining chapters in Environmental and Resource Management Law and the Minerals and Mining chapter of the Laws of New Zealand.

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