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RMLA Executive Team: Update

RMLA, the association for resource management practitioners, is pleased to announce the appointment of its new President and Treasurer, Rachel Devine, Partner, MinterEllisonRuddWatts and Kim Hardy, Technical Director – Planning, AECOM.

As RMLA’s incoming President, Ms Devine takes up office effective immediately, having been nominated and appointed to the role by the RMLA National Committee on 2 March.

Ms Devine has 22 years’ experience in environment law. She provides legal advice to the private and public sectors including on major industrial and infrastructure projects and assisting government departments on implementing Ministerial agendas, such as reform of the Resource Management Act.

Ms Devine’s 12-year involvement with RMLA governance as branch committee member, branch Chair and National Committee member affords her exceptional insight into how RMLA members can best be served. RMLA will benefit enormously from the wealth of relevant experience that Ms Devine brings to the RMLA Executive in her new role as President.

On accepting her appointment, Ms Devine said: “I’m grateful for the opportunity to represent our broad membership base and promote best practice in the implementation of environmental policy, planning and law, through education, debate and commentary.  In particular, as a National Committee, we’re looking at ways to enhance the profile of our specialists, provide more support for regional activities, and emphasise the quality publications that we produce.”

The other key appointment to the RMLA Executive is Kim Hardy to the position of Treasurer. Kim brings to the committee over 23 years’ experience in urban and environmental planning. She is also an experienced Independent Hearings Commissioner. Kim has spent the last 20 years in consultancy practice, in the Auckland Region. She is currently Technical Director Planning at AECOM.

Kim has been a member of the RMLA since its early inception in the 1990s and was previously on the Auckland Branch Committee. Kim has been on the National Committee for the last 12 months and during that time has been involved in the Publications and Editorial, Roadshow, Young RMLA and Conference portfolios.

On undertaking her new role as Treasurer, Kim said: “Having benefited from a vast number of quality RMLA conferences, journal papers and best practice education initiatives, I look forward to contributing to the great work of the RMLA by continuing to deliver these opportunities to our members”.

Rounding off RMLA’s Executive is team is Mary Hill, Partner, Cooney Lees Morgan, who remains on the Executive as RMLA’s Secretary. Mary Hill is a litigator specialising in resource management, planning and local government law. Her 17-year career also spans competition, consumer, intellectual property, information and privacy law and she appears regularly in the Environment, District and High Courts.

Having spent two years on RMLA’s (Bay of Plenty) Branch Committee and one year on its National Committee, Ms Hill’s fresh views and ideas are greatly valued and will be an asset to the RMLA Executive in her role as RMLA Secretary.  Being Tauranga-based, Mary is particularly interested in strengthening relationships between the National Committee and the Regional Branch Committees.

The RMLA warmly congratulates Ms Devine and Ms Hardy on their respective appointments.


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About RMLA:

Founded in 1992, the Resource Management Law Association (RMLA) is a multi-disciplinary membership organisation Association with over 1100 members including lawyers, planners, environmental managers, scientists, engineers, architects, local authority and central government officers. The RMLA seeks to promote within New Zealand an understanding of resource management law and its implementation; excellence in resource management policy and practice; resource management processes which are legally sound, effective and efficient; and which produce high-quality environmental outcomes.