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Bridget Parham

Bridget Parham


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Qualifications : LLB (First Class Hons), University of Waikato.

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With more than 20 years’ experience practicing law, Bridget specialises in environmental and local government law. She advises local authorities and private sector clients on a wide range of matters including plan development, resource consent applications, rural issues and compliance. Bridget joined Tompkins Wake in 1996 and became a partner in 2014. She is a trusted advisor to both senior executive and elected members of significant local authorities and is noted as a recommended lawyer in The Legal 500 for Asia Pacific.

Areas of expertise

  • Bylaws and Policies
  • Environmental Due Diligence
  • Official Information (LGOIMA)
  • Plan Changes, Variations and Plan Reviews
  • Resource Consents
  • Resource Management Act (RMA)
  • Rural Environmental Issues
  • Urban Planning and Development
  • Local Government Advisory
  • Council Hearings
  • Appeal Hearings
  • Board of Inquiry Hearings
  • Dispute Resolution and Mediation
  • RMA Compliance and Enforcement

Client testimonials:

“Bridget Parham is an expert in her field. She provides excellent written work – very clear and logical, making it easy to understand. She also provides excellent verbal direction and advice – often on the spot or off the cuff without any research. She knows the basics for resource consents inside out and is very organised when it comes to appeal proceedings.” The Legal 500, 2020

Other credentials

  • Member of the Association for Resource Management Practitioners
  • Associate member of New Zealand Society of Local Government Managers
  • Recommended Lawyer, Projects and Resource Management (including Environment), The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021


Bridget has:

  • Acted as lead counsel for the Waikato District Council and Waikato Regional Council on an application for a municipal solid waste landfill at Huntly.  This resource consent application is the leading Environment Court decision on the application of the Vision and Strategy for the Waikato River on resource consent applications.  The Vision and Strategy is the primary direction setting document for the Waikato River and its catchment.
  • Advised a large farming enterprise on the Board of Inquiry into the Tukituki Catchment Proposal. This project was recognised under the Resource Management Act as a project of national significance.

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King Salmon applies to resource consents

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