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Paul Beverley, Independent Chair

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Paul Beverley is a partner in law firm Buddle Findlay and was formerly the Chair of the Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari Independent Review Panel. He worked with the SWG in an advisory capacity from July 2015, and was confirmed in the role of Independent Chair of the Stakeholder Working Group on 10 September 2015.

Paul specialises in the Resource Management Act, Māori and Treaty settlement law and negotiations and coastal law. He appears in a range of courts and tribunals including the Environment Court, High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, and Boards of Inquiry and Special Tribunals on a range of RMA and environmental/conservation law matters.

Paul has been a member of the core Crown negotiation team member on numerous negotiations with Māori, including in the context of Treaty settlements and negotiations under the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act.  He specialises in designing co-governance and co-management structures with Māori, and has advised widely on Māori issues relating to the coastal area.

From 2008-2012 Paul was the Chair of the Subantarctic Marine Protection Planning Forum, which was a collaborative stakeholder process that resulted in a number of marine protection measures around three of those islands.

For a full list of recent work and articles, visit Paul's profile on the Buddle Findlay website.


Hauraki Gulf Forum Ministry for Primary Industries  Department of Conservation (DOC) Waikato Regional Council Auckland Council