Christmas 2017

Pohutukawa in summer bloom
Pohutukawa in summer bloom – The New Zealand Christmas Tree (credit: Merle Bishop)

We wish you a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

We are grateful for your continued support and collegiality. Your generosity and encouragement helped to ensure our past year was both stimulating and fruitful. We hope we were able to repay you in kind.

Travel to the South of France in October to complete my PhD thesis was a personal highlight. The magnificent autumn surf in Pays Basque was merely coincidental.

Other highpoints included appearing as counsel in two nationally important cases concerning the marine environment, involving:

  • the abandonment of the MV Rena wreck within New Zealand’s Territorial Sea. These proceedings were settled between our Maori (indigenous people) clients and the vessel’s owners/insurers in mid-December; and
  • a new application by Trans-Tasman Resources Ltd to mine 50 million tonnes of iron sand per annum from within New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone. I appeared for Fisheries Inshore New Zealand (FINZ) in opposition to the proposal. The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) issued a split decision in August.

We have an another interesting year ahead of us in 2018, including:

  • presenting FINZ’s appeal in the High Court against the EPA’s deep sea mining decision;
  • progressing an application by Adare Company Limited for a significant residential and infrastructure development;
  • the defence of my PhD thesis through the Department of Public and International Law, Gent University, Belgium; and
  • commencement of a book on Deep Sea Mining & the Law of the Sea with Dr Virginie Tassin (Editors) for Routledge (London/New York). We are very pleased to have confirmed an extremely strong list of Law of the Sea experts, including leading international judges, practitioners and academics. Publication is presently planned for mid-2019.

We hope you have a relaxing Christmas holiday. And, if in New Zealand, you enjoy a long warm Kiwi summer with the return of La Nina to the South Pacific.

In the meantime, travel safely, we look forward to seeing you again in 2018.

Our office will be closed between 5.00pm Friday 22 December 2017 and 19 February 2018.

Best wishes
Robert Makgill and Ana Paula Linhares