High Court Justice Christian Whata

WHATA, Christian Nathanial         

High Court Justice Christian Whata

Professional Data:

2014 Judge Survey Score (1-10): 7.8       Ranking (out of 63):  22nd Justice ChristianWhata

Postion & Titles:
Judge of: High Court, Christchurch, since 2011
Specializations and Professional Interests: Resource Management, Energy, Infrastructure, Land Transport, Maori Legal
Professional Comments: Young blood on the bench, with evident swagger which is prone to erupt into arrogance.  Appears to take his appointment very seriously.  Should have many years ahead on the bench to make his mark for better or worse.  Preliminary reports have been good for the most part.
Background / Education: After spending time as a solicitor at Simpson Grierson and Kensington Swan, Justice Whata went to Cambridge University where he obtained an LLM (First Class).On his return to New Zealand he joined Russell McVeagh and became a partner in 2001. During his time at Russell McVeagh Justice Whata specialised in Maori Issues, Litigation, Public Law, Energy, Environmental Law and Resource Management.

Whata J is a co-author of chapters on Maori Issues and Environmental Litigation in Nolan Environmental Law and a former President of Te Runanga Roia o Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland Maori Lawyers Association), and sits as a Board member of the St Stephen’s and Queen Victoria Schools Trust Board.

Degrees: Auckland University, BA and LLB (Hons) 1992Cambridge University, LLM (First Class)
Admitted to the Bar: 1993
Company Involvements:

In Legal Practice:

Advising Dow Chemicals in relation to the reconsenting of one of New Zealand’s largest hazardous waste containment facilities in New Plymouth.

Acting for Winstone Aggregates and Fulton Hogan in relation to the recently ppened Whangaripo Quarry.

Acting for Trustpower Limited in relation to resource consent applications for the 72 MW Wairau Hydroelectric Power Scheme, the largest new hydroelectric power scheme in New Zealand since the Resource Management Act 1991 was passed.

Acting for Macquarie Goodman in relation to resource consent applications for the 220kV and 110kV transmission lines through the Highbrook Business Park.

Assisting the Arawa and Tuwharetoa tribes to reach agreement with the Te Ohu Kai Moana (Maori Fisheries Commission) on fisheries allocation.

Advising on and preparing resource consent applications for a wide range of industrial and commercial projects, including electricity generation, dairy industry, forestry development, mineral extraction and commercial property development.

Extensive experience in appearing at resource consent application hearings and in the Environment Court, High Court, Supreme Court and Privy Council.

Advising on local government process and procedure, including on challenges to rating and development contribution policies. Extensive experience in dealing with local, regional and central government.

Providing strategic and litigation advice in relation to Maori issues.

Undertaking District Plan review and attendance at Council hearings and Environment Court and High Court appeals on District Plan matters affecting a wide range and type of developments.

Providing advice and assistance to development projects, including retail developments, wastewater and coastal projects.

Local and Central Government lobbying, including appearances at Select Committee hearings. Extensive experience in opposing resource consent applications in urban, rural and coastal environs.

Personal Data

Born: 1970 Sex: Male
Married: Children:
Interesting Relationships and Coincidences:

1. Christian Whata – Russell McVeagh – People

Christian Whata. Partner. Direct Phone: 64 9 367 8243. Mobile: 64 27 274 2108. Download Vcard: Email: Christian Whata. Find People. By Keyword: …

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2. The faces behind the Organisation

Jump to Christian Whataý: Legal Counsel. Russell McVeagh, Auckland. Christian is a respected Legai Advisor and specialises in Treaty Settlement issues. …

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3. Christian Whata : Lawyers – 2CU Auckland Region

Christian specialises in resource management and environmental litigation. He has extensive experience in litigation at all levels including up to the Privy …

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4. Progressive maintains rival supermarket group needs to stick to …

5 Feb 2009 … Progressive’s counsel Christian Whata argued today that the problem with the Environment Court’s latest decision was that it was devoid of …

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5. Maui Street: Whata J (updated)

11 Feb 2011 … Auckland lawyer Christian Nathanial Whata who affliate to Ngati Pikiao has been … Whilst taking nothing away from Christian Whata’s worthy …

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6. Christian Whata appointed as a Judge of the High Court | Pānui

9 Feb 2011 … Auckland lawyer Christian Nathanial Whata (Ngati Pikiao) has been appointed a Judge of the High Court. Mr Whata graduated with a BA and LLB …

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Hearing Timetable for Upper Waitaki updated 23 March 2010 Mike …

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23 Mar 2010 … Right of Reply – Christian Whata -. MWRL Experts. Morning Tea (10:30am). Right of Reply – Christian Whata -. MWRL Experts …


8. Chambers Partners – Firms – Christian Whata

Christian Whata. Russell McVeagh. Vero Centre 48 Shortland Street PO Box 8. Auckland New Zealand 1140 +64 9 367 8243 christian.whata@russellmcveagh.com

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9. environment 09 – recommended law firms

16 Apr 2009 … Russell Mcveagh’s Derek Nolan, Paul Majurey and Christian Whata were mentioned. Leading firms. SYDNEY BAKER & MCKENZIE GILBERT + TOBIN …

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10. Christchurch High Court judges appointed – Yahoo!Xtra News

8 Feb 2011 … Auckland lawyer Christian Whata was been appointed a Judge, to sit at the court from March 1. Mr Whata, who became a partner in at Russell …

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