Maree Baker-Galloway

Chairman

Partner at Anderson Lloyd, specialising in Environmental law.

Maree is an owner partner at Anderson Lloyd Lawyers where she has extensive experience in environmental law, focusing on freshwater, tourism, mining and renewable energy under the Resource Management Act and the Conservation Act. Maree is very experienced at facilitating discussions between different interest groups on contentious topics to reach a solution.

With the focus in environmental litigation moving towards alternative dispute resolution, Maree’s work has increasingly focused on collaboration, consultation and building relationships as the basis for management and resolving differences. Recent cases that Maree has been involved in settling through mediation and negotiation include the High Court proceedings in respect of the Hurunui Waiau Rivers Regional Plan, and the proposed plan Change 6A in Otago Freshwater Plan. Both of these related to water quality, a very contentious and topical issue with a wide range of community and commercial interests seeking different outcomes.

Maree has experience with a wide range of clients from major energy companies to public interest groups for whom she has worked pro bono (e.g. Whitewater NZ). Maree worked on a number of Water Conservation Orders for Fish and Game councils, where the processes resulted in strong partnerships between iwi and recreation groups and a regulatory regime for the various water bodies that reflects tikanga Maori.

Maree has governance and administration experience from serving in a voluntary capacity on local and national committees of public interest groups and professional organisations. Maree also has the advantage of being based in Dunedin.

“I was honoured to be asked to chair the Forum and I think it will be one of the most rewarding and challenging projects of my career. I hope we can leave a legacy for the marine environment we can all be proud of.”