DLA Piper New Zealand has a depth of experience and demonstrable success in large infrastructure projects where often public interest and risk are high.

Our work has included iconic, defining infrastructure created by New Zealand clients and offshore investors, joint venture partners or developers.

DLA Piper New Zealand can handle every aspect of an infrastructure project from the purchase of land, through to planning, consents, financing, tendering, procurement, tax planning, construction and contract documentation. We are highly capable in issues management and stakeholder management, including government liaison.

We are one of the only New Zealand firms with a particular expertise in public private partnerships (PPPs). We understand the regulatory, economic and political issues that can arise. With seamless access to international expertise on PPP models and operations, DLA Piper New Zealand can assist clients with any scale of project in any location in New Zealand.

Our capability also encompasses the lifecycle of infrastructure and PPP projects, including advice on management and implementation.

We advise all levels of local government, government agencies, private and public sector clients in infrastructure industries including utilities, telecommunications, water, resources, property and transport.

Where issues arise, we have expertise in mediation, dispute resolution and litigation.

DLA Piper New Zealand can transact Crown property on behalf of clients and assists our clients with acquisitions under the Public Works Act.


  • Documentation and contracting
  • Property acquisition, consenting, planning, resource management, financing, construction, negotiation, implementation
  • Stakeholder consultation and management
  • Risk management and mitigation
  • Environmental issues
  • Privatisations, divestment strategies for governments and agencies
  • Bid structuring, regulatory advice and risk management
  • National and international regulation
  • Tax advice
  • Negotiation


Capacity Infrastructure Services Limited
DLA Piper New Zealand advised Capacity on the review of its template documentation for tender and procurement of infrastructure services, and a range of major infrastructure upgrades and renewal for storm water, sewer and water main, fire fighting water main and reservoirs across Wellington City.

DLA Piper New Zealand also advised Capacity on its new infrastructure management and services agreement with Wellington City, Hutt City, Porirua City and Lower Hutt City.

Department of Corrections
DLA Piper New Zealand acted for the Department in the Board of Inquiry set up under the Resource Management Act 1991 to seek alterations to a designation for a proposed men’s prison. This project had a very high public profile and community interest. It is a public private partnership.

Wellington City Council
Wellington City Council has obtained a grant of $10M from Housing New Zealand to update its social housing portfolio. DLA Piper New Zealand prepared tender and contract documents for weather tightness, earthquake strengthening, reconfiguration and redecorating works. In addition to construction and consultancy contracts, the documents include tenders and agreements for moving tenants and their belongings elsewhere while the work is undertaken, and bulk purchases of fixtures and fittings (e.g. whiteware) at favourable prices. As the construction documents have been market tested and refined over the first two projects, the procurement process is now much quicker.

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