DLA Piper New Zealand has a deep understanding of construction related disciplines and the construction industry, with a comprehensive knowledge of construction and related law.

The firm specialises in complex construction briefs with multi-faceted engineering demands, including in infrastructure, commercial, residential, government, telecommunications, roading, airports, rail, energy and utilities, for public, private and listed entities.

DLA Piper New Zealand has particular expertise in public private partnerships (PPPs). We understand the regulatory, economic and political issues that arise. DLA Piper's international expertise on public private partnership models and operations means we can assist clients with any construction in any location in New Zealand, the Pacific and globally, particularly with regard to the purchase of equipment from international jurisdictions.

Our philosophy and key consideration is to assist clients proactively in managing construction risk and avoiding disputes.

Our expertise in this area includes issues affecting construction including resource management, tax, finance, regulatory and insurance advice.


  • Project procurement, tendering, documentation
  • Construction contracts and negotiation
  • Project planning, financing, structuring, completion and sign off
  • Contract administration
  • Construction disputes, mediation, expert determination, dispute resolution
  • Joint ventures, Public Private Partnerships (PPP)
  • Building; building law
  • Resource Management consenting processes


Yashili Dairy Co., Limited
DLA Piper New Zealand acted for Yashili in the purchase land in Pokeno to construct and operate a milk processing facility where the total expenditure to establish the business (pre-commencement) exceeds NZ$100 million. The project is the first standalone Chinese dairy investment in New Zealand and highlights the wide scope of DLA Piper New Zealand's developing China practice, in particular in respect of inbound investment, having the requisite language capabilities to communicate directly in Chinese.

Metlifecare Limited
DLA Piper New Zealand advised on the tendering process, construction contracts and on the provision of a performance bond to Auckland Council for landscaping works. The matter was reported to be NZ $40 million and was a key project for a new client of the construction practice.

Wellington City Council
DLA Piper New Zealand was the key adviser to Wellington City Council Project Team on the appointment of consultants, their contract negotiations, and the tender process for construction for a new NZ$47.5 million community sports centre in Kilbirnie.

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 weathertightness, 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.

Hawkins Construction Limited
DLA Piper Australia and DLA Piper New Zealand acted in the first public private partnership to reach financial close in New Zealand. The Hobsonville Point Schools PPP is a landmark project involving the design, construction and financing of a primary and secondary school, together with their maintenance for a period of 25 years. The trans-Tasman DLA Piper team acted for Hawkins Construction Limited, one of New Zealand's largest privately owned construction and infrastructure companies. Hawkins will be responsible for design and construction of the new schools. It will be the first time that schools in New Zealand will be built under a public private partnership. The primary school is scheduled to open at the beginning of 2013 and the secondary school early 2014.

New Zealand Fire Service
DLA Piper New Zealand was chosen to advise the New Zealand Fire Service on the construction of a new National Training Centre in Rotorua New Zealand. This included construction contracts, tendering and negotiation on contracts for equipment.