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Rachel Murdoch

Rachel Murdoch

SENIOR ASSOCIATE
Rachel joined Greenwood Roche in November 2014 after completing her law degree at the University of Otago.

Rachel assists in advising on a broad range of resource management issues, with a particular focus on urban development and regeneration projects for both public and private sector clients. 

She has experience in environmental due diligence, plan development and consenting and has provided strategic advice in relation to a number of high profile projects in Christchurch.

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Kāinga Ora–Homes and Communities in Mount Cook, Wellington

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Kāinga Ora–Homes and Communities in Mount Cook, Wellington

Greenwood Roche recently secured resource consent to re-develop an existing complex for Kāinga Ora–Homes and Communities in Mount Cook, Wellington


The new development will replace the original structures that were built in the 1950’s, with four new fit-for-purpose buildings that will provide long-stay accommodation for up to 218 social housing tenants.
 
Twenty of the units are to be reserved to accommodate residents receiving support through the Housing First programme. This is a government-led programme to house and support people who have been homeless for a long time, or are homeless and face multiple and complex issues. The development will also include a community space, a residents support space and on-site staff.
 
This re-development comes as part of a nationwide $5.6 billon build programme being undertaken by Kāinga Ora to address the housing shortages across New Zealand, but particularly in the biggest urban centres where those shortages are most acute.

Greenwood Roche's team on this project was led by Lauren Semple and Rachel Murdoch.


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Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Plan Approved

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Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Plan Approved

On Friday 23 August, the Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration announced her approval of the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Plan.  The Plan was developed by Regenerate Christchurch under the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016.  It outlines the vision and objectives for the future of the 600ha Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor (the former residential red zone), and directs the inclusion of an accompanying planning framework to enable the realisation of that Vision. 


This area is significant in many ways for Christchurch/Otautahi.  It has been and continues to be an area comprising sites and geographical features of cultural importance to Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri Rūnanga.  The area also comprises various other sites of historical significance to Christchurch/Ōtautahi and is traversed by the Ōtākaro Avon River which is itself a key feature of the city’s identity and urban framework. In developing this Plan Regenerate Christchurch has therefore sought to acknowledge the significance of this area to the wider Christchurch/Ōtautahi community, as well as working with the environmental constraints and opportunities that it provides.  
 
The process has taken time and has not been without its challenges – the size and geographical constraints of the area, the various interests and feedback from stakeholders, community groups and members of the public, and the uncertainties particularly around future implementation have all been matters to carefully consider and address.  The Plan’s vision and objectives and the accompanying framework for the Area are broad.  While they have strong focus areas (including ecology, recreation, economic opportunity and community connection), they also seek to recognise that the regeneration of this Area will take time, and that new ideas, new technology and new activities which are not currently contemplated should be allowed to take place.  The vision and objectives therefore operate as a touchstone against which future decisions can be made – ensuring a clear aspiration for the area while still allowing flexibility to adjust to a changing future. 
 
The approval of the Plan by the Minister (and the Ombudsman’s recent finding as to its legal and evidential rigour) is a significant endorsement of the work done by the Regenerate Christchurch team on this project.   Greenwood Roche lawyers, Lauren Semple and Rachel Murdoch have been privileged to advise Regenerate Christchurch on the development of this Plan, the exercise of its powers under the Act in respect of this and other projects, and its general regeneration mandate.  It is extremely satisfying to see the Plan become operative and attention now turn to its implementation.


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Te Raekura Redcliffs School

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Te Raekura Redcliffs School

Te Raekura Redcliffs School was opened by Prime Minister Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern on 25 June 2020 nearly 10 years’ after it was closed in response to the 2011 earthquakes. 


Lauren Semple and Rachel Murdoch advised Regenerate Christchurch on the use of the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016 to facilitate the rezoning of the new school site for that purpose, and the rezoning of the former site as a reserve. 


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New Dunedin Hospital

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New Dunedin Hospital

New Dunedin Hospital

Following the acquisition of all land needed for the New Dunedin Hospital, demolition of the existing buildings has commenced - starting with the former Cadbury Warehouse. The $1.4 billion hospital will be developed over the next 6 years and will occupy land on either side of St Andrews Street.


A team from Greenwood Roche is assisting the Ministry of Health on the development of the hospital. We have acted on the alterations to the Dunedin City Plan to facilitate the hospital, the development of the site masterplan, the acquisition of the required land, the payment of compensation to affected landowners and tenants, and on the consents required for the hospital.


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Ministry of Health - Redevelopment of Christchurch and Burwood Hospitals

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Ministry of Health - Redevelopment of Christchurch and Burwood Hospitals

Ministry of Health - Redevelopment of Christchurch and Burwood Hospitals

Over the coming years, the Burwood Health Campus and Christchurch Hospital will undergo a $650 million re-development, the largest investment in public health facilities in New Zealand.


Greenwood Roche has successfully assisted the Ministry of Health in obtaining consent for the Burwood hospital redevelopment and a designation for the new Acute Services Building at Christchurch Hospital. The designation has been progressed utilising the provisions of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act and has required a very thorough and careful assessment of the tests within that Act. 

The hospital project is the third significant development project within Christchurch City that Greenwood Roche has successfully accelerated via the provisions of the Recovery Act. 


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Ministry of Justice - Christchurch Justice and Emergency Services Precinct

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Ministry of Justice - Christchurch Justice and Emergency Services Precinct

Ministry of Justice - Christchurch Justice and Emergency Services Precinct

This purpose built precinct will bring Christchurch’s justice and emergency services together on one site in central Christchurch. It is the largest multi-agency government co-location project in New Zealand’s history.


Greenwood Roche advised the Ministry of Justice regarding the resource management aspects of the Christchurch Justice and Emergency Precinct.  This project is one of a number of anchor projects we are involved in.


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Experience

Senior Associate, Greenwood Roche 2020 –
Lawyer, Greenwood Roche 2015 – 2020
Law Clerk, Greenwood Roche 2014 – 2015


Qualifications

LLB, BA (Otago)


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Rachel Murdoch

DDI: +64 3 363 3352

Mobile: +64 27 299 7441

Phone: +64 3 353 0570

Email: rmurdoch@greenwoodroche.com

Email: rmurdoch@greenwoodroch...


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Rachel is primarily based in Christchurch.

Physical: Level 3, 1 Kettlewell Lane
680-690 Colombo Street
Christchurch 8011

Mail: PO Box 139
Christchurch 8140

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