Expert Witness

Gaye FrancisRisk Management Consulting

At R2A, we are called upon from time to time to give expert witness statements.  Recently, Richard was an expert witness for the Harbour Master at Marlborough District Council (New Zealand).

Richard was asked to provide evidence to the Board of Enquiry appointed under the Resource Management Act 1991 to consider The New Zealand King Salmon Co. Limited private plan change requests to the Marlborough Sounds Resource Management Plan and resource consent applications for marine farming at nine locations in the Marlborough Sounds.

Richard was retained on behalf of the Marlborough Sounds Harbour Master to provide expert evidence in regards to the navigational hazards associated with the proposed development.  Read Richard’s statement.

Richard used a due diligence framework to assess two expert reports from the viewpoint of all users of the Marlborough Sounds.

The hearing concluded on Thursday 18 August 2012 and the Board are now working on the draft report and decision, which is expected before Christmas 2012.