Dispute Resolution & Local Government


Mark Harding



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Phone: +64   027 235 570
Email: mharding@clmlaw.co.nz


Bachelor of Law (Hons), Batchelor of Science

My career has been spent at the intersection of the environment and business. I been based in Tauranga since 2019 after I returned home to Aotearoa from over a decade living and working throughout Asia on climate change and sustainability related matters.  

As well as having a resource management law background, I specialise in climate change, biodiversity and sustainability matters.

Always passionate about the outdoors and the environment, I studied Marine Biology and Law in uni, and after a bit of an OE started my legal career working in the Resource Management team of Russell McVeagh where I worked for a few years as part of the team obtaining consent for large infrastructure projects.

In 2006 my wife and I moved offshore in what would become a 12 year stint in Asia. I first started working in Shanghai for a large International law firm working mostly for their large energy, resources and property clients dealing with issues related to their ventures, investments and acquisitions into China. At this time climate change became a more visible issue and I headed up that firm’s climate change practice in China.  

I left practice starting my own firm which focused on energy and greenhouse gas reduction projects in China, many involving obtaining certification under the UN Clean Development Mechanism. After a couple of years, I merged with another firm from Singapore enabling me to develop a larger project base in South East Asia. My work over the next 5 years evolved to take on a broader sustainability focus and I worked mostly in Indonesia with large agribusiness, forestry and mining clients advising on aspects of sustainability related to their operations. I helped many large clients develop their sustainability programs and reporting under the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework. 

Along the way, I picked up fluency in Mandarin (with a heavy Taiwanese accent), 2 boys and managed to surf in every continent in the world (not including Antarctica).

Since returning to NZ, I been part of CLM’s local government and resource management team.  I now work as a consultant with CLM providing non legal specialist climate change and sustainability expertise as part of CLM’s Climate Change and Sustainability Practice Group. I advise on climate and sustainability matters, working with both business and governments in New Zealand and internationally.  I also work both internationally and domestically in the development of land use change, forest and blue carbon projects with a focus on the preservation of biodiversity.

When not working I love to train, surf, and when it's flat, freedive, spearfish or any mission that involves getting after it in the great outdoors.



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