Lizzy Wiessing Barrister

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Lizzy Wiessing


Lizzy specialises in advising on local government, public law and civil litigation legal issues.

She has expertise in a wide range of local government matters, including Local Government Act 2002 governance, decision-making, planning and reporting, local elections, meetings issues, privacy and official information, funding and financing, and advising on liability issues.  She also advises on local government reform matters, and response and recovery to local and national civil defence emergencies.  Her extensive litigation experience includes acting in judicial review and declaratory judgment proceedings and in complicated rates recovery situations, and in rating valuations proceedings. Lizzy has appeared as junior counsel at all levels of New Zealand’s courts.

Lizzy has a particular interest and specialty in local government funding and financing issues, including rates and development contributions. She has presented at numerous seminars on these issues. She has also provided legal review/peer review of good practice guides for local government on a range of subjects and been engaged to provide advice to representative organisations.

She has strong analysis and writing skills, and is down-to-earth, flexible and collaborative. Clients appreciate Lizzy’s approach to working with them on cases, including seeking to understand their position, providing realistic advice on their options and putting them in the position to give fully informed instructions.

Lizzy is now practising on her own account from Whangārei but is available to clients throughout the country.  Her career background includes nine years at Simpson Grierson in the local government and environment team, nearly four years at Holland Beckett Law practising resource management and civil litigation, and two and a half years as a policy analyst at the Western Bay of Plenty District Council.


BCA (Economics), Victoria University of Wellington, 2004
ATCL (Solo Piano, Performance), Trinity College London, 2004
LLB, Victoria University of Wellington, 2005
BCA (Hons, 1st) (Public Policy) Victoria University of Wellington, 2006
Admitted as Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand, 2008

Awards and memberships

Co-winner best mediator, International Competition for Online Dispute Resolution 2004
Victoria University of Wellington Award for Outstanding Voluntary Service 2002
Member, New Zealand Bar Association | Ngā Ahorangi Motuhake o te Ture
Associate Member, Taiuarā – Local Government Professionals Aotearoa

  • Kokako Lodge v Auckland Regional Public Health Service and Ors [2022] NZHC 2280 – successfully opposed urgent application for interim orders seeking to delay pest management operation.
  • CP Group Ltd v Auckland Council [2020] NZHC 89 – successfully defended at first instance unreasonableness and illegality challenge to Auckland Council’s accommodation provider targeted rate.
  • Rongotai Investments Ltd v Wellington City Council [2022] NZHC 1666; [2022] NZHC 1667; [2022] NZHC 1668 and [2022] NZHC 1669 – series of complex objections to rating values used for purposes of determining rental payable under leases in the Rongotai Industrial Estate and associated judicial review.
  • Kidd v Southland District Council [2019] NZHC 1947successfully defended unreasonableness challenge to wastewater targeted rate.
  • Mangawhai Ratepayers’ & Residents’ Association Inc v Northland Regional Council [2018] NZSC 69; [2018] NZAR 507 (CA); [2017] NZHC 1972; [2016] NZHC 2192 – successfully defended illegality challenges to rates and rating practices including through obtaining judicial validation of defects.
  • Mangawhai Ratepayers’ & Residents’ Association Inc v Kaipara District Council [2016] NZSC 48; [2015] 2 NZLR 437 (CA); [2014] 3 NZLR 85 (HC); [2014] NZHC 1742 – complex challenge to Local Government Act 2002 decision-making, borrowing and rating for EcoCare wastewater scheme.