Marija specialises in environmental and planning law. She advises on the environmental, land use and planning issues that can occur at all stages of developments and projects.

Her work in this area spans over 15 years and includes all aspects of planning procedures and resource consents across a range of sectors including transport, energy, mining and viticulture, with a particular focus on infrastructure projects. Marija regularly appears as counsel at council hearings, mediations, and in the courts. Her role often involves liaising with central and local government on national planning and strategic issues.

Marija is experienced in advising on environmental warranties and indemnities on major corporate M&A transactions. Her work includes environmental due diligence on property and corporate transactions, as well as obligations arising under the Overseas Investment Act. She also advises on liability for site contamination and frequently contributes to publications on this and other environmental issues.

Chambers Asia Pacific 2012 names Marija as an associate to watch, noting that she “continues to expand her reputation working... on a number of high-profile infrastructure development projects across the Auckland region.” The previous edition states that Marija has “notable experience in handling land use, planning and environmental issues relating to developments and projects.

She began her career specialising in resource management at another major New Zealand law firm before working in London from 2000 to 2005, in leading UK firms, with a focus on contentious work.


BA, LLB(Hons), University of Auckland


1996 New Zealand
2004 England and Wales (non-practising)

International Career

  • Clifford Chance, London
  • Reynolds Porter Chamberlain, London