Successful book launch of Ken Palmer’s third treatise on law relating to local government and authorities

15 May 2012

Ken Palmer book launch May 12

Local Authorities Law in New Zealand by Kenneth Palmer was launched at the Law School in the presence of several of the country’s top judges, representatives of the legal profession and faculty staff on 9 May 2012.

The guests included Hon. Justice Robert Chambers of the Supreme Court, Hon Justices Ailsa Duffy, John Priestley and Edwin Wylie of the High Court and Sir Bruce Slane, former Privacy Commissioner and Frank Godinet, President of the Auckland District Law Society.

The gathering was first addressed by the Dean of Law, Dr Andrew Stockley who commended the diligence of the author, and introduced the main speaker, the Hon Peter Salmon QC, a former High Court judge and chairman of the Royal Commission on Auckland Governance (which lead to the establishment of the Auckland Council in 2010).

The speaker described the book as a work of immense scholarship and attention to detail. He referred to the list of 23 chapters to illustrate the scope of the work, pointing out that in addition to matters directly relating to the relevant statutes, it covered in some depth the law relating to nuisance and negligence, contracts and arbitration and administrative law. A 200 page section on the Resource Management Act was a text in itself.

Other chapters concerned the Auckland Council, council-controlled organisations, Maori rights and participation, civil offence and emergency response powers, and the history and theory of local government.

The Hon Peter Salmon congratulated the author on the massive contribution made over the years in the fields of local government, planning and environmental law, and described the book (1236 pages) as a further outstanding contribution.

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