Warwick Wright specialises in representing private landowners confronted with losing their land or a part of their land because of public works.
Warwick provides competent professional advice to ensure landowners understand and receive their legal entitlement to full compensation under the Public Works Act 1981.
The governing principle of compensation is the award of a monetary equivalent for what has been lost. Compensation is available for the full value of the land, disturbance, damage, business loss and relocation. In addition, the landowner is entitled to reimbursement of all legal and other professional fees.
Warwick will negotiate with the authorities and guide the landowner through the processes which can sometimes be difficult and painful. Warwick’s experience will help to smooth out these processes.
Public Works Act Experts: 30+ Years of Experience
Warwick acts for a wide range of clients from major corporations through to family home owners.
He has had over 30 years of experience. His experience includes public infrastructure works such as:
- roads, motorways, bus lanes, cycleways,
- rail, underground rail,
- public utility works such as wastewater.
Infrastructure Works Compensation
The government has recently announced a program of major infrastructure works which in many cases will impact on privately owned properties. In each case the landowner is entitled to compensation under the Public Works Act.
Examples – Public Works / Land Compensation:
Auckland Transport is continually acquiring properties or street frontage land for road widening, roading realignment, cycleways and better pedestrian facilities.
New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) is continually widening or realigning motorway and highway roading to improve traffic flow or to provide for cycleways. And developing new motorways.
Auckland Council acquires properties for parks as Auckland city expands.
The Ministry of Education needs to acquire land for new schools or expansion of existing schools.
The Ministry of Health needs to establish a new hospital in Dunedin.
The Public Works Act 1981
The Public Works Act 1981 is a statute that gives power to Government Agencies, Local Authorities and Network Utilities to acquire land for public works. Public works include transport, road or rail, parks, schools and other important infrastructure projects.
The Act is designed to protect your rights as the land owner. Your property rights are very important.
When You Should Speak to a Public Works Act Lawyer
As soon as you become aware that your property might be affected by a public work it is vital to seek legal advice. Due process should be followed by the acquiring authority; your rights to public works land compensation must be protected. Warwick Wright has many years of expertise and experience in this area.
He can help you receive the fullest compensation under the law. You are entitled to full monetary compensation from the acquiring authority to ensure you are left in the same position as before the acquisition.
Warwick Wright as Principal of Rainey Collins Wright has extensive experience in providing advice and guiding clients through this difficult process from start to finish.
Call Warwick today on 09 379 5828 for a free preliminary discussion on any issues concerning the compulsory acquisition of your land or the Public Works Act – he is more than happy to help.
Frequently Asked Questions
What compensation am I entitled to?
Section 60(1) of the Public Works Act provides that affected landowners are entitled to monetary compensation to ensure they are left in the same position as before the acquisition. Full compensation is available for the full value of the land, disturbance, damage, business loss and relocation.
How much will this cost?
Reasonable legal fees are recoverable from the acquiring authority under the Public Works Act acquisition process. Your legal fees will be invoiced for payment by you on a monthly basis.
When should I see a lawyer?
Ideally, you should seek legal advice as soon as you become aware your property might be affected to ensure that due process is followed by the acquiring authority. However, you can seek legal advice at any part of the process.