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Environment Court Judge Acknowledged By Manukau

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Environment Court Judge Acknowledged By Manukau

Manukau City Council is acknowledging the superb contribution to New Zealand and Manukau city planning by former Environment Court Principal Judge John Bollard, who passed away yesterday.

Judge Bollard served on the Environment Court from 1988 until very recently and was appointed Principal Judge in April 2003. He was Manukau City Council's City Solicitor from 1980 to 1988 while working for the law firm now known as Brookfields.

Manukau City Council Chief Executive Leigh Auton says Judge Bollard's extensive experience in local authority and administrative law included the preparation and review of the Manukau District Plan.

"He made a superb contribution to the promotion of city planning and resource management in both Manukau and New Zealand."

"Judge Bollard's knowledge of local government and skills in planning law proved a valuable asset for Manukau as it grew in the 1980s. He went on to put these to excellent use in his work with the Environment Court.

His judical work included cases of notable public interest, including the location of the Auckland Sky Tower and the provision of night game lighting at Eden Park.

"Former colleagues describe him as an exceptional administrator who was very focused. He was approachable and inspired loyalty in staff working for him," Mr Auton says.

Former Manukau Mayor Sir Barry Curtis, who worked with Judge Bollard in the early 1980s, says "I had enormous respect for John Bollard. He was a thorough gentleman and an extremely able lawyer and judge who will be sorely missed."

He is survived by wife Shirley and two children.

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