EDS is currently looking for highly motivated students with excellent grades and an interest in resource management and / or environmental law to intern for us.

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You will work across a range of topical environmental issues, from resource management reform to conservation issues to oceans models. A fantastic way to get keep your finger on the pulse of current law and policy development.

Students who have completed a Resource Management Law paper at any NZ university can apply. We offer flexible working arrangements, and can fit around whatever hours you can offer.

EDS is an approved organisation for the University of Auckland Law School Community Law Internship (150 hours) and Community Law Project (75 hours).

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University environmental essay competition

The university essay competition is designed to stimulate interest in environmental law and encourage excellence in legal research and writing.

How to enter

Submit your essay to your lecturer and note on the cover page you would like to participate in the EDS university essay competition. All essays that receive an A or A+ grade will be forwarded to EDS for judging.


Any environmental law topic

Due date

31 December 2023, but all essays graded during the 2022 or 2023 academic years are eligible.


$500 cash prize plus attendance at the EDS Conference in June 2024, including transport to Christchurch and accommodation (if required).


You can enter your essay in 1 of 2 categories:
• Short essay: less than 5000 words
• Long essay: 5000 to 10,000 words

Past winners

2019  Short essay

Abby Hutchison, Victoria University of Wellington
Chlorpyrifos: Time to ban the controversial pesticide

2019  Long essay

Alice Liddell, Victoria University of Wellington
Is the criminal justice system doing justice for rivers?

2018  Short essay

Irenë McGlone, Victoria University of Wellington
Part 2 RMA in RJ Davidson Family Trust: Retreat or Advance?

2018  Long essay

Talia Powell, University of Waikato
Chemical Insecticides and New Zealand's Denial

2017  Short essay

Elloise Kidd, Otago University
Identifying directly affected persons: An analysis of Schedule 1 Clause 5A of the Resource Management Act 1991 and its wider implications

2017  Long essay

Olivia Oldham, Victoria University of Wellington
If Māori speak in a forum that doesn't listen, have they spoken at all? A critical analysis of the incorporation of Tikanga Māori in decisions on genetic modification (this essay appeared in volume 22 NZ Journal of Environmental Law)

2016  Short essay

Morgan Evans, Victoria University of Wellington
The MV Rena: A case study in the protection of Maori environmental interests after a maritime disaster

2016  Long essay

No winner