Contributor guidelines

The New Zealand Journal of Environmental Law welcomes contributions of articles, notes, legislation notes, case notes and book reviews.


All material published in this journal is refereed. Please advise if your manuscript is under consideration for publication elsewhere. Please provide personal details (name, qualifications, position) for publication and a forwarding address and contact numbers including facsimile number(s) and email address(es) if available.

  • Manuscript, including quotations and footnotes, is to be double-spaced and typewritten on one side of A4 size paper (handwritten copy not accepted). A plain font preferably no less than 12 pt should be used. Please leave a 4 cm margin on all sides of the page.
  • Disks generated by a Macintosh system using Microsoft Word are preferred, although we can convert PC generated documents using Microsoft Word 95 or WordPerfect 6 and above. Where a PC generated document is supplied, if possible please also save a duplicate of the document in Rich Text Format (RTF). Please supply 2 sets of hard copy along with email attachment and/or disc.
  • Preferred length for articles is 7,500 - 10,000 words, with an abstract of approximately 200 words. Some flexibility is permitted. Preferred maximum length for Notes, Legislation and Case notes is 1500-2500 words.
  • Please indicate the weight of headings (preferably no more than four levels).
  • Preferably send your contribution as an email attachment to

General Style

Italics - italics are used for case names, book titles, the full name of a report or journal and for emphasis. Do not italicise ibid, supra, infra etc, or other foreign words, phrases or Acts, Codes or Regulations.

Abbreviations and acronyms - should be spelt out in the first instance with the abbreviation following in parentheses. Thereafter please use the shortened version in the main text and in the footnotes, unless it begins a sentence, in which case it should be spelt out. Full stops are used in abbreviations.

Language - this should be direct, concise and gender neutral.


The NZJEL follows the New Zealand Law Style Guide (3rd ed, 2018), available at The following is a short guide to style in the NZJEL, but in the event of doubt or inconsistency with the New Zealand Law Style Guide, the latter should prevail.

General - footnotes should be numbered consecutively throughout the text and appear at the foot of each page. A plain font preferably of 9-10 pt should be used. Footnotes should not contain substantive argument.

Case citations and references to legislation - use ibid when repeating the reference directly above. Repeat full citation when other references intervene. Please use authorised report citations where possible. Higher and appellate courts should be indicated in brackets at the end of the citation.


  1. Machinery Movers Ltd v Auckland Regional Council [1994] 1 NZLR 492.
  2. Ibid at 500-502.
  3. Franklin District Council v McCollum [1994] NZRMA 407.
  4. Machinery Movers Ltd v Auckland Regional Council [1994] 1 NZLR 492.
  5. Civil Aviation Department v Mackenzie [1983] NZLR 78, 85 per Richardson J (CA).
  6. Resource Management Act 1991.
  7. Ibid, ss 338-343.

Book and Journal citations - use ibid when repeating the reference directly above. Use supra and infra when referring to books, journals and other material already cited in earlier footnotes, or cited in more detail in later footnotes.


  1. Bates, G.M., Environmental Law in Australia (4th ed, 1995) ch 1.
  2. Ibid, 5-10.
  3. Pardy, B., "Sustainability: An Ecological Definition for the Resource Management Act 1991", (1993) 15 NZULR 351.
  4. Ibid, 355.
  5. Bates, supra note 1 at 7.
  6. Pardy, supra note 3 at 257.

Author's responsibilities

The author is totally responsible for the accuracy of spelling of names and citations. It is the author's responsibility to ensure material is not defamatory or litigious. Authors of articles will be sent page proofs for revision. Authors of Notes, Book Reviews, Legislation and Case Notes will be sent page proofs of their material on request if time allows. It is therefore essential that manuscript be topical and complete in final form for publication when presented.


Copyright in all published material is vested in the New Zealand Journal of Environmental Law.

Further information

Contact: Professor David Grinlinton