Natasha Hood

Senior Associate Pouarataki Pāhake

Natasha is an infrastructure, construction, and major projects lawyer. She has extensive experience with project contracts, particularly in the energy and resources sectors.

She acts for both public and private sector clients, and has advised principals, contractors, and lenders, giving her a breadth of experience that allows her to view matters from multiple perspectives.

Natasha supports her clients to successfully deliver on significant construction and infrastructure projects. She is an expert at drafting and negotiating project contracts, including EPC and construction contracts, consultancy contracts, operation and maintenance agreements, services and supply agreements, and offtake agreements. She assists her clients to develop procurement strategies and throughout their tender processes. She also helps them with administration of the project contracts throughout the delivery phase. Successful delivery of major projects requires the right advice at the right time. A skilled communicator, Natasha often acts as a central point of contact to bring together the various specialist legal components required.

In addition to her infrastructure and construction background, Natasha has general corporate and commercial legal experience. She has advised on a broad variety of commercial transactions including joint venture agreements, private mergers and acquisitions (M&A), port and rail infrastructure agreements, and commodity sale and purchase agreements.

Prior to joining MinterEllisonRuddWatts, Natasha was part of the corporate team at Herbert Smith Freehills in Australia, predominantly advising clients in the energy and resources sector. She also spent five years at global gold mining leader, Newmont Mining Corporation, initially on site as a geologist at a mining operation and subsequently as in house legal counsel.

Her on the ground experience working as part of an operations team gives Natasha a unique perspective on the interplay between the legal, commercial, and technical facets to a project. To each project, she brings a focus on communication, commerciality, and the importance of understanding her client’s business.

Career highlights

Advising Mercury in relation to the delivery of the Turitea Wind Farm project, which is New Zealand’s largest wind farm, in particular on matters relating to the engineering, procurement and construction contract.

Advising independent solar energy generators and a financier on the development of various utility scale solar farm projects, including in relation to EPC contracting, operation and maintenance agreement, power purchase agreements and project-finance related matters.

Advising Wellington Gateway Partnership, the contractor engaged by Waka Kotahi - New Zealand Transport Agency to construct, operate, and maintain the Transmission Gully motorway, on various aspects of the project delivery and documentation.

Advising on the drafting and negotiation of consultancy, early contractor involvement, and design and construction contracts for its Ruakura Superhub inland port project.

Advising major energy users in New Zealand on the drafting and negotiation of a number of power purchase agreements (PPAs), including in respect of geothermal, wind, and solar electricity generation projects.

Providing advice to a large industrial consumer on the new proposed transmission pricing methodology.

Advising on numerous major mine and processing plant development, expansion, and restart projects in Australia. This included drafting and negotiating EPC contracts, construction contracts, build-own-operate-transfer contracts, engineering services agreements, manufacture and supply contracts, and various other services and procurement contracts (including for major plant and equipment).

Affiliations
  • Member, Society of Construction Law New Zealand
Achievements and recognition
  • Band 1 team, Construction, Chambers Asia-Pacific
  • Tier 1 team, Construction, The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific