FNZIS, Registered Professional Surveyor
The founder of Fox and Associates and a professional surveyor since 1964, David combines a deep passion for land with his expert knowledge of surveying, engineering, planning matters and practices, to design and release the full potential of any site
In 1966, David’s passion for excitement and professional challenges took him to Borneo where for eight years he was responsible for a variety of projects in Sarawak under British Aid and later in Sabah with NZ Foreign Affairs. As well as advising local councils on planning issues and managing 35 survey parties and 100 staff, he also provided technical input into the Malaysian Five-year Development Plans. David is experienced and well versed in Resource Management Act planning, resource consent procedures and legal issues relating to land.
David founded Fox and Associates in 1981. After more than 40 years as a consultant and partnering with some of Christchurch’s leading land developers, David is widely known for his skill in the concept and design of major residential developments. Hillside development is a particular speciality with David having been central to the design and development of some 700 sections on the Port Hills over the last 40 years. He is particularly proud of the Broad Oaks Subdivision which won the NZ Institute of Surveyors top award for “the Concept and Design”.
It was also an honour for David to be selected as a member of the Min. for Environment Working Party that produced The Urban Design Protocol in 2004.
David established the Fox value that ‘people are the purpose’. Business and social activity are inextricably intertwined for David but he also has time for socialising, sport, travelling and enjoying family life.
B.SURV, MNZIS, Registered Professional Surveyor
Michael started at Fox and Associates right after graduating in 1991 and cites the learning culture, intellectual stimulation and challenge his work provides as the reasons he has never left. We are thrilled he hasn’t as over the years Michael’s problem-solving skills, analytical thinking, and depth of thought together with his sharp sense of humour have made him an indispensable member of the management team.
Michael’s specialities include the design and contract management of roading and drainage for major subdivisions. He is the in-house IT specialist, which involves problem-solving technological challenges and always looking out for the next thing to adopt. Michael’s skills in computer systems, engineering design and analysis have also proven invaluable to our clients.
Michael’s favourite part of being in the surveying game is building teams to deliver complex projects. His children have flown the coop, so he spends his time catching his breath, assisting in the makeover of a new garden, reading, drinking too much coffee, playing brass instruments, and enjoying the occasional walk through beech forests.
B.SURV, MNZIS, Registered Professional Surveyor (RPSURV)
Despite his North Island roots and still being an avid North Harbour fan, Craig is well on his way to being accepted as a Canterbury local with the help of his Christchurch-born wife and children. With a busy work and family life, you can often find Craig plotting ways to get the family out of the city for some tramping and camping or to get the boat out and go fishing.
Craig began his surveying career in the public sector, dealing with Crown land issues and surveying land for public works such as roads and power schemes. Since 2011, Craig has been responsible for keeping things ‘business as usual’ around the Fox office, managing client projects from the initial inquiry right through to delivering the finished product, as well as championing health and safety.
Having grown up on a farm, Craig thrives on helping rural clients navigate planning and surveying rules, so they get the best out of their biggest asset – their land. He especially likes taking tricky jobs and charting a pathway through the red tape. Craig still enjoys getting out ‘in the field’ particularly around Banks Peninsula or the high country.
Office Administration Manager
Lisa is our Swedish administrative savant who organises and coordinates the office to ensure that everything runs smoothly. She has a distinct eye for detail and an analytic mind which makes her an extremely valuable and interesting member of the Fox team.
Before joining Fox and Associates in 2015, Lisa travelled and worked around the world. She started her career with Club Med and for 3 years had the good fortune to work in many of Club Med’s fabulous and exotic locations. She then relocated to Guadeloupe, French West Indies where for 20 years she worked as the Chief Accountant and then as the Financial controller of the Peugeot Group of Companies. Next up was the beautiful Whitsunday Islands in Queensland where for 4 years Lisa worked as the administrator of the Proserpine Golf Club.
Moving to Christchurch in 2015 with her Kiwi husband, Lisa continues to be inspired by the stunning sights of the South Island. She recently discovered the joys of gardening and, along with her passion for cooking, loves making delicious meals with her home-grown fruits and vegetables.
B.SURV (hons), MNZIS, Registered Professional Surveyor (RPSURV)
Phil conducts and manages a variety of survey projects and thrives on the challenge of finding creative solutions to tricky measurement problems. He excels at data analysis and works his magic to present it in ways that everyone will understand including those attending a technical presentation at Trimble’s Dimensions Conference in Las Vegas.
Since graduating in 2004, Phil has worked primarily in cadastral surveying and spatial measurement but also brings experience in resource management planning and engineering to the Fox team.
Outside of work, Phil enjoys spending quality time with his three school-aged daughters, playing West African drums or going for a run in the red zone.
B.SURV, MNZIS, MICS, Licensed Cadastral Surveyor
Since joining Fox and Associates in 2015, Alex has been responsible for the boundary surveys for most of our large land development projects. With a wide array of cadastral surveying experience, Alex also specialises in legalisations, rural surveys, as well as large-scale positioning projects.
Alex has always had a love for the rural environment. Before graduating with a Bachelor of Surveying from Otago University in 2005, he worked on various dairy farms in North Canterbury. With this farming background, Alex can uniquely understand and relate to the concerns and motivations of our rural clients.
Having used LINZ’ Landonline database for his entire career Alex is intimately familiar with its strengths and weaknesses. His extensive knowledge of this system underpins a lot of what we do at Fox and Associates and has been recognised outside the firm by his appointment to the industry working group advising the development of its replacement.
When he isn’t crunching the numbers or checking over plans you can often find Alex working on the restoration of a WW2 Mosquito aircraft at Ferrymead. Aside from this he devotes his spare time to walking, playing the bass guitar (badly), and his growing collection of classic Hewlett-Packard calculators.
Licensed Cadastral Surveyor
BSc, MSc Surveying
Maciej graduated with a Master’s of Science, majoring in Surveying, from the Military University of Technology in Warsaw. After several years of experience working in cadastral surveying over in Poland, he made the move to New Zealand and begun to work for the South Island Infrastructure Section of Beca. Here he grew his experience with geodetic and topographic surveying, as well as terrestrial laser scanning and small construction.
Maciej loves being a problem solver for clients and seeing the fruits of his work come together, whether that is a topographic plan or a new subdivision layout taking shape. He’s looking forward to broadening his skillset further by stepping into UAV surveying and land development engineering so he can help clients throughout all stages of their projects. He also enjoys having a job where he can be out in the beautiful New Zealand scenery.
When Maciej isn’t at work he can be found enjoying the outdoors; road cycling in the Port Hills, tramping or skiing at club fields. If he’s not there you can probably find him relaxing and enjoying a good craft IPA, XPA, NPA or any other type of Pale Ale.
B. Surveying (Dist), MNZIS
Tim is a recent addition to Fox & Associates. He met Carl at Otago then surveyed in Nelson for 5 years, followed by a lengthy hydrographic surveying and mapping odyssey in the Gulf of Thailand. This included the dubious role of “party chief” before settling for more mundane work implementing enterprise-level GIS and developing real-time vessel tracking systems using marine AIS and satellite transceivers. Tim eventually returned to New Zealand with his family, worked for a start-up tracking international air cargo, and has finally come full circle back to land-based surveying.
Tim enjoys working with spatial data to derive meaningful information for planning, analysis, and land development. He also enjoys the interaction with clients, contractors, and councils when working on projects.
Tim still enjoys the Nelson lifestyle, generally working from home and frequenting Christchurch when needing a taste of city life.
A recent graduate of The University of Otago’s School of Surveying, Liam joins the Fox and Associates team as a Graduate Surveyor. Having worked primarily on topographical and land transfer surveys, Liam is looking forward to learning more about the wider world of surveying.
With a strong passion for exploration and discovery, Liam’s favourite aspect of surveying is being able to dig into the past to uncover old survey information and what may have happened in the land over time. He also enjoys having the ability to solve problematic puzzles creatively as well.
When Liam isn’t at work he can be found enjoying quieter pursuits such as reading, watching movies, and painting. Over the last few years, he has picked up a sizable collection of board games which he enjoys playing with a wide variety of people.
Originally from Hong Kong, Brandon joins the Fox and Associates team as a Survey Technician. Having worked primarily as a Survey Assistant to carry out topographical surveys, Brandon has the knowledge and experience required to collect proper data in the field.
With a NZ Diploma in Surveying from UNITEC, as well as his practical experience, Brandon is a much-welcomed addition to the team. In this role, he will be responsible for assisting with Topographical Surveys, Pegging in Land Transfer Surveys, Engineering Set Out, as well as Building Set Out.
Outside of work, Brandon enjoys cooking a variety of delicious things including his own freshly caught fish. With a love of fishing, he has a particular interest in boat, rock and cliff fishing when he has some spare time.
Civil Engineering Technician
Mateus Macedo joins the Fox and Associates team as a Civil Engineering Technician. With a passion for witnessing projects develop from inception to completion, Mateus takes pride in knowing that his work positively impacts the lives of our clients.
Having earned a Diploma in Civil Engineering Level 6 from the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) in Invercargill, Mateus will be assisting the team with Surveying and Civil Engineering Design - particularly subdivision design.
Driven by the desire to be a better version of himself every day, Mateus is committed to continuous personal and professional growth. Outside of work, Mateus enjoys playing sports like football and volleyball, spending time with his partner, and watching television series and movies.
If given the opportunity to be anyone in the world for a day, Mateus would choose to be Iron Man. Inspired by the ability to fly to different parts of the world and even into space, he is fascinated by the idea of exploring new horizons.
Human Resources Advisor
A true HR superstar, Tonia is Fox and Associates Human Resources Advisor. With over 20 years of Human Resources experience under her belt, Tonia assists in all of our people related matters. An empathetic people-person, Tonia enjoys working with our close-knit team, getting to know them, and understanding their work experiences.
Sharing our passion for surveying, Tonia originally studied engineering whilst at university and has previously worked as a Civil Engineer. This background combined with her human resources experience, makes her the perfect addition to the Fox family.
Outside of the office, Tonia loves spending time in our incredible natural environment. She can often be found out walking her two dogs on the beach, skiing in the mountains with friends, or tramping trips with family. In fact, her burning desire is to walk the Te Araroa trail.
Everyone brings something different; that's what makes us strong.
When you work with us, you’ll get a unique blend of expert planning, surveying, engineering and design skills combined with clever thinking, innovative ideas and a deep love of land.
We don’t have a formula, or a one size fits all approach. We deliver creative solutions for people, property and places, so you can do more and better with what you have. We take pride in what we do and will treat your project like it is our very own.