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David Fox


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.

Carl Fox

Managing Director

B.SURV, MNZIS, Registered Professional Surveyor (RPSURV)

Although it might seem as if Carl was born to be MD at Fox and Associates, his earlier endeavours may surprise you. Carl studied a wide range of subjects during School and University including Fine Arts, Economics, Psychology, and Astronomy, pursued Architecture for a short time and even tried his hand at windsurfing instruction before he ultimately graduated with his Bachelor of Surveying in 1993.

Carl sees his role at Fox as the constructive challenger of client and team thinking. Being an eternal optimist, he believes that there is always a solution to be found when you sit down and discuss and explore the issues. As an all-rounder, he has great knowledge of each stage of the process and can take a problem, fit all the pieces together, develop creative ideas and then provide the leadership to ensure effective delivery of the final solution.

Carl is relatively hard to rattle and so provides a sense of calm and security to those around him. He sees his greatest driver and challenge in creating or developing something worthy and enduring - whether it be a subdivision development or an engaged and dynamic team.

Michael Martin


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 growing the skills and experience of his team and thereby contributing to the development of the surveying industry.

At home, Michael and his wife are kept busy with their two teenage children and two cats Minnie and Mouse!  Michael also finds time to help lead his church, manage the youth group (keeping him young at heart) and drinking too much coffee with his friends.

Craig McInnes


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.

Lisa Rogatski

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.

Phil Dewar

Senior Surveyor

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.

Alex Liggett

Senior Surveyor

B.SURV, MNZIS, Licensed Cadastral Surveyor

Alex graduated with a Bachelor of Surveying from Otago University in 2005 and then moved on to work at Andersen and Associates where he was involved in major GPS positioning surveys, rural surveys and also Crown land  surveys where he developed  specialist skills in the disposal of Crown land

Alex who joined Fox in 2015 enjoys the strong team environment of the firm, plus the challenge of learning new software and being involved in construction and land development work. To keep his head spinning Alex is currently studying for a post-graduate diploma in Computer Science at the Univ. of Canterbury

Alex believes in a good work-life balance and a four day week. When he isn’t out overseeing topographic surveys or building set outs, he devotes his spare time to fishing, tramping or collecting classic Hewlett Packard calculators!   Alex loves restoring old aircraft and is currently President of the Ferrymead Aeronautical Society.

Maciej WozniakMaciej Wozniak


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.

Jesse Tilling

Survey Technician

When you combine his experiences from living on a farm and passion for off-roading, fishing, hunting and tinkering out in the welding shed, Jesse’s love of the outdoors is what makes him so good at his role.

Life as a survey technician is never dull. Every day there are new sites to visit and a variety of work to keep him on his toes. As one of Fox and Associates UAV pilots, Jesse helps the team create highly accurate topographic surveys using high-resolution aerial photography.

If Jesse could be anyone in the world he would be Matt Watson from The Fishing Show - and we can see that the similarities are clear. Part conservationist, part hunter, part caretaker; their ideologies match. It is these unique qualities in Jesse that we value and which make him an indispensable part of the Fox team.

Liam McElwain

Liam McElwain

Graduate Surveyor

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.

Everyone brings something different; that's what makes us strong.

Our Approach

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.

Discover what we can do for you. Contact us for your free initial consultation and feasibility assessment.

Contact Details

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Phone : 0800 369 787 (0800 FOXSURVEY)
+64 3 903 2770

Postal Address:
PO Box 895
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

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