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Hidden treasures, crouching geese

How Fox & Associates helped Glenwood Farm protect an important ecological and heritage area Behind Akaroa on Banks Peninsula is a very different rural land subdivision. While subdividing rural land into lifestyle blocks is not uncommon, what made this project unusual was the motivation and vision behind it. There was also the discovery of a…

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In the Back of Beyond – Surveying the High Country

Black Hill Station Following the south bank of the Rakaia River and nestled against the Southern Alps, Black Hill Station is located 25 kilometres inland from the Rakaia Gorge. Spectacular in its remoteness, the farm is an expanse of tussock covered terrain, alpine streams and mountainous ranges. Black Hill Station wanted to diversify their farming…

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Helping a Banks Peninsula Community Protect its Indigenous Ecosystems

Kakanui Reserve Up behind Tūtehuarewa Marae in Koukourārata (Port Levy) the Kakanui Reserve rises on the steep eastern slopes of Port Levy. With some of the best remnants of native bush on Banks Peninsula, an early urupā (cemetery) and sacred burial caves, all are now protected and cared for within the 87 hectare reserve. Kakanui…

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Creating Legacies That Go Beyond Land

Orana Wildlife Park’s Great Ape Centre Orana Wildlife Park’s Great Ape Centre is home to New Zealand’s only Gorillas. The arrival of these magnificent Western Lowland Gorillas signalled Orana’s commitment to the international zoo-based breeding programme for this critically endangered species. Bringing the Gorillas to New Zealand required Orana to develop an exhibit utilising a…

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Safeguarding farming futures through rural land development

Estate planning is often a complex issue for farming families. Transferring control and management of the farm from one generation to the next can be difficult when family members have different aspirations for the land. Our client’s family farm is on the south coast of Banks Peninsula; a stunningly remote location with magnificent sea views…

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New Toys

Yep, we’ve bought some new kit.  Given the amount & type of work coming out of the earthquake we’ve purchased a digital level.  It’s a Trimble DiNi (which means that it plays nicely with our Trimble software).  The digital bit means it reads a bar-code on the staff thus speeding things up and eliminating possible…

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Google Earth Accuracy

Google Earth is an amazing source of data.  The intuitive ease of use combined with an extraordinary collection of data (including aerial photos, road networks and even user created information) has made it popular for all.   You may have used Google Earth and wondered how accurate it is.  As you look at Google Earth…

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