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Kakanui Reserve

This surveying project helped a Banks Peninsula community protect its indigenous ecosystems.


The Challenge

Situated on the steep eastern slopes of Port Levy (Koukourārata), the Kakanui Reserve has some of the best remnants of native bush on Banks Peninsula, an early urupā (cemetery) and sacred burial caves. To protect this unique area of native bush, the local Rūnanga, land owners and community in conjunction with the Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust wanted to establish a covenant. The process included fencing the entire area, conducting ecological and land surveys, as well as undertaking the legal requirements to register the covenant on the land title.

Our Expertise

Services provided included land surveying, aerial photography, and liaising with different land owners.

The Solution

The project began by measuring up the fence lines, which had the survey team walking around the entire 65 hectare area. This lead to the creation of the survey plan, which was signed off in May 2017. This plan was overlaid on an aerial photograph, to show exactly what the covenant related to and the bush areas that have been protected. A copy of the plan will also be on display at Tūtehuarewa Marae in Port Levy.

The Result

Through innovative solutions to the site’s challenging and steep terrain, we helped to create a covenant, allowing Kakanui Reserve to be enjoyed by generations to come.

To learn more about the project, read our blog Helping a Banks Peninsula Community Protect its Indigenous Ecosystems.

"Fox and Associates came highly recommended and genuinely seek to contribute to our success. Each year we partner together on our covenanting programme to protect special areas of land in perpetuity, creating a legacy of biodiversity protection for future generations.

These projects can be complex and involve multiple landowners. The staff at Fox and Associates understand the rural community on Banks Peninsula and develop great rapport with our landowners. They continue to make a significant contribution to the Peninsula community now and into the future" 

Maree Burnett - General Manager Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust

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PO Box 895
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

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Christchurch 8013

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Allenton, Ashburton 7700

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