Company Background

NZ Environmental began offering resource management and environmental monitoring services to the Far North District community in 1994 and in the South Island since 2005. One of our first jobs was to secure a Resource Consent for ITT Rayonier to log pine forest at the Northland College School in Kaikohe.

“It was great to work with business, a local school and the Council putting my University training to use and knowing that it was helping with the funding for the college,” Tricia.

This was the beginning of many projects, the biggest of which was (and still is) the Ngawha Geothermal Power Development near Kaikohe in Northland. NZ Environmental was engaged to provide environmental consultancy services to the Far North District Council. We worked closely with FNDC staff through the Proposed District Plan through to the Operational District Plan and have enjoyed having the opportunity to interface between the public and Council.

Most projects have a shorter duration as they involve one-off developments. Between 2002 and 2005 NZ Environmental was engaged by The Northland Regional Corrections Facility to undertake water quality assessment monitoring during the earthworks phase, air quality assessment monitoring, and to give advice on habitat protection and enhancement for the new 'prison' facility there.

Sediment control monitoring and advice was sought for other projects over the years including Cable Bay Developments and Ngawha Power Station.

Another component of our work is preparing Water Supply Management Plans, Waste Management Plans, Weed and Pest Control Plans, Landscape Plans, Ecological Enhancement Plans, and Land Use Plans. These plans may form part of the information required in support of Resource Consent Application(s) or as a Resource Consent Condition.

NZ Environmental has provided Weed and Pest Management Plan and Ecological Assessments for several Resource Consent Applications including Carrington Estate, Rangitane Park Subdivision, Ngawha Generation Limited, Waitangi Trust, FNDC and other private landowners.

In the South Island, we have worked on landscaping, restoration and enhancement projects ranging from tourist accommodation, private homes, cafes, and farms (Tekapo, Fairlie, Geraldine, Raincliff, Woodbury, Rakaia, Waipapa, Paihia, and Kerikeri) to hydro-scheme projects (in the Lewis Pass and Rakaia Gorge) each with important landscape and ecological considerations. Funding for the protection of kanuka shrubland and restoration of a wetland on a deer farm in Gapes Valley, South Canterbury was secured and work is underway on this project.

Since the inception of the current National Environmental Standards (NES) in January 2011, NZ Environmental practitioners have undertaken numerous Preliminary Site Investigation (PSI), Detailed Site Investigation (DSI), and Site Validation Reports (SVR) on HAIL or contaminated sites. Assessments for soil disturbance, sub-division and change of land-use on a range of HAIL sites (in Kaitaia, Waipapa, Kerikeri, Paihia, Moerewa, Kohukohu, Waimate North, Whangarei, Rakaia, Methven, Mt Somers/ Staveley, Ashburton, Timaru and Waimate), have been done; some of these have required advising on remedial options and implementation for site validation.

The bottom line is that we care. We care about our staff and contractors, our clients, our colleagues, our community and our country.