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Proposed Changes to Freshwater Farm Plans

This week Kate Scott, one of our Executive Directors was invited to speak as a panelist on Sarah's Country - Opinion Maker -  the panel discussed proposed Freshwater Farm Plans and Intensive Winter Grazing.

The Freshwater Space has seen a lot of change in the past 12 months from a policy/regulatory perspective, which has kept those of us working to help farmers and growers to navigate the change space on our toes trying to keep ahead of what is coming, and in trying to support this with positive action on the ground.

When these regulations first landed, its fair to say many of the requirements were unworkable, and impractical. The Ministry for the Environment has taken on board this feedback and are looking at making some changes which  will improve the workability of the rules.

Over the next couple of weeks two key pieces of the Freshwater Regulations will be closing for submissions. The Draft Freshwater Farm Plan Regulations and Stock Exclusion Regs/Low Slope Maps on the 26th Sept, while consultation on proposed changes to the Intensive Winter Grazing Rules close on 7th Oct.

If you are keen to understand how these changes might affect what you are doing, and how to have your say then take a listen to the this informative episode -



Aerial to the Rescue!

Our dedicated aerial team have been busy recently capturing vital data over Canterbury for Environment Canterbury, to help them understand the extent of the recently flooding that hit the area!

As soon as the clouds parted and the rain stopped our team were airborne, acquiring the aerial imagery of key rivers over the region across two days!

Once they were on the ground, it was a midnight dash from Cromwell to Timaru for our aerial director Mike Borthwick, to collect the data and deliver it to our processing team of Andy Burrell and Greg Wooding!

These two worked through the night to have the data processed and up on the big screens at the Disaster Management Centre the next morning!

Our team were proud to be involved in capturing and delivering this critical and time sensitive information for our clients! 

South Island Field Days

Heading to South Island Field Days on 24-26 March in Kirwee?


Come and see the Landpro team on Site 435B (Section W) to discuss how we can help you make the most of your land! 

Daily Flight Times

Wednesday 17 February and Thursday 18 February 2021

Our aircraft will be operating between 12pm - 8pm on both days for approximately 2 hours. 

We will be flying over the following areas: Port Hills, Lyttelton, Ashley River and Rangiora


Aerial surveying project underway in Christchurch!

Media Release:

If you’ve noticed a small plane flying around over Christchurch recently, it may be Landpro working on its latest aerial survey project, to learn more about the changing shape of our city.

Landpro specialises in land surveying, mapping and planning throughout New Zealand and is currently using their twin-prop aircraft for a large-scale project in Christchurch.

Mike Borthwick, Director says surveying and mapping helps to ensure efficient development and use of land.

“We are often involved in regional, environmental and Resource Management planning, for which aerial and land surveys are essential“ Mike says.  “Aerial survey allows for the right accuracy, resolution and detail for more large-scale jobs and our team of planners and scientists use the information to ensure the best strategies are applied.”

The aircraft ZK-SVY is currently undertaking a high-resolution survey of the greater Christchurch area. The data from this survey will enable Christchurch to lead the way in sustainable and efficient design and development in future.

Mike says completing this survey will require a large number of flight lines backwards and forwards over the city. He says to keep the amount of flying to a minimum, operations are being scheduled outside commercial airline flight operations times, which means some night time operations.

“We are working closely with Airways Corporation, who control the airspace around Christchurch,” he says. “All our aerial surveying complies with air safety regulations. This includes flying above 3000ft and operating within specific hours set by Airways to avoid interfering with commercial flight paths. We realise this may be an unwelcome annoyance for some, and apologise to anyone our aerial work has disrupted.”

Landpro says the aerial work won’t last much longer – the company expects to complete the project within the next two weeks, subject to weather.

Details of upcoming flight times in urban areas will be updated frequently. 



What work is this aircraft being used for?
The aircraft is capturing a high density aerial (LiDAR*) topographic survey of Christchurch. These surveys are routinely captured and the last time this was captured over Christchurch was 8/Feb/2019.

Why is this aircraft flying low?
The aircraft is required to fly low to capture up to 16 pulse returns per metre for highly accurate topographic mapping of the natural environment, city surfaces and the built environment.

How long will this work be carried out?
The work is due to be completed today (weather and flight clearance dependant). The company has been asked not to fly past 20:00 for the remainder of the project.

Why is this air craft being flown at night?
The aircraft has been coordinating with air traffic control to get flight clearance. Unfortunately they have not been given the airspace during the day so have had to fly into the night. 

Why does this aircraft fly over the same area multiple times?
The flights are conducted with front and side overlap in their capture swathes so a continuous ground and surface model can be extrapolated.

*LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) data, or height data, is precise laser measurements of the Earth's surface that is used for creating highly accurate 3D maps of the land. Having better elevation data will enable the city council to map infrastructure including transport network and impervious surfaces and improve the slope and elevation information that go into Land Information Memorandum reports. LiDAR topographic datasets are also foundational datasets that scientists use to improve geological, flood and coastal natural hazard models. It provides land information to benefit better planning for development, engineering, architecture, and design applications by the private sector and is available to the public via open data on Canterbury Maps, a joint project by regional and territorial councils of Canterbury.


Kate's Nuffield Presentation

Check out this short video snip it of Kate presenting her Nuffield New Zealand Report on 'Enabling Better Environmental Outcomes in Agriculture'

We are so proud of Kate and her achievements!

To listen to the full video head to - enabling better environmental outcomes in agriculture

Pyramid Valley Bridge Opening!

Pyramid Bridge Project!

For the past 18 months, Landpro in conjunction with Gore District Council, Southland District Council and Environment Southland have been working on the Pyramid Bridge rebuild. Our team were involved in the surveying, ecology and consenting components of this project and last Friday marked the official opening of the bridge!

Mike Freeman (Senior Planner/Scientist) attended the opening and was proud to have been part of this great community project!