Ecologists at Wetlands workshop in Northland

Sharing Their Smarts: Our Team Takes Centre Stage at Industry Workshops

Showcasing their industry-recognised expertise, we look at the recent presentations delivered by our ecologists, project managers, and engineers, highlighting the knowledge they shared with industry colleagues.   Richard Taylor – Engineer Richard represented New Zealand at the respected 2024 Water Loss Conference in San Sebastián. Richard’s expertise was on full display as the only engineer…

5 Reasons To Hire A Landscape Architect

Landscape design is often an overlooked aspect of development projects, sometimes addressed solely to meet resource consent requirements. However, when you involve a landscape architect early on, it can significantly enhance the project’s overall outcome. Our team of landscape architects collaborates with other professionals to ensure your development is: Functional: Designed with usability in mind,…

land development glossary

Land Development Glossary of Terms

Curious about land development? This glossary explains key terms in clear, easy-to-understand language, whether you’re a homeowner or industry professional. A – B Abatement Notice: a legal document issued by a local council or government agency, to address a violation of law.  Examples include environmental or building codes. It outlines what you’ll need to do to…

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Land Development in New Zealand – what’s the latest?

Land development in New Zealand is making headlines with 3 stand-out articles in the past few weeks.   1.  Fast-Tracked Infrastructure: A Threat to NZ’s Biodiversity? A recent article from The Conversation looks at how local government’s Fast-track Bill could speed up big projects, but some worry it might hurt New Zealand’s unique wildlife. The…

Guide to subdividing land in Auckland

Simplifying Subdivision in Auckland

Subdividing land in Auckland can be a complex process, but the feasibility depends on your land’s size, zone, and public infrastructure access. Here’s a simplified breakdown: Zones and Minimum Lot Sizes Terrace housing and apartment buildings zone: This zone allows the most development, with buildings up to seven storeys. Resource consent applications with development plans are…

Thomas Consultant Resource Consent Planner

Choosing the Right Planner for Your Resource Consent: No Headaches Required

By Imogen Trupinic – Senior Planner at Thomas Consultants Getting a resource consent can feel like navigating a maze. That’s where your planner comes in – they’re your guide, negotiator, and cheerleader all rolled into one. But with so many options, finding the right fit can be daunting. Fear not! Here’s the lowdown on what…

What is a cross lease property?

What Is A Cross Lease?

What’s the difference between a cross lease and a freehold property?  A cross lease property and a freehold property differ significantly in terms of ownership structure, rights, and legal implications. Here’s how they differ: Cross Lease:  Properties typically share driveways and water services as all homes sit on one piece of land. Making structural changes to…

Thomas consultants charity

Support Cambodia communities through Well Drilling

Driven by a commitment to social good, Thomas Consultants sponsored wells in Cambodia through local charity partners in 2011 and 2013. This project delivers clean water to vulnerable villages plagued by contaminated supplies and natural arsenic in the soil.     Our Involvement over 6 Years In 2017 our company had the opportunity to sponsor…

construction tested for soil contamination

The Importance of Soil Testing in Land Development

Soil contamination refers to the presence of hazardous substances or pollutants in the soil that can affect the development process and pose risks to human health and the environment. Contaminants such as heavy metals, petroleum hydrocarbons, pesticides, and other industrial chemicals can leach into the soil, posing significant challenges.  It can be found in historical…