A rich and colourful past

 

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We really have been so much more than a bloke with a theodolite for some time now.

RPC Land Surveyors has a long & proud history of surveying, beginning in 1970 when John Rainford moved to Whakatane and purchased an existing small survey practice. Fourteen years later he employed Peter Crane as a graduate surveyor from Otago University Survey School.

Peter is now a Director of RPC, based in the Mount Maunganui office and, together with his fellow Directors, continues to drive the specialist, high quality outcomes for Clients which remain the cornerstone of the firm’s philosophy.

One way that we have always tried to deliver the best outcomes for clients has been in the area of technology. We have always tried to keep at the forefront of changes in technology and were one of the first survey firms to become computerised and invest in a computer and survey software – a significant investment at the time but key to our ongoing commitment to being “so much more than a bloke with a theodolite”!

But we didn’t stop there! Next came our investment in one of the first electronic Total Station theodolites to allow us to move from using an optical theodolite and steel band. We have always believed that we have the best staff and they are committed to working with the best technology in order to ensure accuracy and efficiency and that commitment will continue into the future.

In 1987 we were right in the middle of the Edgecumbe earthquake of March 1987. The Whakatane office survived the quake and staff were involved for several months in the rebuild of the Tasman Pulp and Paper Company in Kawerau and the reestablishment of survey control in the Eastern Bay of Plenty.

We have had a long association with Tasman Pulp and Paper Company (now Norske Skog Tasman). We’ve been involved with work in and around the mill site and working long hours on the paper machines during shutdowns. This involved working 12hour shifts in confined, hot and challenging environments completing very precise surveys, always with the pressure of time and deadlines.

More recently, we completed a full survey of the Rangitaiki river from the Matahina Dam to the coast obtaining stopbank information and river cross sections. This involved working from jet boats up and down the river at some hair raising speeds.

Today, we continue to work with a wide range of clients, from individuals to corporations, with widely differing needs. Our commitment continues to be to bring knowledge, expertise and perspective to help our clients ensure that their wider land development objectives are effectively met.

 



 

Meet the Directors

RPC is headed by a group of directors with years of experience and knowledge that will directly benefit your project whether large or small.

 

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Peter Crane

Director, Mount Maunganui office

Qualifications:
Registered Professional Surveyor
Licensed Cadastral Surveyor
Bachelor of Surveying (with Credit)

Professional Affiliations:
Member of Consulting Surveyors of NZ
Member of NZ Institute of Surveyors

Peter began working as a surveyor in Whakatane after graduating from university in 1985. The work involved land development surveying and included engineering surveying at the Tasman Paper Mill in Kawerau.

In 1988 Peter moved to Mount Maunganui to open a new office and in 1990 became a Director of the company. Peter has now had over 20 years work experience in the Mount Maunganui, Bay of Plenty area in urban and rural land development. The office has grown and expanded to now being able to offer a full range of land development services.

Peter deals with most of the clients in offering subdivision and land development advice. Peter's primary skills are subdivision design, development engineering, and the preparation of resource consent applications for subdivision. This includes Resource Management Act obligations and implementation and project coordination.

On a personal note, Peter adds:

Try and be involved in my 2 children’s activities as much as possible by watching, organising events, or assisting with the running of the sport.

Keen on the New Zealand outdoors and scenery, in particular tramping in the hills and mountains and travelling the country. Try and fit in a motorbike trip to a remote part of NZ once a year. Also enjoy travelling overseas when possible to see different cultures, experiences and landscapes.

Chairman of the Otanewainuku Kiwi Trust. This is a trust involved with the protection of 1200ha of bush close to Tauranga. I am involved in the pest control, management of the bush and the release of NZ brown kiwi back into the bush and the protection and release of other native bird species.

Always enjoy good food and a good red wine.

Mount Maunganui is a fabulous place. So I try and get down to the beach and a walk up or around the Mount as often as possible.

07 575 4911

0274 912 424

peterc@rpc.co.nz

Peter Crane


 

Andre Conradie

Director, Auckland office

Qualifications:
Registered Professional Surveyor
Licensed Cadastral Surveyor
Bachelor of Surveying

Professional Affiliations:
Member of Consulting Surveyors of NZ
Member of NZ Institute of Surveyors

Andre began his career as a trainee surveyor in South Africa in 1982 after having worked previously as an engineering survey technician. Andre gained extensive experience in both the private and public sector before relocating to New Zealand in 2000. Andre joined RPC Ltd as office manager of the Auckland office in 2002 and became a director in 2004.

Andre's primary skills are subdivision design, development engineering including road design, drainage design, overland flow assessments, stormwater capacity analysis, Resource Management Act obligations and implementation and project coordination.

On a personal note, Andre adds:

Since relocating to New Zealand, we have explored the country extensively and really appreciate and enjoy the outdoor life and scenery. Both my wife and I are keen trampers. The City of Sails has a lot to offer and is a great place to live but to get away from it all there is nothing better than getting out on the Hauraki Gulf on a nice day in our boat to enjoy a spot of fishing which is one of my favourite pastimes.

I am a bit of a petrol head and never miss a Formula 1 Grand Prix or a Moto GP. I am a big supporter of both Sebastian Vettel and Valentino Rossi.

I do appreciate good and interesting food. From that viewpoint Auckland, with its diverse cultures, offers good opportunities to explore cuisine from other countries. It follows on that I try my hand at cooking and regard myself as a bit of an amateur chef.

09 273 7505

027 271 2070

andre@rpc.co.nz

Andre Conradie


 

Paul Ellison

Director, Mount Maunganui office

Qualifications:
Registered Professional Surveyor
Licensed Cadastral Surveyor
Bachelor of Surveying

Professional Affiliations:
Member of Consulting Surveyors of NZ
Member of NZ Institute of Surveyors

Paul has a total of 18 years experience in the field of surveying with 15 years experience as a registered surveyor. Paul began his career with RPC Ltd in 1994 moving onto opening a new office for the firm in Greerton, Tauranga in 1995 employing a number of technical and professional staff in the process to complete varied projects.

Paul specialises in rural and infill urban subdivisions, land title surveys and boundary redefinition, subdivision design, preparation of resource consent (subdivision) applications, Resource Management Act obligations and implementation and project coordination.

On a personal note, Paul adds:

Like more than a few kiwis, I come from a farming background and started out as a shepherd mustering on horseback on the East coast of the North Island – boundaries were sometimes a contentious issue and hence my interest in becoming a surveyor.

My interests have remained with outdoors stuff such as sailing, windsurfing and tramping.

My passion is currently flying and I hold an instructor rating for gliders and am currently the President of the Tauranga Gliding Club. I also hold a micro light license and most weekends, if it’s a nice day, I try and sneak off somewhere in the aeroplane within a 100 mile radius just to have a look around.

Also enjoy hanging out with the kids, going camping or kayaking or just watching sport.

07 575 4911

0274 409 462

paul.ellison@rpc.co.nz

Paul Ellison


 

Blair Jackson

Director, Mount Maunganui office

Qualifications:
Registered Professional Surveyor
Licensed Cadastral Surveyor
Bachelor of Surveying

Professional Affiliations:
Member of Consulting Surveyors of NZ
Member of NZ Institute of Surveyors

Blair completed his survey degree at Otago University in 1996. Thereafter he joined RPC and worked in the Whakatane office until 2000 when he transferred to the Mount Maunganui office. Blair became a Director of RPC in 2009.

Since starting with RPC, Blair has obtained over 15 years of valuable experience in rural and urban surveys as well as land development engineering for larger subdivisions.

Blair enjoys working with clients and helping them optimise the outcomes of their projects, however the size small to large. Like the rest of the RPC Team, Blair works hard to build long term relationships with clients, knowing that this is how the very best outcomes are accomplished for all involved.

On a personal note, Blair adds:

The main reason I got into Surveying was the chance to work outdoors/indoors, enjoy the fact that every project would be different and to work directly with the client which, I realised very early on, is where my greatest contribution and, therefore, satisfaction is achieved.

I was born in Nelson, grew up in Tapanui (West Otago) and Dunedin before moving to the Bay of Plenty in 1996 for work, in which I am enjoying the lifestyle and climate.

My main interests are sport – unusual for a bloke, eh ‐ and I follow the Boston Red Sox’s in MLB, New Orleans Saints NFL and the World Rally Championship. It’s tough getting to games but I owe a debt of gratitude to TV and the Internet.

Most of my free time is now taken up with my young daughter who has been a great addition to our family, but I do enjoy a good book or movie when I have time.

07 575 4911

027 289 5001

blairj@rpc.co.nz

Blair Jackson


Hilton Watson

Director, Director Auckland office

Qualifications:
Licensed Cadastral Surveyor
Bachelor of Surveying (with Credit)
National Diploma in Surveying

Professional Affiliations:
Member of Consulting Surveyors of NZ
Member of NZ Institute of Surveyors

 

Hilton began working part time for RPC while studying to become Survey Technicians at UNITEC in 2002. He then continued onto Otago University and graduated with his degree in 2007. Hilton became a director in 2016.

Hilton has continued to be a permanent member of the RPC team for just over 15 years. During that time he has obtained extensive knowledge in infill subdivision, land development engineering design and resource consent applications. This includes

Resource Management Act obligations and implementation and project coordination. Like the rest of the RPC Team, Hilton works hard to build long term relationships with clients: this has never been more prevalent than during the implementation of the new Auckland Unitary Plan.

On a personal note, Hilton adds:

I’m the son of a builder and grew up on construction sites. I always saw these guys walking around doing something and curiosity got the better of me: turns out they were surveyors. Once I realised what they were up to, it was always in the back of my mind ‘I wouldn’t mind doing that one day’.

I’m a pretty stereo-typical Kiwi bloke I’m a big sports fan and still play rugby and touch at my local club; having recently won Bronze at the World Masters Games 2017 with my rugby team.

The body is getting a bit tired so I’ve also taken up paddle boarding and lawn bowls to keep activate and see the outdoors. A bit more fishing is on the cards as well.

My partner and I love exploring New Zealand and the World; there’s nothing better than chilling with a beer, experiencing new cuisine and enjoying the culture. We’vegot a new family member on the way as well, so that’s going  to open up a whole new
world of excitement and delights.

 
09 272 7505

0274 718 689

Hilton.w@rpc.co.nz