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July 3, 2016 LDE General Manager Bruce Waltersfeatures in Gisborne Herald

General manager of Land Development and Exploration Bruce Walters talks to Justine Tyerman about his work and the many factors people have to consider when buying land these days.

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Click here to read the “Rockstars” article in the Gisborne Herald

I want to move some earth….

Contact LDE with your land contamination queries!

I am planning making changes to my land and these changes are earthworks. What do I need to know?

If you are undertaking earthworks or any other change of land-use at your site you may need an environmental practitioner to:

  • provide sound advice on your project,
  • check that the regulations under the current legislation are being adhered to.

What is a resource consent and do I need one?

A resource consent is essentially permission or a permit to carry out an activity that may affect the environment. The activity you want to carry out may contravene what is stated in the local or district plan, and this is why special permission is required to undertake the works.

What do I do next?

It is best to contact your local Council before undertaking any earthworks. It is likely that the Council will have information about the historical use of the land. This can help determine if a preliminary site investigation (PSI) is required before you undertake any earthworks or soil disturbance.

A PSI report will identify the historic land use and will assess whether a Hazardous Activities and Industries List – HAIL – activity has occurred at the site. This will inform you as to whether the National Environmental Standard – NES – applies to your site or not. One of our Environmental Practitioners at LDE can provide you with a PSI.

If the NES does apply to the site because it has been confirmed that HAIL activities have been undertaken, and your proposed earthworks do not meet the requirements of ‘Permitted Activity’, then a Detailed Site Investigation (DSI) may be required in order to get a resource consent.

A DSI would typically include soil testing for contaminates and would ultimately assess the risk of contamination associated with the earthworks.

Contact one of LDE’s environmental engineers if you are considering carrying out any changes to your land and think you might have past or present contamination. We can undertake the Preliminary and Detailed Investigations at your site. We can also prepare a remediation action plan, outlining any proposed remediation work, a site management plan, and a site validation report upon the completion of any remediation works.

Give us a call on 0800 397 566 or email info@lde.co.nz . We look forward to hearing from you.

I know there used to be a market garden here….

Contact LDE with your land contamination queries!

I am planning on making changes to my land – what do I need to know?

If you are buying or selling a property, undertaking earthworks, subdivision works, or any other change of land-use at your site you may need an environmental practitioner to:

  • provide sound advice on your project,
  • check that the regulations under the current legislation are being adhered to.

What is the current legislation? How does it affect me?

The current legislation is the ‘National Environmental Standard’ (NES). This came into effect on 1st January 2012. The onus is on you to find out whether your property has contaminates on it above the guideline value for the proposed land-use. This must be done before you undertake certain activities on your land.

Why must I do this? Surely if it’s really small scale it doesn’t matter?

Contaminated land can potentially harm people and the environment over the long and short term.

Contaminated land is largely associated with past activities involving the use or storage of hazardous substances. In New Zealand, common past activities and industries which have created contaminated land include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • the use of pesticides,
  • timber treatment,
  • sheep-dipping, and
  • the storage and use of petroleum products

Contact LDE environmental engineers if you are considering carrying out any changes to your land and think you might have past or present contamination. We are happy to answer your questions and carry out Preliminary Site Investigations (PSI) and if required, Detailed Site Investigations (DSI). These will help identify and inform you about potential contamination of your land and what to do next.

Give us a call on 0800 397 566 or email info@lde.co.nz . We look forward to hearing from you.

1st October 2015 Warkworth LDE Engineer features in Mahurangi Matters

Our Senior Structural Engineer Paul Jaquin went to Nepal as part of New Zealand Aid to assist with the rebuild after the earthquake. He caught up with George Driver of Mahurangi Matters to talk about what was involved and give us an idea of the longer term idea of the rebuild and how things were going. The picture shows him testing 100 year old mortar.

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Click here to read the “Warkworth Engineer Helps Quake Ravaged Nepal” article from Mahurangi Matters

1st July 2015 LDE feature in Mahurangi Matters

We are pleased to have an article in the Warkworth and Rodney-based paper ‘Mahurangi Matters’. Our Principal Georg Winkler discusses the geological chaos that exists underneath the area of New Zealand north of Auckland, right up to Cape Reinga. Parts of this region are known geologically as the Northland Allochthon. Essentially, under your feet in this region is geologically very mixed up. We do recommend getting a geotechnical report done before you embark on your building project!

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Click here to read the Mahurangi Matters article “Rodney Rocks Cause Chaos”

8th June 2015 LDE feature in Gisborne Herald Business Quarterly

We are pretty pleased that LDE have recently featured in the 8th of June 2015 edition of the Gisborne Herald Business Quarterly. Attached is the article. We are highly enthused that our talents in the field of dodgy geology have been recognised. Realistically, New Zealand is covered in dodgy geology, from the Northland Allochthon to Expansive Soils. All of these are quite problematic when it comes to building and so actually, if you do suffer from dodgy geology, LDE are the right people to help you sort it out.

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Click here for page 1 of the article

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2nd March 2015 LDE Feature in Contractor Magazine

In March 2015 we featured in the most excellent New Zealand publication New Zealand Contractor Magazine, published by Contrafed. Click on the link provided to read about LDE and experiences through the eyes of our Principal, Georg Winkler.

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Click here to view the article and have a browse through what else Contractor Magazine has to offer.