Land Development and Subdivisions

The Project

Bioresearches’ has a wealth of experience in identifying and managing the effects and pressures of land developments on the natural environment.

Some of Bioresearches’ recent development projects include:

  • Weymouth Development (2013)
    This 16 ha site was announced by Housing Minister Nick Smith and Auckland Mayor Len Brown in 2013 as part of New Zealand’s largest community housing project at the time. Bioresearches was engaged to undertake ecological assessments of the development site’s land, watercourses and coastal marine edge (Waihmahia Inlet). Following Resource Consent, Bioresearches undertook fish relocation, lizard and vegetation management to avoid and minimize adverse ecological impacts and ensure compliance with the consent conditions. Scoop NZ
  • Hobsonville Point & Bomb Point (2007-2015)
    A 167 ha community and Marine Industry Precinct at the former RNZAF military airbase. The site provides 3000 dwellings, two schools, shops, offices, open space and a ferry terminal. Bioresearches assisted with various Plan Change and Land Use Consent applications on behalf of Hobsonville Land Company and Clark Road Landowners Group. Baseline ecological surveys were undertaken and for terrestrial, freshwater and coastal birds, and management was provided for threatened plants, native lizards and freshwater fish. 
  • PAK’nSave Silverdale (2010-2011)
    Bioresearches relocated 25 nationally “At Risk” ornate skinks and three copper skinks from rough grassland, into safe habitats near the supermarket. Revegetation alongside this area will also secure more habitat for these rare lizards as the plantings mature.
  • Kuratau, Taupo District (2009-2018)
    Bioresearches undertook terrestrial and freshwater assessments for this subdivision project. Long-tailed bats using habitats in the area were tracked commuting along the Kuratau River.
  • Gills Road, Albany (2005, 2009-2013)
    Terrestrial and freshwater ecological assessments were undertaken at this former plant nursery. Bioresearches provided an assessment of effects and provided management for native lizards (copper skinks and forest geckos).
  • Kaipatiki Road, Glenfield (2008-2012)
    Terrestrial and freshwater ecological assessments were undertaken at this former plant nursery. Bioresearches provided an assessment of effects and ecological management plan to assist with Resource Consent. Implementation of the management plan and relocated 57 protected native lizards (copper skinks) from scrub vegetation within the subdivision footprint. Post release monitoring showed copper skinks moving into replanted habitats, and previously unrecorded nationally “At Risk” ornate skinks were also identified at the site three years after the completion of habitat enhancement works.
  • Harrison Road, Mt. Wellington (2012-2013)
    This retirement village complex required a terrestrial and freshwater assessment. Bioresearches also undertook a fish relocation from an existing lake on the site.
  • Te Tumu, Tauranga (2009-2010)
    Terrestrial and freshwater ecological assessments were undertaken at this Special Ecological Area (SEA). Bioresearches provided an assessment of the Te Tumu block (760 ha) to determine whether or not the SEA registrations for the site, as per the proposed Tauranga City Plan, were supported by the characteristics and quality of habitats in identified areas.

Key details


Land Development and Subdivisions
Private and public sector

Project team

We worked with Public and private sector clients including
Babington Brown & Associates
Cheal Consultants Ltd
Clark Road Landowners Group
Goodland Glenfield
Hobsonville Land Co.
Lewis Consultancy Limited
Summerset New Zealand
Tamaki Collective Consortium