Our Team

Wairau Estate is being proposed by Oakura Farm Park Ltd. After sucessfully establishing The Paddocks developement the company is now looking to develop Wairau Estate. Meet the team behind the project below.


Oakura Farm Park

Oakura Farm Park is a tract of rural land at Oakura nestled beneath the Kaitake Ranges, lying to the south of Wairau Road and with Surf Highway SH 45 on its western boundary.

In 2010 Oakura Farm Park Ltd sought and obtained Council consent for the subdivision and development of a portion of the Farm Park land holding for rural-residential lifestyle. This development, known as The Paddocks’ is accessed from Upper Wairau Road via Pahakahaka Drive and Ekuarangi Place. A hallmark of the development is the retention of the natural land features, and the maintenance and enhancement of the natural vegetation. All of the original vegetation, including the natural water courses, has been protected as Open Space for future generations under Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) Trust Covenant.

A lengthy period of detailed technical investigation and assessment of the 58ha site has been completed by a team of local experts. Meet the Wairau Estate team members below.

Mike McKie


Mike has been the prime mover behind the successful ‘The Paddocks’ lifestyle development in Upper Wairau Road commenced 2010 and now believes the time is right to proceed with development of the balance of the land holding. As with ‘The Paddocks’, Mike places great importance on minimising land disturbance and retaining and enhancing the natural environment.

Says Mike, ‘With Wairau Estate, my aim is to achieve a unique urban environment that offers a choice of lifestyles that people will be proud to call home and that will positively contribute to the future growth of Oakura.’

Colin Comber


RMA and Environmental Planner at Comber Consultancy. Colin has applied his extensive experience and expertise in environmental planning in developing the initial concepts for Wairau Estate.

Colin has also been responsible for co-ordinating the inputs from the various other disciplines represented in the Team and for writing up the Private Plan Change Request document that forms the statutory framework on which Wairau Estate will be based.

Alan Doy


Registered Land Surveyor, McKinlay Surveyors. Alan has been a director of McKinlay Surveyors since 2003 and has over 20 years experience in the land surveying industry with proficiency in land development and subdivision design, land transfer surveys, and the Resource Management consent process.

McKinlay Surveyors is a small, highly skilled Land & Engineering Surveying business that has operated throughout Taranaki since 1881.

Richard Bain


Principal Landscape Architect, Blue Marble. Richard is the owner of Bluemarble, an architectural landscape practice based in New Plymouth. Richard has practiced as a landscape architect for some 25 years. He has worked on assignments in both the public and private sector.

His expertise traverses landscape design at macro and micro scales, visual impact assessment, and policy and rule development for district plans, and reserve and other landscape management plans.

Melanie Sparks


Landscape Architect, Blue Marble. Melanie Sparks is an experienced landscape architect, Melanie is committed to exceeding the expectations of her clients through excellent design and a determination to create beautiful landscapes Landscape Architect.

Andy Skerrett


Andy is the principle at AMTANZ Ltd a traffic management consultancy. Originally from Cornwall, UK where after graduating with B.Eng in Civil Engineering Andy, worked in both highway asset management and highway design. Andy moved to Taranaki (New Zealand) in 1996 again working in highway asset management.

Between 1998 and 2017 Andy led a private sector infrastructure team across a broad range of investigation and design projects in the infrastructure space both in New Zealand and off-shore including significant work in the Oil and Gas industry.

As of early 2017, Andy became an independent consultant working in the highway field particularly focused on traffic engineering, project and construction management.

Andy Fraser


Andy Fraser Managing Director & Principal Engineer Red Jacket Ltd, Civil Engineers.

Red Jacket, based in New Plymouth, are independent civil and structural engineering consultants currently practicing across all facets of this valued profession to a solid base of clients in the Civil and Local Authority, Structural & Building, Earthquake and Industrial sectors.

Red Jacket originated in 2003 and continues to build on the sound reputation of Andy Fraser, a civil and structural engineer of some 35 years experience, in the Taranaki Region through his dedicated team of staff professionals.

Red Jacket continue to have established relationships with local businesses covering Architects & Designers, Engineers, Surveyors, Quantity Surveyors, Specialist Contractors and Construction Companies.

Kim Jansen


Senior Civil Engineer Red Jacket Ltd, Civil Engineers.

Kim Jansen, with 22 years’ experience in Civil and Environmental Engineering and with strengths in project management, roading, hydraulics and hydrology has been Red Jacket’s engineering lead on the Wairau Estate project.

Cees Bevers


Ecologist, Oecologico Ltd. Cees Bevers is an ecologist based in New Plymouth, with 14 years experience in the private sector as an independent consultant, after a start in the conservation sector. As Oecologico Ltd, Cees provides expert ecological consulting services. Oecologico has recently merged with Landpro Ltd, a multidisciplinary consultancy specialising in environmental planning, surveying, and aerial mapping. The mainstay of Cees’s work is carrying out Ecological Impact Assessments for a variety of proposed activities for both the private and public sectors.

Cees’s background began in conservation work, focusing on land based forest ecology and birds. Over the years the demand with environmental impact assessment work allowed branching out it general ecological survey work encompassing wetlands and streams, often in rural areas where developments were occurring. The client group has ranged from local government, conservation trusts, land developers, to large energy companies.

Ivan Bruce


Archaeological Resource Management Archaeologist. Ivan has been specialising in the archaeology of the Taranaki region since 2006 and has expertise in archaeological site survey and assessment, analysis and interpretation of material remains recovered from archaeological investigations, providing advice and assessment of effects on archaeological sites arising from development and other land uses. Ivan also advises on mitigation of effects and impact reduction and on the excavation and monitoring of archaeological sites

Damian Ellerton


Damian is an Associate in the New Plymouth office of Marshall Day Acoustics, an NZ-wide acoustics consultancy. Damian specialises in environmental acoustics and his more than 15 years’ experience with MDA ranges across a wide range of projects from single owner-operator businesses to national corporate companies. Employment with New Plymouth District Council in the mid 1990’s introduced Damian to the requirements of Councils and the then newly introduced Resource Management Act. This experience in a regulatory environment is also of benefit when District Plan reviews of noise issues arise.

Damian has undertaken the assessment of traffic noise along Surf Highway 45 where it adjoins Wairau Estate Since and has provided guidance about noise attenuation that in time will feature as noise barriers in the subdivision design and development that is envisaged for the site.

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