These days, regulatory bodies want compliance with some fairly complicated rules. While we did not create the challenges you may be facing through emerging regional council regulations, we are determined to help where we practically can.

In all regions, the rules (or the way in which regulators are applying them) are constantly changing. Staying abreast of these changes, and how they may affect your farming operation, is the job of Ravensdown Environmental.

About Ravensdown Environmental

We are a small-but-growing team with one key objective: helping you align your goals and future aspirations for your farm, within the environmental regulation framework.

As a user-pays consultancy, we charge to cover costs. Our pricing reflects the fact that we are providing a commercial service (which has to be sustainable) without seeking to exploit affected farmers. Our consultants work with farming operations of all sizes on a first come, first served basis.

Professional Services

Our experienced team of environmental consultants, coupled with our network of collaborators, can provide an array of environmental services. Our integrated services include the following, but please get in touch if you can't see what you need here:

  • Nutrient Budgeting with OVERSEER®.
  • Farm Environment Plans (FEP; FEMP;SMP).
  • Resource Consent Applications.
  • Water Quality Monitoring and Laboratory Testing.
  • Wastewater and Effluent Testing and application modelling.
  • GIS Mapping.

To see more on our services download our
Integrated Service Brochure

If you need a resource consent, are looking at changing your farm system, assessing land use options prior to purchasing or selling additional land, or need to meet other regulatory requirements, we can help you navigate through the complexity of environmental and regulatory constraints in your area.

To see more on regulations download our 
Analysis and Planning Brochure

 All our nutrient budget projects are led by Certified Nutrient Management Advisors, using the latest version of OVERSEER® nutrient modelling software, and the latest set of OVERSEER® data input standards.

Our Team

Mark Fitzpatrick

Business Manager
BAppSci (Env), PGDip (Env Sci), MSc

I’m an experienced environmental scientist with a background in business and sales. I’ve worked in NZ and overseas specialising in environmental impact assessment. My focus is developing our environmental consultancy and engaging externally, particularly with Regional Councils in the implementation of regional plans.

Adrian Brocksopp

Principal Consultant
B Agr Sci (Hon)

I have been involved in the New Zealand agricultural industry for over 15 years. This has enabled me to develop an excellent understanding of New Zealand Dairy, Sheep, Beef, and Arable farming systems. I am passionate about our industry and the quality products that we produce.

Arron Hutton

Principal Consultant
B Agr Sci (Hon), Certified NMA

I have been involved in the agricultural industry for over 15 years in a number of roles. I enjoy utilising my knowledge of farm systems and regulations to help farmers work through the ‘compliance headache’. I believe being informed on nutrient management provides as many opportunities as it does limitations for farmers.

Colin Tyler

Principal Consultant
B.Agr.Sc, PGDip Bus Admin (Mgmt), Certified NMA

I have been involved in farming all my life - as a sheep and beef farmer in Central Hawke's Bay, and in a variety of roles in the rural industry. Recently my career has focused on how environmental regulations have become part of farming businesses, returning to Ravensdown to help shareholders understand and meet their requirements.

Tim Lissaman

Senior Consultant
B Appl Sci (Ag) (Hon), Certified NMA

I am passionate about our agricultural industry. Both the quality products we produce, and the passion, knowledge and technology that is used to produce these products in a sustainable way. I like to work with my customers and offer them science based advice specific to their business to help them achieve their farming goals.

Kelly Morris

Senior Consultant
B Appl Sci (Ag) (Hon), Certified NMA

I am passionate about our agricultural industry. Both the quality products we produce, and the passion, knowledge and technology that is used to produce these products in a sustainable way. I like to work with my customers and offer them science based advice specific to their business to help them achieve their farming goals.

Mark Crawford

Principal Consultant
B Ag Sci, Certified NMA

I have had over 20 years’ experience in the rural sector and enjoy a challenge in finding solutions to farm problems and removing barriers to current systems. I have spent over 17 years delivering a wide range of agricultural education topics at all levels. I believe in a learning centred approach, and also enjoy all aspects of training others.

Andree Callaghan

Consultant
B For Sci (Hon), Certified NMA

I grew up on an Arable farm in South Canterbury, and have a keen interest in the rural sector. After finishing my degree at Canterbury University I joined Ravensdown as part of the Graduate Programme. I am passionate about environmental issues and enjoy working with shareholders to benefit their farming business.

Clare Buchanan

Consultant
B Sci (Env), Certified NMA

I am a recent Environmental Science graduate, and moved to New Zealand two years ago to pursue a career in agriculture. I am eager to assist Canterbury farmers comply with Environment Canterbury’s new legislation while ensuring their operations remain sustainable.

Courtney Mitchell

Consultant
B.Sc (Animal Science, Ag. Science), B.Sc (Hons)

Originally from a family farming background in the Manawatu, I have developed a passion for the land and the wider agricultural sector, through my career and personal life. I take great pride and satisfaction in what I do as part of the rural sector and will ensure I continue to instil these values, among others, throughout my professional career.

John Holmes

Consultant
B Com Ag (VFM), Certified NMA

Originally from a farming background in Mid-Canterbury, I am passionate about our agricultural industry. With 25 years farming experience, coupled with other industry roles, I want to help farmers make sure their business planning and operational farm systems are robust, and meet increasing regional regulatory rules.

Kate Higgins

Consultant
B Sci (Ag), Certified NMA

My background is focused on animal and plant science having studied vet nursing. I spent many years in plant breeding and studying agricultural science at University. My area of biggest interest is farm sales and how the nutrient work is now a large part of buying or selling properties, and how it can have a massive effect on the price.

Nicole Wheadon

Consultant
Bsc Animal Sci. (Hons), PhD.

I moved to New Zealand 5 years ago to complete post graduate study, and entered a career path in the environmental field. I am particularly interested in the reduction of environmental emissions created by agriculture and providing support to farmers in their compliance and regulatory issues through innovation.

Nouman Kyamanawa

Consultant
Msc (Animal Science), Certified NMA

I have recently completed my Masters at Massey University. I am extremely enthusiastic about the NZ agricultural industry and love being involved in developing projects that yield positive outcomes to on-farm system sustainability and that mitigate the effects of intensive agriculture on water quality.

Sarah Sexton

Consultant
B Ed (Dip Teach), Certified NMA

For the past six years, I have worked for Ravensdown in central Waikato. I have an excellent understanding of Dairy, Sheep, Beef, and Arable farming systems. I thoroughly enjoy working with shareholders to maximise business productivity, while meeting nutrient and environmental considerations.

Jennifer Armstrong

Advisor
B.Com (Ag)

After growing up on a dairy farm in the Coromandel I am passionate about agriculture, and determined to drive the agricultural industry to success. I have been drawn to work in the environmental field as I see this as a space that farmers need support in. I look forward to supporting farmers through regulatory challenges.

Jen Ritchie

Advisor
B.Sci (Ag)

After completing my Agricultural Science degree, I was part of the 2017 Ravensdown graduate programme, following which I became a Farm Environmental Advisor. I am passionate about the Agricultural industry and its importance to New Zealand. I look forward to helping farmers comply with environmental regulations, and to produce in an environmentally sustainable way.

Suzanne Light

Consultancy Administrator

I have worked at Ravensdown for 15 years, joining the Environmental Team in 2014. I support our Business Manager and Regional Principals in the day-to-day running of the consultancy. I enjoy working in the rural sector, particularly being part of a team dedicated to helping farmers comply today, and farm successfully into the future.

Call our Customer Centre on 0800 100 123 and ask for Ravensdown Environmental.