Our RDA CONSULTING
Introducing Marion Johnson who started with RDA in early November as our Research Manager. Marion has a background in sheep and cattle farming, she then swapped boots for a desk and gained a second degree in Environmental Biology and a Masters and PhD in Veterinary Parasitology.
Her postdoc on natural anthelminthics in native plants began a career focus combining animal health, environmental and cultural issues. Other projects with the deer, goat, and dairy industries have addressed animal health, biodiversity and the farm environment.
She has just returned from two years working as the Sustainability lead on a large European project which provided invaluable experience in assessing the sustainability not only of systems but of many proposed ‘fixes’. Marion is looking forward to supporting farmers in seeking solutions to the issues that face agriculture today. ... See MoreSee Less
Marion how lovely to see you back - have often wondered where you were and what Nail is up to. Where are you based?
Welcome Marion, we need to have that coffee sometime soon!
Welcome back Marion, missed you😊
Introducing Anita Osborne who has joined the Invercargill team as an Environmental Planner. Anita obtained her degree in Environmental Management at the Southland Institute of Technology. Having grown up in the Waikato and Southland Anita has been immersed in and worked on sheep, beef and dairy farms. She spent the last year processing resource consents for various environmental activities within the Southland region.
Anita is looking forward to applying her knowledge and skills as an Environmental Planner to find practical solutions and navigate environmental legislation to prepare resource consent applications and give the best consent advice to her clients. ... See MoreSee Less
RDA CONSULTING CONFERENCE 2021
We held our inaugural Company Conference in Queenstown on 29th September and 1st October 2021. It was a good opportunity to get everyone together and the first day was spent learning about the company's strategy and vision, team culture and growth /branding. Hayden Paddon joined us as a surprise guest speaker and gave us insight into his world of rally driving, his team and his brand. After the serious stuff, the team met for a few drinks and dinner to unwind, mentally preparing for Friday's team activity. Friday dawned a beautiful day and we headed to the Queenstown Gardens for Frisbee Golf. We split into teams of 3 and took on the challenge of Frisbee Golf and a couple of quizzes, a lot of fun and laughs with Ollie, Tom and Shaun taking out the competition. The Conference was a great success and everyone is looking forward to next year! ... See MoreSee Less
Introducing Sarah Davidson who has joined RDA Consulting as a Senior Environmental Planner. Sarah has obtained her degree in Environmental Management at the Southland Institute of Technology. Sarah has spent over 7 years’ in planning, working mainly around Otago. She has worked on several large-scale resource consents including large wastewater discharges, non-complying subdivisions, commercial activities, air discharges and deemed water permits.
Sarah started with RDA Consulting in July and enjoys working with Clients to find practical solutions and navigate complex environmental legislation to give best consent advice and prepare resource consent applications. ... See MoreSee Less
Introducing Blake Hoare who has joined the Queenstown team as an Engineering Geologist. Blake studied Geology at the University of Otago and later obtained his Professional Master’s degree in Engineering Geology at the University of Canterbury.
He spent his graduate years working in Tauranga for a large interdisciplinary engineering firm working on roading and council infrastructure projects then recently has been working in Sydney working a mix of civil, open pit mining and tunnelling projects across Australia.
Blake is excited to be working in the Central Otago region and providing clients with timely and cost effective geotechnical solutions. ... See MoreSee Less
HOW BIG? This is one of our larger ponds to date, (although not the biggest!). A recent project completed for a Client in Dacre. Their existing dairy effluent pond was well past its’ use by date and more storage was required to meet current best-practice guidelines. Our design re-used part of the existing pond, replacing some embankments to increase the size, with a new HDPE liner and leak detection system fitted. The refurbished pond measures 86m x 40m and has a storage volume of more than 7 million litres, plenty of capacity to give our Client flexibility to manage their effluent according to best practice. The team at Wilson Contracting did an excellent job of the construction works. ... See MoreSee Less