Neil McDonald
B.Sc. (Surv) 1977 (Otago)
Registered Surveyor 1978
Executive MCSNZ, Corporate MNZIS, MRMLA

Neil is experienced in all facets of urban and cadastral surveying and administration. Neil has held an annual practicing certificate for over 30 years. Neil’s extensive work experience covers various development projects including large greenfield type residential developments, rural residential developments, apartment and commercial developments, resort developments, horticulture and resort developments, mining and quarrying activities, and tourism associated activities. All of these projects have required project management and administration, coordination of various disciplines, consultation and negotiation, project planning and design. Neil also has specialist skills in data and resource collection, including topographical data, aerial photographs, land ownership information and hazards records etc.

Survey Manager

Chris Hansen
B.Surv 1998 (Otago)
Registered Professional Surveyor

Chris joined Clark Fortune McDonald in 1998 as a graduate surveyor. After three years experience Chris completed his registration as a Surveyor Shortly after registration Chris worked abroad gaining overseas experience as a Land Surveyor and Site Engineer in Canada and the United Kingdom respectively. On his return in 2004 Chris took up the position as Survey Manager of Clark Fortune McDonald. With over 17 years post graduate experience, Chris has developed a wide range of skills in all aspects of Land Development. In this time Chris has been involved in many large scale land development projects.

Christchurch Manager

Gavin Read
B.Surv 1998 (Otago)
Licensed Cadastral Surveyor

After the completion of his Degree, Gavin moved to Northland where he became a registered surveyor after two and a half years. Shortly after he headed overseas to England where he spent the next four years working as a site engineer on a range of construction projects such as mutli-storey buildings, bridges and major road bypasses throughout London and the Midlands. He returned to Christchurch in 2005 where he has been working as a Licensed Cadastral Surveyor. During his time in New Zealand he has been involved in all aspects of land development on a range of large and small developments. Since the Canterbury earthquakes he has been involved in the reconstruction effort and has undertaken and overseen surveys in the hardest hit areas. With over twelve years work experience both in New Zealand and abroad, Gavin has considerable knowledge and experience in all aspects of land development with a strong background in construction.

Licensed Cadastral Surveyor

Hayden Knight
B.Surv 1998 (Otago)
Registered Professional Surveyor

Hayden has been a member of Clark Fortune McDonald since 2006. After completing his surveying degree at the University of Otago, Hayden moved to Northland where he gained work experience becoming a registered surveyor in 2002. Shortly after becoming registered he moved to London where he worked as a Site Engineer on several large construction projects throughout the city. In 2006 Hayden moved back to New Zealand and took up a position as a Licensed Surveyor with Clark Fortune McDonald in Queenstown. Since commencing work as a graduate surveyor in 1999 Hayden has obtained a wide range of skills in all aspects of the land development process while being involved in a variety of both very large to small developments.

Senior Resource Management Planner

Nick Geddes
BSc Geog, Grad Dip EnvSci

Nick holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geography and a Graduate Diploma in Environmental Science. He graduated from Otago University in 1999 and began his working career in Queenstown as a planning consultant.

In 2001 he was employed by Auckland City Council as a senior planner until he travelled to the United Kingdom in 2005. In London Nick worked within Borough Councils as a consents planner before returning to Queenstown in 2008 to resume his role as a planning consultant. During his time working in local government and private practice Nick has been involved in a wide range of developments, resource consent preparation, development of bylaw policy and administration, district and regional plan policy development and the preparation and presentation of expert evidence at Council Hearings and Environment Court.

Nick’s work experience traverses both the urban and rural environments. His core work is centred round subdivision and land use consent preparation as it relates to land development in the Queenstown Lakes District. However, Nick has prepared and successfully obtained consents relating to; Coastal Marine Areas, Department of Conservation and New Zealand Historic Places Trust concessions, Crown Minerals, Licences to occupy, Utility provisions, Notices of Requirement, Outline Plans, National Environmental Standards, Regional Air and Water Permits. While a majority of Nick’s work is based in the Queenstown Lakes District he has prepared consent applications and plan changes within a number of other Districts including; Selwyn, Christchurch, Dunedin, Invercargill, Auckland, Tauranga and Westland.


Emma Dixon
BSc (Land Planning and Development) 2005 (Otago)

Emma joined Clark Fortune McDonald and Associates in January 2006 as a graduate from Otago University. Since then Emma has gained valuable experience in planning, engineering and project management from working on projects such as Jacks Point, Millbrook and a number of other smaller urban subdivisions and developments within the wider Wakatipu region.

Senior Surveyors

Toby Stoff (Dunedin)
Registered Professional Surveyor

Toby has been with Clark Fortune Donald for 11 years, specialising in land development engineering and construction. Previous work experience includes seven years private practice surveying and engineering design in Coastal Otago, two years large-scale construction surveying in South Australia, 12 months seismic surveying in Saudi Arabia, and 12 months freelance hydrographic surveying around Europe and the Middle East. Toby has almost 20 years experience in the engineering and construction field, and has a strong understanding of the needs of our clients and the requirements of territorial authorities. Toby believes in a team approach where the client, consultant and the contractor work together in a fun environment to deliver a quality product on time and on budget. Toby is married to Thera and has two daughters, Maria and Katie.

Craig Woodcock
B.Surv (Otago)
Licensed Cadastral Surveyor

Craig joined Clark Fortune McDonald in early 2014 as a Licensed Cadastral Surveyor. After graduating in 2003 he shifted to Christchurch to work for a multi-disciplined consultancy as a graduate surveyor. After two years of this he decided to shift closer to home and took up a role with another Queenstown surveying firm where he worked towards gaining his Cadastral License.

After gaining his license the boom in Australia was Craig’s next calling. Here he spent four and a half years in Brisbane working on large transport infrastructure projects followed by 18 months as a FIFO surveyor on large industrial infrastructure projects based in Gladstone, while his family was based in Queenstown. Family and the international commute lead to Craig seeking work back in Queenstown.

Jamie Kirk
B.Surv Hons 2000 (Otago)
Licensed Cadastral Surveyor

After graduating from Otago University Jamie worked in Whakatane for four years and completed his Cadastral License in 2003. He then spent three years overseas working as a surveyor in Canada and as both a surveyor and site engineer in the United Kingdom. Jamie joined Clark Fortune McDonald in 2007 as a Licensed Cadastral Surveyor and has over 15 years’ experience including; subdivision and services design, urban and rural subdivisions, topographical surveys, engineering surveying, monitoring surveys and industrial measurement.


Roy Buchanan
B.Surv (Dist) 2008 (Otago)
Licensed Cadastral Surveyor

Roy joined Clark Fortune McDonald in 2008 as a graduate and worked in the Wanaka office on a number of projects before moving over to Queenstown in 2010. After becoming licensed in 2013 Roy left Queenstown and began working in Central Queensland, Australia, working on coal seam gas projects throughout the region. His time included a role as a Survey Manager for the $1.6 billion Woleebee Creek Central Processing Plant. Following the completion of the project, Roy returned to Clark Fortune McDonald in 2014.
Roy has developed a range of skills in all aspects of land development and construction surveying which can be applied to any project.

Eddie Murray
B.Surv (Otago)

After graduating from Otago University in 2003 Eddie worked for Paterson Pitts in Wanaka for 12 months then headed over to Australia working as lead surveyor on a multi stage urban subdivision. He travelled to Canada working for six months as a survey technologist. Eddie worked between Australia and Canada as an engineering surveyor for two years and then headed to England where he gained further engineering experience as part of the construction management team which bid, planned, phased and delivered nine million pounds worth of construction for the London Olympic Games.
In 2012 Eddie outgrew his backpack and returned to beautiful Queenstown joining the Clark Fortune team where he is currently the head surveyor on the Shotover Country subdivision project. Eddie looks forward to meeting new clients and the opportunity to make their proposals a successful reality.

Survey Technicians

Jack Creevy
BaGIS (2012)

Graduating from Flinders University, South Australia in 2012 with a Bachelor of Applied Geographical Information Systems, Jack held a number of roles as a GIS & Field officer in his home town of Adelaide before moving to Queenstown in 2015 to see snow for the first time ever and begin work at Clark Fortune McDonald as a Survey Technician

Rupert Gardiner

Rupert has been working for CFMA for 10 years as Survey Technician. He has worked on a variety of projects from ski field development to rural subdivisions and everything in between. He has recently started studying for his survey diploma to complement his years of survey experience and further his knowledge. He is a keen back country skier, mountaineer and a trained Mountain Guide. He also volunteers as team coordinator and leader for the Queenstown Alpine Cliff Rescue team

Planning Consultant

Karen Hanson
BSc MREP (Otago and Massey)

Karen Hanson is currently contracted to Clark Fortune McDonald. Karen holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geography and a Masters Degree in Resource Management and Environmental Planning. She has over 13 years experience as a resource management consultant here in Queenstown with past experience in Local Government.

Karen has considerable experience in subdivision and land use development with wide spread knowledge of the Queenstown area. Her experience includes residential, rural and resort development, commercial, recreational, industrial and mining activities. Karen is involved in district and regional plan implementation, consultation, negotiation and strategic advice to clients in both the public and private sectors. Her work also involves project management and implementation of consented development. Karen makes regular appearances in representing clients before resource consent hearing panels and the Environment Court.

Consultant Surveyor

Paul Cook
B.Surv (with Credit) 1993 (Otago)
Crown Accredited Agent

Paul began his surveying career in Alexandra in 1984 as a trainee Survey Technician for the local firm of McGeorge & Elder moving onto Assistant Survey Engineer on the Clyde Dam, New Zealand’s largest concrete gravity dam.
Following the Dam construction Paul completed his New Zealand Certificate in Land Surveying (NZCLS) in 1991 and continued his education graduating from Otago University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Surveying Degree (with Credit).
For the next ten years Paul worked for City Consultants, a division of the Dunedin City Council, gaining Professional Registration in 1996, rising to the position of Survey Section Team Leader, comprising the management and planning of all survey engineering related activities undertaken by the Dunedin City Council.

In 2002 Paul began work for MWH (NZ) Ltd as the regional Senior Surveyor undertaking Project Surveying work for the DCC and MWH both locally and internationally. Paul joined Clark Fortune McDonald from 2005 to 2011 to specialise in professional consultation to large project developments in Coastal and Central Otago. From 2011 to 2013 Paul worked for AAM in North Western Australia as a Senior Project Surveyor on mine expansion construction projects for Rio Tinto on a fly in fly out basis from New Zealand.

Since late 2013 Paul has worked as a Consultant Surveyor for Clark Fortune McDonald on large subdivision developments in Central Otago such as Northlake in Wanaka and Shotover Country. Paul is also Clark Fortune McDonald’s resident Crown Accredited Agent.