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# 170921 31-Mar-2015 07:11
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So am in Auckland (West), and council have told me that I need to get an arborist and ecological report on an area that I want to put a deck into....any recommendations on who could do this?

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  # 1273890 31-Mar-2015 07:51
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Sounds expensive. Good luck.

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  # 1288585 21-Apr-2015 15:37
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got one from Protree - pretty good to deal with

protree.co.nz

 
 
 
 




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  # 1288591 21-Apr-2015 15:41
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The arborist report was the easy to get part. The ecological report was the hard one - with most companies being all interested, and then once they find out how small our project is, they back out and say "sorry we cant help you/too busy/etc"...awesome....but did finally manage to get one - although pretty much doubled my costs in one sitting because both reports were about the same price :\ argh...I love the council process :(

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  # 1288772 21-Apr-2015 19:48
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When you say ecological report do you mean an AEE? (Assessment of environmental effects)



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  # 1288912 22-Apr-2015 07:58
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That would be a question for council - I was asked by them for an "ecological report" (which from what I understand does include an assessment of the environmental effects). Lots of companies out there do them; just not many want to play ball with us :) haha meh - moot point, as the kind folk at wildlands are helping us out in this instance :)

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  # 1288946 22-Apr-2015 09:23
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FYI for a resource consent application we needed an AEE. I ended up doing it myself as consultants were going to be way too costly. Learnt alot and probably saved thousands.



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  # 1288948 22-Apr-2015 09:29
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yeah so the requirements are different in this situation - our one needs to be carried out by a qualified ecologist.

 
 
 
 


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  # 1288950 22-Apr-2015 09:36
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Wow, must be super special ecology located where your deck is going. Love it how we have to spend $$$ on specialist reports, then have to pay council more $$$ just to spend time reading the reports, plus the $$ we get charged for communicating with council via phone/email about the reports themselves.



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  # 1288955 22-Apr-2015 09:41
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it is some special area (I forget the term - so many different classifications our section seems to have been landed with)...but yeah it is a money spinner for council aye!

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  # 1288962 22-Apr-2015 09:46
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yeah and sometimes those designations are not spot on. Our land was listed as containing an archaeological site. So we were required to hire an Archaeologist to resurvey the land - at great cost!. After my own research with some assistance from heritage NZ (no charge) we found it was incorrectly recorded as being on our section, when the surveyed site was 200m away.

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