Our Team

Clark Fortune McDonald is a locally owned company which has a continuous connection back to an Otago/Southland surveying practice established in 1898.

Who are we

 Clark Fortune McDonald has highly qualified staff experienced in all facets of cadastral land surveying and land development and administration. We are conversant with legislation relating to land surveying, resource management and general property issues.

NEIL MCDONALD - B.Sc (Surv) Otago (1977) Registered Surveyor 1978

NEIL MCDONALD - B.Sc (Surv) Otago (1977) Registered Surveyor 1978


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.


Licenced Surveyor / Director

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

GAVIN READ - B.Surv Otago (1998) MNZIS MCSNZ

Licenced Surveyor / Director

Gavin is the manager of our Christchurch Branch. He’s been part of the Clark Fortune McDonald team since 2011. He spent a couple of years after graduation in Northland gaining his registration as a Surveyor, then headed over to England for four years working as a site engineer on a range of construction projects. He returned to Christchurch in 2005 where he has been working as a Licensed Cadastral Surveyor since. 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 20 years work experience, Gavin has considerable knowledge and experience in all aspects of land development. Outside of work Gavin enjoys spending time with his family and is a mad keen fisherman.


Licenced Surveyor / Director

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.

NICK GEDDES - BSc Geog. Grad Dip EnvSci

Senior Resource Management Planner - Manager

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)

Senior Resource Management Planner

Emma holds a Bachelor of Science majoring in Land Planning and Development. Emma joined Clark Fortune McDonald and Associates in January 2006 as a graduate from Otago University. Since then Emma has gained valuable and extensive experience in resource management planning, engineering and project management from working on projects such as Jacks Point, Millbrook, North Lake and a number of other smaller scale urban and rural developments within the wider Wakatipu and Wanaka regions. Emma is capable of seeing your project through from early concept to completion.


Licenced Surveyor

Toby Stoff has been with Clark Fortune McDonald since 1999. He specialises in land development engineering, project management, contract administration, construction surveying and quality control systems.
Outside of work Toby enjoys spending time with family & friends, supporting his family in their endeavours, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and photography.

ROY BUCHANAN – B.Surv Otago (2008) MNZIS

Licenced 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) MNZIS Senior

Licenced Surveyor

After graduating from Otago University in 2003 Eddie has gained valuable experience in land surveying and land development projects throughout the globe including New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. Eddie joined Clark Fortune McDonald at the start of 2013 and now calls Queenstown his home. He is extremely proud of the local region and is enthusiastic about progressive sustainable development to meet the growing region demands. Eddie takes a uniquely blended technical and strategic approach to complex projects and problems to find innovative, sustainable and cost-effective solutions tailored to the client. Leading a portfolio of land development projects, Eddie is an advanced designer, communicator with an easy-going interpersonal style which allows him to engage effectively with clients to achieve superior project solutions and outcomes. A member of the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors and a Licensed Surveyor, Eddie brings a level of professionalism and attention to detail to his work.



B.Com, Dip. Grad, Charted Accountant

After twenty-something years of working as a Chartered Accountant, Melissa decided to mix things up a bit and she currently works part-time taking care of Clark Fortune’s administration. You’ll find her at our Queenstown office reception Monday to Thursday. The rest of the time you might find her taxiing her children around, helping out at her husband’s business, skiing with the family, taking the dog to agility class, coaching netball, cooking dinner – or maybe enjoying her spare time with a good book (this will happen one day).

PAUL COOK - B.Surv Otago (1993) MNZIS

PAUL COOK - B.Surv Otago (1993) MNZIS

Licenced Surveyor – Consultant

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.

DYLAN HILLS - B.Surv Otago (2018) MNZIS

Graduate Surveyor

Dylan completed his Bachelor of Surveying at Otago University in 2017 and soon after joined the team at Clark Fortune McDonald in Dunedin. Since joining the team Dylan has been mostly involved in land development engineering, topographical surveys and construction set out. Dylan is developing his skills in the industry and is working towards becoming a licensed cadastral surveyor.


Senior Survey Technician

Rupert has been working for CFMA for 12 years and is Senior Survey Technician. He has worked on a variety of projects from ski field development to rural subdivisions and everything in between. He grew up in the Wakatipu Basin and 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.

KAREN HANSON BSc MREP (Otago And Massey)

KAREN HANSON BSc MREP (Otago And Massey)

Consultant Planner

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.

JOSHUA JARVIE – B.Surv Otago (2017) MNZIS

Graduate Surveyor

Josh has been a part of the CFM team since finishing his degree at the University of Otago in 2016. Since beginning full time work, Josh has been involved in many large - scale projects such as Bridesdale Farm and Kawarau Falls Bridge Project, as well as numerous small – scale projects such as topographical surveys, redefinition surveys, LT subdivisions, general set out, asbuilts and BOMA surveys.

His goals for the near future include becoming a licensed cadastral surveyor and fine-tuning his skills in detailed civil design.



Ben graduated from the University of Maine in the United States in 2012 with a Bachelor in Survey Engineering Technology. Ben worked surveying in Maine in 2013-14. He has been with us since 2016 and worked on large projects ranging from subdivisions to golf courses to ski fields as well as small projects such as general set out, redefinition surveys, topographical surveys, LT subdivisions. Ben is a CAA Certified Drone Pilot and our drone specialist. He is skilled in Pix4d and producing both 3d models and orthometric photos.

Also can tune skis and snowboards.

BEN MCLEOD – B.Surv Otago (2018) MNZIS

Graduate Surveyor

Ben finished his Bachelor of Surveying degree at the University of Otago in 2017. As a student Ben gained surveying experience in Cromwell, with projects including road construction and vineyard development. Ben also worked in Sydney completing engineering set out on large high rise construction projects. Since Graduating Ben has joined the team in Queenstown as a Graduate Surveyor. Ben has been involved in various projects including topographical surveys, construction set out, small and large scale LT Subdivisions and redefinition surveys. Ben is excited to develop his skills and work towards becoming a Licenced Cadastral Surveyor.


Graduate Surveyor


Senior Survey Technician

Steve’s been working for CFMA for about 20 years. He’s a hands-on Surveyor with a wealth of experience. Most days you will find Steve on-site carrying out field work. Steve grew up in Auckland, spent a few years in Aussie, then came back to NZ where he started working for CFMA in Queenstown. He re-located to Christchurch in 2012 to assist the Christchurch Branch.

JOSEPH CAREY - B.Surv Otago (2018) ANZIS

Graduate Surveyor

Joseph finished his Bachelor of Surveying degree at the University of Otago in 2017. He joined Clark Fortune McDonald in 2018, since joining he has been involved in a range of cadastral, engineering and topographical surveys. Outside of work Joseph enjoys fishing and tramping.