An example of Rural Design's ideal catchment

Rural Design established in 1984 as a result of the need for a changing attitude towards land and the way it is used. We observed the required need to rehabilitate human degraded landforms, drainage patterns and ecosystems to assist enhancement and sustainability of the natural environment. We understand the importance of diversity and associated economic benefits of having a multitude of business options rather than singular business operation. We promote looking at sustainable long-term land use practices by analysing the lands capability and identifying patterns of appropriate land use using visual mapping techniques.

Our current and future direction in the way we manage land has to look at adaptive and resilient landuse practises that benefit not only human progress but also the environment that supports us. The land we live on has a diverse range of functions including the need to sustain productive capabilities while accommodating human growth and the life supporting capacities of the natural and physical environment. In this new age of intensified landuse we must also look at the market benefits of enhancing and sustaining the natural environment. 

Multidisciplined Approach

Whether we are farmers, horticulturists or developing land for subdivision or  other land-use practice; Rural Design believes it is critical that we identify and protect the associated catchments and its drainage. Only then are we making inroads to sustainability in the simplest form. This philosophy remains generic to the Rural Design brand name, and forefront to any project we carry out. We are always looking to protect water quality and enhance biodiversity as a dual activity with any proposal. We also like to assist landowners to help realize economic opportunity from use of their land. We promote diversity of land-use so as to provide more than one income stream.

Our Values


Recently Rural Design has come up with a set of values that we believe best describes what we aim to be.

Excellence:  A commitment to high quality outcomes for what we do

Kaitiakitanga: To be stewards over the land. To maintain and enhance our taonga for future generations.

Community: To share knowledge with the community and use our skills for the betterment of the local people through education and employment.

Communication: To maintain clear and effective communication both within our business and externally with clients.

Safety: To be conscious of maintaining a safe workplace for all employees