Drone technology

13 August 2018

The NZ Landcare Trust is reaching new heights, using the latest in drone technology to capture geographical information and imagery thanks to a generous grant from the Palmerston North City Environmental Trust (PNCET).

Utilising a drone to capture both images and video recordings of catchment areas throughout the country, the footage can be used to educate, inform to enable better decisions to be made for the work programmes the Trust and its stakeholders are carrying out.

NZ Landcare Trust Manawatu/Whanganui Regional Coordinator Alastair Cole applied to the PNCET for the funds to purchase the drone and was successful with a grant that covered most of the costs.

“We were fortunate enough to have been able to borrow a drone from another organisation previously so we could see how useful it would be for the Trust to have its own, and use the footage of it for so many purposes, most of all, to enable to us to tell our story more and spread the word of the work we do,” he says.

“Being able to use this in the rural landscape, to begin with throughout our local region here in the Manawatu, and then throughout other regions too, gives us access to areas that might have been more difficult to reach on foot. So far, this drone has travelled for nearly three kilometres from where we started and it runs beautifully. To be able to capture a good amount of a catchment and see where we need to be working, or show the work we have done – that is fantastic for us.”

The drone will also be used at field days and events throughout the Manawatu/Whanganui region, and further afield.

NZ Landcare Trust CEO Dr Nick Edgar is thankful for the support of PNCET.

“Grants like this help us to further our reach within the communities and regions we work in. This one piece of technology is going to be thoroughly used in so many ways, for our Trust and stakeholders, but more importantly, for the catchment areas we work in. This is an exciting development for NZLT.”

Thank you PNCET!