About Us

eLandNZ was established in 2006 by Hugh Riddiford. Hugh recognised the significant potential for forestry and farmers to diversify their operations by including more sustainable land management which would improve the economic returns.  

Since inception eLandNZ has helped numerous land owners, Maori entities, foresters, businesses and government bodies to review and implement alternative sustainable land use.

eLandNZ has a team of people across New Zealand with a diverse range of skills required to manage the entire transitional process. From farmers in Canterbury to apiculture experts in Northland, and from forest and quarry experts in Gisborne to carbon traders in Auckland - we have all bases covered.

Whether you are wanting to clean up waterways, plant trees for carbon, move to regenerative farming, prevent soil erosion, investigate apiculture or just chat about opportunities that may be suitable for your land, eLandNZ have the expertise to assist.

What We Do

We work with farmers, foresters, Maori entities and trusts to help ensure their land is put to best use. Our focus is on delivering solutions that ensure long term sustainability, environmental enrichment and enhance returns for our partners.

We offer a full service from reviewing current land use to recommendations for future use to implementation including consents and assessment of outcomes.

Every piece of land and the way it is employed now, and historically, is unique so we tailor our services to meet the specific needs and optimal opportunities for that land. We take a holistic approach, and where appropriate, consider and include the local environmental impact and the community in our solution.

Since inception, eLandNZ has helped numerous land owners, businesses and government bodies implement alternative sustainable land uses. This includes:

  • Apiculture Forestry
  • Permanent Forestry - Carbon Farming
  • Riparian Forestry - Waterway Management
  • Closed Loop farming

Riparian Forestry

The quality of waterways in NZ is a significant focus of the government. There is a sustained effort to encourage the improvement in the health of waterways across the country.

Managing land use, livestock, effluent and erosion around lakes, streams and rivers is critical to supporting the improvement of water quality. Planting around and near waterways can have a major impact on water quality and natural habitat restoration.

eLandNZ helps production forests resolve environmental issues, such as soil erosion and polluted waterways, and can turn these liabilities into sustainable revenue generating land use areas that help protect the local environment and support community wellbeing.


Over recent times the quality of New Zealand waterways (stream, rivers, lakes) has become compromised due to farming, industry, and other human activities. However, local councils, communities and the government have recognised the importance of waterways as their ecosystems and there is a drive to improve the quality of water across the country.

Riparian zones are areas of land bordering freshwater areas – lakes, streams, wetlands and rivers. By fencing off and planting around these areas significant improvements can be made to

  • control soil erosion
  • protect the habitat
  • control pollution and enhance water quality.

eLandNZ has experience in supporting land owners to protect and improve waterways which not only benefits these habitats but can substantially improve the environment of the local communities around the areas.

Apiculture Forestry

Quality NZ honey is like gold. eLandNZ has extensive experience and expertise in growing Manuka ensuring the health and wellbeing of the plants, bees and operations.

Critical to the success of any apiculture venture is the correct planning, preparation, planting and management of the nectar source as well as the bees.


Carbon dioxide is the most commonly produced greenhouse gas and is a key contributor to global warming. Carbon sequestration is the process of capturing and storing atmospheric carbon dioxide. In doing so we reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere which can help reduce global climate change.

The global climate crisis has highlighted the need to take rapid action to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and take steps to counter emissions we produce.

Carbon Farming (planting tree farms) is a popular way of sequestering atmospheric carbon. However converting entire farms that are food producing (such as beef, sheep and dairy) into forests can have a negative impact on the surrounding local communities.

eLandNZ is committed to find ways to enable this reduction whilst at the same time providing a financial benefit for the people who are enabling these projects.


Hugh Riddiford


Robin Seal


Lloyd Powell

Managing Director

Sheldon Drummond

General Manager

Zahra Woodroffe

Administrator and Accounts

Gail Meier

Carbon Expert and Trader

Nigel Brunel

Farmer Representative

Don Anderson

Contact us

If you have land that you would like to put to alternative use, or if you are interested in investing in sustainable land-use projects, please get in touch.

Phone: 027 251 9575

Visit: Level 4, 136 Customs Street West, Auckland 1010

Or fill in the form below.