During World War Two, with the increased demand for their services, the Beechcraft AT-11 Kansan ZK-AHO was added. See blog at http://nzcivair.blogspot.co.nz/search?q=aho
In the early 1960's came the requirement for greater altitude than what the Kansan could handle so an Aero Commander 680F was ordered. C/n 680F-1289-132 was built as N78395 and arrived in NZ on 19-09-1963 and was registered as ZK-CDK on 01-10-1963 to NZ Lands and Survey Department and NZ Aerial Mapping Co Ltd of Hastings. It was named "Matariki".
Ownership passed solely to NZ Aerial Mapping Ltd on 28-05-2001 and then to NZAM Consulting Ltd of Auckland on 02-07-2003.
It was then leased to Aerial Survey Ltd of Nelson from 21-09-2009
Jump a few years now to 21-02-2006 when it was seen at Hastings.