Keeping you safe on-site

September 2017

Health and safety is always our top priority....

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Week of Engineering attracts future engineers

September 2017

The world of engineering was brought to life across the nation....

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All things are made from chemicals

September 2017

HG Water and Wastewater Manager Iain Rabbits has been involved in the Stage Two Havelock North Water Contamination Inquiry....

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Election outlook - party policies

September 2017

We take a look at the sectors we work in, and each party's policies...

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HG picks up prestigious ACENZ awards

September 2017

We enjoyed great success at the Innovate NZ Awards of Excellence last month....

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Queenstown-based manager appointed

September 2017

A recent Queenstown appointment creates an immediate presence for HG in the region...

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HG Board changes

June 2017

Two new appointments to the Harrison Grierson Board were approved at yesterday’s Annual General Meeting....

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Meet our new environmental scientist

June 2017

New appointment in HG's new Environmental Services unit....

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We're open and on the move

June 2017

HG now have a presence in Hamilton, and our Newmarket office is set to move back to Parnell....

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The world of engineering comes alive with Week of Engineering 2017

June 2017

Discover what the world’s humblest superheroes create every day with the Week of Engineering....

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Landscape architects win award of excellence

June 2017

HG landscape architects scoop up top award....

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Harrison Grierson recognises 14 key people

April 2017

Congratulations to our 14 team members who have been recognised for their technical leadership and excellence....

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Congratulations to Glen Cornelius on becoming a fellow of IPENZ

April 2017

We are delighted to announce that Glen Cornelius, our Managing Director, has been made a Fellow of IPENZ....

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GAME-CHANGING SURVEY TECHNOLOGY IS HERE

March 2017

We’re the first in NZ to own the high-tech Trimble SX10. It’s a game-changer in survey equipment....

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Awards News

March 2017

We recently attended two awards ceremonies as finalists, and have been short-listed for another....

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New faces for Tauranga and Christchurch

March 2017

We're pleased to introduce three new senior staff in our Christchurch and Tauranga offices...

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Exciting new era for Harrison Grierson

February 2017

On 1 February 2017, we merged with traffic and transportation engineering specialists, T2, creating a new business unit called HGT2...

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HG makes H&S History

January 2017

Harrison Grierson recently made health and safety history, with the highest score ever recorded in New Zealand for SiteWise certification...

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HG Tauranga adopts the future way of working

December 2016

Located in the heart of Tauranga’s CBD, our new office in Spring Street is modern, bright and spacious....

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BIG PICTURE PLANNING MANAGER IN CHRISTCHURCH

December 2016

Rachel Ducker, a big picture thinker and highly experienced senior planner, has been appointed Planning Manager in our Christchurch office....

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HG engineers create world first

December 2016

Our structural engineers have used the latest technology in two world first applications....

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Who is Iain Rabbitts?

September 2016

When the recent Havelock North water contamination issue hit the headlines, Iain Rabbitts became an authoritative voice on the matter...

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Harrison Grierson Leaders to the fore

September 2016

In August 2011, Margaret created history at Harrison Grierson when she became our first independent director. Her appointment as our Chairman in...

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SENIOR SURVEY APPOINTMENT FOR HARRISON GRIERSON

September 2016

Harrison Grierson has appointed Clare Tolan to General Manager - Survey. This completes our General Manager appointments...

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HG CHAIRMAN NEW HEAD OF WATERCARE

August 2016

Congratulations to our Chairman, Margaret Devlin, on her appointment as Chairman of Watercare Services Limited, effective from November 2016...

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HAVELOCK NORTH WATER CONTAMINATION TOTALLY PREVENTABLE, SAYS HG WATER EXPERT

August 2016

Our Water & Wastewater manager, Iain Rabbitts, says it was only a matter of time before contaminated water caused widespread sickness...

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SIGNIFICANT NATIONAL AWARD WIN

June 2016

Harrison Grierson recently won two awards - including the coveted supreme award, at the New Zealand Planning Institute’s 2016 Awards....

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KEY SENIOR LEADER APPOINTED

June 2016

We recently appointed a top specialist infrastructure manager and engineer to the newly created key role of Business Development Lead....

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Harrison Grierson promotes key staff

June 2016

Congratulations to our 10 staff members whose promotions have just been announced....

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Prestigious appointment for Harrison Grierson director

March 2016

Harrison Grierson independent director, Elena Trout, has been elected President of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ)....

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Key Appointments

March 2016

We’re pleased to introduce three new key people and an important internal appointment....

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Christchurch - five years on

March 2016

Cantabrians have much to be positive about, says Glen Hughes, our southern regional manager. “We can be optimistic about our future, despite"...

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Key infrastructure appointment

March 2016

Sina Cotter Tait has been appointed Infrastructure Team Leader in our Christchurch office....

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International Water Expert Appointed

January 2016

An international water expert has been appointed to a key role in our Auckland office....

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What lies ahead - National Infrastructure Plan

December 2015

The 30 year Infrastructure Plan was published by Treasury’s National Infrastructure Unit in October. It identifies big challenges for NZ....

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Meet our Master of Disaster

December 2015

Warren joined HG earlier this year from the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) as our Civil and Infrastructure Services Manager....

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Making older buildings ‘safe as houses’

December 2015

Our exclusive capabilities in modelling and retrofitting existing buildings are in high demand. We’re using state of the art structural analysis...

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New landmark for Auckland Airport

September 2015

Quad 7 will be a striking new landmark and an important gateway building when it’s completed next year....

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Earthquake laws bring no aftershocks

June 2015

Recently proposed changes to the earthquake prone building policy means there are some important points to remember...

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Introducing our new team members

June 2015

We’ve had a few new appointments to our wider team and would like to introduce you to who they are, their roles are and a bit about them....

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Announcing two new technical directors & staff promotions

April 2015

Two of our senior managers were appointed Technical Directors on April 1, and 12 other staff members...

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Introducing NZ's first exclusive structural modelling service

March 2015

Our structural team is offering state of the art structural modelling techniques, with the potential to save clients millions of dollars....

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Celebrating 130 years in business

March 2015

This year, Harrison Grierson celebrates 130 years in business....

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We’re finalists in prestigious Australian awards

March 2015

Harrison Grierson was proud to be finalists in this week’s Australian Financial Review Client Choice Awards 2015 in three separate categories...

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HG takes home the awards

December 2014

Our water team is riding a wave of success. In the last few months, it’s received four prestigious...

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Two independent directors appointed

December 2014

Two experienced business leaders joined the Harrison Grierson Board in June....

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NEW OFFICES for Wellington, Christchurch and Manukau

December 2014

Our Wellington, Christchurch and Manukau teams have moved to fantastic new premises this year…...

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Meet our international seismic specialist

December 2014

Ioannis Prionas joined us last year as Team Leader of Structural Engineering...

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Kawakawa Bay - award-winning sewerage

December 2014

Kawakawa Bay is a small coastal settlement on the south-east coast of Auckland. Until the installation...

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Seismic rehabilitation for Wellington heritage building

December 2014

Adelphi House is a seven-storey heritage building built in 1928. Located in Wellington’s Courtenay Place Heritage Area, it was designed...

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Harrison Grierson Re-engineers Itself

March 2014

Today’s launch of a new visual identity for Harrison Grierson symbolises two years of significant positive...

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Next stages for Mount Isa sewerage upgrade

December 2013

Design work on Stages 2 and 3 of Mount Isa’s $33 million sewerage upgrade has been commissioned, with work...

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Three Big Wins for Water & Waste

December 2013

Our Water & Waste team is enjoying three major successes...

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Sustainability Report 2012/2013 Released

September 2013

Harrison Grierson has just released its fifth Sustainability Report, outlining our sustainability practices as a company...

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Harrison Grierson appoints two key managers

September 2013

Harrison Grierson has appointed two highly experienced managers in key strategic areas of growth for the company...

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$10 Million Water Upgrade Averts Economic Loss

June 2013

A state of the art $10 million upgrade to the 70-year-old Kerepehi water treatment plant on the Hauraki Plains...

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Harrison Grierson Grows by 200%

June 2013

An explosion of work on the Christchurch rebuild has seen staff numbers grow by over 200% in 12 months for...

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Harrison Grierson wins major New Zealand Planning Institute Award

June 2013

An expert in Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) has jointly won a major New Zealand...

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Seismic Rehabilitation Design for 7 Storey Heritage Building in Wellington

May 2013

Harrison Grierson structural engineers have recently completed the complex seismic rehabilitation design of...

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Learning & Development manager for Harrison Grierson

May 2013

Harrison Grierson has appointed Craig Gillett as its Learning and Development Manager...

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The Lakes, a Major Residential Suburb in Tauranga

April 2013

Harrison Grierson continues its role as professional advisor and design consultant on the Lakes residential project...

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New head for Harrison Grierson Tauranga

April 2013

When Australasian engineering and design company, Harrison Grierson, appointed Dave Needham as its Tauranga...

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Harrison Grierson appoints Olympic structural engineer

April 2013

Harrison Grierson has appointed a highly specialised structural engineer from Greece to meet heavy demand...

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Election outlook - party policies

September 2017

With uncertainty about who will form our Government after the 23 September elections, we take a look at several of the key sectors we work in and each political party’s policies.

WATER
There have been two contrasting statements on water quality from the Government and opposition parties.

National Party
National has announced $44 million in further funding from its Freshwater Improvement Fund (including for the Waimea Dam), and funding for two irrigation schemes.

The Government has gazetted its updated National Policy Statement, and Regional Councils have until 31 March 2018 to set preliminary regional targets for freshwater quality.

Regional Councils’ implementation of the NPS will largely inform what happens in each region in terms of investment in river and lake clean-up and will have an impact on larger infrastructure projects as well.

Opposition parties
The Labour and Green Parties are both campaigning on introducing a charge on all commercial uses of water. The details will be worked through following nationwide consultation. The Labour Party has indicated its preferred price would be in the region of 1-2c per 1000 litres of water, raising $100 million across the agricultural sector.

The Green Party has indicated that a different regime might apply to hydro generators, while Labour has excluded hydro altogether.

Labour’s policy excludes water takes from municipal water supplies.

Both parties recognise iwi interests and Treaty claims over water would need to be resolved before a charge could be introduced. In reality this raises extremely complex legal issues which will take many years to be resolved. The likelihood of the policy coming to full fruition in the first term of a Labour/Green Government is therefore low.

The lack of detail on the policy has alarmed the rural sector – particularly Federated Farmers, Horticulture New Zealand and Irrigation New Zealand. The overall implications for water infrastructure are: • Charges on all irrigation schemes, affecting the viability of new and existing projects;

• Greater restrictions on dairy intensification, possibly via a new National Policy Statement.
• Funding for dams and other projects directed to Regional Councils via the royalty scheme, rather than through the Freshwater Improvement Fund.
• No direct impact on urban water.

New Zealand First
New Zealand First does not support the water charges proposed by Labour and the Greens. Should Labour form a government with New Zealand First following the election, they may need to revise some or all elements of the policy.

NZ First is focused on the rural sector and winning votes in regional New Zealand, indicating this would be a priority for them in any coalition negotiations with the Labour Party.

TRANSPORT

National Party
The National Party has recently released its full Transport policy. You can expect more of the same – there are unlikely to be any surprises or significant new projects which have not been previously signalled.

In Auckland, the Government is pleased with the impact of the Waterview Tunnel, which in their minds has alleviated some of the immediate pressure to invest in rail to the Airport. National continues to resist calls to include a rail connection to the North Shore in the second harbour crossing. Ministers are aware of challenges with the City Rail Link and will pay close attention to the project.

Funding has been announced for the electrification of rail to Pukekohe, and a third main line from Wiri to Westfield. In general, however, the Government has muted enthusiasm for rail and particularly light rail.

National opposes the introduction of regional fuel taxes – mainly for political reasons rather than any philosophical or economic justification. Privately their position is that there is “plenty of money in the kitty” so no need to bother with unpopular new taxes.

In Wellington, Government funding for transport projects is contingent on Let’s Get Welly Moving and local government decisions. The Prime Minister has repeatedly expressed willingness to invest in Wellington but the Government will not step in over the Council’s leadership.

Opposition parties
Labour has released their transport policy, which includes:

• A light rail network from the CBD to the central suburbs, airport, and West Auckland within the next 10 years.
• A new Bus Rapid Transit line from Howick to the airport.
• New cross-town bus priority routes including New Lynn-Flat Bush, Point Chevalier-Botany, Silverdale-Whangaparaoa, and Howick-Glenfield.
• Regional fuel taxes to fund the acceleration of these projects.

The Green Party has not yet released its full transport policy. Their 2014 policy involved scrapping proposed projects such as the East West Link, and using the funding for public transport projects.

The Greens have set a target for 25 per cent of freight to be moved by rail within 10 years; and will electrify rail between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga. There is no signal from the Labour or Green parties about the intended process to get procurement of these projects up and running to the timelines they have indicated.

BUILDING AND HOUSING

In early August, the Government released the latest National Construction Pipeline Report. Residential, commercial and infrastructure building activity is forecast to continue to boom for the next three years at least. The report projects 100,000 homes will be built over the next three years. It also shows new construction spreading to the regions rather than just the main centres.

No political party, other than the ACT Party, has yet released policy on Resource Management Act reform. National has campaigned on RMA reform for the last two elections, but passed a watered down version of the RMA Amendment Bill last year. It is doubtful whether National will be able to pass further reform without achieving an outright majority in Parliament.

The Government considers its Housing Infrastructure Fund a success and this is likely to be enhanced in the next term of government, providing opportunities in local infrastructure projects.