Spotlight on Planning: National Planning Standards are now live
The Government’s first set of National Planning Standards (17 of them) were released on 5 April 2019 and will come into force on 3 May 2019....read more
The Government’s first set of National Planning Standards (17 of them) were released on 5 April 2019 and will come into force on 3 May 2019....read more
Congratulations to our 24 technical experts who have been recognised for excellence and leadership in their fields....read more
Innovative sustainability features are the hallmark of the Bay of Plenty Regional Council's $25 million redevelopment of Regional House....read more
Vicki Taylor has joined us in the new role of Senior Programme Manager - Advisory Services....read more
A new high-level executive team has been appointed....read more
It is with pleasure that we announce the appointment of three highly talented independent directors to our board....read more
Congratulations to the three highly regarded industry leaders recently appointed to key senior roles at e-Spatial....read more
We’re delighted to announce the creation of our advisory services team....read more
Peter Affleck has joined our Wellington office in the key role of Team Leader - Building Services....read more
We’re delighted to introduce Greg Rozen, recently appointed as Technical Lead - Advisory Services....read more
Congratulations to Karen West, our General Manager - People & Communications on her appointment to the Board of Infrastructure New Zealand....read more
Digital monitoring to ensure New Zealand’s fleet of 1,100 commercial vessels is fishing sustainably is a game-changer for both the Ministry for...read more
Christchurch City Council’s transformative use of spatial technology won a significant award at the New Zealand Spatial Excellence Awards....read more
A fantastic opportunity has arisen for two independent directors to join our Board - one as our new Chair....read more
We’re delighted to announce the appointment of three senior leaders to key roles....read more
The engineering and construction industry was in the spotlight last month with the annual Week of Engineering event....read more
It was a great honour to receive an Excellence Award at the recent TVNZ Marketing Awards, for the Best Internal Marketing Strategy for the creati...read more
Earlier in the year we merged with spatial information specialists e-Spatial....read more
Harrison Grierson’s Young Professionals Group recently teamed up with Habitat for Humanity to help renovate a home for a local family in need....read more
Earlier in the year, Harrison Grierson got behind the Diversity Agenda....read more
The Week of Engineering returns for 2018 from 13-18 August celebrating the work engineers do every day, and showcasing amazing engineering feats....read more
Our traffic and transportation business unit HGT2 will come under the HG umbrella from Monday 2 July 2018....read more
Next week our Newmarket and HGT2 teams move into our new office in Parnell, Auckland....read more
An international expert in urban development has been appointed to a newly created senior role at Harrison Grierson....read more
The Week of Engineering returns this August to celebrate the work engineers do every day to improve the world we live in....read more
In just three months, our Newmarket and HGT2 teams will have a new home in Parnell....read more
HG is a participant employer in the LookSee Build New Zealand programme which aims to address NZ's need for engineers....read more
HG Senior Urban Designer, Lauren White has been appointed to a chair position on the Auckland Urban Design Panel....read more
Congratulations to our 26 employees who have been recognised for their technical excellence and leadership....read more
Change of some form is desperately needed, says our General Manager - Infrastructure Steve Finnemore....read more
Auckland currently faces some major issues. We have a growing population, a shortage of houses, and significant traffic congestion....read more
Our General Manager - Land Development, Richard McIntosh talks resilient infrastructure....read more
Auckland Transport and HGT2 (as a key consultant) scooped up the prestigious awards at the Asia Pacific Cycle Congress....read more
Harrison Grierson, along with more than 100 other companies, recently signed an open letter to New Zealand....read more
On 14 November 2017, we announced our merging with spatial information specialists, e Spatial....read more
Health and safety is always our top priority....read more
The world of engineering was brought to life across the nation....read more
We take a look at the sectors we work in, and each party's policies...read more
We enjoyed great success at the Innovate NZ Awards of Excellence last month....read more
A recent Queenstown appointment creates an immediate presence for HG in the region...read more
Two new appointments to the Harrison Grierson Board were approved at yesterday’s Annual General Meeting....read more
New appointment in HG's new Environmental Services unit....read more
HG now have a presence in Hamilton, and our Newmarket office is set to move back to Parnell....read more
Discover what the world’s humblest superheroes create every day with the Week of Engineering....read more
HG landscape architects scoop up top award....read more
Congratulations to our 14 team members who have been recognised for their technical leadership and excellence....read more
We are delighted to announce that Glen Cornelius, our Managing Director, has been made a Fellow of IPENZ....read more
We’re the first in NZ to own the high-tech Trimble SX10. It’s a game-changer in survey equipment....read more
We recently attended two awards ceremonies as finalists, and have been short-listed for another....read more
We're pleased to introduce three new senior staff in our Christchurch and Tauranga offices...read more
On 1 February 2017, we merged with traffic and transportation engineering specialists, T2, creating a new business unit called HGT2...read more
Harrison Grierson recently made health and safety history, with the highest score ever recorded in New Zealand for SiteWise certification...read more
Located in the heart of Tauranga’s CBD, our new office in Spring Street is modern, bright and spacious....read more
Rachel Ducker, a big picture thinker and highly experienced senior planner, has been appointed Planning Manager in our Christchurch office....read more
Our structural engineers have used the latest technology in two world first applications....read more
When the recent Havelock North water contamination issue hit the headlines, Iain Rabbitts became an authoritative voice on the matter...read more
In August 2011, Margaret created history at Harrison Grierson when she became our first independent director. Her appointment as our Chairman in...read more
Harrison Grierson has appointed Clare Tolan to General Manager - Survey. This completes our General Manager appointments...read more
Congratulations to our Chairman, Margaret Devlin, on her appointment as Chairman of Watercare Services Limited, effective from November 2016...read more
Our Water & Wastewater manager, Iain Rabbitts, says it was only a matter of time before contaminated water caused widespread sickness...read more
Harrison Grierson recently won two awards - including the coveted supreme award, at the New Zealand Planning Institute’s 2016 Awards....read more
We recently appointed a top specialist infrastructure manager and engineer to the newly created key role of Business Development Lead....read more
Congratulations to our 10 staff members whose promotions have just been announced....read more
Harrison Grierson independent director, Elena Trout, has been elected President of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ)....read more
We’re pleased to introduce three new key people and an important internal appointment....read more
Cantabrians have much to be positive about, says Glen Hughes, our southern regional manager. “We can be optimistic about our future, despite"...read more
An international water expert has been appointed to a key role in our Auckland office....read more
The 30 year Infrastructure Plan was published by Treasury’s National Infrastructure Unit in October. It identifies big challenges for NZ....read more
Warren joined HG earlier this year from the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) as our Civil and Infrastructure Services Manager....read more
Our exclusive capabilities in modelling and retrofitting existing buildings are in high demand. We’re using state of the art structural analysis...read more
Quad 7 will be a striking new landmark and an important gateway building when it’s completed next year....read more
Recently proposed changes to the earthquake prone building policy means there are some important points to remember...read more
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....read more
Two of our senior managers were appointed Technical Directors on April 1, and 12 other staff members...read more
Our structural team is offering state of the art structural modelling techniques, with the potential to save clients millions of dollars....read more
This year, Harrison Grierson celebrates 130 years in business....read more
Harrison Grierson was proud to be finalists in this week’s Australian Financial Review Client Choice Awards 2015 in three separate categories...read more
Our water team is riding a wave of success. In the last few months, it’s received four prestigious...read more
Two experienced business leaders joined the Harrison Grierson Board in June....read more
Our Wellington, Christchurch and Manukau teams have moved to fantastic new premises this year…...read more
Kawakawa Bay is a small coastal settlement on the south-east coast of Auckland. Until the installation...read more
Adelphi House is a seven-storey heritage building built in 1928. Located in Wellington’s Courtenay Place Heritage Area, it was designed...read more
Today’s launch of a new visual identity for Harrison Grierson symbolises two years of significant positive...read more
Design work on Stages 2 and 3 of Mount Isa’s $33 million sewerage upgrade has been commissioned, with work...read more
Our Water & Waste team is enjoying three major successes...read more
Harrison Grierson has just released its fifth Sustainability Report, outlining our sustainability practices as a company...read more
A state of the art $10 million upgrade to the 70-year-old Kerepehi water treatment plant on the Hauraki Plains...read more
An explosion of work on the Christchurch rebuild has seen staff numbers grow by over 200% in 12 months for...read more
An expert in Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) has jointly won a major New Zealand...read more
Harrison Grierson structural engineers have recently completed the complex seismic rehabilitation design of...read more
Harrison Grierson continues its role as professional advisor and design consultant on the Lakes residential project...read more
When Australasian engineering and design company, Harrison Grierson, appointed Dave Needham as its Tauranga...read more
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.
There have been two contrasting statements on water quality from the Government and opposition parties.
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.
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.
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.
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.