HG's CIRCULAR-ECONOMY DESIGNS AT XLABS
A team from HG has been involved in high-density 'design sprints' with XLabs, New Zealand's first circular economy lab....read more
A team from HG has been involved in high-density 'design sprints' with XLabs, New Zealand's first circular economy lab....read more
We're proud to be celebrating a major milestone this year - our 135th birthday....read more
HG’s Emerging Director, Jonathan Chambers, was recently appointed Deputy Chair of Infrastructure NZ’s Emerging Talent Network....read more
HG is one of six companies which joined forces almost two years ago to form Piritahi....read more
Welcome to Claire Neville, who has recently joined us as our new Chief Operations Officer....read more
An update from Managing Director Glen Cornelius...read more
My message is about gratitude....read more
An update from Managing Director Glen Cornelius....read more
A message from Glen...read more
HG is fully operational and committed to supporting all our clients during this difficult time....read more
Our Managing Director Glen Cornelius is standing for the role of Vice President on Engineering New Zealand's Board and needs your support....read more
Richard McIntosh, our Chief Operations Manager, has been instrumental in creating an important new industry body, UDINZ....read more
Branxholme Water Treatment Plant (WTP) is the sole reticulated water source for about 51,600 people in Invercargill and Bluff....read more
HG’s use of UAVs (drones) for survey grade mapping, data capture and 3D modelling has skyrocketed since we introduced them back in February 2018...read more
Jo Brosnahan was appointed Chair of HG’s Board in July. She talks here about what makes a good board, a good leader and a successful company....read more
Ben Inger is HG’s Waikato Operations Manager....read more
Thirteen of HG’s mid-career women recently completed a four-month Growing Greatness programme....read more
The design of our Parnell office received a Gold Pin at the Designer's Institute of New Zealand Best Design Awards in October....read more
Welcome to Terri Carajannis, who has recently joined us in the new role of Chief Digital Officer....read more
Congratulations to our senior surveyor, Josh Mason, on his appointment to the new role of Technical Manager – High Definition Surveying....read more
13 of HG's mid-career women recently attended the first workshop in the Growing Greatness programme run by Anne Elder-Knight...read more
We're proud of the recent recognition received for a number of different awards ranging from diversity to office design and property....read more
The Bay of Plenty's new University of Waikato campus in the heart of Tauranga city opened in March 2019....read more
Jenson Prasad is our new Auckland Airport Office Manager....read more
Congratulations to Jonathan Chambers, newly appointed as Emerging Director on the HG Board....read more
Welcome to Karen-Ann Venter, our new Team Leader - Civil Engineering in Wellington....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
HG’s Emerging Director, Jonathan Chambers, was recently appointed Deputy Chair of Infrastructure NZ’s Emerging Talent Network.
The ET Network has been established to develop the next generation of infrastructure leaders in New Zealand through cross-sector networking for those aged under 35, practical career development advice, and fostering a greater understanding of the wider infrastructure landscape.
Last July, Jonathan joined the HG Board for 12 months as Emerging Director. As one of our upcoming young leaders, we thought it timely to ask his views on climate change and the environment, on leadership in the third decade of the 21st Century and on what gets him out of bed every morning.
Q. The drought across many parts of New Zealand earlier this year and other recent extreme weather events have brought the realities of climate change home for many. As an environmental engineer, what are your thoughts about what needs to happen and what people can do as organisations and individuals?
From the infrastructure engineering perspective, NIWA tells us that every 100 mm sea level rise exposes 133 km of road, 10 km of rail and 360 km of 3 waters pipelines to flood risks.
But more importantly, we know that climate change is driving a vicious cycle of social inequality where already disadvantaged groups suffer disproportionately from the effects of climate change, through (1) increased exposure, (2) increased susceptibility, and (3) a reduced ability to cope and recover from the impacts.
The key challenge is to understand how existing hazards are changing, what new hazards are arising, what the associated levels of risk and exposure are, and how long we have to adapt. The response will ultimately depend on how our most disadvantaged people are supported. One thing all New Zealanders have learnt from the Covid-19 pandemic is how to respond to a crisis. Our team of five million pulled together and as a result we are in a better position than many of our neighbours, however, it has also made it very clear that we have never once treated the climate crisis as a crisis.
On a related note, The Ministry for the Environment has just this week published its first National Climate Risk for New Zealand - Arotakenga Turaru mo te Huringa Ahuarangi o Aotearoa. It prioritises nationally significant climate risks for action across five domains of natural environment, human, economy, built environment and governance. I'm looking forward to reading it over the weekend.
Q. What does all of this mean for your work in flood risk management?
Climate change is increasing the exposure of our communities to flood risks, both at the coast and inland. The phrase “flattening the curve” is now a part of our vernacular thanks to Covid-19 – we do the same thing with flooding.
There is a large body of work to be done to better understand flood impacts on a national level as we apply various standards and procedures for modelling hazards and understanding risk across the country. One topic I am upskilling on is Natural Flood Management (NFM), which requires pioneering ecologically sensitive solutions to address flooding and soil loss impacts at the source rather than at the location of the impact.
Another area of interest is on understanding the impacts of changing flood risk profiles on our coastal communities in the short term – whether by coastal inundation, riverine flooding, or groundwater flooding. Many coastal flood mitigation works assess hazards up to 50 or 100 years in the future, and with limited funding for assessments and construction works, residents don’t always have certainty around what investment is required and at what point in time to get a good outcome.
Q. Why did you want to be involved with Infrastructure NZ and the Emerging Talent Network?
After starting out as an environmental engineer designing three waters infrastructure, I quickly realised I didn’t have an appreciation of the broader infrastructure industry, particularly policy development and implementation, and I wasn’t content with limiting my focus to the role of the consulting engineer. Getting involved with Infrastructure New Zealand was a no-brainer – as NZ’s peak infrastructure body we advocate for delivering the best outcomes for our communities.
Q. What does your role as deputy chair on the ET network involve?
ET prides itself on being an equal cross-section of the industry. Just across the organising committee we have a group of consultants, contractors, bankers, and professionals in funding, advisory and the public sector.
My role involves developing and executing the strategy and communications along with the rest of the committee, partnering with industry leaders, and helping to organise events.
In Auckland, we have been focussed on improving the value we offer for our existing membership while looking to expand throughout the rest of the country.
With an election coming up, we are excited to use our platform to represent our members’ views on the issues that will impact future generations the most - particularly the social outcomes of public infrastructure investment, alternative funding & financing models, climate adaptation, mental health & wellbeing, and diversity & inclusion.
The Covid-19 outbreak also tells us there is no substitute for a comprehensive government response in the midst of a crisis, to protect public health and minimise economic impacts. We made the decision at an early stage to transition our in-person events to online sessions and expect to offer a range of events in person and via Zoom in the future.
Q. You are also on HG's board as an emerging director, which is a huge achievement and I'm sure valuable experience. What would your advice be to other young professionals who are looking at these achievements at such an early period of your career?
It’s proven to be an incredibly valuable experience, and one that I haven’t seen offered by many other companies. The learning curve is a steep one but it has changed how I approach my day-to-day work especially in the challenging operating environment we find ourselves in. It’s important to understand what your point of difference is. I’m bringing a younger perspective to the boardroom, advocating for a new approach to our sustainability offering, and mentoring a few people to apply for the position next time around.
I’m just privileged to be surrounded by people who are willing to invest their time and to have a partner who is endlessly supportive and motivating. My advice would be to find those trusted mentors in your career and listen carefully.
Jonathan's areas of expertise include Stormwater and Flood Risk Management, Hydraulic Modelling and Water Sensitive Urban Design. He has a BE Civil & Environmental (Hons).