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4 September 2018 Kate Palmer

WSP Opus has been helping shape Taranaki for 148 years and, with an increased headcount and new capability, will continue to create what matters for future generations for many years. Our rich history dates back to colonial New Zealand, when the Public Works Department was opening up the country’s notoriously difficult terrain through the combination of national road and rail networks. Over the years we’ve worked under several monikers; in 1988 the Ministry of Works and Development became a state-owned enterprise, and we became Opus.


Now we’re known as WSP Opus, which combines our unrivalled New Zealand heritage with the power of global thinking.


Our DNA contains the blueprint for the Awakino Gorge and Mt Messenger. According to the Taranaki Herald back in 1897 a Mokau – Awakino horse track was widened to a dray track, making it possible for a horse and buggy to make it from New Plymouth to Te Kuiti in 17.5 hours. In 1916 our work enabled the opening of the Mt Messenger tunnel and today we’re still involved in the $135 million programme that will improve safety, resilience and efficiency along State Highway 3.


Our people are our point of difference and our Taranaki-based team have a strong connection to their local community. We know what’s important to our clients and communities because we’re a key part of them. That means we can use our expertise in environmental engineering, civil engineering, transportation, structural engineering and a number of other disciplines to create solutions that improve communities.


It’s important to us to work with clients to bring their visions to life and leave a lasting legacy, and our work on the upgrading of the Te Henui Walkway and the two bridges across the Te Henui Stream for pedestrians and cyclists are testament to this. The bridge project was part of New Plymouth District Council’s Let’s Go project, aimed at getting people in the New Plymouth district to choose walking, riding or taking the bus over using cars for short trips.


From 1897 to today, we are the local face of WSP Opus and provide services from here as well as connecting to the wider WSP Opus network across the country and beyond as required to deliver for our clients.


Now we’re at a defining moment where we can collaborate with the top minds and expertise from around the world on transformational projects that will redefine New Zealand for the generations to come.


photo1Jim Willson - Taranaki Business Manager, WSP Opus “As a local it’s a pleasure and a privilege to work on projects that positively reshape our community. WSP Opus creates what matters for future generations and, when I look around and see all the different projects we’ve been involved in, I can see we have delivered infrastructure to Taranaki that will benefit the region for many years to come.”