7 September 2018 Kate Palmer

148 years and, with an increased headcount and new capability, will continue to create what matters for future generations for many more 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 New Zealand heritage with the power of global thinking.

We were there to help Napier rebuild after the great earthquake and fire of 1931. L.B Campbell – from the Public Works Department – was appointed as one of a two-man commission that was geared at cutting through the red tape to speed up the rebuild. Our DNA contains the blueprints for the Westshore Bridge, the Napier Courthouse and the innovative redevelopment of the Crown Hotel, which transformed a former industrial site into a key waterfront location. We also played a key role in the $18m Hawke’s Bay Museum & Art Gallery redevelopment which revitalised a respected and vibrant cultural institution. The redevelopment restored and renewed some of Napier’s finest heritage buildings, ensuring their continued relevance into the future.

In the last 18 months, our Hawke’s Bay office has grown from two local building-focused specialists to a team resource of 20+ local specialists comprised of Structural, Geotechnical and Civil Engineers, Project Managers, Planners, Surveyors, Contaminated Land and Property Advisors.

Project Manager - “Born and bred in the sunny Hawke’s Bay, I’ve always had a fascination for the building sector and enjoy hands-on projects. The construction and building sector is growing in the Bay, knowing that I have a continuous hand in helping my clients find the best solutions and the best outcome for their slice of paradise is very gratifying.”

Sam Mogford NapierSam Mogford - Land Surveyor “I’m a true Wairoa girl and after living overseas and traveling around the world for many years, I was excited about moving back to my homeland to make a positive impact in the community.
As a land surveyor I love that I’m involved in helping find land development and surveying solutions for the needs of local individuals, iwi, and businesses across our region. I couldn’t be luckier to be back home and working for the betterment of our gorgeous region.”

Christopher Goss NapierChristopher Goss - Geotechnical Engineer “I am born and bred in Hawke’s Bay and, although I’ve spent a large part of my career working overseas in place such as Africa, Asia and Australia, I’ve always felt drawn back to the beautiful and sunny Hawke’s Bay. Last year our family made the decision to move back and we’re now enjoying the great lifestyle, beautiful outdoors and friendly atmosphere of this great region. Hawke’s Bay has changed a lot since I last lived here. It has continued to grow and develop with new homes and infrastructure happening. My goal is to assist in this development by bringing my global experience to benefit local projects. ” 

Nicole Alexander NapierNicole Alexander - Property Advisor and Cadastral Specialist “I love the great weather, amazing outdoor recreation spaces, picturesque countryside, and the lifestyle that Hawke’s Bay offers. I live and work locally, and have a sense of pride that I get to contribute to projects that improve infrastructure and environments for the benefit of our communities. Hawke’s Bay has some unique survey and property situations stemming from the earthquake and I love using my expertise to provide an understanding of this impact when planning local developments. ”