60 Major Infrastructure projects to watch

60 Major Infrastructure Projects – handpicked for border exemptions.

A Holmes Consulting Project: Pier 3 being erected at the Matahorua Gorge Bridge on State Highway 2 (SH2) in the Hawke’s Bay region. It was successfully opened in March 2011.

The Chief Executive of the Road Transport Forum, Nick Leggett, was recently cited as saying “We’ve got to stimulate the economy. We’ve got to get these infrastructure projects built and the reality is we’ve got to import labour”.

Overseas workers aren’t automatically approved for a border exception if they’re attached to one of these 60 odd infrastructure projects. Their employer needs to explain the role their workers would be undertaking, and why each role is essential to the business. This would then be assessed by Immigration officers (in consultation with other departments) but they are however exempt from the requirement that they earn over $106,080 per year.

Leggett was also quoted as saying Government departments didn’t have the engineering nous to determine which workers were genuinely needed for these important infrastructure projects – “…most Government agencies and departments have lost their engineering capability”, he said.

The current list of the 60 major infrastructure projects which have been pre-approved for exemptions to bring foreign workers into New Zealand are:

  1. New Dunedin Hospital Campus (Southern DHB, in Dunedin)
  2. North Auckland Line (Northland)
  3. University of Otago – Christchurch Health Science Campus Redevelopment – Stage 1
  4. Facilities Infrastructure Remediation Programme – Stage 1 – (Auckland DHB)
  5. Taranaki Base Hospital Redevelopment – Project Maunga – Stage 2 (Taranaki DHB in New Plymouth)
  6. Tauranga Northern Link
  7. New Domestic and International Jet Terminal
  8. Interisland Ferry Replacement Project (Wellington and Picton)
  9. City Centre to Mangere Light Rail (Auckland)
  10. Central Interceptor Programme (Western Springs to Mangere)
  11. Mill Road – Northern Southern and Papakura Sections
  12. Elective Capacity and Inpatient Beds and Supporting Infrastructure (Waitemata DHB)
  13. Capability of Airfield Infrastructure
  14. Investment in Horizontal Infrastructure
  15. Redevelopment of Scott Base (Antarctica)
  16. Auckland Metro Rail Network Programme – Accelerated Renewals
  17. Rolling Stock Procurement Project – Stage 1 – Wagon Fleet
  18. Wellington Metro Rail Network Programme – Stage 4 – Network Capacity Improvements
  19. Manawatu Road Maintenance Programme
  20. Laboratory and Biocontainment Greenhouse New Build and Relocation (Tamaki)
  21. Low Cost Low Risk Road Improvements across New Zealand
  22. Totara Road Wastewater Treatment Plant Consent Renewal Upgrade
  23. Adams Building Replacement Build and Precinct Enabler
  24. Dental School Redevelopment
  25. Construction of New Gravity Tunnel (Whenuapai and Redhills)
  26. Huia 1 and Nihotupu 1 Watermain Replacement
  27. New Watermain Connecting Woodlands Park Reservoirs to Greenhithe Bridge
  28. Pump Station and Rising Main Upgrade (Stanmore)
  29. Upgrade of Huia Water Treatment Plant
  30. Upgrade of the Waiuku Wastewater Treatment Plant and Wastewater Servicing to Clarks Beach
  31. Wastewater Treatment Plant Reactor/Clarifiers and Ultra Violet Expansion (Rosedale)
  32. Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade (Pukekohe)
  33. Cross Harbour Pipeline Construction (Wellington Eastern Suburbs to Waterloo)
  34. Peacocke River Bridge and Northern Arterials Construction (Hamilton)
  35. Hamilton Transport Network Renewals and Maintenance
  36. Drury Rail Station Development
  37. Wastewater Treatment Plant Membrane Bio-Reactor Upgrade (Waiuku)
  38. Wellington Metro Rail Network Programme – Stage 6 – Infrastructure Upgrades
  39. Wellington Metro Rail Network Programme – Stage 7 – Automated Train Protection
  40. New Aircraft Apron
  41. Marine Defences and Seawall Reconstruction
  42. Whau Recreation Centre – New Recreation Centre
  43. SH1 Improvements (Papakura to Bombay)
  44. Modular Prison Build Programme – Stage 2
  45. Auckland Metro Rail Network Programme (Wiri to Quay Park Capacity Enhancements)
  46. Auckland Metro Rail Network Programme (Papakura to Pukekohe Electrification)
  47. High Voltage Direct Current Cable Replacement and Capacity Increase (Cook Strait)
  48. Voltage Management (Waikato and Upper North Island)
  49. State Highway Improvements (SH1 Papakura to Drury South)
  50. Walking and Cycling Facilities – Northern Pathway including Seapath
  51. Penlink Road
  52. SH2 Te Puna to Omokoroa Improvements
  53. Melling Interchange Improvements
  54. New State Highway Construction – Te Ahu a Turanga: Manawatu Tararua Highway
  55. Waikeria Prison Build
  56. Main North Line Reinstatement Project (Christchurch to Picton)
  57. SH1 Whangarei to Port Marsden Upgrade
  58. SH1 Otaki to North Levin Improvements
  59. Rolling Stock Procurement Project – Stage 2 – Locomotives
  60. Rolling Stock Procurement Project – Stage 2 – Wagons

This is is a positive sign that the New Zealand economy is looking more promising, and the important work many engineering and construction firms do can continue during this strange time that COVID-19 has brought to us all.

Read about the 11 infrastructure projects which will be fast tracked through the consent process, and potentially creating over 1,270 jobs for the domestic job market over on our Holmes Consulting LinkedIn page!


[Information sourced from: Immigration New Zealand].


NZIA Local Architecture Awards for 2020

Here at Holmes we work collaboratively with a lot of different project partners…

…from architects to construction companies, project management firms, property developers, other engineering services, and more!

The Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) is a membership-based professional organisation who represent registered architects and promote architecture in Aotearoa. They have close to 4,000 members and are NZ’s most highly regarded professional body for architects. That’s why their Local Architecture Awards, which honour the best new architecture in each of the NZIA’s eight regional branches, are such a high-profile event every year!

The Local Architecture Awards honour quality new architecture at a community level. Run by the eight branches of the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA), the awards receive more than 400 entries each year.

This year, we’re proud to celebrate the success of our project partners for the following Holmes Consulting projects who all won NZIA Local Architecture Awards this year:

Commercial Bay – one of our biggest projects yet!

Celebrating Commercial Bay, Retail Opening Day.

What does seven years of hard mahi from our talented team of engineering and drafting experts look like? Well, take a look for yourselves!

Over 76,000 hours were spent (and still counting, as the PWC Tower is soon to be open) by our Holmes Consulting team, working tirelessly over the past seven years with our client Precinct Properties to bring about one of the biggest landscape changes to Auckland (if not New Zealand’s) city skyline.

Our team were honoured to join Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, local Kaumātua, Precinct Properties’ CEO Scott Pritchard, our project partners, and other esteemed guests at the Commercial Bay Opening Day on Thursday, 11 June 2020.

[See above gallery] Here’s a little sneak peek of what we enjoyed on the day!

The importance of thinking ahead – why a holistic approach to civil engineering matters.

Holmes Consulting worked with the Christchurch International Airport infrastructure planning team and landscape architects to deliver the civil engineering works for the plaza between the international terminal and the new Novotel.

Our Principal, Civils – Andrea Jarvis wrote a great article about this project for Construction News, click this link to read it!

World Engineering Day, 4 March 2020.

Finding unique and diverse talent to take up the baton isn’t always easy, but those looking for the next generation of engineers don’t have to go it alone. There’s a lot of value in joining up with other organisations who can help facilitate these new connections.

Today is World Engineering Day (4 March 2020) and to celebrate we’re resharing a LinkedIn article about our relationship with the Keystone Trust, written by our very own Chris Mackenzie, National Business Development Director here at Holmes Consulting.

For us here at Holmes Consulting, our connection with Keystone Trust has been hugely valuable when it comes to finding new talent and investing in the future of the wider property industry. It’s one of the ways we’re committed to helping the next generation get excited about engineering and careers in engineering.

Keystone Trust is a Registered Charity that has been promoting opportunities for young people to enter the property industry for 25 years. Its primary purpose is to encourage participation and provide opportunities for students who have financial need to reach their potential and grow their talent in property-related industries including construction and engineering.

Holmes has been a strong supporter and believer in Keystone Trust’s mission, that’s why we chose to partner with them nearly 20 years ago.

At Holmes, we believe it’s important to establish a workplace culture that is representative of the communities we serve and the places we live and work. By partnering with an organisation like Keystone Trust, we have been able to connect with rising talent who have challenged our thinking and encouraged greater diversity of thought.

But, like any partnership, it’s important that the connection is mutually beneficial. In addition to Holmes Consulting’s sponsorship and supporting various events, we take an active role by contributing to the Trust’s Sponsor Advisory Group. This gives us a chance to pay it forward by advocating for how other sponsors can contribute to the Trust and by offering guidance to the board of trustees.

If you’re looking to boost the future of both your organisation and the industry, we encourage you to consider how to do this in a way that can have an even bigger positive societal impact – starting with your people.

Read the full article by Chris here, to find out more about our involvement and to meet a former Keystone Trust Scholarship recipient who now works at Holmes!

Te Tatau ki Kirikiriroa – New MESH Sculpture unveiled in Hamilton.


Over the past 10 years, the Holmes Consulting team in Hamilton have been avid supporters of the MESH Sculpture Hamilton Charitable Trust. The trust are a group of business and community leaders passionate about their Waikato city and art. They commission nationally significant artworks through the generous donation of others, and then gift them to Hamilton city.

Ewan Opie, one of our Hamilton based Senior Project Drafters has been involved in the coordination and delivery of every single commissioned sculpture by MESH (there are currently four scattered around the city)- and has enjoyed seeing the Holmes Consulting team in Hamilton step-up to the challenge and become more involved in enhancing the local city’s urban landscape.

The latest sculpture Te Tatau ki Kirikiriroa was officially unveiled on Monday, 9 December 2019, where local Iwi welcomed the trust members, project sponsors, and supporters onto the Victoria on the River park in Hamilton’s CBD. The chair of the MESH board made special mention of our involvement as a Principal sponsor and how Holmes Consulting’s meticulous attention to detail will enable such a striking sculpture to stand for generations to come. Ewan has worked closely with the artist, Prof. Robert Jahnke, to enable his vision to be realised.

This incredible art sculpture was gifted to and received by Hamilton Mayor, Paula Southgate, its name translates to ‘The Doorway of Hamilton’ – which its views perfectly capture!

Next time you’re passing through the Waikato we highly recommend you stop in and visit this newly installed art piece.


[Picture above L-R: A truck delivers the precious cargo to site; Dusk at Te Tatau ki Kirikiriroa; The official unveiling ceremony].

ENVI Winners for 2019


The inaugural winners of Engineering New Zealand’s inaugural industry awards, the ENVIs, were announced at the start of this month. Congratulations to the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) and KiwiRail who set up the North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery (NCTIR) Alliance with Fulton Hogan, Downer, Higgins, and HEB Construction for taking out the ‘Engineering Impact Award’ for their efforts in the Kaikōura Earthquake Recovery.

The judges commended NCTIR on its efforts to rebuild, stating it ‘set the standard for how we [New Zealand] need to mobilise as a country following a natural disaster’.

Read more about this project and the other 2019 ENVI winners here. Or find out about Holmes Consulting’s extensive history with induced seismicity here.


[Image credit: Engineering New Zealand, 2019 ENVI Awards Night].

Perry Bridge launch timelapse

One for you bridging / timelapse / mythbusters fans: the spectacular launch of the Perry Bridge, as captured by the Waikato District Council. Love it when a plan comes together … check it out right here.

Holmes claims gold in the ACENZ Awards

We entered four of our Holmes projects in the ACENZ Innovate Awards this year, and we were lucky enough to collect four awards. Len Lye got a merit award, Aurora and Majestic both got silver, and the Arts Centre of Christchurch scored gold (one of just five golds awarded nationwide).