Welcome to the first issue of Arotahi, your quarterly glimpse into our people, trends and projects throughout New Zealand and across the globe.

ian2Arotahi is the Māori word for focus, or lens, which speaks to what WSP Opus can provide. We help clients to see the future more clearly and design for it today. Being part of a 48,000-strong network of WSP experts allows us to bring together both our local expertise and global knowledge for our clients.

In this issue you will see how drawing on our network has delivered the 2018 WSP Global Cities Index – A Tale of Our Cities. The index explores how cities are identifying and responding to the challenges they will face in the coming two decades, and beyond. We see how Auckland has performed and where we can learn from around the world.We introduce our new Technical Directors – a role that ensures we continue to deliver technical excellence on projects and keep pushing the boundaries with what we can achieve for our clients.

There has been a lot of discussion around gender equality in the industry. Making sure we have a diverse and inclusive culture is something we all need to focus on and is a passion of mine. We were pleased to announce our diversity and inclusion action plan earlier this year and recently closed any gender pay gaps we had in our business. While there is still more for us to do, we are proud of the progress.

Lastly, I hope many of you have seen our Glocal Pioneers campaign that has been in market. Our 148 years of creating what matters for future generations in NZ now combined with our WSP network, means that we are placed better than ever to bring expertise and innovation to our clients.Arotahi is an invitation to explore what’s possible with WSP Opus – so open and enjoy.

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Ian Blair
Managing Director, WSP Opus

Lessons from Antarctica

Lessons from Antarctica

Earlier this year I spent three weeks exploring one of the world’s last true wildernesses as one of 78 women on the largest all-female expedition to Antarctica.

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Rubberised Cycleways – The Ultimate in Recycling

Rubberised Cycleways – The Ultimate in Recycling

Cycleways are big news right now, with many new urban and off-road projects either installed or underway across the country.

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Community led climate change resilience in Vanuatu

Community led climate change resilience in Vanuatu

Dr Rowan Dixon, Senior Environmental Consultant, WSP Opus, explains how collaboration between business, communities, government and NGOs is delivering positive outcomes.

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Sustain-a-city

Sustain-a-city

Working with award-winning creative AR/VR studio M Theory, we have combined cutting-edge technology and industry expertise to put the power of city design in the hands of everyday people with Sustain-a-city, an interactive, problem-solving virtual reality game.

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The Waterview Connection

The Waterview Connection

The opportunity to work on a massive, transformational project that redefines the way a city connects, travels and moves doesn’t come along often. For Wataru Okada, Technical Principal - Geotechnical and Tunnels, WSP Opus, working on Auckland’s Waterview tunnel was a dream come true.

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Global Cities Index – are we ready?

Global Cities Index – are we ready?

As we enter an age when humanity’s impacts become dominant in shaping our world, cities provide the biggest opportunity to enhance people’s lives – and the biggest challenge.

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Protecting our Living Heritage

Protecting our Living Heritage

Curio Bay Tumu Toka is a small remote coastal settlement in Southland, best known for its petrified forest and resident yellow-eyed penguins, seals and Hector’s dolphins. It’s a major attraction within the Catlins, with around 100,000 visitors per year.

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Rolling out the big guns

Rolling out the big guns

Across a diverse array of disciplines including transport, property and buildings, power, water, environment and asset management, WSP Opus’ team of Technical Directors have vast collective experience, gained on some of the largest transformational projects in recent times – both here and abroad.

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Five Thoughts on the All-Electric City

Five Thoughts on the All-Electric City

Barny Evans Head of Sustainable Places, Energy and Waste at WSP shares his five thoughts about All-Electric Cities.

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Glocal Pioneers

Glocal Pioneers

Early in 2018 WSP and Opus joined forces as the New Zealand operation of WSP providing a rare opportunity to tell our compelling story.

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Arotahi Magazine PDF Download

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