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Unrivaled views from Mount Parihaka

7 September 2018 Kate Palmer


Whangarei locals know that for spectacular and panoramic views over the city and harbour, the summit of Mount Parihaka is unrivalled. It’s not much of a secret either, as a visit to the summit is highly recommended to visitors on local and international tourist websites. Towering 242 metres above the city, Mount Parihaka is one of the most significant mountains (maunga) for Māori in Northland.

However, the lookout at the summit didn’t capture the cultural and historical importance of the site. In 2015 work began to replace the existing lookout with a structure that properly reflected the mana of the site, one that combined Whangarei’s relationship with its maunga and enabled visitors to enjoy the stunning views.

WSP Opus was heavily involved in the project, working alongside Whangarei District Council. WSP Opus provided professional project management, engineering, procurement and construction supervision services to enable a new - and larger - hexagonal viewing platform to be successfully consented and constructed in a remote and challenging site. This included a ramp with palisade-like edges and a design that mimics the parapets of the Pā that once stood there, with stainless steel panels that describe its history, and a panorama that identifies the locations it overlooks.

Central to the lookout structure is a specially sculpted kōhatu (rock), an exquisitely carved piece that anchors the lookout platform and lends a sense of ceremonial occasion to the site. The slow incline of the walkway accentuates the power of the borrowed landscape, while the visitor is transported to a primordial time by awe-inspiring views. The kōhatu was carved from a stone specially selected from Lake Waro, just north of Whangarei and had to be helicoptered into position.

As a result of WSP Opus’ expertise and community focus, a lookout has been provided that does justice to this historic place overlooking the city.

The project was acknowledged with a New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects Award of Excellence in 2017.

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Waikato-Tainui Mitigation Plan commended in the NZPI Best Practice Award

24 May 2016 Matthew O'Driscoll

Close collaboration between Opus, the NZ Transport Agency and Waikato-Tainui led to the development of the Waikato-Tainui Mitigation Plan. This has resulted in the establishment of protocols and measures to address potential cultural and environmental effects throughout the construction and operation of the Hamilton Section of the Waikato Expressway. It sets a new benchmark for addressing cultural impacts, with a shift in focus from effects mitigation to seizing an opportunity for Iwi to reconnect with lost whakapapa and heritage.

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Opus scoops two accolades at NZ Transport Agency GEM Awards

25 September 2015

Opus International Consultants (Opus) received two honours at the 2015 NZ Transport Agency GEM awards for its Health & Safety and Environmental work.

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Another win for Opus and Trimble Navigation at NZ Wood Awards

18 September 2015


Opus' building structures team snapped up another award for their work on Trimble Navigation Ltd's offices in the NZ Wood awards.

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Panmure Interchange wins Auckland Architecture Award

2 June 2015


Opus Architecture has won an architecture award (Public Architecture category) at the Auckland NZIA Branch Awards for the Panmure Interchange project.  Panmure's new $17.5m transport interchange is the gateway to a high frequency busway and is a significant step towards better transport connections for Auckland’s eastern suburbs.  

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Opus finalist for Gold Award

29 May 2015

Opus International Consultants (Opus) has been confirmed as an ACC Workplace Safety Award finalist for their health and safety practices and programmes at the Wellington Gold Awards.  The finalists were announced on Thursday 28 May.

“We are delighted to be a finalist in the Gold Awards in recognition of our health and safety programme,” said Opus Managing Director and Chief Executive, Dr David Prentice.  “We realise that there is no quick fix when it comes to managing health and safety, and therefore our approach is all-encompassing as we continually strive to reach our goal of zero harm.”

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New Zealand Institute of Architecture - Canterbury Awards

25 May 2015

Opus Architecture won two architecture awards at the Canterbury NZIA Branch Awards for the Kidsfirst Diamond Harbour and Brooklands Lagoon Public Toilet projects.

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IStructE Structural Engineering Awards

13 May 2015

Opus' building structures team won a Commendation in the ‘Commercial and Retail Category' for the Trimble's Offices at the IStructE Structural Engineering Awards ceremony held in London.

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Opus receives top IPENZ honours

13 March 2015

Opus International Consultants (Opus) received two honours at the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ) Fellows and Achievers Dinner held at Te Papa, Wellington on Friday 13 March 2015.

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New Zealand Engineering Practice Award for Excellence in Community

4 December 2014

Initiated in 2005, the New Zealand Engineering Excellence Awards are the premier awards for the engineering professionals of New Zealand. The awards categories recognise people, projects and products, with a Supreme Award for the best project and product. Leadership, innovation, entrepreneurship and young engineers are also recognised along with the use of leading edge technology.

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