WSP pledges its support to infrastructure delivery in New Zealand

The New Zealand arm of global engineering and design consultancy WSP is committed to supporting the delivery of the various infrastructure initiatives that make up the government’s newly-announced New Zealand Upgrade programme.

Ian BlairWSP NZ Managing Director Ian Blair says the consultancy will dramatically increase its recruitment of planners, designers and engineers to support WSP’s role in a range of critical infrastructure projects. Blair envisages this involving hiring hundreds of specialists over the next 12 months alone.

Commenting that the Prime Minister’s request for the industry to step up and play its part strongly resonated, Blair says the new hires will be a mix of local and overseas professionals, including specialists brought in from other WSP operations.

“We are committed to supporting the growth of New Zealand as we’ve been doing for the past 150 years. While the New Zealand labour market has a natural capacity in the short term, this is infrastructure on a scale this country hasn’t seen before. To deliver it we need strong local capability, supported by a global network of professionals to assist as required,” says Blair.

“Our commitment to boosting WSP’s workforce will ensure local and global expertise is available to deliver best in class projects for New Zealand,” Blair says.

Already 20 rail and transport specialists have been confirmed to come from Australia to support projects across regional New Zealand and in Auckland. WSP has also used this approach of harnessing its global network to support the delivery of key projects including Dunedin Hospital and the Auckland City Rail Link.


Key points of today’s announcement:

  • Hundreds of people to be hired by WSP NZ to meet the need of increased infrastructure projects and spend.
  • Consisting of highly qualified planners, designers and engineers. A mix of expertise from within WSP’s global network and other best-in-industry experts (to be hired locally and abroad).
  • People will be hired primarily to help deliver the critical infrastructure projects announced by Government last week (and those already underway, including the City Rail Link, new Dunedin Hospital, and Te Ahu a Turanga: Manawatū Tararua Highway).
  • This pledge is in line with WSP Group’s ambition to grow its workforce to 65,000 by the end of 2021.

WSP key facts:

  • In its 150th year, WSP’s New Zealand operation was established in 1870 as the Public Works Department.
  • Became part of WSP Inc. in November 2017 (49,000 employees, 44 countries).
  • 2,000 employees in 40 offices across New Zealand. 
  • NZ’s leading asset management and transport firm, and a leader in Buildings, Environmental and Water services. • Leading expertise in safety innovation and committed to Vision Zero to materially improve road safety for all New Zealanders.
  • Key clients include: Auckland Transport, Auckland Council, Christchurch City Council, Department of Corrections, Fonterra, Ministry of Business Innovation & Employment, Ministry of Education, and Waka Kotahi - NZ Transport Agency and Kaikōura earthquake recovery (NCTIR)
  • Past projects include: Auckland Harbour Bridge, Clyde Dam, Christchurch Justice & Emergency Services Precinct, Margaret Mahy Playground, Makatote Rail Viaduct restoration, Scott Base Antarctica, Vanuatu Climate Change action.
  • Current projects include: Auckland City Rail Link (CRL), Auckland System Management (previously Auckland Motorway Alliance), new Dunedin Hospital, Metro Water Panels (Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch) and Te Ahu a Turanga: Manawatū Tararua Highway.