A word from Ian Blair

Welcome to the summer issue of Arotahi, which we bring to you as WSP.

As the hectic swirl of business begins to slow it’s a good time to reflect on what’s been learnt over the last year and set resolutions for the next.

Climate action, water reform, funding challenges for essential infrastructure, diversity and inclusion, road safety and regional growth have all been key issues in 2019.

As a business we celebrated an exciting moment as we transitioned from WSP Opus to WSP.

For us it presents an opportunity to continue creating what matters for future generations, alongside a global network over 49,000 people strong.

It’s the latest chapter in our 149-year history and, as we head into our 150th celebrations in 2020 we’ll be taking stock of the past to plan for the future.

As you’ll see from the articles in this issue, we’re big on thinking about how our built environment can adapt to a future that’s hard to predict. In some cases, such as Piopiotahi/Milford Sound, it requires going back to the drawing board to reimagine an older time in order to protect one of our most iconic landscapes. We also look to the trends that our experts expect to shape 2020 and how this will play out.

Enjoy the content we’ve curated for you and have a safe and enjoyable summer.

Portrait of Ian Blair

Ian Blair
Managing Director,
WSP in New Zealand

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