WSP Opus is at the leading edge of environmental services in New Zealand

WSP Opus has led the way in environmental services in New Zealand for decades, with a proven track record for clever solutions for urban, rural and natural environments.

Environment is all encompassing. It includes all our infrastructure, from transport, to water, to economy, to buildings, to nature and heritage.  Our environment has a great level of influence on our quality of life and thus ability to understand our environment and how it might be damaged or enhanced, and to plan and design accordingly are extremely important.  Our aspiration is to combine our diverse capabilities to help our clients consider complex aspects of the environment, including where these compete, and how best to plan and provide for the well-being our communities and of our natural environment.

Our holistic approach considers all forms of infrastructure, from utility to social with a focus on how to design and implement utilities and facilities that are optimal in their approach to minimising environmental footprints and outcomes that help ensure those things we treasure (and taonga) are safeguarded or developed for the future. Our reach across disciplines and across the WSP world will help us to deliver world-leading advisory and solutions for our New Zealand clients and their clients.

What sets us apart is the depth of experience and diversity in our environmental team. Our unique ability in New Zealand to quickly and efficiently pull together in-house local knowledge, global best practice, and the right expertise – from ecologists, archaeologists, policy analysts, landscape architects, environmental scientists and planners, to urban designers, land surveyors, recreation specialists, consultation experts, rural and Maori business advisors.  

Our capability and experience in environmental covers:

We specialise in environmental planning and natural asset management, and our environmental work has two main focus areas: planning, engagement and policy; and specialist environmental services. 

We can assist with or lead projects from the outset, from the early conceptual and planning stages through to guiding the project through to fruition, usually providing all the necessary services along the way. 

Our clients appreciate our dedication to a seamless interface between specialists, ensuring innovation from the outset, coordinated project management, and a simple single point of contact. Our innovative and award winning planning teams produce exciting and visionary solutions that respond to local needs and aspirations, and robust policy that can be relied on to achieve specific environmental outcomes.  

Our environmental services are as diverse as the environments we work within, and include archaeology and heritage, landscape architecture, ecology, Maori business services, rural, dairy, land and water. 

We have extensive experience working within and advising on consenting and compliance, monitoring, and on new policy direction under the Resource Management Act (1991). We also have and train new Independent Hearings Commissioners, and our local presence means we can truly claim to understand local RMA, regional and district plan requirements and approaches no matter where our clients are based.