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Shaping Our Future


ACE New Zealand

2021/22 Annual Report

Who we are

We are ACE New Zealand – we enable, lead and advocate for approximately 240 professional services consulting firms across Aotearoa New Zealand.

Together, we’re delivering remarkable outcomes for our communities. 

A message from our president Ian Fraser

With the continued rapid change in our sector, and recognising we are entering a new era of design and delivery in the built and natural environment, the newly elected Board has updated our ACE New Zealand strategy to ensure our priorities are focused on supporting our member organisations to adapt and thrive.

To enable ACE New Zealand to deliver on our strategy, we have invested in the organisation by expanding our team and undertaking research to better understand the unique value we provide our members. This allows us to make impactful decisions on where to focus our attention, advocate and tell our story. We have also started a comprehensive review of our Rules to have a modern and relevant framework in place to deliver in the future.   

Our ACE New Zealand team has continued to be influential across their advocacy and in providing dynamic and relevant training and forums allowing our members to connect, learn and share their perspectives with key decision-makers. Particularly informative forums have included our industry meetings with the Minister of Local Government Hon Nanaia Mahuta on water reform and Chief Executive of Local Government New Zealand Susan Freeman Greene, on the future for local government.

While we have managed to come together regionally at a number of forums this year, I am particularly excited by the opportunity our upcoming conference will provide to reconnect and  discuss how we will all navigate the upcoming opportunities and challenges in our sector.

In closing, I would like to thank you all for your ongoing membership of ACE New Zealand, and for supporting our work to advocate, lead, enable and deliver the best possible outcome for our communities.


Ian Fraser, ACE President

GHD Chief Executive APAC

A message from our chief executive Helen Davidson

It’s been a privilege completing my first year at ACE New Zealand, working with our fantastic Board, dedicated team, and all of you to cement ACE New Zealand’s place as the voice for professional services consulting in the built and natural environment in Aotearoa New Zealand.

I’m particularly proud of the successful outcomes we’ve seen in our ability to influence on critical issues like the border exemption criteria and MIQ restrictions for our sector, with strong media, stakeholder and ministerial engagement.

We’ve remained steadfast in our advocacy around risk and liability and in our support to members through the challenges of COVID-19. We’ve continued to deliver thought leadership, engaging content, and events that are focused on uplifting your consulting businesses, and providing connectivity with  key clients to build strong, trusting relationships.

Investing in programmes that will help build a strong future for ACE New Zealand and professional services consulting has been key. This included taking a central role in stewarding the Diversity Agenda and Accord along with  Engineering New Zealand and Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects. Collectively we are committed to ensuring our sector is inclusive for all.  And we have some exciting programmes lined up for the year ahead including supporting the design of mentally healthy workplaces, focusing on our value to SMEs, and turning our attention to the longer-term professional services workforce planning.

We’re proud to be your partners, building influence and credibility for professional services consulting in Aotearoa.


Helen Davidson

ACE New Zealand Chief Executive
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We continued to be a credible and trusted advisor to New Zealand’s decision-makers. We’re now visible more than ever, and we’ve built trusted and influential relationships with key clients, stakeholders, government and the media. Over the past year you’ve seen us at the table having constructive conversations and negotiating changes to immigration settings to help you recruit the skills you need.

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Dedicated MIQ spots for construction and infrastructure workers

We worked with MBIE to define the challenges our members were experiencing with getting skilled workers through the border, which led to the establishment of an MIQ Group Allocation for the construction and infrastructure sector, which we helped govern. From May 2021 to March 2022, nearly 600 critical workers entered New Zealand through this process.

Skills Shortage, Recruitment and Immigration Challenges report

This joint report with Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects, Civil Contractors NZ and Registered Master Builders Association called for Immigration New Zealand to increase ease of access to essential overseas workers for the construction sector to ensure infrastructure investments across New Zealand could be delivered in a sustainable and timely manner. This led to strong engagement with MBIE and Immigration NZ, and contributed to the easing of border restrictions for skilled construction and infrastructure workers in early 2022.

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Destination New Zealand campaign

In a letter to Construction Sector Accord ministers, we urged them to consider a targeted advertising campaign to attract skilled construction and infrastructure workers to Aotearoa. The initiative received support, and we continue to work with industry and the Government to promote New Zealand as an attractive and viable option for international construction and infrastructure workers.

Better procurement and contractual terms

With our Legal Forum we continued to advocate for members on emerging issues around risk and liability, including negotiating with Kāinga Ora on fair terms and conditions around their CCCS, managing conversations with local government bodies and central government clients and contributing to the review of NZS3910 currently being undertaken by Standards NZ. We led a panel session on a consultant’s perspective on risk and liability at the International Society of Construction Law conference.

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We continued to raise awareness of key issues; provide clarity on our objectives, roles and responsibilities; and put the right structures, agreements and guidance in place to ensure members are ready to face the challenges of today and tomorrow.

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Annual Remuneration Survey

Through our annual Remuneration Survey, we gave members clear information about trends in remuneration and benefits across our sector and the tools members are using to successfully attract and retain staff. We encouraged members to use the report to drive employee recognition, engagement and satisfaction in what is a competitive market.

Taking the Diversity Agenda forward

We led the change programme for the Diversity Agenda, and Diversity Agenda Accord members committed to take it to the next level with an industry steering group and a programme director. The Diversity Agenda was a finalist in the 2021 Diversity Works Impact Award and was showcased internationally at the FIDIC Directors and Secretaries Group – Best Practices Exchange Showcase

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Leading through COVID-19

We ensured our members received timely and relevant updates as we navigated another year of lockdowns and transitions between traffic light settings under the protection frameworks. This included advice on troubleshooting as Engineer to the Contract under NZS3910, a ‘COVID-19 and the workplace’ position template, regular COVID-19 information sharing sessions with chief executives and Engineering New Zealand, and articles and webinars to share information and ideas

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Key connections in transport

We welcomed a new Wellington transport group to join our Auckland and Southern ones, met quarterly with Auckland Transport, were invited to join Waka Kotahi’s Road Worker Safety Governance Group, and have built strong relationships to engage on key issues such as the New Zealand Guide to Temporary Traffic Management and the cost fluctuation index.

Establishing a Māori Leadership Forum

This forum brings together Māori leaders from across ACE New Zealand member firms to share kōrero and whakawhānaungatanga, and to grow the sector’s cultural capability and capacity.

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We continued to enable our members to set the standard for consultancy skills and professionalism, to ensure the success of the sector, now and into the future. By providing clarity on best practice, we supported our members to perform at their best as they deliver critical technology, construction, infrastructure and environmental solutions across Aotearoa.

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Collaboration and engagement across the sector

Building key relationships enables us to share vital information with our members throughout the year. We continue to work with the Construction Sector Accord, the New Zealand Construction Industry Council, the Engineering Leadership Forum, Waka Kotahi and Auckland Council’s Customer Advisory Group, as well as collaborating with Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects, Engineering New Zealand, Civil Contractors New Zealand, Master Builders, the Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum and CEAS on our events, advocacy, and policy work.

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New guidance documents and resources

We issued a range of new guidance documents and resources for members, including updated and digitally enabled Producer Statements, a Practice Alert for Kainga Ora’s Professional Services Agreement, and a COVID-19 and the workplace position template.

News, insights, training and events

By sharing a range of articles through our communication channels, we continued to provide sector news, member insights and thought leadership. We regularly provided opportunities for our members to build their skills and networks through a series of webinars and events.

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Celebrating our members

ACE New Zealand members do great things every day. We recognise members’ achievements at the annual ACE Awards (celebrating people and projects) and share member stories through original, engaging content.



Gold Awards
Exchange 106, Kuala Lumpur | Beca
Technology Innovation, know-how and data to manage critical risk in the meat industry | TEG Risk and Sustainability Services

36th America’s Cup Infrastructure Project | Wynyard Edge Alliance – Beca, Tonkin + Taylor, Auckland Council, McConnell Dowell, Downer, and New Zealand Government)

Silver Awards
National Climate Change Risk Assessment for New Zealand | AECOM, Tonkin + Taylor, NIWA, Latitude, Victoria University of Wellington, Lincoln University

Rankine Brown Library – 2016 Kaikōura earthquake response, temporary works and retrospective base isolation of the lift core | Beca

Woodford Grace | Lewis Bradford Consulting Engineers and Oculus Architectural Engineering

Kaituna River Re-diversion and Te Awa o Ngātoroirangi / Maketu Estuary Enhancement | WSP

Road to Nature | WSP

Wellington East Girls’ College | WSP

Merit Awards
Te Hono – New Plymouth Airport Terminal | Beca
Mount Albert Tunnel Sludge Pipeline Repair | Stantec
Plexus 5.0 | Tonkin + Taylor
Roading Resilience Management System (RRMS) | WSP

Special Award
Kaituna River Re-diversion and Te Awa o Ngātoroirangi / Maketu Estuary Enhancement

Community Award
Te Hono – New Plymouth Airport Terminal | Papa Rererangi i Puketapu, Puketapu Hapu, and Beca

Client Award
Tūhoe Charitable Trust | Road to Nature

Emerging Leader Award
Ryan Orr | GHD

Student Awards
Lisa Lin
Matthew Payne
Sabrina Wong

President’s Award
Doris Stroh

Honorary Life Members
Doug Johnson
Ida Dowling

Supporting our members

weekly enews
media interviews
guidance and resource documents
member forum meetings
engagements with ministers

Our members

Being a member of ACE New Zealand means your organisation is committed to excellence in consulting and continual improvement, to being part of driving a strong sector for the future, and adding your voice to the critical conversations. You’re committed to doing this in a connected and collaborative way. We’re proud to be your partner in this important mahi, building a better Aotearoa together.

member firms
staff employed
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Technical staff

Engineers (6219) 52%
Project managers (582) 5%
Technicians (760) 6%
CAD operators / draftsperson (660) 6%
Scientists (469) 4%
Planners (420) 4%
Land surveyors (338) 3%
Architects (194) 2%
Quantity surveyors (188) 1%
Contract engineers / other contractors (79) 1%
Other / valuers / cost managers / other contractors (316) 3%
Technical staff

Non-technical staff

Administration (566) 5%
Directors & management (322) 3%
Finance (268) 2%
Human resources (158) 1%
Other / legal / health, safety & wellness (471) 4%
Non-technical staff
membership increase
0 %

19% increase in membership in the last 3 years

Most member firms are sole traders or less than 100 staff

Firms are based mostly in Auckland, Canterbury and Wellington regions

New members since April 2021

AK Engineers
All Civil Engineering (ACE)
Avail Pacific
BG&E Consulting
CMW Geosciences
Concepsus Consulting
Dam Safety Intelligence
DC Structures Studio
Focus Engineering Consultants
Frequency NZ
Index Engineering
K Design Group
Kotahi Studio 
Living Breathing Buildings
LWT Structural
Mark Kiryakos
Mitton ElectroNet
Northside Structural
Novacon Consulting
Potis Consultancy Services
Pyramid Engineering Consultants (PENGCO)
Sprinkler Design NZ  
Tactical Group

Retired/resigned members

ABUILD Consulting Engineers | October 2021
Macedo Consultants | October 2021
Novare Design | December 2021
Verstoep & Taylor | April 2021
Voss Infrastructure Consulting | July 2021


A snapshot of
our coming year

Diversity Agenda Accord Summit
JUNE, 2022
Launch of Mentally Healthy Workplaces Programme
Diversity Agenda Change Programme
JULY, 2022
Launch of Destination New Zealand campaign with our partners at HainesAttract
AUGUST, 2022
Consultation on new draft Rules
ACE New Zealand Conference and Awards 2022
Remuneration Survey results released
Special General Meeting to approve new Rules
Competency Framework released


Membership fees

$1,011,675 - 86.4%
$948,707 - 84.5%

Awards, events and training

$105,907 - 9%
$129,113 - 11.5%

Cost recovery and other income

$53,672 - 4.6%
$44,618 - 4%


We forecasted a deficit of $21,978 in 2021 / 2022. Actual deficit was $19,367 (loss after tax).

ACE organisational expenses

$844,234 - 70.9%
$771,410 - 70.6%

Association expenses including FIDIC

$48,076 - 4%
$50,286 - 4.6%

Events, training and awards

$127,659 - 10.7%
$144,920 - 13.3%

Advocacy, research, thought leadership and industry initiatives

Remuneration survey, diversity agenda, legal advice, advocacy, contracts, PR, advertising and media, research and development

$170,652 - 14.3%
$125,449 - 11.5%

Our People

The ACE New Zealand Board provides governance for ACE, setting strategic direction and overseeing our performance.



Ian Fraser


Chief Executive APAC

Ceinwen McNeil

Vice President

Chief Executive

Chris Maguire

Board Member

Upper North Island Water Group Manager
Stantec NZ

Meagan Barfoot

Board Member

Founding Director

Glen Cornelius

Board Member

Chief Executive
Harrison Grierson

Brett Ogilvie

Board Member

Execuitive Leader and Director
Tonkin + Taylor

Emily Afoa

Board Member

Tektus Consultants

Simon Fenton

Board Member

Construction Phase Services Lead
City Rail Link Aotea Station

Andrea Rickard

Board Member

General Manager Transport and Infrastructure NZ

Our Regional Chairs are the voice for ACE New Zealand in their region. They play a critical part in onboarding new members, making local connections and sharing key regional challenges with management and the Board.



Marlo Bromley


DTCE Structural Engineers

Rob Brown


Managing Director
Shorewise Engineering Consultants

Colin Dryland

North Shore

Senior Associate Civil Engineer

Reb Fleet


Gray Consulting Engineers

Russell Nettlingham

Hawkes Bay

Civil and Structural Engineer
Strata Group Consulting Engineers

Campbell Ogilvie


Infrastructure Team Leader

Atiqa Rashid

Bay of Plenty

Senior Engineer Structures

Geoff Wigley


Structural Engineer

Chad Williams


Project Manager

Tony Matthews


Project Manager

Marcus Grierson


Structural Engineer Engineer

Andrew Davidson

Canterbury/West Coast

Work Group Manager Structures

The ACE New Zealand team bring our strategy to life.



Helen Davidson

Chief Executive

Holly Morchat

General Manager Membership & Engagement

Michelle Sloan

Membership & Digital Specialist

Sharon Jansen

Finance and Administration Manager

Eloise Angus

Communications Manager

Suzie Hart

Communications Specialist

Nicole Seadon

Executive Assistant
ACE New Zealand is grateful to the many members who freely give their time and energy to contribute to the success of the organisation – without you, we wouldn’t be able to achieve all we do for our members and sector:

Board members
Regional chairs
Awards judges
Legal Forum
Transport groups – Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch
Young Professionals Committee
Contributors to our guidance notes and resources
Members who have committed time to blogs, advocacy, policy and webinars

Abstel Glyde
All Civil Engineering (ACE)
Acoustic Engineering Services
Adam Mackenzie Consulting 
Airey Consultants
AMX Structures
Aqualinc Research
AR and Associates
Aspire Consulting Engineers
Avail Pacific
Barnett & MacMurray
Batchelar McDougall Consulting
BCD Group
Beale Consultants
BG&E Consulting
BlackYARD Engineering
Bloxam Burnett & Olliver
Blue Barn Consulting
Blueprint Consulting
BPL Group
BSK Consulting Engineers
BVT Engineering Professional Services
Byrne & Wanty Consultants
C & H Consulting
Calibre Consulting
Cato Bolam Consultants
Celsius Structural Consulting

Certa Engineering
Chambers Consultants
Chapman Oulsnam & Spiers
Chester Consultants
CivilPlan Consultants
CLC Consulting Group
Clendon Burns & Park
CMW Geosciences
Collective Success
Commute Transportation Consultants
Concepsus Consulting
Cook Costello
COR Associates
Crang Civil
Cribb Consulting
Cutfield Consulting Engineers
D D Davidson Consultants
Dam Safety Intelligence
Damwatch Engineering
Davidson Group
Davis Ogilivie & Partners
DC Structures Studio
DCL Consulting
DE Consulting
Design Management Consultants
Deta Consulting
DHC Consulting Group
DJY Design

Dobbie Engineers
Dunning Thornton Consultants
Eastern Consulting
ecubed Building Workshop
EFI Global
Engineering Design Consultants
Engineering Geology
Enlightened Fire Solutions
Ensor Consulting
Ensor Partnership
EPE Consulting
Eq Struc
Ergo Consulting
Essen Engineering
FIL Engineers NZ
Flow Transportation Specialists
Fluid Engineering Consultancy 
Focus Engineering Consultants
Fraser Thomas
Frequency NZ
Gaia Engineers
GDC Consultants
Geoff Kell Consulting
Geologix Consulting Engineers

Geotechnical Engineering
GNA Consultants
Good Earth Matters Consulting
Graeme W Robinson
Gray Consulting Engineers
Grounded Consultancy
Hadley & Robinson
Hadley Consultants
Hanlon and Partners
Harrison Grierson Consultants
Hawthorn Geddes 
HD Geo
Hight Consulting Engineers
Hyland Fatigue & Earthquake Engineering
Index Engineering
Inhabit New Zealand
Jackson Clapperton & Partners
JC Consult
Jeff Booth Consulting
John H Klimenko & Associates
Kaiuru Consulting
Kaizon Engineering
Kerslake & Partners
KGA Geotechnical Group
KGW Engineers
Kirk Roberts 
Kotahi Studio

Lautrec Technology Group
Lawrence Jones Partners
Lewis & Barrow
Lewis Bradford & Associates
Living Breathing Buildings
LWT Structural
Macdonald Barnett Partners
Macky Engineering Services
Manktelow Consulting Engineers
Mark Kiryakos 
Mark T Mitchell
May and Partners
McKenzie & Co Consultants
McNaughton Consulting Engineers
Meyer Cruden Engineering
Mitchell Vranjes Consulting Engineers
Mitton ElectroNet
Modus Project Management
Mott MacDonald
MSC Consulting
Nancekivell Cairn
Neo Engineering Consultancy
New Zealand Consulting Engineers
Nigel Harwood Engineering Consultant
Norman Disney & Young
Northside Structural
Novacon Consulting
O’Callaghan Design

Oculus Architectural Engineering
Origin Fire Consultants
Pacific Commissioning & Coordination
Pacific Consultants
Panton Consulting
Pattle Delamore Partners 
PDV Consultants
Pedersen Read
Potis Consultancy Services
Powell Fenwick Consultants
Pro HVAC Solutions
Pyramid Engineering Consultants
Quoin Structural Consultants
RD Sullivan & Associates
Resolve Group
Resonant Consulting
Richards Consulting Engineers
Riley Consultants
Rimmer Engineering
RJ Nelligan & Associates
RMA Ecology 
RS Eng
Ruamoko Solutions
Sawrey Consulting Engineers
Shorewise Engineering Consultants
Sigma Consultants
Sigma Consulting Engineers
Silvester Clark 


Smart Alliances
Southern Civil Consulting
Spectrum Consulting Engineers
Spencer Holmes
Sprinkler Design NZ
Stephenson & Turner NZ
Stevenson Brown
Stiles & Hooker
Strata Group
Structural Concepts
Structus Consulting
Studio Logistic
Tactical Group
TEG Risk & Sustainability Services
Tektus Consultants
Terra MDC
Terrane Consultants
Tesla Consultants
Tetra Tech Coffey
TH Consultants
Thorburn Consultants
Tiaki Engineering Consultants
Tino Structures
Titus Consulting Engineers
TM Consultants
Tonkin & Taylor
Urban Connection
Viden consulting engineers
41South Consulting

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