News

Read about what is happening at Boffa Miskell - from our people news and award results to what we’re doing in the community.


2018

On the move and growing in the South Island

It’s been a busy time for Boffa Miskell, as the company’s presence on the South Island has expanded into Otago, and the Christchurch office has moved to new premises in the city centre.

16 August 2018

Boffa Miskell delivers with BIM

Embracing innovative technologies is nothing new for Boffa Miskell – and the company initiative to advance its design team’s capability in Building Information Modelling (BIM) is moving at a rapid pace.

10 August 2018

Consultation is the key: the Hurunui District Plan

When the Hurunui District Plan became operative, there was a greater-than-usual level of satisfaction at the District Council Offices in Amberley because the plan had been approved with no appeals received from the public.

6 August 2018

Opinion: An ecologist’s perspective on stream diversions

If stream diversions are to achieve good aquatic ecological outcomes, a new set of paradigms is required when considering maintenance, flooding, erosion and visual amenity.

2 August 2018

Meet the Boffa Miskell ecology team: Scott Hooson

In his role at Boffa Miskell, Scott Hooson's natural habitat spans the South Island wetlands, estuaries, lakes, streams, grasslands, shrublands and forests from coastal sites to the alpine zone.

2 August 2018

Is your project near bat habitat? Here’s what you need to know

New Zealand has two species of native bat, both of which are of conservation concern. The long-tailed bat is classified as ‘Nationally Critical’ and the lesser short-tailed bat has three sub-species, all classified as ‘At Risk’ or ‘Threatened’.

2 August 2018

Lagarosiphon: the journey from home aquariums to our lakes and waterways

Lagarosiphon major may not be a name you know, but once you have seen a photo you’ll probably recognise it as the oxygen weed that you had in your fish pond or aquarium when you were a kid.

2 August 2018

A Landscape Architect’s Approach to Waterplay

Sarah Collins presented "A Landscape Architect's Approach to Waterplay" at the 2018 Green Pavlova Conference. The event showcases thought leadership and best-practice in recreation, sport and play.

2 August 2018

Community Engagement: What is it, and why does it matter?

Read an article about any large-scale public works project, and you’re sure to see phrases like “robust community engagement” or “after consultation with residents and iwi” – but what do those words mean?

9 July 2018

The Business Case for Walking wins 2018 Golden Foot Award

When it comes to justifying investment in public sector infrastructure, the economic benefit of improvements to the pedestrian experience have historically been hard-to-quantify, and therefore misunderstood and under-valued.

9 July 2018

Senior appointments announced for 2018

It’s with great pleasure that we announce our 2018 Senior Principal, Principal and Associate Principal promotions, which took effect 1st July. These appointments have been made across our design, planning and science disciplines, and add to the talented pool of leaders within Boffa Miskell.

9 July 2018

Revised threatened plant classification – what does it mean for you?

Last month, the Department of Conservation re-classified a number of New Zealand plants as 'threatened' (402) or 'at-risk' (851). Ecologist Ian Boothroyd, a senior principal and technical leader in our Auckland Office, examines how this change might affect Councils and developers.

9 July 2018

2018 Urbanism New Zealand Conference

The first Urbanism New Zealand Conference in over a decade saw a contingent of planners, urban designers and landscape architects from Boffa Miskell participate in the two-day event.

12 June 2018

A Management Plan for Lindvart Park

Boffa Miskell has delivered a Draft Reserve Management plan for Lindvart Park in Kaikohe to the Far North District Council (FNDC).

12 June 2018

Two awards for Pukaha Mount Bruce

Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre received two awards from the Australasian Zoo and Aquarium Association. Close to 200 delegates from 12 countries gathered for the conference, which was hosted by Wellington Zoo.

12 June 2018

Boffa Miskell names three Associate Partners

Consultants in planning, ecology and urban design are appointed Associate Partners

4 May 2018

Victoria Square is restored and open to the public

One of the best-loved spaces in Christchurch city centre is open to the public again, and in a landscape that still bears significant scars, it once again welcomes locals and visitors with its soft, green and familiar character.

4 May 2018

Planting Day at Pegasus Town

For the second year in a row, Boffa Miskell’s Christchurch office held a planting day in lieu of giving gifts to clients at Christmas time.

4 May 2018

Strategies and success against invasive aquatic plants

The words 'predator-free' and 'pest-control' usually bring to mind animals like possums and rodents; but for New Zealand lakes and rivers, biosecurity threats are more likely to involve weeds and plants.

4 May 2018

Join us at the 2018 UrbanismNZ conference

Hosted by Wellington City Council and the Urban Design Forum the program theme for 2018 is ‘Joining the Dots’. The aim of the conference is to shape New Zealand’s cities and places by identifying the key issues, thereby making the connection to bring about change.

4 May 2018

Meet the Boffa Miskell ecology team: Tessa Roberts

In her role at Boffa Miskell, Wellington-based ecologist Tessa Roberts blends a passion for the environment with keen analytical skills. She has been part of the on-going environmental assessment and monitoring teams on major infrastructure projects, including Transmission Gully and the MacKay’s to Peka Peka Expressway.

20 April 2018

White-flippered penguins: These flightless birds are found only in Canterbury

The kiwi may be New Zealand’s official bird and it has a kooky Dr Seuss-ian appeal, but for charm and personality, a 30 cm-tall little blue penguin (Eudyptula minor) is tough to beat.

20 April 2018

Does your project involve native lizards? Here’s what you need to know.

New Zealand's native lizards are all protected under various legislation. If your project site is near their habitat, you'll need to follow the required protocols.

20 April 2018

Opinion: Dr Sharon De Luca on the value of mangroves

The values of mangroves in New Zealand are often misrepresented and misunderstood, and this has led, in some cases, to mismanagement and unanticipated adverse ecological outcomes. 

20 April 2018

Boffa Miskell recognised at the NZPI Conference

Kudos for Boffa Miskell's planners

4 April 2018

Stakeholders put words into action at Mangawhai

Agreeing on a strategy for Fairy Tern recovery

27 March 2018

2017

Six of our consultants have joined the ranks of NZILA-Registered Landscape Architects >

Thomas Keal (Tauranga), Megan Walker (Christchurch), Benjamin Loh, Hanna O’Donoghue, Meg Kane and Tom Lines (Auckland) all passed the New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects examination in November.

12 December 2017

Enduring Gifts, Visionary Landscapes >

Thomas Woltz lectured on the future of public parks and the legacy of private philanthropy during a visit to Auckland in November.

4 December 2017

Sculpture in the Gardens is now open >

Boffa Miskell continues its association with the Auckland Botanical Gardens’ exhibition ‘Sculpture in the Gardens’, which opened for the 2017/18 season in November.

4 December 2017

Four projects recognised in regional and national awards >

Te Ara Mua Future Streets, Marine Parade Redevelopment Skate Park, M2PP Expressway and Greenhill Park projects have been awarded in the recent Bike to the Future, New Zealand Concrete and We are Waikato Awards held throughout the country in October.

1 November 2017

Boffa Miskell’s Te Hihiri Cultural Advisors and Papa Pounamu >

Two members of Boffa Miskell’s Te Hihiri team, Jade Wikaira and Norm Hill, are on the national committee of Papa Pounamu, a special interest group of the New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI).

1 November 2017

RMLA 2017 keynote address >

As sponsors of the keynote address at the 2017 RMLA conference, our team of Sharon Dines, Stuart Houghton and Julie Harp-Johnson were instrumental in securing Jennifer Keesmaat, Chief Planner of the City of Toronto, to lead off the Resource Management Law Association (RMLA) conference.

29 September 2017

Biosecurity services strengthen at Boffa Miskell >

Boffa Miskell is building on its 15-year experience in biosecurity, by establishing a specialist team to help protect and enhance environments through innovative and effective biosecurity solutions.

31 August 2017

Senior appointments announced for 2017 >

It is with great pleasure that we announce the following Senior Principal, Principal and Associate Principal appointments within Boffa Miskell, which took effect 1st July 2017.

26 July 2017

It’s play time again at Potters Park, Takapuna >

Jump, slide, swing and climb! Youngsters are enjoying the Potters Park playground with renewed enthusiasm following its refurbishment, designed by Boffa Miskell.

26 July 2017

Repairing Kaikōura’s transport links >

Work is continuing apace to fully reconnect Kaikōura’s road and rail links following the massively damaging 7.8 magnitude earthquake that shook the area in November last year.

27 June 2017

Partnering to protect biodiversity on Banks Peninsula >

Boffa Miskell has teamed up with the Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust by becoming a gold sponsor of the community-driven organisation, which works to protect and enhance biodiversity in the area.

27 June 2017

National Planning Standards >

Do you work with RMA planning documents? Are you involved in providing advice to clients on the content of RMA plans/policy statements? If so, the proposed National Planning Standards will affect you.

27 June 2017

New Managing Principal for Tauranga >

A significant milestone in our Tauranga office has seen Sharon De Luca succeed longstanding Managing Principal, Craig Batchelar, in the role.

30 May 2017

Prison expansion proposed >

The Department of Corrections is seeking to increase capacity at Waikeria Prison in the Waikato, to meet the rising demand for prisoner places

30 May 2017

Putting theory into practice >

A summer internship has given Victoria University landscape architecture student, Yousr Ali, an introduction to the realities of landscape architecture in practice.

20 April 2017

Executive appointments for Rebecca Ryder >

Rebecca Ryder has been elected to the NZ Institute of Landscape Architects' Executive Committee and the Tauranga Heart of the City Technical Advisory Group.

10 April 2017

Sharing knowledge with paruauru (gardeners) >

Meg Kane, from our landscape architecture team, shares her knowledge of garden design with households throughout the country via TV ONE’s Whanau Living show.

1 March 2017

2016

Urban Tree Groups Protected >

Urban tree groups in Upper Hutt are now protected after a successful Plan Change, which was based on assessment methodology developed by Boffa Miskell.

11 November 2016

Boffa Miskell in the Waikato >

Boffa Miskell recently celebrated the opening of its Waikato office, based in Hamilton.

11 November 2016

Bringing life back to Kā Pūtahi Creek >

An ecological survey provides robust baseline information to measure hoped-for stream health improvements in the recently realigned Kā Pūtahi Creek.

19 September 2016

New best practice in managing environmental impacts >

Auckland Harbour Bridge adaptive management framework project wins again.

16 September 2016

Virtual flythrough assists with visualising designs >

Drone pilot certification will facilitate increased drone filming on urban design projects.

13 July 2016

Senior Boffa Miskell Appointments >

We are pleased to announce the following senior appointments within Boffa Miskell, which took effect on 1st July 2016.

13 July 2016

Walk-through aviary advocates wildlife education >

A new walk-through aviary was recently opened at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre by the Minister for Conservation, Hon. Maggie Barry.

30 June 2016

Setting the bar high for residential housing to attract the elderly >

Creating a pleasant outdoor living environment for the residents at the Mary Potter Apartments to complement the award winning architecture.

30 June 2016

Ensuring indigenous design strengthens creative communities >

Boffa Miskell was a proud sponsor of Ngo Aho Inc.’s 2016 I Ta Timatanga indigenous design conference

31 March 2016

Leigh Bull named first female editor for Notornis >

The Ornithological Society of New Zealand (popularly called Birds New Zealand), has selected Dr Leigh Bull to be the first female editor of Notornis.

24 March 2016

Cutting edge technology identifies and monitors wildlife using footprints >

In partnership with Lincoln Agritech Ltd, our ecologists have helped design an electronic animal detection and identification tool which is now in use in Northland forests.

26 February 2016

Resource management under scrutiny >

New Zealand’s resource management, urban planning and development scene is currently under scrutiny. What are these about and what are the timeframes?

24 February 2016

Giving back to the Creative Capital >

Boffa Miskell is excited to be an Innovation Partner of the renowned Wellington-based New Zealand Festival 2016, in the year the festival celebrates its 30th anniversary.

24 February 2016

Introducing Dave Moule, first consultant in our new Hamilton office >

Boffa Miskell welcomes planner and associate principal, Dave Moule, to help front our newly established Hamilton office.

22 February 2016

Kindergarten project impresses landscape architecture students  >

When planning a summer school course, ‘Designing Children’s Environments’, Sue Wake, Senior Lecturer at Unitec’s Department of Landscape Architecture, contacted Boffa Miskell to find an example of a well-designed children’s environment for her students to visit.

22 February 2016

2015

Leadership project continues to bear fruit >

At Elizabeth Knox Home and Hospital in Epsom the kitchen is overflowing as aged residents reactivate their green fingers alongside youngsters in the ‘Garden of Knowledge’ – a legacy leadership project landscape architect Heather Wilkins helped create.

16 December 2015

Ecology en route in Wellington >

Our ecologists are assisting the NZ Transport Agency with the ecological assessments of two important transport projects in Wellington.

15 December 2015

Sculpture in the Gardens 2015 >

Boffa Miskell is a sponsor of the Auckland Botanic Gardens’ biennial Sculpture in the Gardens exhibition, which is now open to the public for the summer 2015/16 season.

9 December 2015

Biosecurity partnership wins procurement award >

Boffa Miskell and Land Information NZ received the Best Supplier Relationship Management Award at the CIPS Australasia Supply Management Awards 2015.

30 September 2015

Move to South Island >

We welcome back urban designer and principal, Rachael Eaton, to our Christchurch office.

30 September 2015

Independent Directors appointed  >

Hamish Bell and Greg Barclay have been appointed as Independent Directors to the Boffa Miskell Board.

27 July 2015

Senior appointments >

We are pleased to announce appointments to Senior Principal, Principal and Associate Principal positions within Boffa Miskell.

22 July 2015

Introducing Chris Ferguson >

New to our Christchurch planning team is Senior Planner, Chris Ferguson, who brings with him valuable knowledge and work experience of the lower South Island.

23 June 2015

Boffa Miskell team releases Project Kiwi’s latest chick >

Supporting, protecting and enhancing our kiwi population

19 June 2015

New appointments to leadership team >

Boffa Miskell welcomes two new appointments to our partners group - John Potter as a full partner and Janine Bell an associate partner.

20 May 2015

Three projects recognised at 2015 NZ Planning Institute Awards >

Three very diverse projects we have been involved in received accolades at the 2015 New Zealand Planning Institute Best Practice Awards.

19 May 2015

Cultural Landscapes - an emerging field of opportunity to work with iwi >

At the 2015 New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects’ conference, Boffa Miskell was proud to sponsor the first plenary session, themed ‘Cultural Landscapes’. This provided an opportunity to have a much-needed discussion on ways the profession can better recognise Māori culture in our landscapes and work with iwi and hapū to do this.

21 April 2015

Special Housing Areas on fast track >

With the first Special Housing Areas in the Bay of Plenty approved, Boffa Miskell is assisting several landowners and developers through the consenting process, to enable construction as soon as possible.

16 April 2015

Transport study wins supreme award >

Boffa Miskell is proud to have been on the winning team that produced the Auckland Transport: City East West Transport Study, which received the Charlie Challenger Supreme Award at the 2015 Resene NZILA Pride of Place landscape architecture awards.

16 April 2015

Return from China >

Senior Planner and Principal, Jane Masters, has returned to our Auckland office after four fascinating years living in Shanghai.

14 April 2015

Introducing Jade Wikaira >

We are delighted to welcome Jade Wikaira, in the newly created position of Kaiarataki; Te Hihiri – Strategic Advisor, Māori in our Wellington office.

10 March 2015

2014

Auckland urban design panellists 2014 >

We’re proud that four Boffa Miskell people were recently appointed to the Auckland Urban Design Panel. Between them, Rachel de Lambert, Janine Bell, Lisa Mein and Stuart Houghton will contribute considerable experience in landscape architecture, urban design and planning.

15 December 2014

The Strand Plaza opens in Whakatane >

A newly-opened pedestrian plaza, which better connects Whakatane’s commercial centre with the adjacent riverside reserve area, has received accolades from the local community.

10 December 2014

WAN urban design award for Christchurch Blueprint  >

The Blueprint for central Christchurch, prepared by a Boffa Miskell-led consortium, has won the Future Projects sub-category of the prestigious World Architecture News (WAN) Urban Design Award 2014.

4 December 2014

Royal Honours >

Boffa Miskell’s namesakes, Frank Boffa and Don Miskell, have been made Officers of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to landscape architecture.

26 November 2014

Passchendaele remembrance >

One of seven poppy shaped gardens being developed at the Passchendaele Memorial Museum 1917, in Belgium, is the New Zealand memorial garden designed by Boffa Miskell.

29 September 2014

SKYCITY Hotel and New Zealand International convention centre concepts >

Bringing the vision for New Zealand’s first truly international convention centre into reality

15 August 2014

Bold directions for inner city transport >

How are bold decisions made for future transport needs in already congested city centre streets? – By recognising the need for decisive action, creative thinking, stakeholder involvement and rigorous analysis.

7 July 2014

Shanghai Office Sichuan Field Trip >

The Shanghai office travels through world famous landscape and cultural sites.

26 June 2014

Two projects win best practice NZ Planning Institute Award >

The Rolleston Town Centre and Foster Recreation Park Masterplans have been awarded Best Practice for the Strategic Guidance and Planning category of the New Zealand Planning Institute’s 2014 awards.

2 May 2014

Two New Associate Directors Appointed >

Boffa Miskell is pleased to announce that Landscape Architects, Sarah Collins and Michael Hawes, have been appointed as associate directors.

29 April 2014

Wellington office has moved >

Wellington office moves to handsome and strengthened Huddart Parker heritage building

28 April 2014

2013

Farewell Nicole >

It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Nicole Sutton while climbing Mt Taranaki with her partner Dr. Hiroki Ogawa.

8 November 2013

International Federation of Landscape Architects' 50th World Congress >

Getting behind this international event - Shared Wisdom in an Age of Change

1 August 2013

Project Kiwi chick release >

Precious cargo was carefully transported from Rotorua to the Coromandel Peninsula, by planner Kirsten Hauschild

1 August 2013

Award winners >

Our environmental planning and design skills have been recognised in multiple awards this year.

1 August 2013

New director appointment >

Peter Hall has been appointed a Director.

31 July 2013

Boffa Miskell shares top planning award >

The supreme award for excellence in planning at this year’s New Zealand Planning Institute’s (NZPI) annual awards went to Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Trust, the Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Boffa Miskell for their Ngāti Rangitihi Iwi Environmental Management Plan.

8 May 2013

Landscape award winners >

Boffa Miskell was proud to receive seven awards for projects around the country in a range of categories in the 2013 NZILA Resene Pride of Place Landscape Awards, which were announced on 8 April.

9 April 2013

Rivers Group 3rd Annual Symposium - November 2012 >

Promoting enviornment enhancement

3 April 2013

Scientific Journals >

Post-construction avian mortality monitoring at Project West Wind

3 April 2013

Putting it on paper >

The meaning of ‘significant’

3 April 2013

Design Recognition >

Design well received by Christhcurch City Council in the Breath - The New Urban Village’ design competition.

3 April 2013

Future Built Environments - 13-14 March 2012 >

Promoting understanding within the built enviornment

3 April 2013

New premises for our Christchurch team >

After working from two temporary premises the Christchurch team are reunited in Hazeldean.

3 April 2013

Moonrise over Mount Victoria lookout >

Full moon silhouettes goes viral

3 April 2013

2012

Shaping New Zealand’s environment since 1972 >

In our 40-year history, Boffa Miskell has been associated with projects that have influenced change in New Zealand’s urban and rural landscapes.

1 November 2012

Auckland urban design panelists >

Three experts appointed to the panel

1 November 2012

Project Kiwi >

Establishing Motutapu Island's kiwi population

1 November 2012

NZPI Board member >

Governance role appointment

1 November 2012

Looking back to look forward >

Welcoming new Chief Executive Kerry Gupwell

1 November 2012

Roading Excellence Awards 2012 >

Boffa Miskell is proud to have contributed to two winning projects in the Roading Excellence Awards 2012: - the Victoria Park tunnel and the Auckland city centre shared space streetscapes.

28 August 2012

Winning use of colour >

Two awards for the best use of colour have been awarded to Boffa Miskell in the Resene Total Colour Awards 2012.

24 August 2012