Insights

Our latest on developments, innovations and methodologies in planning, design, landscape planning, sciences, cultural heritage. graphics and mapping.


Design

Urban Design Forum debate live-streamed from Auckland’s North Studio

Our Auckland office started the 2019 Studio Sessions by hosting a debate sponsored by the Urban Design Forum. Mediated by Nick Williamson, senior planning consultant at Align Limited, a panel of six urban design experts and opinion leaders argued the topic, "Urban Design: The panacea we had hoped for?"

20 February 2019


A walk down High Street: through a child’s eyes

More children live in central Auckland than ever before. If the city is an urban child's backyard, what should that city provide?

22 January 2019


2018: A landmark year of making places for people

Thinking about how we want to live and the ways we move around; shaping the future, while preserving the best of the past. Creating better places for people has been one of the overarching themes of the past year.

17 December 2018


Two consultants join Urban Design Forum leadership

The Urban Design Forum promotes cross-disciplinary understanding of urban design and provides a forum for discussion of design-based approaches that are relevant to the development and management of New Zealand towns and cities.

9 October 2018


Changing our city streets: reframing the debate

In print and on-line, the discussion around changes to our city and suburban streets continues. Landscape architect John Potter considers the situation from a design- and people-based perspective.

13 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


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


The far-reaching benefits of ‘co-design’

Collaborative ‘co-design’ helps clients, communities and other stakeholders to actively engage and forge constructive relationships – relationships that endure in the ongoing sense of empowerment, belonging and pride in the places created.

26 July 2017


What’s in a playground?

Children are hard-wired to play. So why are designed play spaces needed?

22 December 2016


How can we provide for population growth whilst improving water quality?

Water quality in rural areas is currently a hot topic but, as urban populations grow, will the spotlight soon turn to the problem of maintaining urban water quality?

11 November 2016


Graphics & Mapping

Virtual Reality is a powerful tool for Community Engagement

In communicating the future impact of large-scale infrastructure – and how that impact can be mitigated by planting and land formations – virtual reality is highly effective method of showing stakeholders what things will look like during construction, and several years down the track.

21 January 2019


New certification could lead to future drone imagery on projects

Boffa Miskell is working towards becoming a certified Part 102 RPAS operator for drone piloting.

31 March 2016


Adding data adds value

A request to make GIS river data more accessible for stakeholders led to a further field data tool being added, with considerable benefits.

10 June 2014


Field work goes digital

Real time access, recording and updating of digital data including spatial (GIS) data while working remotely in the field.

1 August 2013


Census mapping delivered!

8000 maps delivered on time to the Department of Statistics for the 2013 Census

3 April 2013


Sciences

Ahuriri Lagoon Mātauranga Māori Monitoring Programme

A journey towards reinstating and restoring a thriving cultural ecosystem and habitat.

19 February 2019


Ecologists in the field: studying coastal protection structures

Ecologist Daniel Ahern's fieldwork supports a project that was funded through the Boffa Miskell Research Programme. The objective is to provide robust quantitative data in order to determine if certain coastal protection structures, or methods of construction, provide better ecological outcomes than others.

30 January 2019


Meet the Boffa Miskell ecology team: Andrew Blayney

Terrestrial and freshwater ecology is Andrew Blayney’s passion, and since joining Boffa Miskell he’s carried out ecological surveys and assessments throughout the Waikato and Bay of Plenty.

30 January 2019


Here’s what you need to know about managing construction impacts on avifauna:

On a global scale, New Zealand is home to a reasonably low diversity of bird species; however, what we lack in diversity, we make up for with uniqueness.

30 January 2019


Opinion: The Annual Whitebait Run

Every year, sometime between August to November, various articles are published about the state of our whitebait fishery. These usually begin with a reference to the “good old days” when whitebait were so plentiful that they were used as fertiliser in gardens and chicken feed.

30 October 2018


Meet the Boffa Miskell ecology team: Dr Sharon De Luca

When Sharon De Luca started university, she expected she’d end up with a degree in law or accounting. She clearly had some inkling of her future, because although she discovered a passion for marine science that changed her career path, you’re now as likely to find Sharon in a courtroom as out in the field.

30 October 2018


What you need to know about the 2018 EIANZ Guidelines

In May of this year, the Environmental Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ) issued the second edition of their guidelines for ecological impact assessment.

30 October 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


Landscape planning

Natural character assessments and provisions in a coastal environment

Rhys Girvan and Emma McRae delve into natural character assessments in the coastal environment and help define the difference between natural character and landscape evaluation. They also consider how to define the coastal environment, scale of assessment, and outstanding natural character.

17 January 2019


Waikato District Landscape Study

Boffa Miskell was engaged by Waikato District Council to undertake a review of the existing landscape characterisation and classifications, and to re-evaluate the landscapes for the Council’s District Plan Review.

5 September 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


Art in the landscape

We talk to one of our board members, John Goodwin, about what’s involved in helping to organise a popular sculpture trail on Waiheke Island.

6 March 2017


Coastal Natural Character Assessment methodologies

Implementation of Policy 13 of the NZCPS 2010 in light of recent assessment techniques. Prepared for Department of Conservation Natural Character Workshop No. 3

11 December 2015


Landscape: Debunking the ‘absolute’ protection myth

Exploring the implications relating to the identification and management of outstanding natural features and landscapes

23 June 2015


Natural character assessments

Developing Natural Character Assessment methodologies

1 May 2012


Planning

Small Town Forums: sharing ideas and finding solutions

Bringing local government officials together, starting conversations and helping regional communities find new vitality

13 November 2018


Opinion: Planner Sharon Dines on the new Freshwater policies

On 9 October, the government announced the next steps to improve New Zealand’s waterways. The proposed changes are seeking to deliver visible improvements in water quality within five years and longer term improvements within a generation.

11 October 2018


Improving Freshwater Quality: what do the new policies mean for you?

The government has announced the next steps to improve New Zealand’s waterways, seeking to deliver better water quality within five years.

9 October 2018


Independent Commissioners

Sharon De Luca, Leigh Bull and Craig Pauling have completed their ‘Making Good Decisions’ training, adding them to the group of Boffa Miskell people qualified to be appointed as independent RMA hearings commissioners.

2 March 2015


A Chatham Islander’s solution

When asked to carry out a feasibility study for developing a learning centre and housing on the Chatham Islands, Boffa Miskell and Design Tribe Architects knew that creative thinking would be required.

25 March 2014


Careful planning for retail development

How would Rotorua’s central business district be affected if trade activities were developed nearby?

1 August 2013


Wind farm approved

Permission is granted for Meridian Energy to build and run Hurunui Wind in North Canterbury.

1 August 2013


Complex projects – the planner’s role

Our planners are frequently involved in large projects that require multi-disciplinary input and the resolution of complex environmental planning issues. The recent NZ King Salmon Board of Inquiry case was one such instance, as Sarah Dawson explains. What was the nature and outcome of the NZ King Salmon application? NZ King Salmon wished to establish …

3 April 2013


Cultural heritage

It’s more than a name – it’s a legacy

Mapihi Martin-Paul (Ngāi Tahu – Ngāi Te Ruahikihiki, Te Arawa – Ngāti Pikiao) reflects on the concept of whakapapa and the adoption of dual-naming in Ōtautahi/Christchurch.

15 December 2018


Rangitahi Kawe & Te Pio Kawe: two generations

The dictionary defines a generation as "the period during which children are born and grow up, become adults". In kinship terminology, it designates the parent-child relationship; and as a verb, ‘generation’ is also known as bio-genesis: “life-beginning”.

10 December 2018


Opinion: Can cultural attributes help guide us as we restore degraded waterways back to health?

Norm Hill, Kaiarataki in Boffa Miskell's Te Hihiri discipline discusses the intersection between indigenous beliefs and colonial regulations on New Zealand’s environment. Incorporating Maori cultural values to legislative frameworks highlights mana whenua’s spiritual connection with, and stewardship of, New Zealand’s freshwater rivers, lakes and wetlands.

16 October 2018


Our business cards: what does the whakataukī mean?

You've probably seen our new business cards, which include a whakataukī (or proverb) on the back. Craig Pauling, Kaiarataki - Te Hihiri, explains the origin and meaning.

31 August 2018


Cultural Impact Assessments – insights and observations

Cultural impact assessments provide opportunities for resource management practitioners and Māori to work together to develop confidence in understanding Māori perspectives and articulating values in order to drive solutions and decisions to meet our aspirations into the future. 

10 April 2018


Seeing the cultural landscape

When Auckland Transport consulted iwi at the outset of planning its proposed $40 million Dominion Road upgrade, a collaborative design process evolved that saw the area’s rich cultural heritage woven into the project design.

25 March 2014


Reflecting the rohe: Ra-paki Marae

Long ago, Ngāi Tahu Chief Te Rakiwhakaputa claimed the settlement at Rāpaki for himself by laying his rāpaki (waist mat) on the shores of the bay. Since then the small Ngāi Tahu settlement, also known as Rāpaki o Te Rakiwhakaputa, has been home to his descendants, ngā uri o Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke.

1 November 2012