Project updates

Updates on completed projects and those still in progress.


A dramatic new look for the Myers Park Underpass

Peter Whiting leads the Boffa Miskell team that worked closely with the artists, and explains how the artworks integrate with the wider landscape upgrade in this iconic public space.

19 May 2022

Helping Protect our Coastlines: Share your views

Boffa Miskell is undertaking research to improve understanding of the role that nature-based methods can play in the coastal hazard adaptation process

13 April 2022

Resource Consent for Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Creative thinking and a collaborative approach between the artist, the gallery, and a Boffa Miskell planner ensured an artwork that extends beyond the gallery envelope was granted resource consent.

14 March 2022

Interest: Detecting and monitoring small species

Small animals which are sensitive to environmental disturbance and change can be used as ‘indicators’ of environmental impacts and stress. How can we better detect these species?

9 March 2022

Barrowcliffe Bridge: Linking to Manukau’s cultural and ecological heritage

Landscape architect Cathy Challinor explains why, through working with mana whenua, the Barrowcliffe Bridge and Place Enhancement inextricably links history and culture with a connection to place.

18 February 2022

Construction begins at Heke Rua Archives Building

As the official guardians of New Zealand’s documentary heritage and record of government, Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga Archives New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa National Library of New Zealand hold irreplaceable taonga for the nation.

8 February 2022


Milford Sound Piopiotahi Masterplan is Released

Protecting the character of one of Murihiku / Southland’s most iconic – and traditionally most-visited – landscapes and recognising its strong Ngāi Tahu associations is at the heart of the Milford Opportunities Masterplan.

30 July 2021

Let’s Get Wellington Moving takes a big step forward

A preferred option for Wellington's Golden Mile has been selected.

28 June 2021

Health Precinct vision unveiled by University of Otago

The University of Otago has released a plan to create a Health Precinct which will concentrate research facilities, laboratories and health businesses alongside the new Dunedin Hospital.

17 June 2021

Boffa Miskell named to the Catholic Cathedral project team

Boffa Miskell will lead the urban design and landscape architecture for the new Catholic Cathedral Precinct in Christchurch

14 May 2021

Bio-Filtration Garden Forebay Catchpit

A unique (and award-winning) shift in effective pre-treatment and management of gross pollutants

10 May 2021


Native tree planting to create new habitat at Drury South Crossing

Half a million native plants and trees will be installed as part of the Drury South Crossing development, creating habitat for threatened birdlife.

30 November 2020

Waitōharuru Concept Plan

The original set-off point for the Pink and White Terraces, Waitōharuru (also known as Tarawera Landing) is the birthplace of tourism in New Zealand.

20 November 2020

Campbell Crescent restoration is completed

The redesign and restoration is one of the first projects from the award-winning Cornwall Park Master Plan (2014), developed by Nelson Byrd Woltz in collaboration with Boffa Miskell.

18 November 2020

Carterton Town Centre Strategy

Boffa Miskell has been facilitating the Mayoral Taskforce workshops consisting of engaging group exercises and discussions, developing a framework for the future of the town centre.

27 October 2020

Helping Kāinga Ora and the community to reduce, recycle, and reuse

Construction waste salvaged from a Kāinga Ora project in West Auckland is used to help create a community marketplace

22 October 2020

Biosecurity Minister announces funding during Mid Dome visit

Our client, the Mid Dome Wilding Trees Charitable Trust, received over $3 million from the Government to support their efforts to eradicate invasive conifers in Southland.

21 September 2020

Waihi Town Centre: a look back

Waihi, a small town on the North Island's Coromandel Peninsula, is especially notable for its history as a gold mining town and this is reflected in the streetscape.

27 August 2020

Community engagement: Using digital tools for greater public understanding

Successful engagement begins with clear communication of the issue, and an easy way for stakeholders to give feedback.

23 June 2020

Moa Kids Nursery Garden

How to design a playspace that meets the diverse needs of children aged six months to two years, and supports the kindy's focus on child-led play in a natural environment?

15 April 2020

Boffa Miskell’s role in the Department of Conservation PF2050 Strategy

The Tools to Market programme is well underway, with projects trialling biosecurity and pest-control innovations.

2 April 2020

Plant selection: Social spaces for senior living communities

In addition to colourful flower beds and shaded outdoor seating areas, spaces for entertaining, sports and hands-on gardening are all an integral part of a vibrant senior living village.

18 March 2020

Let’s Get Wellington Moving

Work to identify the best options for mass rapid transit and state highway improvements is set to begin, as part of the next phase of the Let’s Get Wellington Moving (LGWM) programme.

18 March 2020

Following Bats in Fiordland

New Zealand is home to two extant species of native bat, the long-tailed bat (Chalinolobus tuberculatus) and the lesser short-tailed bat (Mystacina tuberculata).

13 February 2020

Three Waters Review Reports made public

The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) has published three comprehensive reports on wastewater treatment, which Boffa Miskell assisted in preparing.

13 January 2020


Mana Motuhake unveiled in Victoria Square

A series of artworks in Victoria Square called Mana Motuhake has been unveiled and blessed. The installation of Mana Motuhake is one of the final elements of Te Papa Ōtākaro/Avon River Precinct to be completed.

28 November 2019

Long-life lures receive Predator Free 2050 funding

Long-life lures for rodents, possums and mustelids developed by Dr Helen Blackie are among the predator control tools selected for funding by Predator Free 2050.

22 November 2019

Te Hononga Tangata

Prime minister Jacinda Ardern was present at the recent opening of Te Hononga Tangata.

18 November 2019

Surveying pest plants in the Residential Red Zone

If you think that it’s hard keeping on top of the weeds in your own backyard, imagine looking after nearly 600 hectares of former garden in the Christchurch Residential Red Zone.

5 November 2019

A new approach to increasing the breeding habitat available for Tara Iti

Enhancing neighbourhood amenities to attract residents isn't just something urban designers do. Ecologists are employing similar tactics in an effort to increase numbers of our rarest native bird.

14 October 2019

Silver and Bronze at the 2019 Best Awards

Projects in Auckland, Napier, and Passchendaele (Belgium) were recognised at the 2019 DINZ Best Awards.

7 October 2019

Stories of arrival unveiled in Gisborne

This month marks 250 years since the first onshore meetings between Māori and Europeans at the Puhi Kai Iti Wānanga site in Turanganui-a-Kiwa .

4 October 2019

Upgrades are underway in Auckland neighbourhoods

Long-planned streetscape upgrades for Ōtāhuhu and Mt Roskill have broken ground.

17 September 2019

Leveraging GIS technology to combat invasive conifers

Use of GIS technology and 3D Mapping increases the efficiency of eradication efforts, and effectively communicates the scale of the problem to stakeholders. This has had a direct impact in securing more funding for this essential biosecurity operation.

10 September 2019

Puhi Kai Iti / Cook Landing Site Historic Reserve Redevelopment

Weaving together people, culture and heritage

7 August 2019

Long Bay: a development informed by ecology and sustainability

The Long Bay development involves the urbanisation of a large-scale landholding in a sensitive natural environment. Landscape architecture and ecology formed the basis of a master planning approach which aimed to strike the right balance between efficient use of land, and enhancement of the natural environment.

19 June 2019

Te Ana Marina wins at Commercial Project Awards

The Woolstore & Te Ana Marina took a Bronze Award at the NZ Commercial Project Awards event held at Auckland Sky City.

27 May 2019

Foxton Pump Track named Active Park of the Year

Foxton Beach’s popular pump track has been awarded Active Park of the Year at the Recreation Aotearoa 2019 New Zealand Parks Awards.

10 May 2019

Boffa Miskell selected for Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement

Boffa Miskell is one of the key consultants appointed to undertake the reinstatement of Christ Church Cathedral and will oversee the urban design and landscape architecture components.

10 May 2019

Ecologists get a close-up look

In the warmer months most of Boffa Miskell's ecologists are away from the office and out in the field. Recording data and taking photos is an essential part of any ecological survey.

16 April 2019

An imaginative playspace in Underwood Reserve

A first-of-its-kind playspace for Auckland has opened, based on traditional Maori games and play artefacts. Te Mara Hupara playground is part of Te Auaunga Awa in Mt Roskill, Auckland.

9 April 2019

Ahuriri Lagoon Mātauranga Māori Monitoring Programme

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

19 February 2019

Another summer of placemaking at Riverlink

Placemaking capitalizes on a local community's assets, inspiration, and potential, with the intention of creating public spaces that promote people's health, happiness, and well-being. It's an on-going element of the Riverlink project.

11 February 2019

Innovative accommodation on Mid Dome for biosecurity contractors

Portable accommodation built from a repurposed 26,000 litre plastic water tank is the latest innovation in the fight against wilding pines in Southland’s vulnerable high country.

16 January 2019

Hessian matting is ‘a game-changer’ in Lake Wanaka

Biodegradable hessian matting continues to be at the front line of defense against the spread of the invasive weed lagarosiphon in Lake Wanaka.

8 January 2019


Provincial Growth Funding for Dolomite Point Redevelopment

West Coast tourism will benefit from an $87.46 million investment from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), including a commitment of $25.6 million in funding for Dolomite Point at Punakaiki.

4 December 2018

Te Ana Marina: honouring the past, moving to the future

Reconnecting with the site's history inspired a new look and name for this waterfront destination, and guided the design of the development

13 November 2018

Opening blessing for Wairākei Stream

A ceremony on the banks of the Wāirakei Stream, and the planting of five kahikatea marks the start of a landscape enhancement plan for Te Ara O Wāirakei and Wāirakei/Taylor Reserve in Papamoa. 

25 October 2018

Waterloo Park recognised for Urban Design Excellence

Congratulations to Waterloo Business Park - winner of the Resene Urban Design Award at the 2018 Property Council New Zealand Southern Excellence Awards.

16 October 2018

Willow Removal on the Kawarau River

Keeping Lake Wakatipu free of the fast-growing invasive weed lagarosiphon takes considerable effort.

10 October 2018

Te Onewa Pā wins 2018 Arthur Mead Award

Industry and community recognition keeps coming for Te Onewa Pā. The project's latest commendation is the coveted Arthur Mead Award, presented by the Auckland branch of Engineering New Zealand.

12 September 2018

Campbell Crescent and Sir John Logan Campbell Fountain

The new design enhances the visibility and prominence of the Sir John Logan Campbell statue and fountain, and restores Campbell Crescent as the main point of arrival to Cornwall Park.

6 September 2018

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

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 National Wildlife Centre

Pukaha 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

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

Nga Pua Mahara – Petals of Remembrance

A short film about the construction and opening of the New Zealand Passchendaele Memorial Garden

12 April 2018

Progress continues on Waterloo Business Park

The former Islington Freezing Works is evolving into a mixed-use destination

27 March 2018

Federal Street gets an almost-instant makeover

A quick and colourful solution in the Auckland CBD

28 February 2018

Te Onewa Pa is ready to welcome visitors

A long-neglected spot under the Harbour Bridge has been restored.

26 February 2018

Ecology Quarterly

An e-newsletter highlighting the work being done by our ecologists.

26 February 2018


Counting Archey’s Frogs in the Coromandel

Boffa Miskell ecologists have been working with our client OceanaGold to identify and protect native plants and animals at several proposed exploration sites in the Parakiwai Valley in Coromandel Forest Park.

4 December 2017

An island playground inspired by nature

Mariner Rise reserve and playground, a joint ecology and landscape project around a Special Housing Area on Whangaparaoa Peninsula, north of Auckland, was officially opened in late October.

1 November 2017

Consultation in progress for Ōtāhūhu Town Centre Upgrade

The consultation process is now underway for the Ōtāhuhu Town Centre Streetscape Upgrade project in Auckland. To accommodate future growth, the upgrade aims to improve connectivity and infrastructure through transformation of the streets and public spaces.

31 August 2017

Affordable housing for Māori hapu

A new subdivision being developed by the Ngā Potiki a Tamapahore Trust will see new houses built in Papamoa, including affordable housing for members of the Ngā Potiki hapu.

28 July 2017

Memorial garden begins journey to Passchendaele

At a dawn ceremony, components of the New Zealand Memorial Garden were farewelled on their journey to the Passchendaele Museum in Zonnebeke, Belgium.

10 April 2017

Pop-up Hub generates Riverlink discussion

The Hutt River regeneration project, ‘Riverlink’, is moving towards a completed preliminary concept design

9 March 2017

A beautiful road

Locals using the newly opened Mackays to Peka Peka (M2PP) section of the Kāpiti Expressway are seeing their district from a new perspective and appreciating the extensive environmental enhancements.

6 March 2017


Long Bay urban transformation continues

Maximising green spaces in a medium density housing area.

11 November 2016

Te Awahou – Nieuwe Stroom: development begins

Boffa Miskell lends a helping hand to the new cultural hub of Foxton.

29 September 2016

Foster Recreation Park Masterplan is Illuminated

Boffa Miskell is providing master planning services to develop the largest sport and recreation park in Selwyn.

19 April 2016


Design enhances work life balance

Business parks should be places where businesses want to be and where people want to work. But what happens after work? Will everyone leave or will people stay on to enjoy the area in other ways?

9 December 2015

Leading role in South Taranaki district plan review

The key to success in managing a district plan review is a close working relationship with the council and a collaborative consultation process.

29 October 2015

Lizard protection in action

How do we manage the effects of development on native wildlife? One way is to move animals out of harm’s way, during construction, into specially created habitats.

29 October 2015

Bringing Waterview into play

When designing a playground, who better to ask for inspiration than children?

29 October 2015

Collaborative engagement aims to enhance flood mitigation project

A collaborative design and engagement process will help achieve multiple benefits from the widening and restoration of 1.3 km of Te Auaunga Awa (Oakley Creek) in Mount Roskill, Auckland.

30 September 2015

Special Housing Area under construction

The first duplex unit has been built at the Waihi Road Special Housing Area in Tauranga, less than twelve months after the development was first mooted.

24 August 2015

Campus hub refurbished

When student services at the University of Canterbury were relocated into a building designed for staff rather than students, Boffa Miskell landscape architects faced design challenges to make the entrance and surrounds more inviting.

17 May 2015

Weaving together cultures, people and place

In the heart of Foxton, the proposed Te Awahou - Nieuwe Stroom Cultural and Community Centre will play a key part in revitalising the former river port town.

10 March 2015


High revs on expressway construction

As the 18-kilometre M2PP Expressway forges ahead from MacKays Crossing to Peka Peka on the Kāpiti Coast, a dedicated Boffa Miskell team is working at the Paraparaumu-based M2PP Alliance project office, providing landscape, ecology and urban design input.

29 September 2014

Christchurch Arts Centre: bringing the past into the future

In restoring New Zealand’s largest cluster of category 1 heritage buildings as a creative hub in central Christchurch, what landscape treatment is appropriate?

3 September 2014

Stream health in full flow

Restoring waterways is a very satisfying part of the Boffa Miskell practice.

2 September 2014

Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan (PAUP)

In late February, a flurry of activity in our Auckland Office saw staff preparing and lodging submissions on clients’ behalf to meet the deadline for initial submissions on the PAUP.

11 July 2014

New HQ for Comvita New Zealand

Over the last two years, Boffa Miskell has assisted natural health and beauty products company, Comvita, to redevelop its Bay of Plenty headquarters.

11 July 2014

Christchurch rebuild: Transforming the residential red zone

Clearing residential red zone areas unsuitable for rebuilding and providing for the retention of amenity and ecological values until decisions are made about the lands future.

10 June 2014


Zhenjiang New Town Central Park

Designs become a reality.

1 August 2013

Landscape art garden opens

The Boffa Miskell-designed ‘Wetland Waka’ garden is one of 19 finalist entries completed for the May opening of the 2013 World Landscape Art Exposition in Jinzhou, a world-wide design competition run by the International Federation of Landscape Architects and Jinzhou City.

1 August 2013

Cornwall Park 100-year Masterplan

Boffa Miskell is delighted to be working in collaboration with Nelson Byrd Woltz on a masterplan for Auckland’s historic Cornwall Park that will look 100 years into the future.

27 June 2013

First part of the Kāpiti Expressway approved

An independent Board of Inquiry, appointed by the Minister for the Environment, recently approved the proposed MacKays to Peka Peka Expressway north of Wellington, bringing to fruition three years of preparatory work.

23 April 2013

Waterview Connection Update

Waterview project continues to evolve

3 April 2013

Structure plan green light for Comvita New Zealand

In 2012, Boffa Miskell assisted Comvita New Zealand to obtain the necessary planning approvals the company needed to redevelop and expand its commercial and manufacturing headquarters at Paengaroa in the Bay of Plenty. Stage 1 of the redevelopment is now well underway.

25 February 2013


Dong Jiao Villas, Shanghai

Dong Jiao Villas, Shanghai Stage 3

31 December 2012

Milestones for Ruakura

Two significant milestones for the Ruakura growth area east of Hamilton are the culmination of over three years’ intensive work.

1 November 2012

Queen Elizabeth Park on the Kapiti Coast

Regional Park: celebrating the past.

1 November 2012

Transmission Gully Highway

Presenting ecological evidence at the Board of Inqury hearing.

1 November 2012

Setting sights on urban quality

The $340-million Victoria Park Tunnel upgrade of State Highway 1 in central Auckland, has been completed - with urban quality to the forefront.

1 November 2012

Waterview Kindergarten

New home for kindergarten

1 November 2012

Trestle Leg Series

Poetry and prose writ large

1 November 2012

Whitianga Main Street

People first in street upgrade

1 November 2012

Eco-park in Zhenjiang City

A 40-hectare parkland, designed by our landscape architects in China, will soon create a green corridor through a new satellite town being constructed east of Zhenjiang City area in China.

11 January 2012