Two New Exciting Rotorua Projects

The Rotorua office of Stratum Consultants Ltd has been proud to have been involved in many significant projects on the Rotorua landscape over the years.  We can now add another two new exciting projects to that list!

Our Planning, Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering and Surveying staff have all recently been involved with and provided professional services to the following two projects:

Wai Ariki Hot Springs & Spa

This soon to be commenced Pukeroa Oruawhata Group development is a multi-million dollar luxury Spa and Wellness Centre that is to be developed on Rotorua City's lakefront, offering holistic wellbeing treatments with a Te Ao Maori focus.


For more detail on this project please see the following the Rotorua Daily Post article link:

Whare Aroha CARE Village

This soon to be opened state-of-the-art Dementia Care Village in Ngongotaha is the first of its kind to be built in the world outside of Holland, and is based on a renowned Dutch dementia village, De Hogeweyk.


For more detail on this project please see the following Rotorua Daily Post article link:

Notice the name that keeps cropping up

Have you noticed that our name keeps cropping up lately? 

You may have seen us recently on billboards, in local newspapers, or on social media.  We want you to recognise our brand, not only for marketing purposes, but so that you will also want to come work for us! 

Go to our Join Us page on our website to find out about the geotech engineer, civil engineer, and structural engineer opportunities that we currently have. 

We hope to hear from you soon!

Cropping up.jpg

Nga Potiki Residential Development: Papamoa

Stratum Consultants Ltd is proud to assist the Nga Potiki a Tamapahore Trust (an entity of Nga Potiki hapu) to develop their land in Papamoa. 

Stratum Consultants Ltd applied for and obtained subdivision and land use consent approvals for Nga Potiki under the Special Housing Accord legislation.  This included input from our highly capable and experienced resource management planners, civil engineers, geotechnical engineers and land surveyors.

From the outset it was important to Nga Potiki that, in addition to meeting commercial objectives, any development of the site is undertaken in a way that is socially, culturally and environmentally responsible.

The master planning undertaken for the proposed development realised an affordable residential housing development of 200+ lots that will be available to the public but will also provide for specific outcomes for Nga Potiki.  A portion of the developed sites will be retained by the Trust and made available to members of the iwi with a range of social housing and tenure types, including Kaumatua housing for 20 units, rental housing, and licences to occupy.  Significant land will also be set aside for conservation and cultural purposes.  In addition an area is intended to be developed as a Retirement Village.  Some non-residential facilities are envisaged to support the neighbourhood scale development, including some limited scale retail opportunities.

Stratum Consultants Ltd looks forward to continuing to work on this project and congratulate Nga Potiki on this exciting high quality and socially, culturally and environmentally responsible development.

You can read more about this development in a recent news article in the following link:

Realising your Property's Potential

Stratum Consultants Ltd is proud to assist Keith Hay Homes with a number of their client's subdivisions, planning consents for additional dwellings, and associated civil engineering requirements.

Below is a recent article from the “Ultimate Property Magazine” on one such urban infill subdivision that Stratum Consultants Ltd assisted Keith Hay Homes with. 

We provided initial planning feasibility advice, obtained subdivision consent, provided civil engineering design and supervision, and undertook land transfer surveys to obtain new titles for this property. 

This all equated to the successful collaboration between Stratum Consultants Ltd, Keith Hay Homes and the Relocatable House Company to realise the full development potential of this specific residential property.

If you would like to explore the full potential of your property, like this example, then please contact us to find out more.

Rotorua Residential Development

The signs continue to be positive for residential development and subdivision within Rotorua.

Stratum's team of planners, geotech engineers, civil engineers and surveyors have been busy recently obtaining subdivision consent to develop our clients land.

As you will see near the bottom of the following 'Rotorua Daily Post' article, we are proud to have been involved in 4 of the 5 subdivisions mentioned that have been approved by Council since August 2016.  These subdivisions will soon release over 100 new residential lots to the Rotorua market.

Stratum's Newest Shareholders

Colin, John, Andrew, Bart and Stephen are pleased to announce TJ Hayward and Shae Crossan as shareholders with Stratum Consultants Ltd. 

We are delighted to have TJ and Shae’s experience and knowledge in the engineering and planning fields respectively, and their step into company ownership now recognises them as a important members of the Stratum management team.

Well done TJ and Shae!

National Maori Housing Conference 2016

Stratum Consultants Ltd is a proud sponsor of the National Maori Housing Conference being held in Tauranga from 29 September – 1 October 2016. 

The theme of the Conference is ‘Ma whero ma pango ka oti ai te mahi - Collaboration and Strategic Relationships.'

Stratum has been engaged to provide planning and engineering services for an innovative development proposal by Nga Potiki a Tamapahore Trust for its treaty settlement land at Papamoa.  Stratum is also involved in a number of papakainga and commercial developments in the wider Bay of Plenty.

Because of our collaboration and strategic relationship with many Maori development companies, we saw the sponsorship of this conference as a natural fit to the Stratum Consultants Ltd brand. 

Recently Published Article: NZ Geomechanics News

Stratum Consultants own Senior Geotechnical Engineer Elles Pearse-Danker (in conjunction with Liam Wotherspoon) prepared an article for the NZ Geomechanics News for their June 2016 edition.  The NZ Geomechanics News is the bulletin of the New Zealand Geotechnical Society Inc.

Elles’ article is a follow-on from the testing and research of site subsoil classes around Tauranga that she did during her Masters in Geotechnical Engineering (MEng) qualification. 

The main conclusion of the article is that most of Tauranga should be Class D (deep or soft soils), which is important information to structural and geotechnical engineering professionals.  The article also recommends that the local community of geotechnical and structural engineers consider the geological setting when using relatively shallow data to determine the appropriate subsoil class for seismic design of buildings.   

This article can be viewed in full on page 62 at:

Kiwifruit Industry Development

The kiwifruit industry is one of the largest employment and business sectors of the western Bay of Plenty and accounts for around 20% of the GDP in the region. 

It has recently been through a tough period with the arrival of PSA, however has now bounced back in a spectacular way.  This has resulted the industry as a whole now in a growth phase.

Stratum is heavily involved in kiwifruit industry related development at present where we are providing planning, engineering and survey services to our clients led from our Tauranga and Te Puke offices.

Post-Harvest Facilities

With the pending release of several hundred hectares of new kiwifruit varieties and the large volume of the new gold kiwifruit crop coming on stream, many of our existing clients in the Kiwifruit Post-Harvest sector have been expanding existing facilities and developing new post-harvest facilities to cater for the increased production and crop.

From a resource management planning perspective, Stratum is currently involved in the master planning of greenfield development sites, and the development of existing post-harvest sites.  This involves planning site layouts, obtaining consents for increased throughput of existing facilities, land use consents for new facilities from local authorities and earthworks and discharge consents from Regional Council.

Our engineers are currently undertaking geotechnical investigations and assessments, our civil engineers designing roading, wastewater, water supply and stormwater, while our structural engineering team involvement includes packhouse and coolstore design. 

Stratum's surveying teams are assisting with topographical surveys, as-builts and building set out.

Production Land Conversion

Many existing and new clients are also undertaking greenfield development by converting pastoral land into kiwifruit orchard.  Stratums involvement has included obtaining earthworks consents for the recontouring of land, orchard layout and set out, and the subdivision of properties into productive horticultural allotments. 

Stratum is considered one of the leading professional consultancy firms in the development of kiwifruit associated land and facilities with many years of experience in the industry.  We are at the forefront of understanding the industries specific needs and our solution based and pragmatic approach is well received by the kiwifruit industry sector.

For more information on developments we have been involved within the kiwifruit industry, please view the Projects page of our website.