Rural

Our specialists help heartland businesses and farmers manage water efficiently with smart irrigation

The rural economy is vital for New Zealand’s economic growth and with that goes the need for the reliable, sustainable management of soil and water resources.

We help the rural sector to achieve this through operational planning, system design efficiency and structured asset management plans. We’ve been involved in the development of much of the infrastructure in heartland New Zealand.

Our irrigation specialists have contributed to the New Zealand Irrigation Design Code of Practice and infrastructure development best practice guidelines.

Our clients range from individual farmers to irrigation scheme developers. We have extensive experience managing all kinds of technically challenging projects from planning through to operations. Our rural team includes civil, geotechnical, mechanical and electrical engineers, surveyors, scientists and planners.

Water is a precious commodity, especially in rural New Zealand. We face unique pressures and competing demands on our water resources and environmental management.

Our experience in New Zealand


Much of our work in the rural sector focuses on understanding water supply and quality, and planning for efficient and sustainable water use. Our services include:

  • Site investigations - site surveys and suitability, GIS, topography mapping, and soil investigations. 

  • Effluent ponds, irrigation systems and civil structures like bridges, access roads and culverts - design and sizing to industry standards and codes, effluent treatment methods, integration with infrastructure including irrigation systems, engineering design certification, process and capital infrastructure options and estimates, construction services, tendering and contract management,construction supervision, and engineering producer statements.

  • Consents - effluent pond construction and gravel extraction consents, water take and effluent discharge permits, compliance support and reports, planning advice on local authority rules and policies, farm environmental management plans. 

  • Irrigation infrastructure - integrated water resource catchment management plans, project management, scoping studies, data collection and analysis, hydrological studies, dam break analysis, resource consents, environmental impact and hazard assessments, water demand model development and options investigation, conceptual and detailed system design for water storage structures, canals and distribution components, hydraulic modelling of piped networks and open channel flow, commissioning and post-project monitoring, scheme handover training, on-farm irrigation proposal design peer review and irrigation efficiency evaluation.