Steve Abley has just completed a national roadshow at the invitation of the Ministry for Woman demonstrating why flexible working provides Abley Transportation Consultants with the best and brightest talent – enabling Abley to keep and attract great staff. Steve presented in Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch. If you would like to know more about what it is like working for an employer of choice, contact Steve. Career positions we are looking to fill are found here.
Today is National go by bike day and Abley staff rose to the challenge and travelled by bike to work. Not that riding your bike to work is anything unusal for Abley staff, with over half the staff being regular commuters by bike. Today however, that number rose to just under 80% of staff from our two offices. There were five breakfast snack stations around Christchurch so staff were able to grab a bite and pick up some cycle accessories along the way. Courtney and Shruti at our Auckland office made a detour on their way to work to grab a bite via the new Nelson Street Cycleway, Te Ara I Whiti – the lightpath for cyclists and pedestrians.
It has been a busy month here at Abley with two more employees joining the team. Ross Rutherford (left) has joined our Auckland office. He is a Chartered Engineer with more than 40 years’ experience gained in the Europe, South Africa, Saudi Arabia and New Zealand. He currently presents the urban transport planning lectures which form part of the Bachelor of Engineering Technology degree course at Unitec. He previously worked at Auckland City Council where he established a new transport planning function within the Council. Key projects included the identification of the rapid transit corridors and appropriate public transport technologies, the light rail rapid transit investigation, several major road corridor studies, policy development and traffic management plans.
We are pleased to announce that Abley has two new staff members, Phillip Smith and Faisal Abbas. Phillip (left) joins the company as a Principal GIS Consultant. He has a wealth of theoretical, management and advisory expertise in the use of spatial data for business benefit, which he gained in academia, government and the private sector across New Zealand, UK and the Middle East.
We are pleased to announce that Jeanette Ward is now a member of the Urban Design Forum (UDF) National Committee. UDF promotes good urban design in New Zealand and promote cross-disciplinary understanding of urban design amongst urban professionals. For more information on UDF, please visit www.urbandesignforum.org.nz
A team of six runners ventured south in the weekend to compete in the inaugural Queenstown International Marathon. It was a spectacular course that started in Arrowtown (for the marathon runners), near the Shotover River (for the half-marathon runners) and Frankton for the 10km runners. Unfortunately the weather gods were not smiling down on Queenstown on Saturday, but this did not detract from the course, though it did mean a rather soggy finish for all. Ann-Marie Head completed her first marathon, Ruby Kim her first half marathon and Aimee Dunne her first 10km run. Other runners included Paul Durdin, Jared White and Nichola Blue who all completed the half marathon. It was a great effort by all and I’m sure one to be repeated next year!