Fraser completed his Bachelor of Science in Geography at the University of Canterbury in 2017 and a Master of Planning (First Class Honours) at Lincoln University in 2019. Fraser’s Master’s dissertation compared cycling accessibility and annual car vehicle kilometres travelled. Throughout his studies, Fraser worked at Abley as a summer intern which accentuated his interest in transport. He started permanently here at the end of 2019.
What made you decide to become a Transportation Planner?
At the end of my bachelors I had picked up an internship with Abley and was sitting on the fence about whether I should go down the GIS route, or become a planner – both required further study. Working at Abley furthered my initial interest in transport and I decided to become a planner as it was broad and flexible whilst incorporating my interest in transport.
What did you do before joining Abley?
This is the first time I have been permanently employed. The first job I ever had was delivering rates for the council, luckily it was just to people's mailbox. I have worked every summer since finishing high school, working for Fulton Hogan for three summers. There I worked as a manual labourer starting as a lollipop man, then moving to road maintenance and then finally ending up as a culvert inspector driving around the Timaru District. These roles have been beneficial showing me how transportation operates from ground level. Since then I have worked at Abley which has shown me another aspect of transport.
What does a typical day in the office include?
No day is really the same, there is always all sorts of work thrown at you from different areas of the business. I am always looking to take on broad range of work, which keeps things interesting.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
The opportunity to work on a diverse range of projects is always enjoyable, especially now I am full time I have a chance to see them to the end. I have to say there is nothing better than getting a problem thrown at you, knuckling down and coming up with a solution that works effectively.
What’s the most challenging thing about your job?
The drinks trolley. It’s impossible to keep everyone happy.
What’s been your career highlight so far?
Completing my masters was a challenge and achieving first class honours is something I am proud of. The course made me realise how diverse planning is which can range from national policies, to small scale development projects, to anything related to the environment, people and infrastructure. It has also been great to produce research that can help the transport sector.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I spend most of my weekends road or mountain biking and go crazy for skiing in the winter. I cannot get enough of shredding the slopes or speeding downhill whatever way I can. Other sports I enjoy include tennis, squash, tramping, longboarding, frisbee, golf and running – with football being the big one. Aside from sport I enjoy playing the guitar and cooking up a storm in the kitchen.