The road across the Brynderwyn Hills is a key transport link between Northland and the rest of Aotearoa.

It is vital for the economic and community prosperity of the region, but is vulnerable to the effects of climate change and natural hazards. Recent severe weather events resulted in multiple long-term closures of the road. An infrastructure solution is being developed to provide an operational road, whilst mitigating the effects from similar hazards in future.

The Brynderywn Hills are an area of steep terrain, high ecological value and is of significance to mana whenua. From early on, the project team has worked in partnership with mana whenua to align the infrastructure outcomes with the ecological and cultural values, such as the significant kauri grove in the area. This presentation will highlight how partnership with mana whenua can produce better long-term, resilient and holistic outcomes, and help shape the perspectives of a team focused on the delivery of hard infrastructure solutions.



Alisdair Simpson


Alisdair is a Principal Planner at WSP New Zealand, with over 16 years of experience working in Scotland and New Zealand. He is passionate above achieving good outcomes from projects, aiming to provide long-term benefits for communities. Alisdair has worked on a wide range of projects, from land use residential subdivisions to large scale infrastructure. Based on his experience, Alisdair has become increasingly aware of the benefits of engaging with mana whenua early in projects, ensuring a partnership approach is taken.
Concurrent Session C

Manaakitanga | Toru

Thursday 23 May