Devin Brown - Northpower

ED Devin 1 DSC 3231 Small TieEstablished in 1920 Northpower has developed a reputation for excellence and innovation and is one of New Zealand’s largest multi-utility contractors, with over 1100 staff. In addition Northpower own and operate an electricity distribution network and fibre optic network (over which we wholesale layer 2 services). One of our key advantages is our ability to leverage from the experience as an asset owner in our contracting division. Northpower offers an integrated contracting service for the design and engineering, construction and maintenance of electrical distribution (415-66kV) and transmission (110kV – 220kV) networks and fibre optic networks.

Northpower has long-term contracts with five of the largest electricity networks in New Zealand. Five years ago we established a subsidiary in Australia which is continuing to grow.

In the Pacific Region Northpower has performed a range of projects in the areas of:

• Energy Infrastructure Upgrade and or Engineer, Procure Construct Greenfield projects (renewable and non-renewable energy)

• Technical Assistance (Design and Engineering Consultancy)

• Disaster Relief on behalf of New Zealand Government

These projects include upgrading existing electricity networks to the engineer, procure and construct of substations, national control centres and Electrical Balance of Plant for Renewable and Non Renewable Generation Power Plants (Diesel, Hydro, Geothermal and PV Arrays). Many of these projects have been substantially funded by international donors and lenders such as ADB, WB, AUSAID and NZAID.

To date Northpower has worked in (or working in) Samoa, Tonga, Kiribati, Fiji, Solomon Islands.

Contact Details:

Phone: (09) 274 4545

Mobile: 027 434 1250

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Chris Freer Tonkin & Taylor International

Chris Freer is a director of Tonkin + Taylor International and the Pacific Business Development Manager with responsibility for overseeing the company’s marketing and business operations throughout the region. Chris has more than 30 years of specialist expertise in site investigations and geotechnical engineering and also covers the role of project director for major infrastructure projects undertaken by T+TI within the region.

Tonkin + Taylor International (T+TI) was established in 1959, and is a leading New Zealand based consultancy with specialist expertise in natural hazards, environmental, geotechnical, civil and water resource engineering.  T+TI’s key credentials include:

  • Internationally-experienced consultancy with over 1,000 major assignments completed covering the environmental and infrastructure sectors
  • Track record covering 18 Pacific island nations
  • Work for government, private and public companies, ADB, JICA, NZ Aid, AusAid, UN and World Bank over the past 20 years in relation to natural hazards, infrastructure development, institutional strengthening and training, hydrological and water resource studies
  • Specialist expertise in the following areas:

-               Environmental impact assessments

-               Coastal hazard assessment, climate change effects, modelling and mitigation measures flood management options and flood mitigation design

-               Renewable energy, hydropower investigation, design, and project management

-               Geotechnical investigations for site development, slope stability and infrastructure projects

-               Land and water resources planning, water supply headworks, treatment and distribution

-               Specialist expertise in key infrastructure projects, including ports, airports and roading

-               Solid waste management expertise

-               Construction supervision and contract management/procurement

T+TI is a member of the New Zealand Pacific Business Council and the New Zealand Fiji Business Council. The T+T Group resources include a combined staff of 650 and includes offices in Malaysia, the Philippines and Australia, with affiliated companies in Fiji, Samoa and New Caledonia.

Contact Details:

Phone : +64 -9-355-6000

Mobile : +64-21-667-247

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Clyde Young - William Buck Christmas Gouwland

Clyde is Managing Director of William Buck Christmas Gouwland, a member of the William Buck network, Australasia’s largest wholly owned chartered accounting firm. William Buck Christmas Gouwland has been helping people and their businesses for over 115 years.

The Auckland office has seven directors, including three Audit Directors, and around 60 staff. The William Buck Group consists of over 70 directors and 500 professionals across Australia and New Zealand. We have offices in Auckland, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.

In addition to being M.D., Clyde is Director of Business Advisory. He provides his clients with advice on business strategy, administration, accounting and tax issues. Originally from Samoa, Clyde prides himself on being friendly and understanding, enabling him to facilitate open communication between clients and his team.

Clyde sits on several boards including Find Your Field of Dreams and A.C.E Aotearoa.

— Contact Details:

— Phone: +64-366-5050

— Mobile: +64-21-779-772

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Peter Lund - Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) acts in the world to make New Zealanders safer and more prosperous and to advance theGovernment’s international priorities. MFAT seeks to deliver value to New Zealand and New Zealanders, through:

• improved prosperity for New Zealand and our region; • the stability, security and resilience of our country, our people and our region;

• leadership by amplifying New Zealand’s influence and standing in the world;

• kaitiakitanga or stewardship, by delivering solutions to global challenges for the benefit of present and future generations.

The Pacific is a vital part of New Zealand’s identity, and our domestic and international interests. We have a large Pacific population in New Zealand as well as close historical, cultural, sporting and economic ties with our Pacific neighbours. We have constitutional obligations with the Cook Islands, Tokelau and Niue, a Treaty of Friendship with Samoa, and Pacific leaders generally turn to us in times of need, particularly in response to natural disasters. New Zealand has a direct interest in the economic, political and security developments of the region. What happens in the Pacific and how we respond has implications for migration, aid and security. Our Pacific expertise is also an important part of our international profile, and regarded as a valuable asset by other countries. Maximising the impact of New Zealand’s engagement in improving the prosperity, stability and resilience of the Pacific Islands region and its people is one of the Ministry’s key objectives. Peter Lund is senior policy officer for Pacific trade and economic issues at the Auckland office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. In this role, Peter works closely with Matua Shane Jones, New Zealand’s Ambassador for Pacific Economic Development. Peter was based at the New Zealand High Commission in Suva from 2010 to 2014, where he was trade commissioner and deputy head of mission. He has also served in Port Moresby and Seoul. Prior to his posting in Fiji, Peter was responsible for implementing New Zealand’s Free Trade Agreements with China and ASEAN, based in the Asia Division of MFAT.

Graeme Roberts - BECA


Graeme Roberts is a planner by training and is a Technical Director (Planning) with the Beca group. Beca is NZ’s largest employee owned professional services consultancy offering services in engineering, planning, design and project management. Now approaching a century of services from its beginnings in 1918, Beca employs more than 3,000 persons across offices in NZ, Australia and Asia. Beca has a long track record of involvement in the Pacific Islands dating from the early 1970’s and covering more than 50 projects across 15 countries. Our business model is to look for local partners. We have a joint venture operation in Fiji of more than 20 years standing and have MOU’s with companies in Samoa and Guam. We have worked for a wide range of clients in the Pacific including private companies, foreign governments, the NZ Aid Programme, the World Bank and Asian Development Bank.

Graeme has worked on a wide range of projects in the Pacific for more than 20 years including lengthy engagements in Samoa, Vanuatu, Fiji, Tonga and the American oriented territories and states in the western Pacific. Projects have covered land use plans for urban and rural development; natural hazards management; ports and airports development; housing improvements; road and water supply projects; power and airports development. He is passionate about developing local talent in all places he works and has acted as a mentor to a number of emerging leaders in the land use planning space. He is active in the NZ Planning Institute and is actively supporting a Commonwealth Association of Planners initiative to develop a professional association for planners and related environmental management professionals across the Pacific region. Graeme has served on the Executive of the NZPBC for a number of years.

Graeme Roberts
Technical Director - Planning
DDI +649 300 9271
Fax +649 300 9300
Mob +64 275 676 181
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