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(verb) (-na) to look after, nurse, care, protect, conserve, save

Since inception in 2011 Tiaki Engineering Consultants have taken pride in implementing best outcome solutions for all of our clients. Our breadth of specialised knowledge has allowed us to provide and oversee unique and practical design solutions for a wide range of projects across the North Island, and as far as Scott Base Antarctica!

Tiaki Engineering Consultants strive to develop caring relationships with all our clients. Through communication and collaboration, we aim to be the kaiTiaki (Guardian) for your project, understanding your wishes and requirements allows us to translate your ideas into successful projects. KaiTiakitanga (Stewardship) is at the core of our ethos and is exercised throughout all of our projects.

Tiaki is locally owned and managed by directors Donald Richardson and Phil Kruis. Donald is a Chartered Professional civil engineer with over 36 years’ experience in the civil and structural fields and is the technical leader of the team, while Phil, who has an electrical and project management background, looks after the business development and construction monitoring aspects of the business. Tiaki Engineering Consultants support the Civil, Geotechnical and Structural sectors and we have a range of capabilities to guide you through every stage of your project.

Our Team

Donald Richardson - Managing Director (CPEng)

Donald has over the past 22 years in New Zealand, been involved with design, technical supervision and management of projects, people and consulting engineering offices in Tauranga. This involvement has covered the fields of structural, civil and industrial infrastructure, stormwater and utilities infrastructure planning and design as well as asset management and long term (LTP) planning processes for Councils.

Donald’s historic background is in bridges, road structures, drainage, Industrial structural design, wastewater treatment and pipeline infrastructure and heavy foundation works.

Since starting TECL in 2011, Donald has been directly involved with most projects undertaken by the business acting as designer, internal peer reviewer, mentor as well as engineer to the contract for various construction contracts in his fields of activity. Donald has a consultant role overseeing minor building structural design and detailing as well as utilities infrastructure design and is directly involved with all aspects of bridge design with his specialist team. His team has designed, consented and detailed in excess of 400 farm, rural road, cycle way and pedestrian bridges over the past 8 years.

Favourite part of Job:

Providing an enjoyable, fulfilling and caring employment for all our team members and being part of their growth and development as individuals and skilled professionals.

Philip Kruis - Director

Phil - who has an electrical and project management background and currently busy with his MBA - looks after the strategic business development, People Engagement and Capabilities and construction monitoring aspects of the business. He leads and support the Civil, Geotechnical and Structural sectors and manages the guiding of internal and external customers through a range of capabilities throughout every stage of their project(s). He also provides strategic direction, project profiling and support in the company’s Marketing, Supply Chain Management and Digital footprint.

Favourite part of the job: 
People Engagement and Capabilities and implementing business theory and knowledge acquired from research and his MBA studies.

Jeandré le Roux

Bridge Design Engineer


Jeandré le Roux - Bridge Design EngineerCPEng

Jeandré, a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) has 8 years of experience as a structural design engineer.  His past experience lie within the power utilities and industrial sphere, while the last 2 years has mainly focussed on local council and private bridge projects. As a curious and technically capable individual, Jeandré is always up for a new challenge.

His main responsibilities at TECL are within the structural design and project management of all bridge related infrastructure projects.  Jeandré understands the value of good relationships and therefore encourages communication within TECL, his team and with clients.

Favourite part of Job:
A bridge symbolises progress, connection, stability and transition (“crossing over”).  It connects communities and creates opportunities.  It is a symbol of hope – taking you across an otherwise uncrossable obstacle – to a place of opportunity. It signifies movement despite boundaries and connects the unconnected.  A bridge is much more than the tangible. It bridges the gap between art and physics. It’s the asset of the past, present and future – Jeandré le Roux

Hugh Barraclough

Structural / Civil Engineer


Hugh Barraclough - Structural / Civil EngineerCPEng

Contract and project management of various civil and structural infrastructure projects. Structural design engineer for various infrastructure and industrial projects including reservoirs and fire tanks, industrial buildings and ancillaries.

Favourite part of Job:
Concept development and optimisation with client to produce the most efficient layout and configuration, and implementation of the project.

Peter Walker

Structural Civil Engineer


Peter Walker - Structural Civil EngineerCPEng


Peter is responsible for contract and project management for civil projects.
Structural civil design engineer for various projects which includes bridges,
industrial and civil infrastructure. Project responsibilities include the
design of various pile types, concrete raft systems, major concrete pad
foundations, retaining wall designs, water retaining concrete structures (waste
water and bulk water supply structures) , marine structures, bridges, steel,
timber and concrete structures. 

Favourite part of Job:

Solving client’s complex engineering problems and seeing engineering designs come to life, within specifications and fit for purpose for our communities.

Wayne Sanger

Civil Engineering Technician

Wayne Sanger - Civil Engineering Technician

Wayne works as a client liaison, design engineering and drafting on behalf of the Tauranga City and Western Bay of Plenty District Councils for various utility, minor roading and safety works projects. He also undertakes engineering surveying, tendering and tender evaluations, contract monitoring and quality assurance, and preparation and lodgement of Asbuilt records to Council standards.

Favourite part of Job:
Completing a quality project to the clients’ expectations.

Hayley Andrew

Engineering Technician

Hayley Andrew - Engineering Technician


Hayley works primarily in the Bridge Team at Tiaki.  Her role sees her undertake the initial project reviews, assessing everything from where the bridge should be located, how high, how long, and whether there are any tricky issues that need to be considered... think archaeological sites, and land issues.  Once a project commences, Hayley completes a catchment assessment for each site, to provide details which are used during the Resource Consent process.  She prepares and manages the necessary Building and Resource Consents for both District and Regional Councils.  If required this process may include liaison with Heritage New Zealand staff for Archaeological issues, Surveyors and Land Information New Zealand for issues relating to Crown Land, and Iwi Consultation where required.  Outside the Bridge Team, she assists with RMA works and consenting of Land Development projects where required.

Favourite part of Job:

Hayley enjoys the varied nature of the Tiaki projects, and assisting Clients to reach their goals… over their new bridge.  

Matt Price

Engineering Geologist

Matt Price - Engineering Geologist

Provide geotechnical consultancy in support of our Civil and Structural teams. Design and oversee geotechnical investigations and assessments for bridges, residential, and industrial projects. Design of timber pole and mechanically stabilised earth retaining structures. Engineering supervision of road construction and bulk earthworks.

Favourite part of Job:
I love the variety in what I do. I get to travel all around the North Island and be involved in some unique and interesting projects with people from all walks of life.

Carel de Jager

Civil Engineering Technician

Carel de Jager - Civil Engineering Technician


Carel is part of Tiaki’s Civil Engineering team
and has gained more than 16 years of experience in the urban development and
water engineering fields of civil engineering. The majority of his experience lies
on the consulting side, in the form of draughting, designing, planning and
management of projects in-house and externally, from
concept through to as-built stage.

Carel’s main
responsibilities at TECL lies with the technical design of civil
infrastructure, project management of civil works, liaison with professional
project teams and administration of CAD software.

Favourite part of Job:

I like the fact that every project is unique.  My team is culturally diverse, yet like minded. I like to help others develop new skills and also learning new skills from others.

Paul van den Hoven

Autocad Structural Detailer

Paul van den Hoven - Autocad Structural Detailer

Production of construction drawing sets for bridges and other structures from design engineer’s calculations. Drawings suitable for lodgement with appropriate Local Authorities for consenting purposes plus high level of detailing for fabrication purposes.

Favourite part of Job:
Being involved in taking a job from a concept and developing it into a fully detailed project which will provide the client with a quality product fit for purpose that I can be proud to say “I played a big part in that being built”.

Wendy Tully

Office Manager

Wendy Tully - Office Manager

Wendy is the friendly face of Tiaki and is proactive in organising, managing, and running Tiaki's busy office. Wendy’s background is in Contract Administration and Dispatch Management for Council utilities infrastructure maintenance contractors. Wendy manages the office including the accounts, health & safety, fleet management and staff induction and training.

Favourite part of Job:

The various tasks from organising to managing a great team.

Glen Coombe

Structural Draftsman

Glen Coombe - Structural Draftsman

Drafting support and preparation of structural drawings for bridges and civil structures using AutoCAD to company and client standards.

Favourite part of Job:
Seeing a bridge or building project, that I have detailed, being completed and used for its designed purpose.   

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