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People already working for us

We are a mix of people from all kinds of organisations and occupations. We work for SCIRT because we want to help rebuild our city for the people of Christchurch.

We are capably lead by the SCIRT Board and in day-to-day operations by our Management Team, all good people focused on the future of Christchurch.

Our professional backgrounds include communication, administration, health and safety, quality, design, survey, engineering, traffic management, environmental management, planning, commercial, machinery operation, labouring and other trades.

Here's a small selection of our talented and very dedicated team. You might be interested in joining our team and coming to work with us.

  • Civil Engineer

    Tessa Flaws is an enthusiastic, recent civil engineering Honours graduate now working for SCIRT.

    Originally from Wellington, Tess studied engineering at Canterbury University. This proved helpful when her employer, Fletcher, asked her to move south from Wellington to work on the Christchurch infrastructure rebuild at the end of 2011. "At least I knew I had some friends still in Christchurch," she says.

    "But I had my doubts about going back when there was so much damage, compared to the city I had known.

    "I am loving my life down here. The people are great and there are interesting cafes and bars popping up all over town. I am working with a huge range of people – local and from overseas, getting to know how the different companies operate and sharing a huge amount of knowledge.

    "You can communicate with everyone pretty rapidly. You are not sending off emails wondering if someone will get back to you. You just get up and ask."

    Tess has worked on the Hoon Hay wastewater catchment involving the design of a wastewater pump station and pressure sewer systems since arriving at SCIRT, as well as the St Martins wastewater catchment. Each project has four to five engineering designers working on different aspects and sharing the learning along the way.

    In her spare time, Tess has four guitars which demand attention. At one stage a music and psychology degree at Otago or even architecture was on the cards. But engineering, she figured, was a better bet in terms of future jobs. A lot more women are choosing engineering these days, she says.

    On the job Tess is well aware she's a young woman in a male-dominated environment. Her main strategy is to earn respect through doing a good job.

    Trips back to Wellington are essential to catch up with her family. Coming from a family interested in home brewing, she has also worked out the best local brew bars in Christchurch and currently recommends Volstead on Riccarton Road.

  • Planner

    Parent organisation: MacDow, seconded from Beca

    How long have you been in the role? I have been a planner and living in Christchurch for four years, the last 18 months as part of the SCIRT alliance for the MacDow Fletcher joint venture, and recently with the companies at a separate level. I have also done a lot of consenting work for SCIRT.

    Where did you grow up and where did you go to university? I grew up in Palmerston North and stayed on there to go to Massey University, where I got my Bachelor of Resource and Environmental Planning.

    What does your job involve? Ensuring the necessary planning approvals are in place before works start for infrastructure rebuild projects carried out by either of the companies McConnell Dowell or Fletcher Construction. I also assist the communications team when they are meeting with residents and/or stakeholders within the Christchurch area.

    What are some challenges in your role? Construction tends to be fast paced and designs can quickly change so consenting and notification time frames can be hard to meet. I need to work closely with the engineers and the consenting authority (CCC, ECan or the Historic Places Trust), so we are all on the same page.

    What do you like the most about your job? I like knowing that I am part of something big and important: rebuilding Christchurch. When I am ancient I will be able to tell my grandkids that I helped put the city back together. I like being able to go to the site and see the project/activity I was writing about in the consent application. It is great to see something I wrote about become a reality. I also love the team I work with, everyone works hard but they also enjoy having a yarn around the office and getting together socially.

    Is your current role similar/different to your last job? My current role is similar to previous roles in that I have always worked on infrastructure projects (eg NZ Transport Agency, Kiwirail, Transpower). But it is different in that I get to see stuff being constructed immediately after the consent is obtained. This might be a matter of weeks instead of months in previous roles.

    What is the trickiest part of your work? Making sure the engineers keep me in the loop, as I need to make sure we begin the consent process as soon as possible so that it does not delay construction. They are usually pretty good and they are beginning to become planners themselves.

  • Truck driver

    Parent organisation: City Care

    What does your job involve? I drive a truck and trailer on road reconstruction, wastewater and other City Care SCIRT projects. This involves transporting of various raw materials such as gravel and finished goods.

    What are some of the challenges? Traffic is the big one. I am a very courteous driver and due to the large vehicle that I drive, I give way to everyone. I do have to contend with some inconsiderate drivers on a daily basis given that I spend 80% of my day driving.

    What do you like most about your job? The guys I work with. We have an excellent crew who all get on really well and City Care is a great company to work for. Every day is different and we get to meet lots of different people throughout the day. There is a big emphasis on maintaining our team's focus and culture.

    What has surprised you on the job? Nothing really surprises me. If something happens out of the ordinary I make sure that I deal with it the best way I can and then carry on with the rest of the job.

    Have you had any interactions with the community/residents? While working during the earthquake response phase, the people we dealt with were magic. They were so grateful for the work we did. As well as that, residents supplied us with wonderful food as a sign of their appreciation.

  • Environmental Advisor

    Parent organisation: City Care

    What does your job involve? I provide advice to ensure we are compliant with all relevant environmental legislation, policies and rules. I also prepare project specific environmental management plans on sensitive matters such as water and sewage discharge controls. I carry out weekly site inspections, develop waste minimisation strategies and greenhouse gas emissions monitoring techniques as well as attending meetings and workshops.

    What are some of the challenges? Due to the scope of the work involved in the rebuild, numerous resource consents have been issued which apply to the whole of Christchurch. Each of these has specific criteria to be met and everyone in the rebuild needs to be aware of this. This involves training the project managers, the foremen, supervisors and staff to ensure that we meet the conditions set out in the consents.

    What do you like most about your job? That's an easy question because it is no doubt attending my fortnightly SCIRT environmental meetings and workshops. There is so much sharing of expertise and knowledge that I always come away from them feeling encouraged and motivated to apply what I have learnt. Not only that, but the group is really dynamic. It is a very positive place to be and there are always lots of laughs. There are some very funny people in the team.

    What has surprised you on the job? I never expected that there would be so much support and guidance in SCIRT. The environmental delivery teams have really come together as one great big team. It is a unique experience.

    Is your job any different now that you are working on SCIRT projects? It is and it isn't, in that whatever new environmental standards SCIRT rolls out, we are applying them to our other City Care projects. SCIRT has become the new leader in environmental construction best practices, so we plan to follow them as closely as possible. The precedent is being set and set very high.

    Have you had any interactions with the community? Recently, I was doing a pre-start site walkover on one of our sites when I spotted this big black, clearly overweight dog sitting in the shade next to a bush his owner was trimming. Their house was red stickered so the owner was just doing some basic maintenance work. We had a wee chat and because I am a huge animal lover, I started playing with her dog, and managed to get him sprinting all over the place. The poor guy couldn't manage it for long but the owner and I were both laughing so much because he clearly wasn't used to exerting himself but he loved it. The dog finished off the site inspection with me at a more leisurely walking pace.

    Have you got any interesting stories to share from working on the job? What's interesting about my job is you've got a whole city to rebuild and even though there are a multitude of different companies working on it, the city is going to be built to the one environmental standard because of the SCIRT structure. This is fascinating to comprehend.

  • Site Traffic Management Supervisor

    Parent organisation: City Care

    What does your job involve? The traffic management team arrive at a work site before the contractors to make the area safe for them to work in. We also ensure that the traffic has a safe passage through the work site and ensure the setup is as per the approved Traffic Management Plan.

    What are some of the challenges? The biggest challenge we face is traffic speeding through work sites and not adhering to the specified speed limit, which is usually 30 kilometres per hour. The other challenge we face is motorists not following the different road signs.

    What do you like most about your job? The variety the job offers and not working in the same place every day. Every site is different and there are different challenges to overcome. Also in this role we get to meet lots of people.

    What has surprised you on the job? The extent of damage across the city caused by the earthquakes. Also, there seems to be a better understanding within the community of the work we are doing much more so than before the earthquakes, which is great.

    Is your job any different now that you are working on SCIRT projects? I undertake SCIRT work as well as City Care's non-SCIRT construction and maintenance activities, but as part of the SCIRT work we do, we have the opportunity to interact more with the within the various Christchurch communities. They are always receptive of our arrival in their street.

    Have you had any interactions with the community? We often receive morning tea, biscuits and drinks from the residents which are always appreciated.

  • Foreman

    Parent organisation: March Construction, working for MacDow Fletcher

    What does your job involve? Running and organising the work, the equipment and the procedures.

    What are some of the challenges? The scale of the Woodham Road project, the bypass pipe and the extra work that has to take place with further seismic activities.

    What do you like most about your job? The challenge of the job.

    What has surprised you on the job? How amazing the public have been and how generous they have been with providing baking.

    Is your job any different now that you are working on SCIRT projects? The work is very similar but we have much better communication to the public.

    Have you had any interactions with the community? We work closely with the residents in the street and they are very understanding and accept that the work has to be completed.

  • Digger Operator

    Parent organisation: City Care

    What does your job involve? Each day I start off with my pre-start equipment and onsite health and safety checks and then get straight into digging. The crew completes a daily check-sheet which includes identification of hazards. The Digger Operator completes a permit to dig with the supervisor and project manager prior to digging.

    What are some of the challenges? Digging around services, such as telecommunication, gas (etc) is a big challenge as you have to be incredibly careful. This is a delicate operation, including hand digging to expose the cables.

    As a digger operator we work in all weather, rain or shine. During the winter, operating the digger in the cold can be quite a challenge in itself.

    What do you like most about your job? I like the variety on work sites. The work can be quite varied from straight forward digging to work on a service-intensive site.

    What has surprised you on the job? Since the earthquakes, the most surprising factor is just how much damage has been caused. For example, we cannot rely upon the services (cables) being where they are shown on the plan due to the movement of the ground shifting their position. This makes our work very tricky and we need to be more vigilant than normal.

    Is your job any different now that you are working on SCIRT projects? There are a lot more health and safety challenges that have arisen since the earthquakes. We need to be aware of these and take into consideration on a daily basis.

    Have you had any interactions with the community? We have had a few residents who are finding it difficult to cope with the vibrations the sheet piling causes and heavy vehicle movements.

    To help relieve the residents' nerves we are doing what we can to adjust the impacts, for example, slowing machine movements down even further to reduce the noise/vibrations they cause.

    We are very conscious about the impact our work has upon the communities we work within, therefore we are being as proactive as possible about reducing disruption and other disturbances where we can.

  • Project Manager

    Age: 29

    Parent organisation: Fulton Hogan

    What does your job involve? I am a Project Manager primarily involved with water main regeneration projects.

    How long have you been doing this kind of work? On and off in various guises for the past 10 years.

    What do you enjoy about the work you do for this project? To see the difference projects we are working on today will make to people's lives in the short and medium term.

    What is the most surprising thing that's happened to you on the project? The mainly positive reaction from the residents while we are on their street working. They understand that we are trying to piece their lives together and in order to do that we have to cause much more disruption to their routines. If it was normal circumstances I don’t think they would be as welcoming.

  • Drainage Contractor

    Age: 48

    Parent organisation: Shayne Higgs Drainage Contractor Limited, sub-contracting to Fulton Hogan

    What does your job involve? Working towards better infrastructure whether it be sewer, water, stormwater or any other jobs that we perform.

    How long have you been doing this kind of work? I have been in the contracting business for 32 years, we formed our company Shayne Higgs Drainage Contractor Limited in 1994. As a small company we pride ourselves on the work that we carry out. The staff that we employ work very hard to provide a quality product.

    What do you enjoy about the work you do for this project? We provide a service that we hope will help people in reinstating the infrastructure that has been so badly damaged which in itself is extremely gratifying. We have been involved in the rebuild of infrastructure since 4 September 2010, initially in Kaiapoi repairing water and sewer and now in the city carrying out water main renewals in various streets.

    What is the most surprising thing that's happened to you on the project? The resilience of the people that have been so severely affected by the earthquakes. They have had to wait a long time for the infrastructure to be rectified and they have on many occasions shown their appreciation with wonderful comments and even bringing out baking for the staff. We hope that the service that we are providing will help the people affected by this devastation and build a better Christchurch.

  • Receptionist

    Age: For me to know !!

    Parent organisation: Fulton Hogan

    What does your job involve? Office administration, reception.

    How long have you been doing this kind of work? 20 years.

    What do you enjoy about the work you do for this project? Meeting people, hearing and relating to their stories (our property is in the Red Zone in Bexley).

    What is the most surprising thing that’s happened to you on the project? People phoning in to the office with praise for our workmen on site.

  • Health and Safety Advisor

    Parent organisation: City Care

    What does your job involve? As City Care's Health and Safety Advisor, I am responsible for advocating Health and Safety across City Care, particularly within the company's National Construction division. At City Care, we believe that "it's not OK to be hurt at work", therefore a major emphasis of my role involves working with our people to ensure they meet code of practice requirements and all work is carried out safely. I am also responsible for overseeing City Care's subcontractor health and safety requirements, building relationships with them to ensure that we are all working towards City Care's safety goals. My role also includes identifying new safety initiatives as well as identifying new hazards, then working with staff to find ways to eliminate, minimise or isolate these new hazards.

    How long have you been doing this kind of work? I have worked for City Care for a couple of years, but have been in the role of Health and Safety Advisor since the February earthquake. Prior to working for City Care, I held field management roles within high-risk industries where there has been a very strong focus on health and safety.

    What do you enjoy about the work you do for this project? I really like the fact that the Safety Leadership Team is fully committed to working together to raise the health and safety standards for this project. Going forward, I believe the work the team is doing will lift health and safety standards across the industry as a whole.

    What is the most surprising thing that's happened to you on the project? It has been great to see how quickly everything has come together which is indicative of everyone's commitment to the rebuild of Christchurch and the people living within the city.

  • Fletcher Engineering Delivery Team member

    Age: "old man"

    Parent organisation: Fletcher Engineering

    What does your job involve? To provide leadership, management and technical skills in the development of temporary traffic control systems that effectively support the Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild project in attaining its business objectives and achieving excellence in it key result areas.

    How long have you been doing this kind of work? I have been in Traffic Management for around 3 years.

    What do you enjoy about the work you do for this project? I enjoy being able to help support the infrastructure rebuild and having a great new team to work with. It's also knowing that I give road users and pedestrians a clear and well-signed work zone. This is crucial in minimising risk and potential injury and making sure that everyone gets home safely at night.

    What is the most surprising thing that's happened to you on the project? There are a few to mention but here are a couple. Three weeks into my new role after moving here from Auckland, Christchurch had another large earthquake (6.3) and then came the snow (I liked the snow, I made a snowman). The most surprising thing that's happened to me while working on this project is how great the people are that work at the MacDow Fletcher Joint Venture. They welcomed me with open arms and it seems like I have worked with this team for years.

  • Personal Assistant

    Age: 47

    Parent organisation: Christchurch City Council

    What does your job involve? General administration, coffee fetching, being cheeky to workmates.

    How long have you been doing this kind of work? Years and years.

    What do you enjoy about the work you do for this project? Most of it. Knowing my name will be recorded in the history of the rebuild – it'll be in a small font at the very bottom, and probably be misspelled.

    What is the most surprising thing that's happened to you on the project? Being asked to do a workmate's laundry as he had no power or water.

  • Communications Leader

    Age: 25

    Parent organisation: Downer

    What does your job involve? The role involves communicating information about the rebuild to the community including preparing works notices, working closely with the engineers, answering enquiries, meeting business owners and preparing articles about the rebuild.

    How long have you been doing this kind of work? 5 years.

    What do you enjoy about the work you do for this project? Being able to use my skills to increase the community's understanding of the rebuild so people can appreciate the work the contractors do and building relationships with the community.

    What is the most surprising thing that's happened to you on the project? Finding myself totally immersed in the earthquake rebuild, living in the residential red zone and working on the infrastructure rebuild.

  • Construction Manager

    Age: 51 (young as)

    Parent organisation: Fulton Hogan

    What does your job involve? Operation management for the Fulton Hogan rebuild team, with a focus on procurement of materials and sub-contractors.

    How long have you been doing this kind of work? I have been with the rebuild team since mid January 2011, but have worked for Fulton Hogan in similar roles for over 25 years.

    What do you enjoy about the work you do for this project? The huge scope and works make for plenty of variety.

    What is the most surprising thing that’s happened to you on the project? The scale of the damage following both February and June aftershocks.

  • GIS Consultant

    Age: 34

    Parent organisation: SKM (Sinclair Knight Merz)

    What does your job involve? My team is teaching the SCIRT team how to use the Spatial Viewer (online GIS viewer) in a way that they can quickly see information and immediately get an overview of where particular works need to be done. This information can then be exported into other programmes to present the data in a more generic way. While we are teaching them we are also taking on board suggestions as to how to better tailor the viewer for the project team’s specific needs. Currently we are in the process of integrating all of the built data from the various contractors. This data will then be displayed in the GIS viewer and passed back to the Christchurch City Council.

    How long have you been doing this kind of work? I have been involved in GIS, mapping and survey work for over ten years. I started working with SKM last November after spending four years working in GIS in Ireland. Before working in GIS I spent six years working as an archaeological surveyor with various consultancies in Ireland. I came over to NZ last year and I reckon I will be here for a while yet!

    What do you enjoy about the work you do for this project? Working with the different teams to come up with practical solutions in GIS that will help them make informed decisions and plan work. Getting information out to people in an easily accessible format through the web service.

    What is the most surprising thing that’s happened to you on the project? Am I allowed to say the aftershocks?!

  • Project Engineer

    Age: 26

    Parent organisation: Fletcher Construction

    What does your job involve? I manage sub-contractors, to ensure programme, health and safety, environmental, quality, stakeholder and budget requirements are met. I mainly reconstruct sanitary sewer and other infrastructure. Currently I’m managing the construction of the new SCIRT office building and associated infrastructure at Middleton.

    How long have you been doing this kind of work? I've been working since 2004 but doing different work, mainly as a lab technician for geotechnical engineering and concrete training for Fletchers. I've been working in my current role since March 2011.

    What do you enjoy about the work you do for this project? I enjoy the technical aspects of the work and being challenged by deadlines.

    What is the most surprising thing that’s happened to you on the project? Snow is only funny the first day, then it becomes less amusing. I got my ute stuck in a level carpark!

  • City Care Project Manager

    Age: 24

    Parent organisation: City Care

    What does your job involve? Predominantly project management, but I also run all the GPS survey gear for City Care's National Construction division.

    How long have you been doing this kind of work? I have worked for City Care for eight years. I started at City Care as part of their one-year, award winning Pre-Apprentice Programme. Once I completed this programme, I then spent two years in our roading laboratory and a further two years in a construction crew. I have now spent four years in various project management roles for City Care most recently managing the installation of temporary sewage holding tanks as part of City Care's earthquake response team.

    What do you enjoy about the work you do for this project? Having the opportunity to continue to expand my skill levels, for example working with severely damaged sewer laterals and coming up with different solutions to get the work completed on time.

    What is the most surprising thing that’s happened to you on the project? Seeing first-hand the incredible level of destruction to the infrastructure. I also experienced the 13 June earthquake while onsite, being knee deep in water and liquefaction and helping residents in and out of their houses in Bexley.

  • Project Delivery Manager

    Age: 50

    Parent organisation: Fulton Hogan

    What does your job involve? Looking primarily after Avon River floodbanks and stormwater outfalls at present.

    How long have you been doing this kind of work? In various forms on and off for 30 years.

    What do you enjoy about the work you do for this project? Seeing the difference it makes for the people of Christchurch. Some direct benefits can be observed.

    What is the most surprising thing that’s happened to you on the project? Being beside the river during June 13th 6.3 aftershock and seeing the riverbanks sinking as well at the road!

  • Site Engineer

    Age: 34

    Parent organisation: Downer

    What does your job involve? Site engineer for the Downer rebuild team.

    How long have you been doing this kind of work? I have been working with the rebuild team since mid December 2010, and prior to that I was a contract manager/surveyor at Pegasus.

    What do you enjoy about the work you do for this project? Plenty of variety, and the chance to rebuild Christchurch city.

    What is the most surprising thing that’s happened to you on the project? I was quite surprised about the scale of damage in the central city.