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July 2019

Our team has been busy working on a range of road safety projects over the past month across New Zealand.

As part of our road safety support role for NZTA on the Provincial Growth Fund projects we have been in Northland undertaking safety audit site visits for the Twin Coast Discovery projects on SH11 and SH12.

We have also been undertaking post construction audits across the Manawatu, Hawke's Bay and Gisborne regions for the SafeRoads Alliance.

Our independence, responsiveness and experience in both rural and urban environments makes us the 1st choice for many clients when it comes to road safety audits.

When you engage Urban Connection to undertake road safety work you have passionate principal level engineers on the tools in the field and writing the reports. Combined with Ashu and his talents with Big Data skills and you have the A Team when it comes to assessing your safety needs.

Our team has also been completing speed management work for NZTA across the Hawke's Bay and Gisborne State Highway networks.

June 2019

June has been a busy month with some important milestones for Urban Connection. Recent news includes:

  • We have successfully been appointed to undertake a feasibility study for a training centre for Quality Roading Services in Wairoa. This is a Provincial Growth Fund project that has the potential to positively change lives and the improve the civil contracting industry in Wairoa (read more here);    
  • The Detailed Business Case for the SH43 Forgotten Highway has passed the NZTA Independent Quality Assessment; and
  • Ashu Kedia presented his paper 'Locating Collection and Delivery Points for Goods' Last-mile Travel: A Case Study in New Zealand' at the 11th International Conference on City Logistics in Croatia.

February 2019

We are very happy to announce that we have Jonathan Fletcher joining us 1 April in Christchurch. Tony and Aaron  have had the pleasure of working with Jonno in the past on projects such as the Whakatu Arterial Link (Design Manager) and South and North Canterbury Network Outcomes Contracts (Safety Manager). Jonno has 16 years of experience across a broad range of civil and transport projects. He is passionate about road safety and has extensive experience in this area.  The team and I are looking forward to Jonno starting. 

November 2018

November has been a busy month with preparation for, and the delivery of,  Workshop 1 at Stratford District Council for the SH43 Business Case. With our suppliers WSP Opus also commencing geotechnical fieldwork, EMS commencing the environmental assessment and HenleyHutchings the wider economic assessment.


Aaron and Tony are very pleased to announce that Karen Kiriona is joining our team as a Principal Engineer / Advisor. Both Tony and Aaron have a long working history with Karen and look forward to her joining us in mid January. 

Karen has over 30 years of experience in the Civil Engineering industry. As a certified Professional Project Manager and Registered Engineering Associate (REA) Karen possesses extensive technical knowledge, particularly in the New Zealand roading sector.

A significant contributor to Karen’s success is her keen interest in effective communications and human relationships. Her passion in this area led to qualifying as a vocational Dale Carnegie Instructor in 2008 and also undertaking an accreditation program for Professional Mentoring and Workplace Coaching skills in 2013. 

Karen brings her extensive experience in developing and facilitating interactive workshops for partnering, team building/development, lessons learned and innovation. Inspired by the Wellbeing and Resilience in the Workplace workshops that Urban Connection Limited have recently embarked on presenting,  she is highly motivated to continue with further developments in this area.

For the past 10 years she has been employed by the NZTA initially as an independent consultant, utilised primarily in a project management/technical support role, and more recently in a full time capacity as Principal Advisor for Business Performance. Karen strives to improve processes and procedures with proven success at overusing and contributing to every stage of the project lifecycle.

October 2018

It's only been four months and we have secured a great project. Urban Connection Limited is undertaking the single stage business case for the SH43 Forgotten World Highway. This sizeable win demonstrates the level of trust our clients have and the value they see in our work.

Apart from this big win we have also been appointed as the Engineer to Contract for the Hawke's Bay Expressway Safety Improvements project.

We have also launched our website for our Wellness & Resilience in the Workplace training that Tony is undertaking. Check out some of the feedback from our first session we ran in Napier this month.

August 2018

We have had a busy period since starting our new business. Many of our clients choose to work with us as we are very responsive, focused, independent and trusted. 

They get Principal level specialist delivering their projects and solving their problems.

Plus we believe that you have to enjoy what you do and have some fun. Life's too short not to.