About Us

Being experts in Civil, Geotechnical, Structural and Environmental Engineering, as well as Survey and Land Development, allows us to engage a broad range of projects extremely effectively.

Fraser Thomas was established in 1969, following the merger of two existing firms: Fraser & Thomas, an engineering practice based in Papatoetoe; and Jackman, Gunman & Partners, a surveying company based in Otahuhu.

Today Fraser Thomas Ltd remains 100% NZ owned, and is guided by a team of nine directors, each a specialist in their field of expertise.

Since 1969 Fraser Thomas has grown into a multi-disciplinary consultancy agency employing more than 80 staff across three offices throughout New Zealand, with a strong reputation for delivering exceptionally high quality service both in New Zealand and internationally. With the head office based in Highbrook, and a second office based in Christchurch.  The third office operates under a separate brand; Barry Satchell Consultants Ltd, based in central Auckland and specialising in construction surveying and civil/development engineering.

Employing a very high calibre of staff, Fraser Thomas have highly qualified and experienced experts across; civil, environmental, geotechnical and structural engineering; resource mananagement, surveying and land development.  This allows the team at Fraser Thomas to provide expert support across every stage of a project. This experience and versatility is reflected in their vast range of project experience and many senior staff has acted as experts in technical peer reviews, mediation, and litigation processes, both in New Zealand and overseas.

Since the 1980’s Fraser Thomas have been involved in a considerable number of projects throughout developing counties. Fraser Thomas are registered and work strongly in conjunction with international agencies such as the Asian Development Bank, World Bank, United Nations and many localised aid agencies. Fraser Thomas’ international work covers an immense array of disciplines, but tends to focus on infrastructure, urban water supply and sanitation.

As a Professional Development Partner of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ), Fraser Thomas provides continuous support for the professional development of all its staff. With a scholarship programme in place to financially support students studying engineering at Auckland University or surveying at Otago University; and an ongoing mentoring programme for all junior and intermediate staff at the firm.



Fields of specialisation

• Resource Management
• Land surveying
• Residential, commercial and industrial land development
• Unit title and cross-lease developments
• Geotechnical site evaluation
• Foundation investigation and design
• Structural design
• Forensic engineering
• Expert evidence
• Water treatment and reticulation
• Sanitary sewage reticulation and treatment
• Landfill design and implementation

• On-site wastewater system design, consenting and septic tank upgrades
• Environmental impact reporting
• Land contamination and remediation
• Roading design
• Stormwater design
• Contract administration and project management
• Assessment of Environmental Effects (AEE)
• Resource Consent documentation preparation
• Industrial and trade processes waste management

Civil, Environmental, Geotechnical & Structural Engineering Consultants


Licensed Professional Surveyors, and Land Development experts


Specialists in Resource Management and Consenting

Resource Management

Certified Environmental Practitioner in Contaminated Land with over 15 years experience.

Contaminated Land


Our Head Office is in Highbrook, Auckland
We also have two other office in NZ

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