About Us

We are experts in Civil, Geotechnical, Structural and Environmental Engineering, as well as Survey, Land Development and Contaminated Land, allowing us to undertake a broad range of projects extremely effectively.

Our History

How we got to where we are today

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 thirteen directors, each a specialist in their field of expertise.

Since 1969 Fraser Thomas has grown into a multi-disciplinary consultancy agency employing more than 90 staff across five offices throughout New Zealand, with a strong reputation for delivering exceptionally high-quality service both in New Zealand and internationally. Our head office is based in Highbrook, Auckland, with additional offices in Christchurch, the Hawke’s Bay, Nelson, and the Marlborough Regions.

An additional sister-branch operates under a separate brand – Barry Satchell Consultants Ltd – based in central Auckland and specialising in construction surveying and civil/development engineering.

Our Christchurch office has provided geotechnical and structural engineering services as part of the Canterbury Rebuild following the devastating earthquakes that hit the region in September 2010, and February 2011. Fundamental to our work in Canterbury has been the geotechnical and structural investigations and assessments of residential, “hillside”, commercial, institutional and industrial sites for insurance purposes and in support of applications for subdivision and building consents. As well as engineering design of appropriate repair works, addressing liquefaction and seismic strength issues.

Employing a very high calibre of staff, Fraser Thomas have highly qualified and experienced experts across; civil, environmental, geotechnical and structural engineering; resource management, surveying, land development and contaminated land. 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.

Local Community Sponsorship

Our local communities have helped us grow to where we are now, this is why we give back to the community.   

We created a Local Community Sponsorship Policy, to ensure that we meet our expectations for supporting local organisations, clubs and groups, towards achieving their own objectives and goals.

Fraser Thomas currently sponsors:

  • The Highbrook Regional Watersport Centre Trust
  • Nomads United AFC (Football Club)
  • Wanderers Community Sports Club
  • Waimarama School, Hawke’s Bay
  • St John Ambulance
  • Westpac Rescue Helicopter
  • Special Children’s Christmas Parties
  • Caring Families Aotearoa

Professional Development

As a Professional Development Partner of Engineering New Zealand (formally known as 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.
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Our people

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Fraser Thomas is excited to be growing, and are always on the lookout for new staff


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To deliver the highest quality solutions for every client using our wealth of knowledge and experience, through a commitment to: engagement, communication, professional development, environment, safety and integrity in all of our actions.


Delivering every project to the highest possible standard with attention to detail, in an efficient manner; encompassing experts across all necessary fields ensuring the most beneficial solution for the client.

Client Commitment

Developing positive relationships with all clients that allow for open communication enabling efficient results.


Facilitating and encouraging the expression and interchange of ideas, opinions and knowledge between colleagues and external professionals involved in all aspects of our work to the benefit of all clients.

Professional Development

Improving the capacity, knowledge and skills of all staff members both in their expert field and beyond.


Dedicated to sustainable business practice and committed to ensuring all work considers environmental impacts; and employs innovative and proven techniques to ensure the most feasible and responsible solution is implemented for every project we are involved with.

Staff Wellbeing

Value all staff and promote their physical and mental health and wellbeing in a proactive and positive way; encouraging their development and rewarding their performance.


Actively committed to staff training, and implementing health and safety practices: and always considers all elements of safety in design.


Fostering honesty, integrity, rational thinking and professionalism in all areas of our work upholding the highest standards of integrity on all of our actions

Our Professional Memberships

Call us today to discuss your project

Auckland 09 278 7078

Tauranga 07 220 9277

Hawke’s Bay 06 211 2766

Christchurch 03 358 5936

Blenheim 03 428 3292

Nelson 03 222 1132