Russell Malthus will join ViaStrada on 21 January 2008 as a Senior Environmental Health Consultant. Welcome to the team, Russell! Russell mainly works in the RMA field doing noise assessments and will complement the already well established town planning and transport planning team.

2007SGSeason's greetings to all our clients, colleagues and peers from the ViaStrada team. We hope you all have a relaxing break, and a safe, enjoyable and healthy 2008.

Please enjoy our electronic christmas cards - "gifts ahead" and "year over".

Lorraine Wilmshurst will join ViaStrada on 11 February 2008 as a Traffic Engineer. Welcome to the team, Lorraine!

Lorraine comes with heaps of experience in traffic engineering, scheme planning, consultation and project management. Many of us have been working with her for years and we are delighted to have you on board. Lorraine is a member of the IPENZ Transportation Group and was the runner up to the 3M Traffic Engineer of the Year Award in 2003.

Andrew Fitzgerald joined ViaStrada on 21 January 2008 as a Resource Management Planner. Welcome to the team, Andrew!

ViaStrada was the successful tenderer for a large project for Tauranga City Council - the design of 32 intersections along a proposed arterial road. Six consultants were invited to tender.

ViaStrada was the successful tenderer amongst five invited to bid for the development of a regional walking and cycling strategy to cover the BOP region, including Rotorua, Whakatane and Tauranga.  Work is now well under way, with the last of three monthly stakeholder meetings scheduled for 18 December.

Rick Houghton started with ViaStrada on 7 January 2008. Welcome to the team, Rick!

Rick is a keen cyclist, keener than perhaps anybody else on the team (and that's hard to beat). In his spare time, he is honing his downhilling skills.

One of the car parks in the basement now caters for ViaStrada staff bikes. There's room for a whopping 12 bikes - we reckon that's a very good use of that space. But given the rate at which we are growing, and the high proportion of our staff who bike to work (three quarters of staff in the Christchurch office), how long will it be before we run out of space and have to convert another car space for bikes?

Jeanette Ward joined ViaStrada on Monday, 19 November 2007. The team is very excited about having Jeanette on board. Welcome!

ViaStrada staff co-authored four papers presented at the 6th NZ Cycling Conference in Napier in 2007. That was by far the strongest showing of any NZ consultancy.