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About

Our company has evolved from humble yet visionary origins to become the multi-disciplinary consultancy it is today.

Passionate about great engineering, we work together with our clients to create positive solutions that enhance people’s lives and respect the environment.

We provide a range of solutions to clients in the energy, land and water sectors, and specialist capabilities covering civil, water, geotechnical and environmental engineering.

We are a proudly New Zealand-owned company and an experienced operator across our country and Pacific neighbours.

RILEY IN BRIEF​​

We've been established for over 35 years

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Multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy operating NZ-wide and in the Pacific

We have offices in Auckland and Christchurch

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Proudly New Zealand and 100% employee owned with a team of 95

We're committed to engineering excellence

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What's our key DNA?

We respond to client needs and market forces

  • We’re empowered to seek and take business opportunities. We’re also resilient through periods of uncertainty and stress.

 

We back our skills

  • Our people’s knowledge has breadth and depth; they shoulder responsibilities and are agile in response to changing needs.

  • Our clients like how we own our results yet know when to bring in other expertise.

Our people own and lead our business

  • Riley people are invested in the business – 100% employee owned and just over 30% of our staff are shareholders. They’re encouraged to get involved and pursue learning and development opportunities. 

  • We look after each other. Our people thrive by doing what they’re good at and enjoy, and what adds value to our company and community. 

 

We’re here for the long term

  • We evolve with clients as their needs evolve. This makes us a sustainable ‘partner of choice’ to our clients and industry partners.

 

OUR VALUES

Our values guide our working life at Riley.

They underpin what we say and do, how we conduct ourselves, how we interact with others, and how we strive to meet our goals.

Collaboration

Inclusion

Integrity

Respect

Responsibility

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OUR COMMUNITY

At Riley, we want to help aspiring engineers get a strong foothold on their careers. We also like to be good neighbours in our local communities. That’s why we’re sponsors of the following groups.

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Assists students to develop networks with other students and the professional industry.

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Stages events and helps students with university life. NZ’s oldest university club.

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Provides arts and cultural exhibitions and classes. Home to 25-plus resident artists.

Our history

1980s

1984

1985

Mid-1980s

Late 1980s

Peter “Rockhound” Riley starts his own firm in Auckland

Nigel Fitch joins, our current Technical Director – Geotechnical

Early success on Patea Dam; still providing work today

Peter Riley builds a strong team of future Riley leaders

Clyde Hydro Dam dominates the work sheet

1990s

1991

Mid-1990s

1994

1997

1999

Late 1990s

Riley shows resilience after stock market crash, retains staff

Boom times and expansion

Riley becomes a limited liability company

Staff numbers 13 – we have 95 today

Riley sets up office in South Island

Trustpower becomes significant client

2000s+

2008

2010/2011

Late 2010s

Early 2020s

Scott Vaughan appointed Managing Director

Post-Canterbury earthquakes rebuild a defining time

Geotech work dominates in south for six years

Company focus on developing team, future-proofing systems

Change at the top – new MDs Peter Lilley (2021), Steven Price (from April 2022)