It started with the first ‘talking telegraph’ trial in 1877 which led to the formation of the New Zealand Post and Telegraph Department in 1881. What followed was 130 years of communications evolution that saw telephones in nearly every home, the privatisation of the network and birth of Telecom in 1987, and the arrival of the internet and mobile phone technology.
Now optical fibre ushers in a new era. Chorus was formed in March 2008 as a Telecom business unit operating at arm’s length from the rest of the organisation, to give all service providers access to the local fixed line network.
In December 2011, Chorus reached a major milestone, formally becoming a separate entity and listing on the New Zealand stock exchange.
Today, as New Zealand’s largest telecommunications infrastructure company, Chorus continues its long heritage of building and looking after the country’s fixed line telecommunications network for present and future generations.
Higgins delivers a comprehensive range of civil construction and road maintenance services across urban and rural areas. With a team of 1700 people across New Zealand and in Fiji, we have a ‘Customer No.1’ focus to provide only the very best in service, product and solutions. The foundation of the business is our values which shape our behaviours and make us a great place to work and good people to work with.
WHAT WE DO STARTS WITH WHAT WE KNOW
2020 marked the 150th anniversary of WSP in Aotearoa New Zealand. From the earliest roads and railways that connected communities, to the power stations that created energy for the nation, the airports that have connected Aotearoa to the rest of the world and enabled regional growth, and the buildings that facilitate democracy, health and learning, we’ve been there.
First as the Public Works Department, evolving into Ministry of Works, Works Consultancy Services, Opus, WSP Opus, and now WSP. The history of WSP is the history of the built environment in Aotearoa.
150 years on we’re proud to have the blueprint of Aotearoa in our DNA and to be involved in the projects that will continue to connect and support us for generations to come.