Pirie Consultants Ltd

PIRIE CONSULTANTS LTD has been successfully involved with the development of the Manawatu.




The Practice

PIRIE CONSULTANTS LTD has been successfully involved with the development of Palmerston North, Manawatu, Tararua, Horowhenua and adjacent regions for many years. The company was formed in 1993 as Pirie Surveying Ltd and we have only recently changed the name in recognition that we provide a service to our clients that is much more than surveying. The firm was started in 1960 by Len Pirie and previously known as Len Pirie and Associates.

We are part of a consortium with associates in Palmerston North, Wellington, Masterton and Wanganui which enable us to provide our clients with a comprehensive service for all Land Surveying, Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering Design, Setout and Supervision of construction, and consultancy services for Resource Management, Planning and Development work. This has enabled us to build a close working relationship with other professionals, Local Authorities, Government agencies, contractors and builders to service their requirements.




 Technical Skills


As a result of the vast range of work undertaken over many years we are able to provide a high level of skill using the latest surveying equipment including GPS, electronic total stations and fieldbooks fully supported by 12D and QuickMAP software.  Data is available by computer generated plans and digital formats.

 Work History


Project Design has included several large multi lot subdivisions:

  • Galea Backhouse Subdivision, James Line, P.N.
  • Mt Taylor Subdivision, Feilding
  • Barber Estate, Summerhill Drive, P.N.
  • Kingsgate Subdivision, Tremaine Ave, P.N.
  • Ngahere Park, Turitea Road, P.N.
  • Farquhar Subdivisions, Montana Way and Jefferson Crescent, P.N.

Construction Setout has included major projects: (see image gallery)

  • Wellington Interceptor Sewer for Wellington City Council
  • Realignment of the Manawatu River for Doug Hood Ltd.
  • Newlands Interchange for Fulton Hogan Ltd.
  • Lower Turitea Dam for Fulton Hogan Ltd.
  • The Plaza, Palmerston North
  • Foodstuffs, Palmerston North

Setout for earthworks contracts:

  • Stopbanks for M. Field, D. Bargh, J.B. Ware Ltd, Doug Hood Ltd and Agnew Contractors
  • Various structures for Tararua Roading Ltd and other contractors

Building and Structure Surveys:

  • Setout of industrial and commercial buildings for Mainzeal, Murphy Properties, McMillan & Lockwood, Fletcher Construction and others
  • Surveys of quarries and stockpiles

Land Subdivision and Development:

A full range of residential, commercial, industrial, lifestyle and rural subdivisions for many clients.


Survey and Design of roading for various Councils and numerous setouts of road realignments and reconstructions for all local construction companies.


 The Team




The firm was started in 1960 by Len Pirie and previously known as Len Pirie and Associates.

The Practice

Prior to being Pirie Consultants Ltd (and Pirie Surveying Ltd) our company was founded by Len Pirie and went under the name of Len Pirie and Associates. In the early days of the 1960s, Len Pirie, Phil's father, began a small surveying business here in Palmerston North. The company soon became well a known and well respected surveying buisness in the Manawatu. In 1990, Phil joined his father and the Pirie family began work together as a surveying company. This has been contuined with Phil's eldest son Hamish working for the firm.



Three generations of surveyors 

(L-R) Hamish Pirie, Len Pirie, Phil Pirie

 Employment Opportunities


At Pirie Consultants Ltd, we have a variety of professionals working with us.

At Pirie Consultants Ltd, we have a variety of professionals working with us from surveyors and graduates, to CAD designers and techinicans.

We provide a very supportive and hands-on work environment allowing individuals new to the profession and graduates ample work experience. We can provide training in Traffic Management, 12D computer software, and room for growth and development within our company.

If you feel you are the right kind of person to join our firm or would like to know more information, please give our Palmerston North office a call to discuss your future today!


 Who We Support


Manawatu Events Equipment Trust

The Manawatu Events Equipment Trust, affectionately known as MEET, is one organisation that Phil and the Team at Pirie Consultants Ltd are especially passionate about.

MEET is a charitable trust that was establised in 2003 to assit any sporting or public organisation with their traffic management requirements for events on public roads. Hire for commercial purposes is not permitted.

The main aim of MEET is to provide all the necessary equipment at a nominal cost to any organisation whether local or from anywhere in New Zealand.

All of the equipment available fully complies with the legal requirements for road signs, cones and hi-viz jackets etc for Transit NZ, Ministry Of Transport, City and District Councils. A purpose built trailer is available for transporting the equipment. The equipment is available for hire anywhere in New Zealand, although the hirer is responisble for the arranging and payment of transport from and return to Palmerston North.

The equipment available from the Trust has been purchased or provided from the generous support of the following organisations:

The Square Trust, The Road Safety Trust, The Lion Foundation, NZ Trailers, Eastern & Central Community Trust, Pirie Consultants Ltd, Manawatu Striders, Hirequip, Couchman's Signs, Stylex Print, Barstow Insurance Brokers, NZ Post, Steelmasters, Sleipnir Screenprint, Adamson & Holland, TWL Transport & Engineering Supplies, Makinnon Chartered Accountants, On Road New Zealand

To ensure that the hire fees are kept as low as possible, MEET are continually seeking donations, services or equipment.

There are currently four Trustees which manage MEET and are able to provide organisations with the extensive support and advice on traffic management. MEET strongly recommends that all hirers familiarise themselves with their legal requirements and attend Traffic Controller and Site Traffic Management Supervisor courses.

To ensure that MEET can provide you with the necessary equipment it is vital that those wanting to hire equipment contact MEET and arrange the hire as early as possible. Councils and Transit NZ require at least 2 weeks notice of events.

For further information regarding MEET, please contact the office of Pirie Consultants Ltd, email meet@inspire.net.nz, or fill in the contact form on the right, and we can arrange to send a brochure out to you.



Manawatu Striders

The Manawatu Striders is another organisation that Phil and the Team at Pirie Consultants Ltd are supportive of.

Are you a runner or walker or are you contemplating taking up running or walking?

Do you want to exercise with people of a similar ability?

Do you want advice on aspects of training?

Do you want to improve your current level of fitness?

Do you want to take part in club activities?

Then the Manawatu Striders is for you!

Our aim is to be the first choice club for runners and walkers of all ages and ability, both socially and competitively, in Palmerston North.



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