About Us

At Woods, creating and delivering better communities is at the heart of what we do. 

We offer a full suite of Urban Design and Architecture, Engineering, Planning, Surveying and Geo-Spatial services to the land development, building, health, institutional, energy, government, and transport sectors to name a few. 

From small-medium sized subdivisions right through to the most demanding of sites and scales of projects, we combine our disciplines to create innovative, strategic, and cost-effective solutions for our clients. Our holistic approach sees us partner with the land and the people, resulting in better outcomes for our clients but also for the people who live, work, and play in our communities. 

As a hands-on, practical team, we have a flat organisational structure. There are no ‘managers managing managers’ at Woods which is why you’ll find all four of our directors running and delivering projects. Our specialists have access to in-house technologies, systems, and software to seamlessly and efficiently run every aspect of an on-going project.

 

Our history

1970

1973

Mid-late 1970’s

1980's

Early 1990’s

Early 2000’s

Mid 2010’s

2020's

Photo of one of the Woods brothers
1970

Humble Roots, Where it All Began

When life looked vastly different in 1970 to what we know now, two brothers named Don and Antony (Tony) Woods took a chance and established the company under the name ‘DL & AW Wood’ at 72 Grafton Road.

Man with old surveying equipment
1973

The First Major Challenge

With three extra team members on board – John Locke, Graham Rice, and Laurie Edmond – the team experienced their first hurdle when the oil shock recession impacted Kiwi shores.

Old photos of Pyramids of Egypt in background
Mid-late 1970’s

Woods Members Go International

The oil crisis saw work dry up to a large extent. So, faced with dire circumstances, the Woods team temporarily split and fragmented around the world to work. Hello Fiji and Egypt.

Man using survey equipment on street
1980's

Back on Home Soil

Developers in New Zealand slowly got underway again with new land developments, so the Woods team returned home and undertook the consultancy work for Green and McCahill

Groundwork development
Early 1990’s

Changes Within the Market

After being heavily impacted as a result of developers shutting down off the back of the ’87 stock market crash, entering the 1990’s saw a mixture of changes within the business.

Estuary shot with houses in background
Early 2000’s

An Unprecedented Frenzy

The hysteria of Y2K in the lead up to 2000 hurt us at Woods. But, as the world realised the world had not ended, confidence grew in the market and Woods experienced a sustained period of growth.

Urban playground with swing
Mid 2010’s

A Once in a Generation Project Begins

After we combined our Auckland offices to work out of one premises in Grafton, projects ticked along nicely – Stonefields neared completion, and Paerata Rise began. The once in a generation project as part of the Piritahi Alliance also began. 

Woods social gathering
2020's

Woods Thriving in a World That Stands Still

Having gone through multiple recessions and the hard lessons in earlier years, Woods withstood the challenges of 2020 and continues to grow and deliver better communities. 

Directors

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    Brian Flood

    Director & Principal Engineer

    Brian has been an Associate of Woods since 2008 with 30 years of professional experience as a civil engineer. He has worked on a wide variety of master-planned developments and infrastructure projects throughout New Zealand, China and Europe.

    He is frequently sought for complex multi-disciplinary projects.

    Brian specialises in the delivery of site and route selection for a range of infrastructure, energy and utility projects, providing integrated design solutions and mitigation strategies in both urban and rural locations. He is also an experienced and recognised expert witness, presenting evidence before council, the Environment Court and Board of Inquiry hearings.

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    Daniel Williams

    Managing Director

    Daniel has been a Director of Woods for 25 Years and has been Managing Director for the last Fifteen. He has over 30 years of professional experience as a Surveyor with involvement in a broad range of projects including master-planned communities, large infrastructure builds and commercial developments throughout New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Daniel enjoys the interaction with clients in the investigation and commencement of large projects and can see the bigger picture of development opportunities. He has successfully overseen the growth of the Company to its current size through the use of technology and high performing staff. He is looking forward to the next phase of growth for Woods.

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    Mark Cochran

    Director - South Island Manager

    Responsible for Woods’ South Island operation, Mark is a surveyor and engineer with over 25 years of experience in the Land Development industry.

    He is renowned for his work on a broad spectrum of design, planning, and surveying projects (infrastructure, commercial and residential) for both public and private sector clients. Mark has lead several small to large-scale land development projects and enjoys the challenge of delivering a quality finished product for our clients and the community.

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    Mark Williams

    Director

    As a Director, Mark has a responsibility to do the right thing — for both Woods’ clients and staff.

    Since graduating in 1986, he has specialised in land development, an industry that has changed a great deal over the years.

    The most significant driver for Mark is that the work Woods undertakes results in places people want to live. So, to him, it is vital this ‘end game’ is always to the fore. Teaming this aspiration with the goals of a broad client base is a rewarding challenge that has kept Mark invigorated throughout his career.

Sustainability and wellbeing

Since Woods started more than 50 years ago, we have never accepted the status quo, and have continually looked for better ways of doing things. We believe we have an important role to play in the sustainability of New Zealand’s future, which is why holistic wellbeing is at the centre of our approach.

Social wellbeing

Woods is extremely proud to have been recognised as one of New Zealand and Australia’s best employers in the 2018 and 2017 Aon Hewitt’s Best Employer accreditation process. We’re proud of our team and the culture we have built at Woods and are humbled by this accreditation. We work hard to ensure our employees enjoy working for us and focus on making sure we have a safe, fair, and inclusive workplace.

Read our social wellbeing policy here.

Cultural wellbeing

Our cultural diversity at Woods includes 18 nations, and our culture is built on the approach that we want our employees to be able to bring their full selves to work, which includes their culture. Cultural sensitivity and respect is also an important part of our process.

We engage with Mana Whenua groups during the consenting process to:

  • prioritise Tikanga Māori values
  • observe the Te Mana o te Wai and National Policy Statement - Freshwater Management 2020
  • employ the six principles of mana whakahaere, kaitiakitanga, manaakitanga, governance, stewardship, and care and respect in our design considerations
  • observe Accidental Discovery Protocols of iwi for unearthing of artefacts or kōiwi tangata
Economic wellbeing

We are committed to developing and nurturing the next generation of engineers and surveyors. Under our Graduate Programme, we usually employ up to five engineering graduates and up to six survey graduates annually, in addition to summer/holiday interns.

Environmental wellbeing

Each Woods team plays a role in designing and delivering better communities. Sustainability and environmental wellbeing is a core focus of this approach. For example, we focus on preventing adverse environmental effects/damage when managing earthworks; designing streets that encourage active transport modes; considering climate change impacts in stormwater designs; designing energy efficient buildings with passive solar strategies; and choosing environmentally-certified materials.

We are certified to ISO 14001 (Environmental Management Systems), and our Environmental Committee defines, targets, and monitors our environmental systems and performance.

Certification & Membership