Find out about planned changes to our buildings and offices.
We're constantly improving
We're committed to improving services for our customers. As part of this commitment, we need to make changes to our properties to ensure our staff can do their jobs efficiently and effectively.
Renovating our facilities and moving to new locations helps us to more effectively grow and protect New Zealand. Labs, offices and purpose-built facilities are essential for our staff.
Major changes are planned in 2017 and 2018 to our offices in Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch.
What's planned in each city
Significant benefits will come with new building
The purpose-built facility being developed for MPI at the Landing Business Park near Auckland Airport will provide significant benefits for MPI and our customers. Access to MPI services will be easier, and MPI will be closer to food and biosecurity customers.
The new 17,000 square metres premises will also be the base for MPI's National Detector Dog Centre, which is used for accommodating, training and breeding detector dogs. The training centre will include simulated passenger halls and a mail centre so dogs are better equipped to screen the growing number of international passengers, mail and cargo that pass through Auckland Airport.
Leases on a number of our Auckland MPI properties are due to expire in 2017 and 2018 including one of our largest Auckland facilities, the Auckland Biosecurity Centre, which houses about 200 staff. The lease expirations gave us the chance to review our Auckland accommodation options.
The move to purpose-built premises allows us to create a modern, flexible workplace so MPI staff can work together better and easier. MPI has a 20-year lease of the premises.
Benefits of the move
The option of moving into a purpose-built facility at The Landing Business Park provides the most benefits for MPI and tax payers.
- We reduce our Auckland office footprint by over 1,300 square metres by merging 3 offices into one central location.
- We can bring around 400 staff together under one roof, improving efficiencies and making it easier for them to work together in a convenient airport location close to existing and future customers.
The move is an opportunity for MPI to introduce new working styles and ways of working to support staff wellbeing and improve productivity.
Details of planned work
The Pastoral House upgrade is part of a larger project – the Government's Wellington Accommodation Project – Tranche 2 (led by the Government Property Group). Pastoral House will be refurbished by the landlord in accordance with the group's standard Building Performance Specification, beginning in early 2019.
Move from Pastoral House
After the Kaikoura earthquakes of November 2017, the Government Property Group did detailed planning on where all the affected government agencies around Wellington will be accommodated. This caused a delay with any moves planned by MPI and other agencies prior to the earthquakes.
The accommodation solution for MPI staff in Pastoral House was decided by Cabinet in late August 2017. As a result, MPI will move to buildings in the Bowen Campus, next to Parliament.
It is planned that MPI will occupy the Charles Ferguson Tower (CFT) and some MPI staff will use the adjacent Bowen State Building (BSB). Both the BSB and CFT buildings are being extensively refurbished. It's expected that CFT will be ready for MPI in December 2018 and BSB in mid-2019.
Staff will remain in Pastoral House until then. After the Pastoral House refurbishment, it will be occupied by other government agencies.
Details of planned work
MPI is consolidating our 2 main Christchurch offices at Sir William Pickering Drive and Nazareth Avenue into an extended and refurbished existing property in Sir William Pickering Drive.
We have secured extra space in the premises, which will be refurbished to create a modern, flexible and safe workplace. Work on this turn-key development started in February 2017 and is expected to finish October 2017.
Staff based at Nazareth Avenue will move to Sir William Pickering Drive once refurbishment is complete. MPI employs around 200 staff at its 2 main Christchurch sites. Our small tenancies at the airport and Lyttelton port will be retained.
The lease on our Nazareth Avenue property is due to expire in 2017, while the Sir William Pickering Drive lease continues until 2020. This provided an opportunity to review accommodation options and create a modern, flexible workplace so MPI staff can work together better and easier.
The review identified the most viable option was to extend the lease of the Sir William Pickering Drive premises and secure extra space. MPI now has a lease of the premises until 2029.
Benefits of the change
- Uniting staff from 2 buildings into one will make access to MPI services easier for customers, improve efficiencies and make working together easier for staff.
- Opportunity for MPI to introduce new working styles and ways of working that supports staff wellbeing and improves productivity.
Who to contact
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