18 August 2021 | Ep.52 – a history remembered: Motu Bridge Pou

In this episode of Stirring the Pot we’re talking with Nick Tupara, Kevin Alvie, Adam Furniss and Tim Blackbourn.

Nick is an amazing Māori artist well respected in Māori ringa toi. Kevin is a Project Manager at Gisborne Engineering. And from the WSP team – Adam is a Senior Engineering Geologist based in the Hawkes Bay, and Tim a Senior Structural Engineer in Auckland.

Together their expertise have combined to deliver Te Whitinga o Tamataipunoa – a 8 meter tall monument that is part of a project by the New Zealand Transport Agency to replace the original one-lane Motu Bridge.

On top of this, the project has recently been honoured with winning the small project award at the recent SESOC conference.


Connect with Nick 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nick-tupara-64069536/


Connect with Kevin 

Website: http://www.giseng.co.nz/


Connect with Adam 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/adam-furniss-a6a51b57/


Connect with Tim

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/timothy-blackbourn-18525999/


Connect with WSP 

Website: https://www.wsp.com/en-NZ

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wspnz/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wsp_in_nz/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WSPinNZ/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/wspnz


Do you have a project that requires FEA works?

Get in touch with our Finite Element Analyst, Nandor Mago: nandor.mago@hera.org.nz

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nandor-mago-aa362751/

Website: https://www.hera.org.nz/team-member/nandor-mago/

More information on Advanced FEA: https://www.hera.org.nz/advanced-fea-finite-element-analysis/

The Motu Bridge Pou project team, featuring Adam Furniss, Kevin Alvie and Nick Tupara.
Our GM Comms 4.0 Kim Nugent and WSP Senior Structural Engineer, Tim Blackbourn in Pūtātara - our media room at HERA House.

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