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). During the upgrade in 2017, our staff in Pastoral House at 25 The Terrace will relocate to 3 The Terrace and the Freyberg Building.
Pastoral House will be refurbished by the landlord in accordance with the GPG standard Building Performance Specification. The office space will also be upgraded to meet the GPG Workplace and Office Standard Guidelines.
Pastoral House accommodates about 1,270 MPI staff.
MPI has a 15-year lease with rights of renewal.
Why is this work necessary?
MPI's lease of Pastoral House was due to expire in March 2017. This provided an opportunity to review accommodation and look to improve cost efficiencies under an all-of-government approach.
In 2015, MPI took part in a collective head office accommodation business case called the Wellington Accommodation Project – Tranche 2. The business case was prepared by the Government Property Group to get office accommodation, leveraging the size of government for cost efficiencies. The business case determined that MPI would remain at Pastoral House.
The Development Agreement requires the landlord to refurbish the premises to bring it up to Government Standard Building Performance Specifications. Work includes seismic strengthening, a new building entrance, lift, shower, toilet and locker room refurbishment, enhanced air conditioning and new carpet. MPI will vacate Pastoral House while the work is done.
Once the refurbishment is complete, 50 Wellington staff based in the Te Puni Kokiri Building will also move into Pastoral House.
Benefits of the refurbishment
- A healthier work environment with more reliable air conditioning and consistent air flow through the building.
- Destination control lifts, which will reduce the waiting time for staff travelling in and out of the building and between the 18 floors.
- Better workspace layout, providing an opportunity for MPI to introduce new ways of working that support staff well-being and improves productivity.
- More parking for bicycles.
- Earthquake strengthened, upgraded, expanded and refurbished accommodation.
Being part of the Wellington Accommodation Project – Tranche 2, MPI is contributing to forecast savings of $191 million over 20 years.
Relevant project documents will be made available here as they're released.
- MPI head office final commercial terms [PDF, 2.5 MB]
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 is expected to start in December 2016 and finish mid-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
If you have questions about MPI properties, email firstname.lastname@example.org.