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 effectively grow and protect New Zealand. Labs, offices and purpose-built facilities are essential for our staff.
Major changes have taken, or are taking place to our offices in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
Changes in each city
The new building
The facility built for MPI at the Landing Business Park near Auckland Airport provides significant benefits for MPI and our customers. Access to MPI services is easier, and MPI is closer to food and biosecurity customers. Staff moved from 3 Auckland workplaces into their new building in November and December 2017.
The 17,000 square metre premises is also the base for MPI's National Detector Dog Centre, which is used for accommodating, training and breeding detector dogs. The training centre includes simulated passenger halls and a mail centre. These allow our dogs to be better equipped to screen the growing number of international passengers, mail and cargo that pass through Auckland Airport.
Why did we move?
Leases on a number of our Auckland MPI properties were due to expire in 2017 and 2018. The move to purpose-built premises allowed us to create a modern, flexible workplace so MPI staff can work together better and more easily. MPI has a 20-year lease on the building.
Benefits of the move
Moving into a purpose-built facility at the Landing Business Park provided benefits for MPI and tax payers.
- We reduced our Auckland office footprint by over 1,300 square metres by merging 3 offices into one central location.
- We brought 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.
MPI used the move as an opportunity to introduce new ways of working to support staff wellbeing and improve productivity.
Move from Pastoral House
After the Kaikōura earthquakes of November 2017, the Government Property Group carried out detailed planning on where all the affected government agencies around Wellington would be accommodated. This caused a delay with any moves planned by MPI and other agencies prior to the earthquakes.
Cabinet decided on the accommodation solution for MPI staff based in Pastoral House in late August 2017. The decision was for most staff to move to Charles Ferguson Building, behind Parliament. Once extensive refurbishments to the building are completed (the target date is 19 December 2018), we’ll start moving in from 11 January 2019.
Some MPI staff in Pastoral House and most from the TSB building aren't moving to Charles Ferguson Building. A number of teams have already moved or will soon be moving to Ranchhod Tower (Lambton Quay). In February, one group will relocate to 1 The Terrace with a few other teams moving to TSB.
All MPI staff based in TSB will move back to Pastoral House once refurbishments to the building are completed in 2020. Groups from other government agencies will also be based in the building.
Wellington accommodation project
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.
In 2017, MPI consolidated 2 Christchurch offices at Sir William Pickering Drive and Nazareth Avenue into an extended and refurbished property in Sir William Pickering Drive.
We refurbished the premises to create a modern, flexible and safe workplace. Our small tenancies were kept at the airport and Lyttelton port.
The lease on our Nazareth Avenue property was due to expire in 2017. This provided an opportunity to review accommodation options and create a modern, flexible workplace so MPI staff could work together better and more easily.
The review found the best option was to extend the lease of the Sir William Pickering Drive premises and secure extra space in that building. MPI now has a lease on the premises until 2029.
Benefits of the change
- Uniting staff from 2 buildings makes access to MPI services easier for customers, improves efficiencies and makes working together easier for staff.
- Opportunity for MPI to introduce new ways of working that support staff wellbeing and improves productivity.
Who to contact
If you have questions about MPI properties, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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