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Updates and events from MRCagney.

MRCagney Australia becomes PMP Urbanists

Wed, August 11, 2021  | 

We recently celebrated that MRCagney became 100% Kiwi-owned after 21 years of working across Aotearoa and Australia.

MRCagney Aotearoa is now majority-owned by our senior team of Jenson Varghese, Kent Lundberg, Pippa Mitchell, and Nicolas Reid.

As part of this ownership change, the Australian team are rebranding their offering in that market.

We are delighted to share that from today they will rebrand to PMP Urbanists.



MRCagney NZ becomes 100% Kiwi owned

Thu, June 24, 2021  | 

We are pleased to announce that MRCagney's operations in New Zealand are now 100% Kiwi owned. 

MRCagney NZ is now majority owned by the existing senior team of Jenson Varghese, Kent Lundberg, Pippa Mitchell, and Nicolas Reid.  

MRCagney commenced operations in New Zealand in 2003 and since that time the business has grown into a highly respected, specialised sustainable transport consultancy. 

Click below to read the full statement.



MRCagney at the Transportation Group Conference 2021

Mon, May 17, 2021  | 

Our staff had a great time at Engineering New Zealand's Transportation Group conference in Auckland last week. We got the opportunity to present on some of our latest work, and two of our team members won conference awards. Click through to see a list of presenters and access their conference presentation slides.



MRCagney and Disabled Persons Assembly Hosting Transport and Disability Workshops

Wed, April 28, 2021  | 

MRCagney, together with the Disabled Persons Assembly, is hosting a series of workshops with disabled people around the country over the next two months to hear their perspectives and experiences about the transport system. These workshops will feed into a piece of research for Waka Kotahi, NZ Transport Agency, that seeks to provide advice about changes to the transport system. Please click the link below to find your nearest workshop and to register.



The 1.5 Project & Transport2030

Tue, May 19, 2020  | 

Our Transport2030 calculator supports the work of Dr Paul Winton and his 1.5 project, aiming to ignite discussion around how we can really make the changes we need to in New Zealand to achieve our climate change targets. This article includes links to recent media as well as the app. 



MRCagney presents: Complete Streets - The Lost Art of Street Design

Wed, January 16, 2019  | 

MRCagney is proud to present a one day workshop on complete streets and designing streets for people on Monday Februay 17th. Presented by Steven Burgess, this workshop is suitable for a range of professionals. For more details and registration email Coby Joseph here.



Auckland Council Approves Access for Everyone

Thu, December 6, 2018  | 

Auckland Council has approved a plan to reduce the amount of traffic in the city centre and remove cars completely from the busiest street in the country. 

Auckland Council voted unanimously to begin trialling the pedestrianisation Queen Street as the first step in creating a people-focused Queen Street Valley. 

The plan, Access for Everyone, was led by MRCagney. 



Transport Planning as Freedom Planning

Tue, November 20, 2018  | 

What if we planned public transport with a goal of personal freedom? Join us at Auckland Conversations as we explore this idea with Jarrett Walker, one of the original designers of Auckland's new bus network.



Transit Network Design: An Interactive Short Course with Jarrett Walker

Thu, November 15, 2018  | 

We are proud to be sponsoring a full-day interactive short course where you will learn the key concepts of public transport through a series of hands-on exercises with the esteemed Jarrett Walker getting back to the basics of public transport.



Place School events in Adelaide, Perth, and Brisbane

Fri, February 16, 2018  | 

We are proud to support these Villagewell Place School events featuring our own Steven Burgess.

Join us for a unique and inspiring one-day Masterclass explaining the art and science of creating great streets and places with two of Australia’s leading place practitioners: Gilbert Rochecouste, Managing Director of Village Well, and Steven Burgess, Principal of MRCagney. 



Will Autonomous Vehicles Be All They Are Claimed To Be

Fri, December 15, 2017  | 

Les Carter talks with Dave Brown of Driven Media about our recently released Autonomous Vehicles Research Report and the increasing understanding of placemaking in this radio interview. 



Vision Zero: A conversation with Women in Urbanism

Tue, November 7, 2017  | 

It is our pleasure to sponsor this Vision Zero x Women in Urbanism event.



MRCagney staff published in Research in Transportation Economics

Thu, September 21, 2017  | 

We are happy to announce that research involving MRCagney staff has been published in the reputable journal Research in Transportation Economics.



Hobart Precincts Plan wins AITPM Award

Tue, September 12, 2017  | 

We are thrilled to have been awarded the Australian Institute of Traffic Planning and Management (AITPM) Excellence Awards Transport Planning Award and The Janet Brash memorial trophy for our Hobart Local Area Precincts Plan.



Steven Burgess: The Lost Art of Street Design- in NZ

Fri, August 18, 2017  | 

Steven Burgess, our Principal Consultant, is coming to New Zealand for a series of workshops titled The Lost Art of Street Design.



Auckland Cycling Investment Programme Approved

Wed, August 2, 2017  |  Company news 

The Proposal for the Auckland Cycling Investment Programme for 2018-2028 was recently approved by Auckland Transport's board. We worked with Auckland Transport, Auckland Council and the New Zealand Transport Agency to develop this proposal and the Cycling Programme Business Case. 



The Electric Bus Technology Transport Research Project is out

Tue, August 1, 2017  |  Company news 

We are excited to release our Electric Bus Technology Transport Research Project.



MRCagney and Resilio Studio win NZILA Award of Excellence

Tue, July 11, 2017  |  Company news 

The New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects awarded the Local Path Design Guide the  Award of Excellence for Strategic Landscape Planning & Environmental Studies — 2017



The Art of Creating Great Mainstreets & Public Spaces People, Places and Parking Masterclass

Fri, June 30, 2017  |  Past Events 

Join us for a unique and inspiring one day Masterclass explaining the art and science
of creating great mainstreets and public spaces with two of Australia’s leading place practitioners: Gilbert Rochecouste, Managing Director of Village Well and Steven Burgess, Principal of MRCagney. 



From Oakland to Auckland…The Insider’s Guide to Changing Your City

Tue, June 20, 2017  |  Past Events 

Internationally recognised transport professional Jeff Tumlin spoke to Auckland's transport advocates and professionals. 



Women in Urbanism

Tue, June 20, 2017  |  Company news  | Past Events 

MRCagney recently kicked off the first "Women in Urbanism Auckland" event in June for female industry professionals, and women who have an interest in cities and their potential. 



Auckland Housing Taskforce Report

Mon, June 12, 2017  |  Company news 

The Auckland Mayoral Housing Taskforce Report was released today.

Peter Nunns from MRCagney was responsible for drafting the report which makes recommendations on how to address the housing challenges Auckland will be facing over the next three decades.



IPENZ Transportation Group Study Award 2017

Thu, April 6, 2017  |  Company news 

Congratulations to Stuart Donovan who was the recipient of the the IPENZ Transportation Group Study Award for 2017! He will be undertaking research into the economics of parking policy, a critical element of transport and urban planning. A summary of his research proposal is below.



Global Street Design Guide

Fri, November 18, 2016  |  Company news 

The new Global Street Design Guide from NACTO recently landed in MRCagney's Melbourne office. 
MRCagney Melbourne worked as contributors alongside Tract and Nelson Nygaard, and as international reviewers for this project. 
The guide marks the very real and welcome change we are now seeing towards street design and public life. 



An Evening with the Dutch Cycling Embassy

Thu, November 3, 2016  |  Past Events 

The Dutch Cycling Embassy, a consortium of cycling experts from the Netherlands, is visiting Auckland as a part of a wider state visit by the Dutch Royal Family. 



Parking Futures Seminar: Melbourne

Mon, October 31, 2016  |  Past Events 

Steven Burgess of MRCagney will be speaking at the upcoming seminar on parking, "Parking Futures", put together by RMIT Universities Centre for Urban Research. 
The seminar will go for half a day, with the opportunity to participate in workshops and hear from a range of speakers who will stimulate thought about the "breadth and interconnection between challenges surrounding parking."



IPENZ Careers Evening

Mon, October 10, 2016  |  Past Events 

MRCagney New Zealand recently sponsored the IPENZ Transport Careers Evening at the University of Auckland which was organized by Emma and Jenson. This is the third NZ careers event that MRCagney has been involved in organising. 



ACENZ Future Leaders Award

Mon, October 10, 2016  |  Company news 

Jenson Varghese from the Auckland office was the recipient of the Association of Consulting Engineers New Zealand (ACENZ) 2016 Future Leader award.



United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development

Mon, October 10, 2016  |  Company news 

Luke Christensen from the Auckland office has been selected as part of Aotearoa Youth Leadership Institute (New Zealand) delegation to attend the Habitat III United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development in Quito, Ecuador this October.



Cycling Infrastructure and Intersection Designs: Learnings from Study Tour

Tue, August 16, 2016  |  Past Events 

We are proud to support this upcoming TG group meeting presented by Claire Graham.



Electric Vehicle Report Launch

Wed, August 10, 2016  |  Past Events 

Zero Carbon Australia along with MRCagney will be launching a report on Electric Vehicles  this Friday, the launch will feature Keynote speakers and a panel. The report shows exactly what is needed for Australia to successfully transition to Electric Cars and buses, powered by 100% renewable energy.



Street Design Masterclass

Fri, July 1, 2016  |  Past Events 

Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) together with MRCagney's Steven Burgess is bringing the Street Design Masterclass to Melbourne on the 4th of August 2016. 



Gil Penalosa & the 8 80 City: Creating Vibrant and Healthy Communities

Tue, May 10, 2016  |  Past Events 

MRCagney is a regular sponsor of Auckland Conversations. On the 6th of July, Gil Penalosa will be speaking about Creating Vibrant and Healthy Communities.

How can we create vibrant and healthy cities for everyone, regardless of age or social status? What is the role of streets - the largest public space in any city? How can parks improve the quality of life that attracts and retains people to their communities? 



Infrastructure And Asset Management Conference

Thu, April 14, 2016  |  Past Events 

Steven Burgess from MRCagney will be speaking at the National and Local Government Infrastructure and Asset Management Conference this June. 

​If you're serious about the financial sustainability of your council, do not miss this event.



Opinion Piece: Murray West

Thu, April 7, 2016  |  Company news 

In this recent opinion piece in The Mercury, MRCagney’s Murray West discusses what makes a good urban village and how overly restrictive planning policy is preventing Hobart from recreating the best urban environments – the places communities truly value.



The Art of Creating Resilient Local Economies & Communities

Mon, February 1, 2016  |  Past Events 

An informative one-day conference exploring tools to inspire and support local economies and community-led developments. Strong local economies are more resilient to external factors, build local ownership and pride, create more jobs, retain local dollars and have a higher rate of community wellbeing and satisfaction.



City shaping in the modern era

Mon, February 1, 2016  |  Past Events 

Presenter Steven Burgess (Principal, MRCagney) will discuss city shaping in the modern era, particularly from a transport perspective and how it might have to change to maximise economic benefit from all our private and public investments.



Tactical Urbanism Masterclass - Sydney and Melbourne

Fri, June 12, 2015  |  Past Events 

MRCagney is pleased to be sponsoring two Tactical Urbanism Masterclasses in Australia. 



MRCagney’s Auckland Office Wins Commute to Work Award

Fri, November 14, 2014  |  Company news 

Auckland Transport has recently awarded the MRCagney Auckland office a commute award for Embedding Sustainable Transport into Company Practice. 



Venturing into the UAE

Sat, February 1, 2014  |  Company news 

MRCagney are embarking on our first project in the Middle East, helping to prepare a plan for the development of public transport in the city of Al Ain in the Abu Dhabi emirate. The fourth largest city in the United Arab Emirates, Al Ain is located 120km inland and is home to 600,000 people.