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Meet Ben Parsonage


Section Engineer.

Job description: 

Effectively delivering the construction packages under my control by working closely with my team and subcontractors.

Work background: 

Working on major road projects since 2007. Predominantly on road construction.  Jobs include;  Northern Gateway Toll Road, Newmarket Viaduct, Hobsonville Motorway, Papakura Interchange & Ngaruawahia Bypass.

Favourite part of job: 

Seeing the public using what we have built, and how this improves their lives and how it also benefits New Zealand.

Least favourite part of job: 

When things go wrong, there is a mountain of paperwork that needs to be completed. A big reason why we spend so much time planning works.

What I am working on now: 

Managing a small team delivering all civil (non-bridge) works.  This includes; roads, barriers, traffic signals, streetlights, retaining walls & signs.

A quick story about a job well done: 

When working on the Hobsonville Deviation I came up with a solution to accelerate the programme and also save money. At the end of the project we had saved about 4 months time and millions of dollars. As a bonus we also built the ‘smoothest road in New Zealand’.

A (humorous) story about a job that went badly and what you learned: 

When completing a night shift we were finishing off the line-marking on the road, when we realised the line-marking crew had spelt the word “ONLY” as “OLNY”.  This meant we had to clean off the wrong letters and re-paint the word, which led to us opening up the road late in the morning. I learnt that we need to leave adequate time for all works to be completed in a night shift.


Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Hons).

Interests outside work: 

Football, snowboarding, rugby league, just sports in general, games, socialising with friends, movies, reading.

Meet Ben Parsonage, a Section Engineer with the Well Connected Alliance. Image: NZTA.