‘Sustainability the focus’ as Mayurie Gunatilaka leads New Zealand

Jennifer Shand Jennifer Shand Australasia Press Office,Sydney
16 November 2020

Highly respected infrastructure and urban planning leader Mayurie Gunatilaka has been appointed to head Arup’s New Zealand team.

With a career in NZ Regional and Central Government and the ANZ consulting sector, Mayurie is described as a ‘strategic, collaborative and experienced leader’ by the Chair of Arup’s Australasia Region, Peter Chamley.

Arup is in New Zealand with a focus on sustainable development to do things differently and better. I am looking forward to joining this talented group of people to bring great outcomes for our amazing country. ”

Mayurie Gunatilaka Mayurie Gunatilaka Group Leader New Zealand

She joins Arup from Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) where she led teams responsible for long-term strategic transport planning and the national spatial and urban development programs for land transport. Her key projects included the Arataki Waka Kotahi (NZTA) Ten Year Plan, 2020 Transport Economic Stimulus Program and Cross Government Housing and Transport Spatial Planning Program.

Previously, she held leadership roles at MWH Global (now part of STANTEC) including ANZ General Manager Urban Planning and Environmental Services. 

Mayurie shares Arup’s vision and passion for creating sustainable solutions for our clients and communities. She joins us at an exciting time, with several significant projects underway such as Auckland’s Central Interceptor and City Rail Link. ”

Peter Chamley Peter Chamley Former Chair, Australasia Region

“The pandemic has shaken us all deeply, and mindful of the impacts of climate change, we need to look at living, working, playing and travelling differently,” Mayurie said. 

“Arup can make an important contribution, with its terrific talent base in NZ and the resources of the 15,000-strong global team. Together we have deep experience, technical ability and creativity in design, engineering, sustainability, planning and economics to create iconic places and experiences. 

“We can bring this offering to strengthen NZ communities for transport, energy, water, social infrastructure, urban planning and more.”

A former Board member of Infrastructure New Zealand, the nation’s peak infrastructure body, she is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors and holds Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Science.

Mayurie succeeds interim leader Elizabeth Halsted who will continue as a key business leader in NZ and Tommy Parker, who has moved to the role of Arup’s Australasia Consulting Leader.