Our story

Discover what drives us, and where we came from...

We’ve evolved a fair bit since our founder Steve Abley set up shop as a chartered engineer, offering transportation consulting in 2003. 

The seeds of Abley were sown in 1996. Our founder, Steve, mapped all the pedestrian crossings in the city for Christchurch City Council as part of his final year university project. He loved the complexity of transport engineering and recognised the importance of safe journeys for communities.

In his first projects as a transport consultant, Steve saw the potential to gain deeper insights with data and spatial technology. This laid the foundations for Abley’s dual transport and location data expertise.

Today, we have offices in Christchurch Ōtautahi, Wellington Te Whanganui-a-Tara and Auckland Tāmaki Makaurau, and a team across the country. We work with clients in New Zealand, Australia and the United States, providing advice that shapes the betterment of our communities, now and in the future.

And we’re still doing research sparked by that first map of pedestrian crossings.

Everything we do is to bring clarity

From saving lives on our roads to unleashing the power of data, we empower people to make better decisions for our communities and future generations. 

We offer insightful solutions and empowering advice to governments, local councils, land developers, businesses and other organisations. 

Together we can solve your transport challenges, unlock insights in your data, and use technology to empower smarter decisions. 

Our values

Values are nothing if they’re not practised. We live our values every day. They’re reflected in the work we do, and the way we behave.

Our people are passionate, innovative and connected. And everything we do is informed by our commitment to quality and professionalism. 

Ultimately though, our values are about delivering on our promise to you. We promise insightful solutions and empowering advice. And we do what it takes to deliver.

Our Impact

We have a unique opportunity to make a lasting and vital contribution in our communities through our company’s shared and well-understood purpose: to inspire positive change. Our work has a meaningful impact on various aspects, including our industry, our clients, the environment, and our people. To truly comprehend the significance of our impact, we produce an annual Impact Report. 

You can find our latest Impact Report here.