FOCO is on a mission to reduce stress in our industry by sharing skills and creating a positive workplace culture on every project


Stress in the the NZ Construction Industry


We are all aware of the worrying trends and statistics in the NZ construction industry.  Most of us have experienced first hand the extreme stress caused by staff being thrown in at the deep end on projects without adequate preparation, training and/or resources to do the job properly. We have all been subjected to deflection of accountability at some point, and we have been blamed for mistakes that weren't ours,  and we have grown to accept an adversarial culture between disciplines and trades rather than healthy teamwork.  Does it have to continue this way?

Project Manager - Problem or Solution?

A good project management service essentially creates a structure and framework for project success, not dissimilar to a strategic marketing plan or a detailed business plan.  It is a process for defining the project outcomes, quality standards to be achieved, team member accountabilities, project timeline for deliverables, communication and decision making protocol, risk and budget management and reporting. Most project managers in New Zealand are certified through international project management bodies, typically PMP (USA) or PRINCE2 (UK).  While good project management is essential for project success,  we have all at at some point worked under an old old school authoritarian project manager,  and these people have unfortunately given the industry a very poor reputation.  

Transforming workplace culture through quality Project Leadership

A good Project Leader understands instinctively how to motivate the individuals in a team, without resorting to rank or authoritarianism.  They treat team members with respect,  and they focus on clearing obstacles to success for the team. Project leaders are professional at all times,  they lead by example and they inspire people to work together.


At FOCO,  we focus on providing excellence in both project management and project leadership.  This is how we reduce stress by establishing and maintaining a positive workplace culture on every project.  We are on a mission to transform the industry culture one project at a time.

Empowering team members through skill sharing

In keeping with our mission statement, we actively seek out opportunities to transfer skills to others in our consultancy role.  We hold free workshops for client groups and project teams at various milestone points throughout the project so that the whole team is informed and empowered for confident decision making.  We share ideas,  and most importantly,  we listen. 

We provide training to contractors, engineers, quantity surveyors and architects in key project management skill areas. There are many areas of crossover skills between disciplines,  the most common being team leadership, construction law,  design management,      BIM and risk management. 


 BIM & Design Management

As experienced designers turned design managers,  we know what is required to set up a design team for success,  and how to get people working together collaboratively in BIM environment. 

We are experienced in managing complex and difficult projects (and stakeholders) of $200M+.


Our strength lies in establishing and maintaining a collaborative and high performance team culture across the disciplines.  Strong, decisive and  empathetic leadership requires the ability to manage both down and up the chain effectively,  ensuring that all identified stakeholders are involved in decision making.

Leadership & Governance

Setting up a project for success and leading a team of experts to deliver a project successfully requires skill, drive and patience. The FOCO methodology is based on PRINCE2 principles.  Our leadership style establishes a team culture of mutual respect, professionalism and individual accountability. 


We are "multi-lingual consultants" who can translate the KPI's and outcomes of the business case into language understood by architects, engineers and quantity surveyors. We create a robust building project brief with measurable, achievable and deliverable goals and realistic milestones

Contracts & Procurement

With typically 90% of the capital costs of a building lying in construction costs, and only 10% in consultancy fees, getting the construction contract and associated documentation right up front is the single biggest influencer in controlling final project costs and quality.

We provide services from procurement to contract administration (previously engineer to contract), both in a hands on and in a review capacity. We also provide these services to Contractors and Sub-Contractors. Obviously we service only one party to a contract on a first come first served basis.


Scheduled Training Events

Group training sessions in highly interactive workshops designed for contractors, engineers, quantity surveyors, project managers and architects.  Subjects include project management, NZS3910 contract law, design & BIM management,  team motivation and leadership. See our upcoming events below:



One-on-one coaching on call or on retainer for busy executives.  The coaching advisory service is discreet and in person, via video-conference, email or telephone.


For obvious reasons,  we only provide advisory services  to one party to a contract.

Bespoke Team Training

Training to suit the particular needs of a team from graduate to experienced level.  We also provide training for experienced immigrants who just need to understand the NZ context and hit the ground running in their new job. This training is geared towards all sectors - contractors,  consultants, and client groups 


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