About New Zealand Consulting Engineers

New Zealand Consulting Engineers Limited (NZCEL) was established in 2014 by Dr Peter Johnstone, who has been practising since the early 1970s. Peter is passionate about structural engineering and believes that the 'art' of building design is rapidly being eroded within the industry.  

One of the strengths NZCEL brings to the industry is creativity - thinking outside the square. The company relishes the opportunity to contribute from concept stage and has chosen to remain in the design arena rather than following just the management path.

Part of our objective is to be a centre of design excellence to enhance the industry through training and mentoring structural engineers in specialist areas and methods to enable younger engineers  to gain sensible, practical design experience and enhance their client contact skills. 

One of our promises to our clients is that we will add value, not cost.  We will talk to you in language you can understand, not in industry jargon.


"NZCEL provided a detailed seismic assessment report which was not only impressive in its comprehensiveness but, more importantly, easy to follow for someone like me who is unfamiliar with structural engineering terminology.  They also spent time with me explaining the report in a way that I could understand."

Maggie Miller, Clifton Towers Body Corporate Secretary