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APR started out in 1983 as DJ Shaw Associates. In 1985 the consultancy operated from offices in Central Rotorua, offering resource management, marketing, town planning, economic analysis, and research services. With the formation of APR in 1990, the range of services was extended to include architecture, urban design, and interior design. Around the same time, the company moved to a new office in Pukaki Street, in Rotorua's CBD.

In 1993, civil and structural engineering services were added with the merger of Paul Richardson's engineering practice. APR could now offer a one-stop consultancy service, hence our motto 'turning ideas into reality'.

By the mid-1990s, APR had grown and needed larger premises. The directors purchased and redeveloped one of the older houses in Rotorua's CBD. The company also opened offices in Hamilton and Whangarei.

In late 2005, with staff numbers now approaching 30, APR's main office was relocated to the newly established Business Hub on Hinemaru Street, Rotorua, which was officially opened by then Prime Minister Helen Clark on Friday 1 December 2006.

officially opened by the Prime Minister Helen Clark
Pictured Above: Opening of Business Hub Building with Former Prime Minister Helen Clark (left) shaking hands with Deryck Shaw (right) 
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