Read how our clients across New Zealand work with us to transform streetscapes, parklands, precincts, schools and more. See what they say about our people, products and partnership – in their own words.

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Love the table!
Big change for the school and has also impacted on less rubbish as students are concentrated in 1-2 large areas for break time eating. Will purchase more for the other side of the school. The caretaker made the comment that staff were skeptical that these would be too hot to touch under the sun and were pleased to report that they ARE NOT, just like we said.

Nicola Eley   |   Principal, Papatoetoe East School

I can’t recommend Urban Effects highly enough. Waimakariri District Council in conjunction with our current maintenance contractor have worked closely with Tania and the Urban Effects team, with the team providing great service to council and the wider community. We have used Urban Effects for a number of projects within the District and they continue to provide quality products. To date, Urban Effects have consistently provided a professional service, with great communication and a can do attitude. They have a locally based factory here in North Canterbury and provide great products for our community to enjoy in our Parks, Cemeteries & Reserves. Thank you!

Ed Sard | Greenspace Community Assets Officer

Waimakariri District Council


Hi Tania,

Many thanks for your excellent work regarding Jeremy’s Memorial Seat.  It has now been installed in the Oxford Memorial Ashes Garden and is looking lovely. I am very happy and can now sit in comfort and talk with Jeremy.  😍

With love,

Noeleen (Jeremy Shaw’s wife)

As head contractor for this large project, Downer NZ Ltd partnered with Urban Effects to transform the public space in Don and Esk Streets. Involved from concept to detailed production and install, Urban Effects supplied the project with over 100 carefully selected furnishings, including seating, bike racks and stools.

To ensure safety and material quality, project engineers completed factory visits to evaluate product design at carefully spaced quality control hold points. Urban Effects’ project lead worked with site managers, Downer construction, to undertake a staged delivery approach enabling streamlined installation and safe site access.

This project had a high level of complexity given the following factors:
• Impact on local businesses
• Public interest
• Site safety due to location and large number of contractors
• Multi-contractor project, with Urban Effects key contacts being Isthmus Design, Downer, and Invercargill City Council.

Urban Effects worked in partnership with site management and Council, to keep local business owners and the public regularly informed of programme progress and any potential disruption.

Despite work being undertaken in the height of the Covid-19 health response in New Zealand, and the resulting material shortages internationally, the project was completed within three months of its projected finish date. This success was due to strong communication, pre-existing and stable supply chains, and proficient site management.

Downer were pleased with this work & completely satisfied with the end result meeting the desired result . Downer Group would highly recommend Urban Effects Ltd as a trusted partner on any further projects in the near future.

Jonathan Miller   |   Project Manager – Infrastructure Projects, Downer NZ Ltd

Good morning Tania. Last year your organisation designed and fabricated MyWay Parklet Shelter Structure for Timaru District Council, which was installed in March 2023.

We have been amazed by the positive feedback received from the community and how well it has been utilised by the public, to the extent that we are now looking at a further shelter structure to be installed in the CBD.

Gillian Catchpowle   |   Timaru District Council

Very good service, fast delivery, product was as specified so our client was happy

Fintan Harevy   |   Blakely Construction

Gayle and Urban Effects are my go-to furniture suppliers. I feel like I can count on Gayle, she is personable, and I feel like she will always respond and help me with what I need.

Many times I have asked her for quotes and options, and she always comes back to me quickly, and never makes anything too difficult. I feel like Gayle is reliable and a lovely person to work with.

I also love the Urban Effects products, they have always delivered on quality, and are willing to customise.


Charlotte Grieve, Landscape Architect   |   Thomas Consultants

The seat that you sent us has been installed on the top of the bank at the Burt Sutcliffe Oval in Lincoln (a cricket ground that is used as an international training ground). It is being ‘dedicated’ next week as a memorial to an ex professor/avid cricket fan.  The comments I’ve had have all been very positive – everyone thinks it’s a great looking, and very comfortable seat.  So much so, that the crappy bench seats along the top of the bank along from this one, may need to be replaced as well – you may see some more orders coming your way….

Andrew Holyoake   |   Lincoln University

Service was great will recommend you to future customers

MCT Electrical Ltd

Great product, great service all the way through. Many thanks!

Hoon Hay Valley

Good communication from company, prompt answers to queries and very helpful.

Linton Military Camp

The table is great thanks you!  Kids love it and I’ve already seen an improvement in hand-eye coordination skills

Tauraroa Area School

The seat looked great and I was grateful that you guys were able to get it ready and deliver it at such such notice. It was appreciated that it was delivered all set up, too.

Caccia Birch House

As always, super helpful and efficient in getting my order through and delivered as requested, on time so that we can achieve our targets. Thanks again Urban Effects.

Whangarei District Council

Fantastic Service, lovely looking bike stands and were really easy to install, 5 minutes thats what I loved about it.  Great to support a NZ company.

Meridian Energy Limited

Very easy to deal with, Sales rep was knowledgeable with products delivered very quickly

South Wairarapa District Council

Great communication!

Te Waka Unua School

Good product range and good quality. Quick and informative response to enquiry. Product delivered as initially advised. Will use as preferred supplier. Much easier to deal with than the competitor we used to deal with.

Home Construction

It was great dealing with Urban Effects. All communications were timely as was delivery. The quality of the products are excellent.

Papakowhai School

The trip was a great catchup with the rep. ………..The information I provided on the reason we had chosen the type of outdoor furniture, and its ability to avoid corrosion in this area with its  high corrosive content of Hydrogen Sulphide,  was valuable for selling to areas like Rotorua………Because of its good look I ordered two more seats for other areas in town.

Kawerau District Council

Excellent friendly prompt service, thank you

Blum New Zealand

Great email service from Gayle – frequently my emails were answered immediately but always by next day.  Our order was made just before COVID but the communication about when, how etc was regular, apologetic (even though it was not Urban Effect’s fault) and friendly.  Would certainly recommend them to others, and will buy here again.  Thank you.

South Taranaki DC

We love the bench. 🙂


Good quality products.

Cook Brothers Construction

Very pleased with the product and the effect of the mixed colours. Thanks.

South Taranaki DC

Thanks for getting in touch, everything was delivered no problem.

Horowhenua DC

Great communication from your dispatch. Lockdown made easy.

Kip McGrath

Service was great will recommend you to future customers.

MCT Electrical Ltd

The children love using the new scooter racks, and they keep the area so much safer now the scooters are all organised.

Elm Park School

Our sanitiser stand is great. Thanks. 🙂

Oaklands School

A quick note to say great work with your accessible furniture – picnic tables that my son can drive his wheelchair under make meals at parks so much easier.  Keep up the great design work!

Richard Galloway   |   Project Manager Downer

Waikato Diocesan School for Girls were wanting to replace old, worn and heavy outdoor wooden furniture and required modern outdoor furniture to complement a new shade sail. We were wanting Urban Effects to provide stylish, modern, light and hardwearing seating, with the ability to be used not only during break times but also as a break out classroom. In this instance hey had an ‘off the shelf’ product which perfectly suited our needs, we could easily choose our colour and they kept us advised during the manufacturing process.

Malcolm Hazelton   |   Waikato Diocesan School for Girls

We recently had a new classroom block built and were looking for some new seating that was both attractive and versatile. Outdoor Solutions provided both! We have used the services of Urban Effects over a number of years now and have always been very happy with the end product. Their service is very prompt and personal and they have a great range to choose from. Our latest purchase of coloured moveable seats have proved to be really useful as well as being bright and attractive additions to our outdoor area.

Liz Horgan   |   Principal of St Joseph’s School (Otahuhu)

We required durable outdoor seating for our students to be seated beneath our naturally shaded areas. We wanted Outdoor Solutions to provide recommended quality goods that fitted our need. Urban Effects suggested various options for this briefand we are now very happy with the end result.

Gail Howells   |   Deanwell School