The 22 Degrees team comprises highly qualified engineers with a passion for smart, practical and innovative design. Each team member enjoys working closely with clients to deliver both proactive and responsive service. We like
what we do and we pride ourselves on doing it well.The Company is led by our Managing Director, Robert Mannes.

Robert Mannes

BE(Hons) Mechanical

I started 22 Degrees in 2000, a new millennium and a new business! I’ve hugely enjoyed creating a team and reputation I’m proud of. We’re focused on producing quality work and working with our clients to achieve great results. Going to work is a pleasure. What can I say? I love what I do.

As a teenager, I was the one with my sleeves rolled up underneath something – car, dinghy, house. Combine that practical side with pretty sharp math and science marks and engineering seemed the obvious career choice. An engineering cadetship at consulting engineers, Babbage Partners, confirmed it was a good fit.

After a stint in construction and as a partner in commercial and industrial refrigeration units business, I moved back into design. I spent several years at A P G Thompson as a senior engineer, working alongside industry legend, Tony Thompson. Highlights of my time included designing building services for Ascot Hospital and Clinics and Kensington Hospital in Whangarei.

My passion is making sure designs work in the real world for real people and that they’re truly sustainable. I believe it’s imperative to partner with clients and understand what they want and need both now and in the future.

Understanding and embracing the latest advances in technology and in the industry is also vital in our field.

I’m committed to reinvesting in our industry and to ensuring that education and safety standards continue to be raised at all levels. To this end, I’ve been involved with IRHACE for several years and am immediate Past President. I’ve served on committees for standards and training and been responsible for the creation of the HVAC hygiene guide for New Zealand and developing and presenting seminars on ventilation and seismic engineering.

When I’m not working, you’ll find me supporting my kids in their sports, fishing, or attacking a DIY task.

robert-md

Robert Mannes

BE(Hons) Mechanical
MIPENZ CPEng

I started 22 Degrees in 2000, a new millennium and a new business! I’ve hugely enjoyed creating a team and reputation I’m proud of. We’re focused on producing quality work and working with our clients to achieve great results. Going to work is a pleasure. What can I say? I love what I do.

As a teenager, I was the one with my sleeves rolled up underneath something – car, dinghy, house. Combine that practical side with pretty sharp math and science marks and engineering seemed the obvious career choice. An engineering cadetship at consulting engineers, Babbage Partners, confirmed it was a good fit.

After a stint in construction and as a partner in commercial and industrial refrigeration units business, I moved back into design. I spent several years at A P G Thompson as a senior engineer, working alongside industry legend, Tony Thompson. Highlights of my time included designing building services for Ascot Hospital and Clinics and Kensington Hospital in Whangarei.

My passion is making sure designs work in the real world for real people and that they’re truly sustainable. I believe it’s imperative to partner with clients and understand what they want and need both now and in the future.

Understanding and embracing the latest advances in technology and in the industry is also vital in our field.

I’m committed to reinvesting in our industry and to ensuring that education and safety standards continue to be raised at all levels. To this end, I’ve been involved with IRHACE for several years and am immediate Past President. I’ve served on committees for standards and training and been responsible for the creation of the HVAC hygiene guide for New Zealand and developing and presenting seminars on ventilation and seismic engineering.

When I’m not working, you’ll find me supporting my kids in their many activities. My son is an under eighteens rep footballer, at 6’6” it’s no surprise he’s a goalie. My daughter shares my interest in karate – she’s a blue belt. Every chance I get I’m out fishing on the Hauraki, attempting to hook a snapper or three for dinner, or I’ll be ticking a DIY task off my bottomless To Do List.

Andrew Roberts

BEngTech (Mech.)
National Diploma in Engineering (mechanical)
Diploma in Product Design and Development

I made it to Auckland via Napier and Wellington. Born and raised in Napier, I studied first at the Wellington Institute of Technology and then completed my BEngTech at AUT.

Being a practical sort of fellow, I’ve always had an affinity for the building sector. I first worked in the construction industry for several years in both the design and manufacture of architectural products. I particularly enjoyed solving problems in the design and manufacturing process.

When I joined 22 Degrees in 2008, I went on a steep learning curve, but it was also a logical extension of the work I had already done. I’ve worked in both HVAC and hydraulics here but its Hydraulics design that has become my speciality. With over five years focused on liquids and pipes I now have great respect for the plumbers & installers I work with, and an appreciation of the key aspects I need to consider right from the initial design.

When I am not sizing up a pipe you’ll find me indulging in one of two main passions –fishing or music. I’m fairly new to fishing but I absolutely love it and head out with my rod every chance I get. Occasionally I even catch something –sometimes it’s even legal and of the right species

My musical tastes include pretty much any genre with the word metal in it: progressive metal, speed metal and thrash metal however not so much Norwegian black metal or metalcore. Funnily enough I am not allowed to choose our background music in the office. I am also in the top 5 air guitarists in New Zealand – just keeping it real.

Rhonda Roberts

I’m the green fingered member of the team being a qualified landscaper but just do this as a hobby nowadays. My role at 22 Degrees is managing the finances and administration of the business.

I’ve worked extensively in retail management and also accounting, contract management and administration roles. My experience in product design has proven useful background experience for understanding more about the building services sector. And, my practiced DIY skills have also come in handy. I’m a pretty dab hand with a hammer or a paint brush.

When I’m not working I’m usually wearing my Mother of the Year hat (taxi, coach, mentor, teacher, cook, cheerleader), gardening, renovating, playing the odd game of tennis or round of golf, sailing, socialising or having a cuppa and a lie down.

Francois De La Chaumette

BE Electrical and Electronic Engineering(Hons)
Registered Electrical Engineer

Initially keen to become an electrician, I decided the design of electrical systems appealed to me even more.

After arriving with my family from South Africa when I was eleven, I attended school in Hamilton before coming to Auckland to study for my BE at AUT. After graduating with Honours, I joined the electrical services division at 22 Degrees.

Engineering has always fascinated me as I love problem solving and designing solutions. I’m particularly interested in new designs that implement sustainability, renewable energy, creativity and practicality.

The diversity of projects at 22 Degrees has been a terrific opportunity to expand my knowledge and ensures work is always stimulating.

For me, the most satisfying aspect of building services is seeing my designs come to life – from an initial design to a finished building, complete with sharp electrical systems.

While working at 22 Degrees I have also furthered my education at Massey University. I’m due to complete a Graduate Certificate in Science and Technology focused on lighting design. I’ve previously completed a competency course at ETEC where I acquired my Electrical Engineering Registration and practicing licence.

When I’m not slaving away at work you’ll find me slaving away at the gym, sand yachting, playing some form of sport ( rugby, tennis, surfing, touch, volley ball) or socialising with friends and family. The only time I don’t cheer for the All Blacks, is when they are playing the Springboks.

Glenn Christiansen

BE Mechanical (Hons.)

Before joining 22 Degrees I worked in both manufacturing and software design. I also tutored students for several years, while studying at Auckland University.

Engineering attracted me because of my interest in maths and physics. Mechanical engineering specifically appealed because of its diversity and practical aspects.

I have been involved in a large range of interesting projects since joining 22 degrees, mostly focused on mechanical services but also including some hydraulics and sprinkler system design.

Sustainable design, is a keen interest of mine. In fact, creating practical solutions for the long term is a key driver for the whole team here. I have worked on several Green Star projects and am a Green Star Accredited Professional.

When not at work, I spend my time listening to, watching, and playing music, or playing/making videogames. If there is no cricket on at the time that is.

Ryan Thompson

BE Tech Mechanical, BE Mechanical (pending 2013)

In 2006 my first instinct was to pursue architecture, but 22 Degrees lured me over to the dark side, (or into the light?) when I was hired as a junior draftsperson. I quickly advanced into engineering work, while embarking on further study.

On completion of my Diploma in Architectural Technology (Unitec), I commenced part time study for my engineering degree at AUT, and this year, will complete my Bachelor of  Engineering.

Born and raised in West Auckland, I spent many a day at the beach. When I’m not at the office working on a client project, if you look in the right places you may find me mountain biking, snow-boarding, kick boxing or catching up with friends over a few lemonades, well come the end of the year that is. Currently you will mostly find me at home, studying.

I have immensely enjoyed learning about the diverse elements that go into good design. I’ve come to understand  it’s not just about the mechanics and structure, or even the function. An effective design is about all those things but also long term use, comfort, lifestyle, energy consumption and sustainability. It’s about who, how, what and why – that’s  what makes my job so interesting.

Working on projects from inception to completion and helping create some excellent designs has been tremendously  satisfying.

Alexander Davis

BE (Hons)

I am an Australian who joined the 22 Degrees team in early 2013 as an engineering graduate, after completing my Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) at the Australian National University in Canberra. While at 22 Degrees, my focus has been on elements of hydraulics including plumbing and drainage as well as the mechanical and energy efficiency aspects of building design.

I was drawn to study engineering because I was a science kid growing up, and always had an appreciation of the beauty of engineering structures. Building services offered the opportunity to work in a wide field on many different projects, at the forefront of emerging technologies. I enjoy the focus on making buildings function in a more sustainable and energy efficient way.

As I’m still new to this field, every project offers a unique opportunity to learn new aspects of hydraulic and mechanical design.

I was born in the Australia’s capital city, Canberra, with my two siblings. I attended intermediate school in Beirut and secondary school in Singapore, before completing my tertiary education back in Australia, while working as a part time cinema projectionist. I’m enjoying the move to New Zealand and making lots of Kiwi friends.

When not at work, you can find me travelling around the city, the country, or the world. I enjoy cycling, snow sports, hiking and football, so of course I can’t miss a Wallabies game, especially when they are playing the All Blacks.

Fred Tsui

BE Electrical
MIPENZ MIET CPEng

I have worked in electrical building services design for over thirty years. At 22 Degrees I am responsible for electrical design and also the quality assurance on all electrical building services drawings and specifications.

I have seen sustainable design become increasingly important during my career, this is very satisfying as maintaining a sustainable environment is a key reason I was drawn to this field. It is hugely gratifying to see well designed, installed and commissioned building services providing a better environment for the occupants of the buildings.

I’ve worked on a vast number of different projects around New Zealand, enjoying the advancements in technology which have ensured that distance is no barrier to good communication in design.

Born in Hong Kong and schooled in Whangarei, I went to the University of Auckland to earn my bachelor of engineering (electrical) degree. I began my engineering career at the New Zealand Aluminium Smelters, Tiwai Point, Southland. I am married with three grown daughters. When I’m not designing something you will probably find me fishing, and even catching dinner sometimes.


Robert Mannes

m-robertBE(Hons) Mechanical
MIPENZ CPEng
I started 22 Degrees in 2000, a new millennium and a new business! I’ve hugely enjoyed creating a team and reputation I’m proud of. We’re focused on producing quality work and working with our clients to achieve great results. Going to work is a pleasure. What can I say? I love what I do.As a teenager, I was the one with my sleeves rolled up underneath something – car, dinghy, house. Combine that practical side with pretty sharp math and science marks and engineering seemed the obvious career choice. An engineering cadetship at consulting engineers, Babbage Partners, confirmed it was a good fit.After a stint in construction and as a partner in commercial and industrial refrigeration units business, I moved back into design. I spent several years at A P G Thompson as a senior engineer, working alongside industry legend, Tony Thompson. Highlights of my time included designing building services for Ascot Hospital and Clinics and Kensington Hospital in Whangarei.My passion is making sure designs work in the real world for real people and that they’re truly sustainable. I believe it’s imperative to partner with clients and understand what they want and need both now and in the future.Understanding and embracing the latest advances in technology and in the industry is also vital in our field.I’m committed to reinvesting in our industry and to ensuring that education and safety standards continue to be raised at all levels. To this end, I’ve been involved with IRHACE for several years and am immediate Past President. I’ve served on committees for standards and training and been responsible for the creation of the HVAC hygiene guide for New Zealand and developing and presenting seminars on ventilation and seismic engineering.When I’m not working, you’ll find me supporting my kids in their many activities. My son is an under eighteens rep footballer, at 6’6” it’s no surprise he’s a goalie. My daughter shares my interest in karate – she’s a blue belt. Every chance I get I’m out fishing on the Hauraki, attempting to hook a snapper or three for dinner, or I’ll be ticking a DIY task off my bottomless To Do List.

Andrew Roberts

m-andrewBEngTech (Mech.)
National Diploma in Engineering (mechanical)
Diploma in Product Design and DevelopmentI made it to Auckland via Napier and Wellington. Born and raised in Napier, I studied first at the Wellington Institute of Technology and then completed my BEngTech at AUT.Being a practical sort of fellow, I’ve always had an affinity for the building sector. I first worked in the construction industry for several years in both the design and manufacture of architectural products. I particularly enjoyed solving problems in the design and manufacturing process.When I joined 22 Degrees in 2008, I went on a steep learning curve, but it was also a logical extension of the work I had already done. I’ve worked in both HVAC and hydraulics here but its Hydraulics design that has become my speciality. With over five years focused on liquids and pipes I now have great respect for the plumbers & installers I work with, and an appreciation of the key aspects I need to consider right from the initial design.

When I am not sizing up a pipe you’ll find me indulging in one of two main passions –fishing or music. I’m fairly new to fishing but I absolutely love it and head out with my rod every chance I get. Occasionally I even catch something –sometimes it’s even legal and of the right species

My musical tastes include pretty much any genre with the word metal in it: progressive metal, speed metal and thrash metal however not so much Norwegian black metal or metalcore. Funnily enough I am not allowed to choose our background music in the office. I am also in the top 5 air guitarists in New Zealand – just keeping it real.

Rhonda Roberts

m-rhondaI’m the green fingered member of the team being a qualified landscaper but just do this as a hobby nowadays. My role at 22 Degrees is managing the finances and administration of the business.

I’ve worked extensively in retail management and also accounting, contract management and administration roles. My experience in product design has proven useful background experience for understanding more about the building services sector. And, my practiced DIY skills have also come in handy. I’m a pretty dab hand with a hammer or a paint brush.

When I’m not working I’m usually wearing my Mother of the Year hat (taxi, coach, mentor, teacher, cook, cheerleader), gardening, renovating, playing the odd game of tennis or round of golf, sailing, socialising or having a cuppa and a lie down.

Francois De La Chaumette

m-francoisBE Electrical and Electronic Engineering(Hons)
Registered Electrical Engineer

Initially keen to become an electrician, I decided the design of electrical systems appealed to me even more.

After arriving with my family from South Africa when I was eleven, I attended school in Hamilton before coming to Auckland to study for my BE at AUT. After graduating with Honours, I joined the electrical services division at 22 Degrees.

Engineering has always fascinated me as I love problem solving and designing solutions. I’m particularly interested in new designs that implement sustainability, renewable energy, creativity and practicality.

The diversity of projects at 22 Degrees has been a terrific opportunity to expand my knowledge and ensures work is always stimulating.

For me, the most satisfying aspect of building services is seeing my designs come to life – from an initial design to a finished building, complete with sharp electrical systems.

While working at 22 Degrees I have also furthered my education at Massey University. I’m due to complete a Graduate Certificate in Science and Technology focused on lighting design. I’ve previously completed a competency course at ETEC where I acquired my Electrical Engineering Registration and practicing licence.

When I’m not slaving away at work you’ll find me slaving away at the gym, sand yachting, playing some form of sport ( rugby, tennis, surfing, touch, volley ball) or socialising with friends and family. The only time I don’t cheer for the All Blacks, is when they are playing the Springboks.

Glenn Christiansen

m-glenBE Mechanical (Hons.)

Before joining 22 Degrees I worked in both manufacturing and software design. I also tutored students for several years, while studying at Auckland University.

Engineering attracted me because of my interest in maths and physics. Mechanical engineering specifically appealed because of its diversity and practical aspects.

I have been involved in a large range of interesting projects since joining 22 degrees, mostly focused on mechanical services but also including some hydraulics and sprinkler system design.

Sustainable design, is a keen interest of mine. In fact, creating practical solutions for the long term is a key driver for the whole team here. I have worked on several Green Star projects and am a Green Star Accredited Professional.

When not at work, I spend my time listening to, watching, and playing music, or playing/making videogames. If there is no cricket on at the time that is.

Ryan Thompson

m-ryanBE Tech Mechanical, BE Mechanical (pending 2013)

In 2006 my first instinct was to pursue architecture, but 22 Degrees lured me over to the dark side, (or into the light?) when I was hired as a junior draftsperson. I quickly advanced into engineering work, while embarking on further study.

On completion of my Diploma in Architectural Technology (Unitec), I commenced part time study for my engineering degree at AUT, and this year, will complete my Bachelor of Engineering.

Born and raised in West Auckland, I spent many a day at the beach. When I’m not at the office working on a client project, if you look in the right places you may find me mountain biking, snow-boarding, kick boxing or catching up with friends over a few lemonades, well come the end of the year that is. Currently you will mostly find me at home, studying.

I have immensely enjoyed learning about the diverse elements that go into good design. I’ve come to understand it’s not just about the mechanics and structure, or even the function. An effective design is about all those things but also long term use, comfort, lifestyle, energy consumption and sustainability. It’s about who, how, what and why – that’s what makes my job so interesting.

Working on projects from inception to completion and helping create some excellent designs has been tremendously satisfying.

Alexander Davis

m-alexBE (Hons)

I am an Australian who joined the 22 Degrees team in early 2013 as an engineering graduate, after completing my Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) at the Australian National University in Canberra. While at 22 Degrees, my focus has been on elements of hydraulics including plumbing and drainage as well as the mechanical and energy efficiency aspects of building design.

I was drawn to study engineering because I was a science kid growing up, and always had an appreciation of the beauty of engineering structures. Building services offered the opportunity to work in a wide field on many different projects, at the forefront of emerging technologies. I enjoy the focus on making buildings function in a more sustainable and energy efficient way.

As I’m still new to this field, every project offers a unique opportunity to learn new aspects of hydraulic and mechanical design.

I was born in the Australia’s capital city, Canberra, with my two siblings. I attended intermediate school in Beirut and secondary school in Singapore, before completing my tertiary education back in Australia, while working as a part time cinema projectionist. I’m enjoying the move to New Zealand and making lots of Kiwi friends.

When not at work, you can find me travelling around the city, the country, or the world. I enjoy cycling, snow sports, hiking and football, so of course I can’t miss a Wallabies game, especially when they are playing the All Blacks.

Fred Tsui

m-fredBE
Chartered Professional Engineer NZ

I have worked in electrical building services design for over thirty years. At 22 Degrees I am responsible for electrical design and also the quality assurance on all electrical building services drawings and specifications.

I have seen sustainable design become increasingly important during my career, this is very satisfying as maintaining a sustainable environment is a key reason I was drawn to this field. It is hugely gratifying to see well designed, installed and commissioned building services providing a better environment for the occupants of the buildings.

I’ve worked on a vast number of different projects around New Zealand, enjoying the advancements in technology which have ensured that distance is no barrier to good communication in design.

Born in Hong Kong and schooled in Whangarei, I went to the University of Auckland to earn my bachelor of engineering (electrical) degree. I began my engineering career at the New Zealand Aluminium Smelters, Tiwai Point, Southland. I am married with three grown daughters. When I’m not designing something you will probably find me fishing, and even catching dinner sometimes.