With two decades behind us, OPRA consultants have worked across every sector
and at all levels to help organisations select, retain, and develop their staff.
1997Paul Englert and Dr Mike Smith recognise a gap in the
New Zealand market for a provider of cost-effective business psychology solutions that are grounded in research.
OPRA is established and trades under Occupational Psychology Research Associates. OPRA employs two
1998OPRA secures the distribution rights to a range of internationally recognised psychometric tests and HR solutions. Sarah Burke joins OPRA as a shareholder and director. OPRA commences the development and distribution of a proprietary range of assessment solutions for the New Zealand market.
2000OPRA's commitment to building a strong consulting base that is supported by robust psychometrics continues to gain momentum. OPRA Publishing and Consulting Group is formed to better reflect the company’s dual focus on consulting and psychometric test distribution.
2002OPRA opens a Christchurch office, and in doing so, becomes the first dedicated team of business psychologists to have a national presence.
2006By 2006, OPRA has tested in excess of 70,000 candidates and release one of New Zealand’s most extensive normative databases. The company begin to expand into offshore markets. Fred Bauer retires from OPRA.
2008OPRA's global reach expands through the distribution of psychometric solutions into Europe, South East Asia, and Brazil. Paul Englert moves to the UK to support global sales of Psytech (GeneSys) psychometric tests.
2009OPRA expands into Australia through a joint venture with Australian recruitment specialists, Beilby Corporation.
2013OPRA opens an office in Singapore and appoints Beng Huan Tey as the Manager. The New Zealand office hosts OPRA’s first international conference for staff from across Asia-Pacific.
2015OPRA Australia is established, replacing the joint venture with Beilby and Manager of Australia, Ben Hainsworth, is appointed. CGH, one of Australia’s largest privately only recruitment businesses, becomes the major stakeholder in OPRA Australia. A senior management team is put in place to take a strategic and operational lead in Australia, New Zealand, and Asia.
2016OPRA rebrand as OPRA Australia, OPRA Singapore and OPRA New Zealand to reflect our Asia-Pacific focus and dedication to cross-country collaboration.
OPRA is now a truly international business employing 22 staff across 10 offices.