2021 IPWEA NZ Asset Management Excellence Awards

~ Celebrating excellence in asset management ~

The 2021 IPWEA NZ Asset Management Excellence Awards were awarded in an online ceremony on 24 February 2022

The Asset Management Excellence Awards 2021 (presented in 2022) provided an opportunity for asset and infrastructure management professionals to showcase their great work. A successful infrastructure project is usually a team effort delivered by a range of parties including local government, central government, consultants, contractors and suppliers. The Awards provide recognition of how teams have come together to deliver something special and not achievable by one party alone.

Congratulations to Piritahi’s House Removal Programme which was awarded the inaugural 2021 Supreme Asset Management Excellence Award, with the Piritahi team receiving the toanga  Kōmata o Te Rangi.

Past winner testimonial:

Entry into the IPWEA NZ Excellence Awards delivers multiple benefits to all.

The client and the community get a chance to celebrate success within their community. The contractors, consultants and staff involved get an opportunity to promote their achievements to their peers and receive feedback.

Finally the whole of our industry involved in the supply of the Public Works and Services gets the opportunity to learn, grow and develop. All of these are critical to the continuing growth of our industry and its recognition within our society.

Therefore I fully recommend to anyone entering into the IPWEA Excellence Awards.

The effort required will be paid back many times over.

David Adamson, GM City Services, Christchurch City Council.

2021 IPWEA NZ Excellence Award Finalists and Winners

We are thrilled to present the finalists and winners of the 2021 IPWEA NZ Asset Management Excellence Awards. Of the 36 entries we received, these are the finalists and winners in the eight award categories. Congratulations to those involved with these impressive public works projects which have significantly contributed to their local communities.

Winners of each award category were announced online on Thursday 24 February 2022 at the IPWEA NZ Asset Management Excellence Awards – Virtual Edition.

Welcome

Presentation of the President’s Chains

AECOM IMNZ Young Leaders Award

Category 1: Best Public Works Project Under $2 Million

Winner
Best Public Works Project Under $2million

Tidal Creek 2 Bridge Replacement

Submitted by: WSP

Team: Buller District Council, Concrete Structures Limited

Tidal Creek 2 Bridge is a 35metre long bridge situated along the Karamea Highway on the West Coast of the South Island. Prior to construction, a former bridge existed which was restrictive to freight (HPMV), with just a single lane along the narrow and winding road. Replacing this bridge was vital to improve efficiency and user safety.

Buller District Council was granted funding as part of the COVID-19 Shovel Ready Responses, and implementation of the new bridge at the site took place within 12 months of this milestone.

Excellence in design was met through an optimal geometric alignment and span configuration, leading to significant savings. A focus was placed on constructability early in design. Needing to progress at pace in order to meet the conditions of funding was matched by the implementation of a hybrid project delivery model, resulting in a high quality but efficient build, in challenging circumstances.

Finalist
Best Public Works Project Under $2million

Church Street/Victoria Street Intersection Improvements

Submitted by: Auckland Transport

Team: Traffic Engineering Solutions, Liveable Streets

The Church Street/Victoria Street safety improvements project is the result of an efficient collaboration between the project team, Auckland Transport, Traffic Engineering Solutions and Liveable Streets. The site is located in Onehunga, Auckland, in a residential and industrial mixed-use area, with a main connection to the southern motorway and Onehunga Town Centre.

Previously nicknamed ‘Crash Corner’ the site had recorded 54 crashes prior to the install of the new roundabout. Having been planned for construction for 2021, the project was brought forward thanks to strong community lobbying. As a result, a raised roundabout with four pedestrian priority streams was built efficiently and 12 months ahead of schedule. Since installation, there have been zero crashes reported. Further to this, the team have reported increased pedestrian use and increase bus patronage.

Category 2: Best Public Works Project $2 Million – $5 Million

Winner
Best Public Works Project $2 Million - $5 Million

Mangawara Bridge

Submitted by: Waikato District Council

Team: Waikato Raupatu Lands Trust, KiwiRail, Waka Kotahi, Taupiri Marae, Taupiri Urupa Komiti, Taupiri Community Board, Beca, Waikato District Alliance and Emmetts Civil Construction, Holmes Consulting, Waikato River Authority

Mangawara Bridge is a new 60metre single span arch bridge which crosses the Mangawara Stream. The delivery of the infrastructure is the result of years of collaboration between multiple stakeholders with an aim to provide better outcomes for their communities, a safer passage to Taupiri Maunga, and improved Rail Network resilience.

The completion of this bridge has enabled KiwiRail to close a dangerous level crossing, and has stopped trespassing on the railway bridge. It also enabled Waka Kotahi to close an unsafe accessway from a busy arterial road. Further to this, the bridge has provided safe vehicular and pedestrian access to the Taupiri Urupa, a site of great significance. The project has also improved rail freight efficiency and enhanced the immediate environment.

Finalist
Best Public Works Project $2 Million - $5 Million

Mt Roskill Safer Communities Programme

Submitted by: Auckland Transport

Team: Mackie Research, GHD, TSL

The Mt Roskill Safer Communities programme was developed to build on Auckland Transport’s programme of safety behaviour change campaigns. By combining safety investment improvements and proactive roading policy with a continual safety campaign, this project aimed to incentivise
‘active mode’ use in Mt Roskill.

The upgrade has introduced a shared path, speed calming measures and safe crossing points for pedestrians and cyclists in the area. Through detailed planning measures and community engagement, the project puts the wider community at the heart of design and delivery. The upgrade connects existing walking routes and future greenways planned for the Mt Roskill area, and accounts for the area’s planned development. Furthermore, it has de-incentivised car use, delivering long term behaviour change and learnings to be used in the future.

Category 3: Best Public Works Project over $5 Million

Winner
Best Public Works Project over $5 Million

Cobham Drive Bay Connection Shared Pathway

Submitted by: Downer

Team: Waka Kotahi, Wellington City Council

Cobham Drive Bay Connection is a beautification and community programme funded and developed in partnership with Waka Kotahi and Wellington City Council. The walking and biking improvements along the seaward side of Cobham Drive forms part of the plan to turn the coastal recreation area into an eastern gateway for Wellington.

Through this project, a 1.5km cycleway and separate footpath has been delivered for Wellington city, offering improved safety for pedestrians and cyclists, improved connectivity for communities, increased use of active mode transport and recreational choices. The project has also successfully engaged local iwi and has protected little blue penguins and other indigenous New Zealand species. The delivered pathway has also added a new revetment wall to prevent further natural erosion along the coastline, protecting the assets and communities for the future.

Highly Commended
Best Public Works Project over $5 Million

Mt Albert Tunnel Sludge Pipeline Repair

Submitted by: Stantec

Team: Wellington Water, Wellington City Council, Brian Perry Civil, Hadlee & Brunton, GHD

The Mt Albert Tunnel Sludge Pipeline Repair project has repaired an environmental risk in the Mt Albert area, Wellington, which was threatened in January 2020 when two sludge pipelines burst, resulting in the need to transport sludge by road tankers 24 hours a day.

A solution was collaboratively prepared and comprised localised internal patching of the pipes and the addition of 1.7km of non-structural PN35 liner, a first for New Zealand. Specialist materials and personnel were mobilised from Germany despite COVID-19 circumstances, and sludge operations were able to resume just four months after the bursts were first identified. This success was the result of fast-tracked project planning and delivery as well as collaboration across multiple teams and countries. An innovative solution has been delivered and will protect the environment and communities in the area for years to come.

Finalist
Best Public Works Project over $5 Million

Papakura Stage One Water Treatment Plant

Submitted by: Brian Perry Civil

Team: Watercare Services Ltd, Suez, ACH, Neo Consulting, Tonkin + Taylor

Between November 2019 and May 2020, Auckland received less than half of its normal rainfall; the shortage of water in the dams was seen to be one of the most extreme drought events in New Zealand in modern times. In an accelerated programme of just 61 working days, an operational water treatment plant was built, in order to address Auckland’s water supply crisis. This involved constructing a temporary water treatment plant, as well as a pipeline to connect it to the city’s network. The end result provided AA graded drinking water to Auckland residents.

150 tons of water treatment equipment, including nine new tanks, four granular activated carbon containers, a UV treatment container, a flocculation clarifier system and containerised chemical dosing systems were installed demonstrating technical excellence, collaboration, innovation and health and safety. This provided reassurance and relief to the Auckland community.

Category 4: Excellence in Asset Management

Winner
Excellence in Asset Management

The Waka Kotahi Strategic Maintenance Investment Justification Project

Submitted by: IDS, Waka Kotahi, WSP

Team: Downer, Fulton Hogan, Beca

The Waka Kotahi Strategic Maintenance Investment Justification Project aims to answer a key question: how much investment is needed in order to maintain the 24,000km of New Zealand State Highway Network over a 3 year funding block (2021 – 2024)? This research will inform the long term strategic 10-year and 30-year investment horizons.

To complete the project, IDS used a scientific model that forecasts road condition, maintenance and renewal needs into the future. With the help of other organisations and industry specialists, a suite of advanced technical developments in asset modelling and analysis was delivered, intended to be shared with the industry in order to enhance infrastructure decision making across the country. The model also sets the scene across the entire network for a wave of highway renewals over the next five years that will have a large economic and social impact for future generations.

Finalist
Excellence in Asset Management

West Coast Transport Collaboration

Submitted by: Westland District Council, Māwhera Grey District Council, Buller District Council

Team: Rationale

Across the three West Coast councils, a combined 1,900 km of roads as well as 642 bridges are owned. The remoteness, natural environment and topography are key influences on the transport network and economy. Prior to the West Coast Transport Collaboration project, the three councils each had its own Activity Management Plan in place, and in 2017 developed a combined Transport Programme Business Case for a more collaborative approach.

Through collaboration and a mutual AMP, improvements have been made to all work streams including data collection, analysis, asset management maturity, engagement with stakeholders and level of service targets.

These outcomes have been achieved through consistent collaboration between councils and have resulted in improved levels of service for local communities and businesses, while achieving cost savings and value for money through shared investment and resources.

Finalist
Excellence in Asset Management

National Climate Change Landfill Risk Assessment Tool

Submitted by: Tonkin + Taylor

Team: Environment Canterbury, Ministry for the Environment, Local Government New Zealand, Department of Conservation

An extreme weather event in March 2019 severely impacted a historic landfill at Fox River on the West Coast. It prompted a multi-agency response to identify risk from legacy landfills.

Designed for councils and government agencies, this scalable tool identifies climate change related risks and helps prioritise the adaptive management of the highest risk landfills, based on their exposure, vulnerability, and criticality to identified climate change related hazards. It enables users to customise prioritisation based on values of their communities, using criteria that can be locally defined.

The project provides environmental safeguards that identify and assess landfills and provides adopted techniques that simplify complex geospatial analysis. Furthermore the tool uses a stakeholder-led process to guide development and consolidated datasets with substantial variants. This tool represents value-for money and can be used without additional consulting input.

Category 5: Excellence in Project Innovation

Winner
Excellence in Project Innovation

Paihia Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade

Submitted by: WSP

Team: Far North District Council, Marshall Projects Limited

Paihia Wastewater Treatment Plant is an essential community facility owned and operated by the Far North District Council, serving people and businesses across the region. A recent upgrade to the plant resulted from a shared desire to improve the quality of water entering the habitat of the endangered Northland Mudfish (Waikaka) in the culturally significant Waitangi Wetlands.

Constructed in the 1980s, the pond had been treating effluent and discharging this into a local stream. In order to protect the cultural and ecological qualities, the project aimed to maintain stringent ammonia and nitrogen standards much stricter than standard requirements.

The project uses innovative ‘Bioshell®’ technology to achieve a minimal ammonia presence for $18million less than a conventional upgrade, all whilst reusing an existing system. Innovative procurement and project delivery lead to a flagship project demonstrating a sustainable and affordable approach to upgrading Wastewater Treatment Plants across Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Finalist
Excellence in Project Innovation

Papakura Stage One Water Treatment Plant

Submitted by: Brian Perry Civil

Team: Watercare Services Ltd, Suez, ACH, Neo Consulting, Tonkin + Taylor

Between November 2019 and May 2020, Auckland received less than half of its normal rainfall; the shortage of water in the dams was seen to be one of the most extreme drought events in New Zealand in modern times. In an accelerated programme of just 61 working days, an operational water treatment plant was built, in order to address Auckland’s water supply crisis. This involved constructing a temporary water treatment plant, as well as a pipeline to connect it to the city’s network. The end result provided AA graded drinking water to Auckland residents.

150 tons of water treatment equipment, including nine new tanks, four granular activated carbon containers, a UV treatment container, a flocculation clarifier system and containerised chemical dosing systems were installed demonstrating technical excellence, collaboration, innovation and health and safety. This provided reassurance and relief to the Auckland community.

Category 6: Excellence in Water Project

Winner
Excellence in Water Project

Papakura Stage One Water Treatment Plant

Submitted by: Brian Perry Civil

Team: Watercare Services Ltd, Suez, ACH, Neo Consulting, Tonkin + Taylor

Between November 2019 and May 2020, Auckland received less than half of its normal rainfall; the shortage of water in the dams was seen to be one of the most extreme drought events in New Zealand in modern times. In an accelerated programme of just 61 working days, an operational water treatment plant was built, in order to address Auckland’s water supply crisis. This involved constructing a temporary water treatment plant, as well as a pipeline to connect it to the city’s network. The end result provided AA graded drinking water to Auckland residents.

150 tons of water treatment equipment, including nine new tanks, four granular activated carbon containers, a UV treatment container, a flocculation clarifier system and containerised chemical dosing systems were installed demonstrating technical excellence, collaboration, innovation and health and safety. This provided reassurance and relief to the Auckland community.

Finalist
Excellence in Water Project

Pukekohe Wastewater Treatment Plant

Submitted by: Joint Venture of HEB Construction and McConnell Dowell

Team: Watercare Services Limited, Stantec, Beca

Pukekohe Wastewater Treatment Plant Project has been successfully upgraded and constructed to create an industry transforming facility, whilst contributing to the protection and restoration of the Waikato River. The Treatment Plant was converted from a batch process plant using Sequence Batch Reactors, to a Continuous Flow Facility. This doubled the capacity of the plant, within the confines of the already existing plant, all whilst protecting the river for future generations.

The project has successfully resulted in the implementation of integration of growth planning and wastewater infrastructure planning. High growth in the catchment area also resulted in an accelerated timeframe, translating to early tendering and design during construction, which was taking place on an operational site. Strong relationships were fostered across all parties and a new benchmark has been set for local iwi consultation with Te Taniwha o Waikato, the guardians for the future of the Waikato River. Throughout the process, the concept ‘swimmable, fishable, drinkable’, articulated the importance of the river to mana whenua.

Category 7: Excellence in Road Safety

Winner
Excellence in Road Safety

Peninsula Connection

Submitted by: GHD

Team: Dunedin City Council, Boisch, Fulton Hogan

The Peninsula Connection (sections one to ten) has delivered a unique road safety design in response to the needs of the local Dunedin Community, connecting pedestrians and cyclists to townships that were previously poorly accessible for those not in cars. The shared path has improved road
safety for cars, cyclists and pedestrians.

The team were challenged to deliver innovative and collaborative planning, design and delivery, with stringent resource conditions and budget constraints. Community feedback influenced designs for seating, bus shelters, landscaping and access, including the protection of a 150 year old wall. Further to this, value engineering allowed for $18 million in savings for the project.

Finalist
Excellence in Road Safety

Mangawara Bridge

Submitted by: Waikato District Council

Team: Waikato Raupatu Lands Trust, KiwiRail, Waka Kotahi, Taupiri Marae, Taupiri Urupa Komiti, Taupiri Community Board, Beca, Waikato District Alliance and Emmetts Civil Construction, Holmes Consulting, Waikato River Authority

Mangawara Bridge is a new 60metre single span arch bridge which crosses the Mangawara Stream. The delivery of the infrastructure is the result of years of collaboration between multiple stakeholders with an aim to provide better outcomes for their communities, a safer passage to Taupiri Maunga, and improved Rail Network resilience.

The completion of this bridge has enabled KiwiRail to close a dangerous level crossing, and has stopped trespassing on the railway bridge. It also enabled Waka Kotahi to close an unsafe accessway from a busy arterial road. Further to this, the bridge has provided safe vehicular and pedestrian access to the Taupiri Urupa, a site of great significance. The project has also improved rail freight efficiency and enhanced the immediate environment.

Category 8: Excellence in Environmental & Sustainability

Winner
Excellence in Environmental & Sustainability

Piritahi House Removal Programme

Submitted by: Piritahi

Team: Dempsey Wood, Harrison Grierson, Hick Bros Group, Kāinga Ora: Homes and Communities, Tonkin + Taylor, Woods

With construction and demolition waste contributing to nearly 50 per cent of New Zealand’s landfill waste, Piritahi has aimed to shift away from the historical practice of state home demolition, to a new methodology of house removal: relocate where possible, followed by a reuse and recycle deconstruction approach. This practice has diverted 1,000 tonnes of construction waste from landfill each month.

The ‘House Removal Programme,’ removes state housing from large scale project areas while working collaboratively to apply industry-leading waste minimisation practices. This critical work enables significantly increased intensification and sustainable housing outcomes for Kāinga Ora: Homes and Communities.

Relocatable houses are also provided to Ara, a charitable trust that uses them to help train young apprentices and secondary school students in gateway projects. Piritahi and Kainga Ora are also investigating the provision of more appropriate, relocatable houses to iwi and to urban Māori groups, non-governmental organisations, and community groups.

Finalist
Excellence in Environmental & Sustainability

SH2 Wairoa River Bridge Cycleway Extension

Submitted by: Beca

Team: Brian Perry Civil, Western Bay of Plenty District Council, Waka Kotahi

The Wairoa River Bridge Cycleway extension aims to connect the growing township of Omokoroa to Tauranga City’s existing urban cycleway network. In planning the cycleway, Beca developed retrofit concepts for the highly constrained site by eliminating the need for piling in the river and adding a cycleway extension to the nearby SH2 Wairoa River Bridge.

This project illustrates how lightweight modular construction and efficient design can add a cycleway to an existing bridge already close to its load carrying capacity in a safe, sustainable and innovative manner, whilst minimising traffic disruptions and environmental impact to the ecologically and culturally important Wairoa River Estuary. The project provides a vital link for pedestrians and cyclists, whilst futureproofing the expansion of the cycleway.

Supreme Asset Management Excellence Award

Winner
Supreme Asset Management Excellence Award

Piritahi House Removal Programme

Congratulations to Piritahi's House Removal Programme which was awarded the inaugural 2021 Supreme Asset Management Excellence Award, with the Piritahi team receiving the toanga  Kōmata o Te Rangi.

Previous IPWEA NZ Excellence Award Winners

The 16th IPWEA NZ Excellence Awards were announced in an online ceremony on 24 February 2022.

Category 1: Best Public Works Project Under $2 Million

  • Winner – Tidal Creek 2 Bridge Replacement
    Submitted by: WSP
    Team: Buller District Council, Concrete Structures Limited
  • Finalist – Church Street/Victoria Street Intersection Improvements
    Submitted by: Auckland Transport
    Team: Traffic Engineering Solutions, Liveable Streets

Category 2: Best Public Works Project $2 Million – $5 Million

  • Winner – Mangawara Bridge
    Submitted by: Waikato District Council
    Team: Waikato Raupatu Lands Trust, KiwiRail, Waka Kotahi, Taupiri Marae, Taupiri Urupa Komiti, Taupiri Community Board, Beca, Waikato District Alliance and Emmetts Civil Construction, Holmes Consulting, Waikato River Authority

  • Finalist – Mt Roskill Safer Communities Programme
    Submitted by: Auckland Transport
    Team: Mackie Research, GHD, TSL

Category 3: Best Public Works Project over $5 Million

  • Winner – Cobham Drive Bay Connection Shared Pathway
    Submitted by: Downer
    Team: Waka Kotahi, Wellington City Council

  • Highly Commended – Mt Albert Tunnel Sludge Pipeline Repair
    Submitted by: Stantec
    Team: Wellington Water, Wellington City Council, Brian Perry Civil, Hadlee & Brunton, GHD
  • Finalist – Papakura Stage One Water Treatment Plant
    Submitted by: Brian Perry Civil
    Team: Watercare Services Ltd, Suez, ACH, Neo Consulting

Category 4: Excellence in Asset Management

  • Winner – The Waka Kotahi Strategic Maintenance Investment Justification Project
    Submitted by: IDS, Waka Kotahi, WSP
    Team: Downer, Fulton Hogan, Beca
  • Finalist – West Coast Transport Collaboration
    Submitted by: Westland District Council, Māwhera Grey District Council, Buller District Council
    Team: Rationale
  • Finalist – National Climate Change Landfill Risk Assessment Tool
    Submitted by: Tonkin + Taylor
    Team: Environment Canterbury, Ministry for the Environment, Local Government New Zealand, Department of Conservation

Category 5: Excellence in Project Innovation

  • Winner – Paihia Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade
    Submitted by: WSP
    Team: Far North District Council, Marshall Projects Limited
  • Papakura Stage One Water Treatment Plant
    Submitted by: Brian Perry Civil
    Team: Watercare Services Ltd, Suez, ACH, Neo Consulting

Category 6: Excellence in Water Project

  • Winner – Papakura Stage One Water Treatment Plant
    Submitted by: Brian Perry Civil
    Team: Watercare Services Ltd, Suez, ACH, Neo Consulting
  • Finalist – Pukekohe Wastewater Treatment Plant
    Submitted by: Joint Venture of HEB Construction and McConnell Dowell
    Team: Watercare Services Limited, Stantec, Beca

Category 7: Excellence in Road Safety

  • Winner – Peninsula Connection
    Submitted by: GHD
    Team: Dunedin City Council, Boisch, Fulton Hogan

  • Finalist – Mangawara Bridge
    Submitted by: Waikato District Council
    Team: Waikato Raupatu Lands Trust, KiwiRail, Waka Kotahi, Taupiri Marae, Taupiri Urupa Komiti, Taupiri Community Board, Beca, Waikato District Alliance and Emmetts Civil Construction, Holmes Consulting, Waikato River Authority

Category 8: Excellence in Environmental & Sustainability

  • Winner – Piritahi House Removal Programme
    Submitted by: Piritahi
    Team: Dempsey Wood, Harrison Grierson, Hick Bros Group, Kāinga Ora: Homes and Communities, Tonkin + Taylor, Woods

  • Finalist – SH2 Wairoa River Bridge Cycleway Extension
    Submitted by: Beca
    Team: Brian Perry Civil, Western Bay of Plenty District Council, Waka Kotahi

Congratulations to Piritahi’s House Removal Programme which was awarded the inaugural 2021 Supreme Asset Management Excellence Award, with the Piritahi team receiving the toanga Kōmata o Te Rangi.

The 15th IPWEA NZ Excellence Awards were announced at the Awards dinner on 3 December 2020, at IPWEA NZ’s annual conference in Dunedin.

Excellence in Strategic Planning

  • Winner – Waka Kotahi National Resilience Programme Business Case – Waka Kotahi, Tonkin & Taylor and Tregaskis Brown

Excellence in Maximising Asset Performance

  • Winner – IDS Unsealed Roads Network Performance Modelling Tool – Central Otago District Council and IDS.
  • Highly Commended – The Lyttelton Tunnel Deluge System – Waka Kotahi, WSP, Aurecon and McConnell Dowell

Best Public Works Project under $5 million

  • Winner – The SH6 Waiho Bailey Bridge Flood Recovery – Waka Kotahi, WSP, and the main contractors, Downer and Fulton Hogan.

Best Public Works Project over $5 million

  • Winner – He Ara Kotahi – ‘the pathway that binds us together’ – Rangitāne o Manawatū, Massey University, the NZ Defence Force, Palmerston North City Council, WSP, Concrete Structures (NZ) Ltd, Fifth Season Design, and Fulton Hogan.
  • Highly Commended – The Kaituna Rediversion and Te Awa o Ngātoroirangi / Maketu Estuary Enhancement Project – Te Arawa iwi and land trusts, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, WSP and J Swap Ltd.
  • Highly Commended – Westport Water Tunnel Pipeline Project – Buller District Council and Hadlee & Brunton.

Morphum Excellence in Environment and Sustainability Award

  • Winner – Te Auaunga flood mitigation project – Auckland Council, Fulton Hogan, Boffa Miskell and AECOM.
  • Highly Commended – The State Highway 1 Waikato Expressway Project – Waka Kotahi, Fulton Hogan, HEB Construction, WSP, Jacobs, Gaia Engineers, and Bartley Consultants.

The 14th IPWEA NZ Excellence Awards were presented at the IPWEA NZ Conference Dinner held in Wellington, on Thursday evening, 27 June 2019.  

Click here to view photos from the Awards night.

For more detailed descriptions of each winning project – click here.

Excellence in Strategic Planning

  • Winner – LGNZ Sea Level Rise Exposure Study – Local Government NZ and Tonkin + Taylor. Read more

Excellence in Maximising Asset Performance

  • Winner – Ross Creek Reservoir Dam Refurbishment – Dunedin City Council, WSP Opus and Downer
  • Highly Commended – Pukete WWTP Asset Management Information Model – Hamilton City Council and Beca

Best Public Works Project under $5 million

  • Winner – Dixon Street Pump Station and Rising Main – Wellington City Council, GHD and Brian Perry Civil

Best Public Works Project over $5 million

  • Winner – The Kuaka Gateway  NZTA, Napier City Council, Hawkes Bay Airport, WSP Opus, Stantec and Higgins.
  • Highly Commended – Tūranga New Central Library – Christchurch City Council, AECOM, Architectus, Lewis Bradford, Powell Fenwick, Southbase Construction
  • Highly Commended – Te Ara Kahikatea – Hastings District Council, GHD, Stantec, Mitchell Daysh, Higgins, Whakatu Liaison Group, Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga

Morphum Excellence in Environment and Sustainability Award

  • Winner – Cromwell Waste Water Treatment Plant Upgrade  Central Otago District Council, Harrison Grierson, CH2M Beca, Fulton Hogan, Downer and Southwater

The 13th IPWEA NZ Excellence Awards were presented at the Fulton Hogan IPWEA NZ Conference Dinner held in Rotorua, on Wednesday evening, 22 June 2018.

View photos from the 2018 Awards here.

Excellence in Strategic Planning

  • Winner – Queenstown Town Centre Master Plan – Queenstown Lakes District Council and Rationale
  • Highly Commended – Road works impact and risk strategy – New Zealand Transport Agency and Capital Journeys™ (WSP Opus and Fulton Hogan)

Excellence in Maximising Asset Performance

  • Winner – Wellington Water Supply Resilience Study – Wellington Water and Stantec
  • Highly Commended – Integrated Maintenance Management System – New Zealand Transport Agency and Downer

Best Public Works Project under $5million

  • Winner – Half Moon Bay Ferry Pier – Auckland Transport, Downer, BDG Architects, Lautrec Consulting Engineers and Bellingham Marine
  • Highly Commended – The Te Awa River Ride – Waikato District Council, The Te Awa River Ride Charitable Trust, AECOM, Holmes Consulting, Emmetts Civil Construction and Fulton Hogan.
  • Highly Commended – Brylee Reserve Integrated Wetland – Auckland Council, Morphum Environmental and HEB Construction

Best Public Works Project over $5million

  • Winner – The Mangere BNR Plant Upgrade – Watercare, CH2M Beca, the McConnell Dowell – HEB Construction Joint Venture, AECOM and Holmes Consulting.

The 12th IPWEA NZ Excellence Awards were presented at the Fulton Hogan Conference Dinner at the IPWEA NZ Conference, held in Dunedin in June 2017.

Congratulations to all 2017 Award recipients listed below! 

View the winners receiving their awards on our facebook page.

Excellence in Strategic Planning

  • Winner – Green Infrastructure Guidance Document for Sports Parks – Auckland Council and Opus International Consultants

Excellence in Maximising Asset Performance

  • Winner – Saving a Million Dollar Bridge: The Leslie Hills Bridge Story – Hurunui District Council and Opus International Consultants
  • Highly Commended – Maximising the Performance of Auckland Motorways – Auckland Motorway Alliance (NZTA, Fulton Hogan, Opus International Consultants, Beca, Resolve Group and Armitage)

Best Public Works Project under $5million

  • Winner – Mangawhai Water Treatment Plant – Kaipara District Council and Opus International Consultants
  • Highly Commended – Kaimataara o Wai Manawa (or Le Roy’s Lookout) – Auckland Council and Downer

Best Public Works Project over $5million

  • Winner – Takaro a Poi/Margaret Mahy Family Playground – CERA and Opus International Consultants

The 11th IPWEA NZ Excellence Awards were presented at the 2016 IPWEA NZ Conference at Sky City Auckland in June 2016.

Congratulations to those who received winner and highly commended awards, listed below:

Excellence in Strategic Planning

  • Winner – Timaru District-wide Wastewater Strategy – Timaru District Council, CH2M Beca

Excellence in Maximising Asset Performance

  • Winner – Badhams Bridge Widening – Timaru District CouncilOpus International Consultants, Whitestone Contracting
  • Highly Commended – Oamaru Water Treatment Plant Membrane Replacement Project – Waitaki District CouncilGE Water and Process Technologies

Best Public Works Project, under $5 million

  • Winner – Sumner Road Retaining Wall, Stage 4 – Christchurch City Council, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, Fulton Hogan, SCIRT

Best Public Works Project, over $5 million

  • Winner – Te Ara I Whiti – The Lightpath – NZ Transport Agency, GHD, Novare Design, Monk Mackenzie, Hawkins Infrastructure
  • Highly Commended – Queenstown Airport Runway Widening and Overlay – Queenstown Airport Corporation, Downer, Beca
  • Highly Commended – Kohimarama Storage Tank and Branch Sewer Upgrade – Watercare, Fulton Hogan, MWH, Tonkin & Taylor

The 10th IPWEA NZ Excellence Awards presented at the 2014 IPWEA NZ Conference, which was held in Auckland Sky City June 2014.

The winners of the 2014 IPWEA NZ Excellence Awards were as follows:

Construction Projects >$10 million,

  • Winner – East Selwyn Sewerage Scheme
    Client: Selwyn District Council
    Consultant: MWH
    Contractor: HEB Construction
  • Highly Commended – Taupō Water Treatment Plant
    Client: Taupō District Council
    Consultant: CH2M Beca & AWT (Mott MacDonald Group)
    Contractor: Fulton Hogan

Construction Projects $2 million – $10 million

  • Winner – Mapua Wharf Wastewater Pump Station
    Client: Tasman District Council
    Consultant: MWH
    Contractor: Ching Contracting

Projects of Investigations, Reporting, Systems or Process

  • Winner – Revision of NZS 3910/3916/3917
    Client: Standards New Zealand
    Contributors: A committee of 17 Volunteers

The 9th IPWEA NZ Excellence Awards presented at the 2013 IPWEA NZ Conference, which was held in Dunedin in June 2013.

The winners of the 2013 IPWEA NZ Excellence Awards were as follows:

Projects over $10 million

  • Winner – SH1 Caversham Highway Improvements, Dunedin – NZTA, Downer, Opus, MWH

Projects $2 million – $10 million

  • Winner – Fitzgerald Avenue Reconstruction – Christchurch CC& SCIRT, Downer, Opus

Projects under $2 million

  • Winner – Martyn Wilson Reserve – Stormwater upgrade & wetland project – Auckalnd Council, Harrison Grierson, Beca, Andrew Stewart Lts, HEB

Projects of Investigation, Reporting, Systems or Process

  • Winner – Ruakaka Wastewater Long Term Resource Consents Project – Whangarei DC, MWH, Campbell Consutling Ltd

Project for Asset Management

  • Winner – PBC-01 Bay Roads Performance Based Contract – Western Bay of Plenty, NZTA, Opus, Downer, Transfield Services

The 8th INGENIUM Excellence Awards were presented at the 2012 INGENIUM Conference, which was held in Rotorua in June 2012.

The winners of the 2012 INGENIUM Excellence Awards were as follows:

Projects over $10 million

  • Winner – SH18 Hobsonville Motorway and SH16 Brigham Creek Extension – NZTA, HEB Construction, Aurecon

Projects $2 million – $10 million

  • Winner – Carterton Events Centre – Carterton District Council, Opus, Holmes Construction Group
  • Highly Commended – Kopane Bridge Replacement – Horizons Regional Council, Higgins Contractors, GHD

Projects under $2 million

  • Winner – Eden Park Stormwater – Auckland Council, Beca

Projects of Investigation, Reporting, Systems or Process

  • Winner – KiwiRAP Star Ratings and KAT – NZTA, MWH

NAMS Innovation in Asset Management Planning Award

  • Winner – Dunedin City Raw Water Lifelines Strategy – Dunedin City Council, MWH

The 7th INGENIUM Excellence Awards were presented at the 2011 INGENIUM Conference, which was held in Wellington in June 2011.

The winners of the 2011 INGENIUM Excellence Awards were as follows:

Projects Over $10 Million

  • Winner – Rosedale Wastewater Treatment Plant Outfall Tunnel – North Shore City Council, AECOM, AURECON, Tonkin & Taylor, McConnell Dowell Constructors Ltd.

Projects $2 Million to $10 Million

  • Winner – Te Tewa Rewa Bridge – New Plymouth District Council, Novare Design, and Whitaker Civil Engineering.

Projects Under $2 Million

  • Winner – Torpedo Beach Enchancement Project Devonport Auckland – Auckland Council, Tonkin & Taylor Ltd, March Kato Ltd and Kaipara Ltd

Projects of Investigation, Reporting, Systems or Process

  • Winner – Innovative Infrastructure Planning for Auckland Region Water Supply – Watercare Services and MWH