Waka Kotahi wins at IPWEA Australasia Excellence Awards 2021
A project to answer: How much investment is needed to maintain New Zealand’s State Highway Network over a three-year period has been awarded the prestigious IPWEA Award for 2021.
Infrastructure Decision Support (IDS) and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency’s Strategic Maintenance Investment Justification Project won the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA) 2021 Excellence in Asset Management category and Overall Project of the Year awards.
This work means Waka Kotahi can have greater trust and confidence that investment is being made in the right places to deliver the best transport outcomes for New Zealand.
ILM Innovation Awards 2021
The Industry Liaison Management Work Stream facilitated the sharing of innovations across the maintenance sector. In May 2021 they shared the best innovations from across the Network Outcome Contracts.
These innovations were submitted by contract teams from around the country for the 2021 Network Outcome Contracts Innovation award which were presented at the Waka Kotahi and NZIHT Conference Dinner.
The judges based the winner on how well the innovations:
- Addressed the problem
- Delivered value (economic, social and environment)
- Their ability to scale/adopt elsewhere
- Benefit the sector
The winner was West Waikato NOC Autonmated Road Intelligence with the two highly commended awards going to Southland NOC Anihall Towsafe and Northland NOC Cantilevered Sign posts.
Ōpaoa River project bridges take out top heritage award
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has been recognised for its efforts to celebrate local heritage, with the Ōpaoa River Bridge project winning the 2021 Engineering NZ Heritage Award.
The prestigious award celebrates innovative heritage projects that have delivered value to a community, iwi, organisation, environment, education, or wider New Zealand society.
Opened in Blenheim at the end of 2020, the Ōpaoa River Bridge project provided a safer, stronger State Highway 1 bridge across the Ōpaoa River, as well as repurposing the heritage Ōpawa Bridge* for walking and cycling and a community gathering space.
The award-winning gateway to Blenheim.
Engineering NZ said the project delivered on all three of the award’s criteria - clear vision, engagement with all the right people, and a great impact on the local community.
As well as walking and cycling facilities, the repurposed Ōpawa Bridge offers community space to hold local events, complete with a courtyard, interpretative panels, gateway signage, and Pou Whenua.
New Ōpaoa River Bridge project
Two Waka Kotahi projects win prestigious engagement awards
The commitment by Waka Kotahi to best practice community engagement has been recognised by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) with two awards.
The Te Ara Tupua team and Communications and Engagement lead Joel Rowan were awarded the New Zealand award for the Indigenous Engagement Category for the Wellington walking and cycling project.
The planning phase for the Ngauranga to Petone section took an innovative approach to collaborating with and empowering local iwi mana whenua in Wellington to develop unique cultural and community-focused outcomes in the project’s design.
The Christchurch Northern Corridor alliance team and Communications and Engagement lead Melanie Williams were also awarded the “highly commended” award in the Infrastructure (Construction) Category for the high levels of community involvement in every step of the project’s four year construction phase.
Te Ara Tupua project
Christchurch Northern Corridor project
Te Ahu a Turanga wins awards for diversity and inclusion
The Te Ahu a Turanga: Manawatū Tararua Highway Alliance was recognised for its inclusive approach to iwi partnership at the 2021 Diversity Awards.
Te Ahu a Turanga won the Mātauranga Māori category (Small to Medium Organisation) of the 2021 NZ Diversity Works Awards for its unique approach to partnering with iwi and its commitment to embedding tikanga Māori throughout every aspect of the project.
Key features of the Te Ahu a Turanga project include:
- The project is based on the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi
- Te Pūtahi, the iwi and Māori Outcomes Directorate for Te Ahu a Turanga, was established as a centralised portfolio of iwi and Māori-focused roles dedicated to leading the delivery of outcomes in key areas such as employment and procurement, education and training, resource development, planning, design and cultural outcomes, and delivering te reo and tikanga initiatives.
- Te ao Māori is integrated into the project in every way, from the physical design of the highway to the way decisions are made and the culture that carries through to the day-to-day life on the project.
- An app based on Professor Mason Durie’s Te Whare Tapa Whā model of health and wellbeing invites employees to reflect on how they are doing and to be connected to a range of support services if needed.
Te Ahu a Turanga: Manawatū Tararua Highway project
Watch the Te Ahu a Turanga: Manawatū Tararua Highway story on the Diversity Works NZ website(external link)
National award for Hinetapuarau pou in Matawai
Hinetapuarau pou next to Te Whitinga o Tamataipunoa Bridge
The Hinetapuarau pou in Matawai won the Small Projects category in the Structural Engineering Society of New Zealand (SECOC) awards.
The award is given to a construction project in recognition of outstanding achievement in the advancement of structural engineering design and construction.
Designed by engineering consultancy WSP the pou was a great example of mahi tahi (collaboration).
Motu Bridge replacement project
Waka Kotahi receives Toitū carbon reduce certification
The latest achievement in the Waka Kotahi corporate sustainability journey was to receive Toitū Envirocare carbon reduce certification.
Toitū Envirocare is an independent organisation that supports businesses becoming more sustainable through a suite of carbon and environmental programmes. Their carbon certification programmes are proof that an organisation is taking climate positive action.
Achieving Toitū carbon reduce certification is a huge achievement for our organisation and those involved.
Award winning data dashboards
Waka Kotahi has been recognised at the annual Qlik Australia New Zealand Digital Transformation Awards, winning the prestigious Celebrating Smart Uses of Public Data Award.
The award showcases how Waka Kotahi is driving remarkable business outcomes for our customers, the sector and our organisation through data analytics.
Examples of our data analytics products include the public-facing dashboards that are available on our Waka Kotahi website including:
- Employment modelling (impacts of COVID-19)
- Pavement Condition
- NLTP Funding
- Motor Vehicle Registrations
These dashboards make data open and more accessible to the public, industry and government, and enable evidence-based decision-making.
It truly was a cross-agency multi-team collaboration to deliver these products and would not have been possible without the ideas and expertise of many teams including the Performance Analytics team, the Data Services team, Engagement and Partnerships and the Legal team.
Te Ahu a Turanga Alliance wins national planning award
Te Ahu a Turanga Alliance has been awarded a prestigious national award for excellence in consultation and participation from the New Zealand Planning Institute.
The award recognises outstanding creativity, innovation and service across the planning sector. Te Ahu a Turanga Alliance won the NZPI Best Practice Award for consultation and participation strategies and/or processes.
At the heart of the nomination was the vital role iwi partnership has played in the planning stages of the project, culminating in an historic ‘first’ – Te Ahu a Turanga is the first major infrastructure project in New Zealand to have iwi involved from the outset, as project partners at governance level and in roles throughout the Alliance.
Te Ahu a Turanga: Manawatū Tararua Highway project
On the Go Awards winners announced
Waka Kotahi and WSP were awarded the ‘Taking communities on the journey award winner’ for The Kuaka Gateway at the 2021 On the Go Awards.
Formerly the Bike to the Future Awards, the On the Go Awards are organised by our Waka Kotahi in partnership with Cycling Action Network and Living Streets Aotearoa.
Waka Kotahi and WSP’s winning project The Kuaka Gateway was designed to improve safety at one of the top six high-risk rural intersections in New Zealand, along with regional walking and cycling connections, unlock economic growth and create an iconic northern gateway for Napier and the Heretaunga Plains.
It was developed in partnership with Napier City Council and Napier Airport.
SH2 Watchman Road intersection project