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A breathtakingly clever engineering project that has solved an age-old problem or shifted from the ‘always done this way’ mentality.

To be envied

  • An approach that shows investigation, discovery, and inventiveness.
  • Lateral thinking and problem solving – a solution to an identified need or problem, or a new benefit or advantage over existing alternatives.
  • Demonstrated value to the environment or society in which the project exists.
  • Inspiration for future innovators – how has the innovation been made available to the public, and how does it contribute to engineering knowledge?


  • Entries are open to individuals, teams, firms or other groups
  • Engineering projects
  • Work substantially completed in New Zealand, by engineers who are New Zealand citizens or permanent residents
  • May include work by non-engineers
  • Work substantially completed between November 2020 and November 2022
  • Do not have to be Engineering New Zealand members

Judging criteria

  • Vision – concept, opportunity and creative idea​
  • Design – creative and technical process
  • Delivery – technical achievement
  • Impact – value and how it's made a difference
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