An innovative collaboration that results in a better project outcome or has a significant positive impact to an ethnic group, workforce, customers, community or the environment.




KiwiRail, Downer, and Aurecon 

Trentham to Upper Hutt (T2UH) was a truly visionary project. KiwiRail sought to use innovation to ensure the right people were brought together.

Delivered under a collaborative ECI model, T2UH demonstrates a new bold way of working with industry that aligns with the values promoted by the Construction Sector Accord.

The intentional creation of a collaborative, high-performing team means T2UH achieved breakthrough innovations. Digital tools developed that'll contribute to a more resilient, productive rail sector, and have the potential to enhance outcomes on other infrastructure projects in New Zealand. 

T2UH is a great example of how an outcome is affected by the way the parties to the project are procured. There was a deliberate process of building a team of like-minded people to create an environment which enables innovation.


Wynyard Edge Alliance - comprising MBIE, Auckland Council, Downer, McConnell Dowell, Beca, and Tonkin+Taylor

The America’s Cup 36 Base Infrastructure is an outstanding project that faced exceptional challenges in terms of technical, stakeholder management, time frame and delivery requirements – there was no shifting the AC36 dates. It was a hard delivery that achieved amazing results.

In July 2018, the Government and Auckland Council committed close to $250M to their first alliance to “create a stage for the America’s Cup and a waterfront destination Kiwis love”. Wynyard Edge Alliance brought together a high-performance team of designers and constructors, working in highly charged, dynamic situations to generate a design able to satisfy a wide range of stakeholders.

At the time, nobody knew how many teams were coming, where they would be located, or how the bases would be configured. The uncertainty and risk associated with AC36 preparations required a leap of faith by all partners. 

The project also had the added obstacle of Covid-19. Operating within commercial business grounds and the demands of building marine structures were key challenges overcome by choosing an alliance delivery model.

The Wynyard Edge Alliance delivered the project on time, under budget, and with zero harm to people or the environment. The successful partnership with mana whenua seen in this project sets a high benchmark for the industry.

The IDS 2020 Waka Kotahi (NZ Transport Agency) Strategic Maintenance Investment Model Project

Infrastructure Decision Support (IDS) and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency

This project was an exceptional visionary challenge, bringing together an entire industry to answer Waka Kotahi’s "billion-dollar" question - “How much investment is needed to maintain our 11,039 km New Zealand State Highway network over the next three years and beyond?”. 

The Project, led by Infrastructure Decision Support (IDS), needed industry-wide support, buy-in and collaboration to deliver Waka Kotahi’s project goals. Between May 2019 and March 2021, the best technical engineering minds in New Zealand came together, sharing knowledge and expertise, that not only met Waka Kotahi’s goals and specified budget, but far exceeded what anyone believed was possible. 

The resulting model is a legacy to be universally proud of. It allows decision-makers to accurately understand how their investment strategy will impact road safety – and will ultimately save lives.

The legacy of this industry-wide collaboration will be felt for generations to come. 

Development of this model was carried out amidst a backdrop of Covid-19 lockdowns, demanding deadlines and a project scope that expanded just as they neared the finish line.

The size and complexity of the project created significant challenges, which meant taking a wider visionary approach to project management and drawing on expertise and skills from across the industry. 


Fulton Hogan and Waka Kotahi

The West Coast Network Outcomes Contract (NOC) is New Zealand’s longest and arguably most challenging – traversing 878 kilometres of highway, from Haast Pass in the south to Mokihinui in the north.

The isolated nature of the West Coast means partnerships were key. This NOC consistently showed how Waka Kotahi, Fulton Hogan, WestReef, WestRoads MBD, WSP, the three local authorities – Westland, Buller and Grey District, and the Department of Conservation, as well as the seven subcontractors, partnered to provide support to communities most in need. 

From storms, flood damage to the parochial expectations of stakeholders – through to major damage causing destruction to bridges and infrastructure, this contract has it all. The relentless commitment day after day after day to deliver

outstanding service on a long-term basis has seen this NOC establish benchmarks in performance that’s underpinned by great teaming and partnerships. 

Collaboration, innovation, dedication, improvement of management systems, development of staff through training, enhancing customer/stakeholder information, and contribution to the community, has seen this project excel.

The NOC team vision is – “One team making a difference to keep the Coast safely connected.”