About Āpōpō Awards 2024

The Āpōpō Awards celebrate the pinnacle of achievement in infrastructure asset management in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Successful infrastructure asset management brings together teams from local government, central government, consultants, contractors and suppliers, truly showcasing collaborative teamwork. The Āpōpō Awards celebrate and recognise projects and initiatives that enable sustainable communities through infrastructure asset management excellence.

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Kōmata o Te Rangi – Supreme Asset Management Excellence Award

Kōmata o Te Rangi is the Āpōpō Supreme Infrastructure Asset Management Excellence Award.  This precious taonga has been presented three times since 2021.

It is an honour to present Kōmata o Te Rangi as a symbol of infrastructure asset management excellence. This award will be kept and treasured by our Supreme Award Winner until it is passed on to each subsequent winner, a tradition that will be continued for many years to come.

Innovation Award

Innovation is defined as the introduction of something new, a new idea, method or device, including that which is newly derived or developed from an existing idea, method or device.  The Āpōpō Guide states that “Innovation in asset management is more than just adopting new technologies; it’s about fostering a culture that values creativity, experimentation, and the willingness to challenge the status quo.”

Throughout their submission, entrants in this category should seek to demonstrate to the judging panel the innovation delivered by their project or initiative and why such innovation is exemplary in the context of infrastructure asset management excellence.

Leadership Award

The Āpōpō Guide sets out that “Leadership is different from management, and to be a leader people must follow.”  Leadership inspires and motivates others to strive to replicate or improve on the achievements exemplified.

Throughout their submission, entrants in this category should seek to demonstrate to the judging panel how their project or initiative has set a leading standard that others are, or should be, following and why such leadership is exemplary in the context of infrastructure asset management excellence.

The Leadership Award is proudly sponsored by Waugh

Improvement Award

All organisations can seek to improve their practices in their pursuit of infrastructure asset management excellence.  Whether improvement is from a basic or sophisticated baseline, ensuring that the lessons of the past and advances in thinking are applied to the present is critical to advancing towards excellence.  Throughout their submission, entrants in this category should seek to demonstrate to the judging panel how their project or initiative has raised the standard of practices adopted so as to achieve exemplary outcomes not otherwise achievable in the context of infrastructure asset management excellence.

Community Award

The quality of life, wellbeing, and prosperity needs of communities are the centre piece of infrastructure asset management.  Whether the community is a remote rural area or a metropolitan complex, the infrastructure assets that enable the essentials of life and connection underpin the wealth, health and vitality of the people served. Throughout their submission, entrants in this category should seek to demonstrate to the judging panel how their project or initiative is an exemplar of step change for a community in the context of infrastructure asset management excellence.

Sustainability Award

The impact of infrastructure on the natural and built environment can be significant. Creating, maintaining and renewing such infrastructure in such a way that sustainably minimises negative impacts and generates sustainably positive outcomes is critical to realising our social and cultural ambitions as a nation and obligations globally. Throughout their submission, entrants in this category should seek to demonstrate to the judging panel how their project or initiative is an exemplar of sustainably minimising negative impacts and creating positive outcomes for the environment, in the context of infrastructure asset management excellence.

Award Judging

Judging Panel

A panel of expert asset management professionals from a range of consulting, local/central government and contractor backgrounds with experience across all categories will be convened to judge each entry. The panel will consist of five or more judges.

Judging process

Any judge associated with any entry will not score that entry and will not participate in any discussion of the panel related to that entry or that entry’s category. Entries will be judged on the contents of the submission only. There will be no site visits.

Criteria Weighting

All entries in each category will be judged against the following weighted criteria:

0% Project overview
10% Project delivery
25% Asset management principles
25% Te ao Māori principles
40% Category exemplar
100%

Scoring scale

The judging panel will assign each entry scores from the following scale for each criteria.

0. Criteria not addressed.
1. Adequate or minimum acceptable standards/practices evident.
2. Some good practices or outcomes demonstrated, others adequate.
3. Good practices or outcomes evident in all respects.
4. Some exemplar practices or outcomes demonstrated, others good.
5. Demonstrated exemplar in all respects across all elements of criteria.

 

Finalists

To be eligible for consideration as an Āpōpō Award finalist the weighted average score of an entry must exceed 75%. From those entries that have weighted average scores exceeding 75%, the judging panel will select up to three entries per category to be announced as Āpōpō Award finalists.

Merit award

The judging panel may identify any finalist entry as the recipient of a Merit award.

Category winners

The highest scoring finalist for each category will be announced as the winner of that category at the Āpōpō Awards Gala Dinner.

Supreme Award winner

The entry determined by the judging panel as being most worthy and representative of Infrastructure Asset Management Excellence from the five category winners will be presented Kōmata o Te Rangi, representing the Āpōpō Supreme Infrastructure Asset Management Excellence Award.

International Competitions

Āpōpō reserves the right to enter category winners and/or recipients of Kōmata o Te Rangi in international competitions.

To submit for any award, click here

The entry deadline is 5pm Monday 4 March 2024.

What's on offer

Our Excellence Awards, Scholarships, and competitions are designed to recognise excellence in asset management projects. 

Āpōpō Scholarships

Scholarships designed to advance the careers of infrastructure asset management professionals

Kōmata o Te Rangi

The Āpōpō Supreme Infrastructure Asset Management Excellence Award

Competitions

See what other competitions we will have running at The Āpōpō Congress