The 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.

The 2024 Āpōpō Award winners have been announced!

Kōmata o Te Rangi

The Supreme Asset Management Excellence Award

Asset Management through a Kaupapa Māori Lens

WSP and Nelson City Council

This project required a bespoke Kaupapa Māori Asset Management Framework and assessment methodology. WSP developed it in collaboration with Te Tau Ihu Iwi and Nelson City Council. The Framework paves a path for continuous improvement and successfully brings people together on a journey finding new ways to work together.

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. The Innovation Award is proudly sponsored by IDS

The winner is

SH25A Taparahi Slip Remediation

McConnell Dowell and Fulton Hogan Joint Venture (JV), on behalf of NZ Transport Agency Waka Kotahi, with Beca Limited and Tonkin+Taylor

McConnell Dowell and Fulton Hogan's JV put the traditional rule book aside to conceive and deliver an innovative response to a major road rupture for NZTA. With designer support from Beca and Tonkin+Taylor, completing it in seven months and under budget. Lateral thinking and a one-team approach achieved the holy grail of reduced timeframe and lower operational risks and cost.

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

The winner is

Waikirikiri Selwyn – Leadership in Wai Pipe Network Renewals

Selwyn District CouncilInfrastructure Decision Support (IDS), and Waugh Infrastructure Management

Waikirikiri Selwyn District Council is a national leader in evidence based wai (drinking water and wastewater) networks renewals. Through a progressive, determined approach, it has achieved one of the most comprehensive programmes. It continues to demonstrate the principles of Te Mana o Te Wai with a One Water, ki uta ki tai approach.

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.

The winner is

Asset Management through a Kaupapa Māori Lens

WSP and Nelson City Council

This project required a bespoke Kaupapa Māori Asset Management Framework and assessment methodology. WSP developed it in collaboration with Te Tau Ihu Iwi and Nelson City Council. The Framework paves a path for continuous improvement and successfully brings people together on a journey finding new ways to work together.

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.

The winner is

Kāeo Bridge Upgrade

Northland's Kāeo Bridge Upgrade has delivered an overdue asset to a community in need. With community at its heart, this bridge will enhance safety, the local economy, growth and prosperity. Along the way, project teams have brought community members with them, presenting unique opportunities to connect with the project, and generating a legacy that stretches far beyond the asset itself.

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.

The Sustainability Award is proudly sponsored by Morphum Environmental

The winner is

Mangamuka Gorge Slips and Rehabilitation (Emergency Response)

CLL Solutions ltd.WSP,  New Zealand Transport Agency Waka Kotahi and Stellar Projects

This project embodies the harmonisation of diverse components; the intricacies of narrow work areas, the precision of heavy machinery, the complexity of piling works, and the reverence for iwi, hapū, and the environment. It is a narrative of adaptability, innovation, and stewardship, where challenges have been metamorphosed into opportunities, all while building resilience on State Highway 1 in Northland.

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.

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