The 2024 Supreme Asset Management Excellence Award winning project, Asset Management through a Kaupapa Māori Lens by WSP and Nelson City Council was celebrated with a Whakatau at Nelson City Council Chambers today, welcoming Kōmata o Te Rangi to Te Wai Pounamu the South Island for the very first time.

Kōmata o Te Rangi represents the pinnacle of achievement in infrastructure asset management and the Supreme Award winners each year become the kaitiaki of this taonga for the year.  Āpōpō President Gary Porteous and Member Engagement Manager Emily Liddell, with Life Member Richard Kirby attended the welcoming.

In selecting this project for the Supreme Award, the Āpōpō Awards judging panel commented that “The project’s success in enhancing AM practices, fostering Iwi participation, and integrating indigenous knowledge and values into the AM lifecycle makes it a deserving recipient of the Supreme Award, symbolising a step change in pursuing infrastructure asset management excellence.”

Read more about this project here.

Congratulations to all those involved in this project which has truly demonstrated the improvement that all asset management professionals should aspire to deliver for their communities.

In 2023 Piritahi– now Lead Alliance – on behalf of Kainga Ora, took home the Supreme Award for their Te Ara Awataha Greenway Corridor Regeneration. We were fortunate to have Mark Fraser of Kainga Ora, representing Lead Alliance with us to reflect on what Kōmata o Te Rangi has meant to the team since receiving this award for the second time in June last year.

Mark handed Kōmata O te Rangi  on to WSP as they were announced as winners (pictured below).