The ACENZ Awards are part of the Annual Awards of Excellence Gala Dinner programme and include: the President's Award, Tonkin & Taylor ACENZ Student Award (Best Practical Work Report Award, Community Award and the ACENZ Future Leader Award (formerly sponsored by Telecom until 2013). Guidelines and deadlines can be found for each award in the pertaining section below. Enquiries about ACENZ Awards can be made to Holly Morchat

Tonkin & Taylor Future Leader Award President's Award AECOM BPWRA (Student Award) Community Award

The Tonkin & Taylor ACENZ Future Leader Award is designed to recognise future industry leaders within ACENZ member firms. Entrants are nominated by their firms as potential future and business leaders.  Entrants must be under 35 (by the deadline date), be competent managers or possess similar experience and qualification, provide evidence of continued professional development, offer valued contributions to the wider consulting team and have established strong and successful working relationships with clients and the community.
ACENZ present this award which includes a framed certificate, $1,500 cash prize and registration to the FIDIC Young Professional's Management Training Programme for the following year (beginning the following February). This programme was initiated by FIDIC in 2003/04 which allowed firms to put young professionals forward to a Management Training Programme.  The ACENZ Board has elected to include registration in this international programme as part of the prize for the Tonkin & Taylor ACENZ Future Leader Award.  Some time commitment is required from the individual, and to a certain extent the nominating firm.  However, this addition makes the award quite substantial on a global scale and indeed an honour. Telecom have consistently supported ACENZ for many years, and beginning 2014 changed their support from the Future Leader Award to the ACENZ President's Roadshow. Thank you Telecom for your continued support!

More information on past winners and their experiences can be found on the Future Leader Award Page.


This award is presented by ACENZ to recognise outstanding service to, or special effort to the Association.  The President selects one recipient each year and the overall value of this award is determined by the ACENZ Board.

Andrew is a chartered professional electrical engineer with a broad experience base, enthusiastic approach and an aptitude for realising the bigger picture. Andrew is a director for Pedersen Read. 

Andrew enjoys the “people” aspect of engineering and is a prominent contributor in many professional forums and organisations, including being actively involved with ACENZ as a Past President, INNOVATE Judge (and Past Convenor), and FIDIC New Zealand representative.

Andrew lives in Christchurch with his wife and two children. He is a keen fly fisherman and enjoys snow skiing, camping, cycling, and the outdoors in general. He is very family and community oriented, and has active involvement in the interests of his children through sports coaching, Scouts and Guides assistance, and as a PTA member.
2016 - Andrew Read  
Nick Smith was born and brought up in North Canterbury in a bridge construction industry family. He subsequently completed a first-class honours degree in civil engineering and a PhD in landslides at Canterbury University.

Hon Dr. Smith has held 11 Ministerial portfolios in the Bolger, Shipley and Key Cabinets, covering Education, Housing, Immigration, Corrections, Social Welfare, Treaty Negotiations, Conservation, Environment, ACC, Climate Change and Local Government. He currently holds the Building and Housing and Environment portfolios. 

National achievements in which Hon Smith has played a significant role include the creation of the Kahurangi and Rakiura National Parks, a number of marine reserves, the introduction of the Emissions Trading Scheme and the establishment of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority and the Environment Protection Authority.
2015 - Hon Dr Nick Smith  
Dick began his engineering journey at Sydney University graduating with a Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.), Civil with Honours II. Since then, Dick has spent his working life as a consulting structural and civil engineer and project manager in infrastructure engineering, as an engineer and as former Managing Director of Sydney based consulting engineers McMillan Briton and Kell. Then serving as Chairman of major Australian and International engineering consultant Cardno Pty Ltd, which has over 8,000 staff and is listed on Australian Stock Exchange (ASX).

He was instrumental in growing the company from a small private firm to an international company with a market capitalisation of $55 million. Dick has since formally resigned from Cardno as chairman but now remains a consultant to Cardno Group and Director of Cardno International Pty Ltd. In 2003, Dick was elected President of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) and continues to be active with FIDIC and Consult Australia. Aside from a life in engineering, Dick is an avid supporter of Australia’s National Rugby Union 15-a-side team, the Qantas Wallabies.
2014 - Dick Kell  
Colin is a Group Manager with the NZ Transport Agency responsible for the operation and improvement of the state highway network.

As a civil engineer with some 25 years experience in the transport sector, Colin is interested in the practice of general management and the leadership of people when allowed likes to maintain currency around procurement practice.

Colin is further involved in the engineering industry, having served on the board for the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT). He graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering, Civil from the University of Canterbury and Deakin University with a Diploma of Business Administration.

In his free time, Colin enjoys yoga, kayaking, and other challenge sports. He has been involved and completed the Speight's Coast to Coast multisport race for many years. He is supported by his family, a daughter who is a promising netball player, 12 year old son and wife. 
2013 - Colin Crampton  

ACENZ with the support of AECOM, present this award to encourage the next generation of consultants and engineers to develop good written communication skills.  Concise, readable reports are essential to the businesses of consulting and engineering.

ACENZ seeks to enhance engineering consultancy through superior business skills, technical expertise and professional standards.  Above all ACENZ recognises the importance of communication skills in conveying a technical proposal or solution to an ever more discerning customer.


Fourth year students pursuing a Washington Accord Bachelor of Engineering who have completed their practical work requirement with an ACENZ member firm are encouraged to apply. Students submit their report to the practical work coordinator of their university or institution who then submits up to six entries per university for judging - please contact your course coordinator for the deadline - as these vary according to institution. 

The prize for up to three winners includes: $1,500 cash prize, framed certificate, travel and accomodation expenses to attend the INNOVATE Awards Dinner Gala. Beginning in 2015, winners must be present at the dinner gala to receive the award. 

Entry forms can be obtained from the practical work coordinator at the following institutions: University of Auckland, University of Canterbury, University of Waikato, Massey University, and AUT.

Download a copy of the Entry Form here (this form and your report must be turned into your University Practical Work Coordinator or University staff equivalent.

Work must have been completed with an ACENZ Member Firm.

Past Student Award Winners: 

2016 Winners: Scott Cameron, Natalie Oliver-Caldwell, and Theodore Carlos. All from the University of Auckland 2015 Winners: Robyn Findlay, Sarah Novis, and Luke Boyle. All from the University of Auckland 2014 Winners: Tony Fu, Vivienne Jones and Harriet Ingham (not pictured) all from the University of Auckland 2013 Winners: Ben MacLaren, Lara Bussen, and Charlotte Davis (not pictured) all from the University of Auckland

In 2003 an award was introduced for those projects entered in the Awards of Excellence which show an outstanding community input. These may or may not have other features that make them worthy of an award. In some cases not only the performance of the consultant or client is important but the community groups involved often make a real contribution to the project (and in some cases even a physical contribution by community members). 

When assessing awards during the judging process, judges may identify a project that could be a contender for this additional Special Award. This is not a seperate entry category for entrants to detail. Whether a project should be considered for a community award is solely at the discretion of the judging panel. Nomination is by Lead Judge and supported by secondary judge(s), before the judging meeting, read by all judges and voted on at the final judging meeting. 

2016 Community Award Winner

Sumner Surf Life Saving Club Clubhouse Rebuild given to Aurecon NZ, Sumner Surf Life Saving Club, and the Christchurch City Council.  

The Sumner Surf Life Saving Club is a historic part of the Sumner community. After the 2011 and subsequent earthquakes, the clubhouse was damaged beyond repair, losing close to sixty years of history and community service in the rubble. This facility served numerous members of the community and purposes including the volunteer lifeguards, Sumner beach patrons, surf sports and training.

After operating for four years from temporary containers, it was time to rebuild. Throughout the four years of displacement, the club maintained membership levels and rescue services to the public which speak volumes of the strong community environment and commitment to the area.

The project brought together club members of the Sumner Surf Life Saving Club with professional service skills to begin the process of rebuilding their community home. A rebuild committee of both club and community members was formed and worked with Aurecon to complete the project. The community, the committee and the club members generously contributed their time, energy and feedback into each stage of the project.

Through an informal partnership approach, collaboration between Christchurch City Council, consultant, contractor, club and community ensured the project was completed and remained on the original site amid numerous challenges. The ACENZ judges see the project as a worthy recipient of the rarely awarded Community Award. 


  • It is not a special category and any contenders would have been nominated in the awards process on their own merits by the Lead Judge.
  • Must meet all usual criteria of entry and be presented in this manner
  • Must have elements of innovation
  • Need not qualify for any other award (Gold, Silver, Merit)
  • Must be quality work-at or above standard expected in terms of management, professional skill
  • However may not meet level of innovation or uniqueness for any other level of award
  • Incorporates a number of elements that illustrate working with the community that are exceptional in themselves and should be acknowledged: including (but not only): cooperation between consultant, client, contractor, council (if not the client), community group(s), encouraged feedback and input from community, incorporated elements of support or physical input from the community or community group(s) (e.g. Rotary or Lions projects)
  • An exceptionally happy community and client as a result of the project

Note the judges decision is final, and no corespondence will be entered into in regards to the community award.

Past Community Award Winners: 

2010 - Wave & Waka Sculpture at Hihiaua Point by Richardson Stevens Consultants for Whangarei District Council and the people of Whangarei 2007 - Weavers Pit Rehabilitation by Maunsell Ltd for Solid Energy 2004 - Cambridge CBD Upgrade by Opus International Consultants for the Waipa District Council and Cambridge Community Board 2003 - Gore Multisport Centre by MWH New Zealand for Gore District Council and Ice Sports Southland


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