ACE Awards: Shining the spotlight on Aotearoa's top consulting talent

The innovative contributions of New Zealand’s leading consultants in the built and natural environment were celebrated on Friday 2 September at the 2022 ACE (Association of Consulting and Engineering) New Zealand Awards gala dinner, held in Rotorua.

An industry calendar highlight, the awards recognise the consulting excellence that underpins some of the country’s largest and most impactful projects – from delivering trailblazing technological innovations, to critical infrastructure, sustainable communities and environmental solutions.

For ACE CE Helen Davidson, the event is the pinnacle of achievement for the remarkable talent that exists within Aotearoa’s professional services consulting sector.

“The awards showcase the outstanding mahi our members deliver for both their clients and community, and their creative contributions to emerging societal challenges like climate change.

“The diversity of projects also highlights the options available for a career in consulting in the built and natural environment. Our members are engineers, surveyors, planners, digital specialists, scientists and more, who together, play a pivotal role in shaping the future of Aotearoa.”  

Davidson highlights the importance of celebrating the sector’s triumphs at a time when New Zealand is investing heavily in the built and natural environment, from initiatives as diverse as enabling better public transport to new technology to leading our carbon reduction journey.

“If we want to attract and retain our best critical thinkers, and ensure New Zealand is a world leader in designing sustainable futures for our communities, it’s vital that we celebrate and nurture our talent and everything this sector offers to Aotearoa and beyond.”

This year’s ACE Awards saw 29 entries evaluated and 18 awards presented, across a range of categories including Gold (exceptional consultancy service that sets a new industry standard), Silver (great consulting service that demonstrates great achievement and service to client), Merit (consulting service that exceeds expectations).

Other special awards included Community (recognising a community that has made a noteworthy contribution to an outcome), Client (recognising a client that’s made a noteworthy contribution to the outcome) and Sustainability (in recognition of consulting services with outstanding sustainability elements).

There was also an Emerging Leader, three Student Awards, and a President's Award accolade.

For a full list of award winners visit

About the ACE Awards

The ACE Awards recognise consulting and engineering that achieves the highest level of innovation and excellence, and results in remarkable outcomes. The judging panel evaluates the submissions, conducts client interviews and tours project sites. This work is then reviewed by a group of peers, which makes the ACE Awards the pinnacle of achievement in the professional services consulting sector.

For further information contact:

Karen London, Communications Manager, ACE New Zealand. Email [email protected]

About ACE New Zealand  

ACE New Zealand is a firm-based member organisation representing more than 240 professional services firms working across the built and natural environment, ranging from large global firms to employee-owned SMEs and sole traders.  

Our members deliver critical technology, construction, infrastructure and environmental solutions, providing the essential expertise needed to create remarkable outcomes for Aotearoa.  

We act as the collective voice for our members, providing a system-level perspective to their unique challenges, preparing them for the challenges of today and tomorrow, and growing a strong and professional consulting sector.