Te Hono – New Plymouth Airport Terminal team win Community Award

The team behind Te Hono – New Plymouth Airport Terminal have won an ACE Award for excellence in partnership and co-design.  

Engineering consultancy Beca, local hapu Puketapu and council-controlled organisation Papa Rererangi i Puketapu took out the ACE New Zealand Community Award at the event on Tuesday 22 February.  

The award recognises a project where the consultant, client, and community work together seamlessly to find solutions that deliver community-centred outcomes. 

ACE New Zealand Chief Executive Helen Davidson said judges recognised Beca for its partnership and co-design approach with Puketapu to create an iconic gateway to the Taranaki region catering for more than 550,000 passengers each year.  

“Te Hono is a fantastic example of what true partnership looks like and together these three organisations have delivered a remarkable outcome for the community,” Davidson said.     

Puketapu have a deep bond to the airport site having had the land unceremoniously taken under the Public Works Act in the 1960s to build the original airport.  

The project was an opportunity to step well beyond a normal consultancy role to establish an inclusive design process that would both acknowledge and transcend the conflicts of the past.   

For Puketapu this project has given them a presence back on the land that was taken from them, by interweaving their cultural narrative throughout the form and function of the terminal building and also providing them with a commercial space, Tatai, to operate from in the terminal.  

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.  

These awards are the 2021 ACE Awards, originally scheduled to take place at the Cordis Hotel in Auckland in September 2021 but delayed because of COVID-19 restrictions. They took place online on Tuesday 22 February.     

For a full list of award winners and photos for use by media, please visit www.acenz.org.nz/2021winners 


For further information contact:  

Suzie Hart   
Communications Manager  
ACE New Zealand 
[email protected] 


About ACE New Zealand  

ACE New Zealand is a firm-based member organisation representing more than 230 professional services firms, 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. We invest in initiatives that benefit firms of all sizes and sit at a macro-level within the sector.