2017 INNOVATE NZ Awards of Excellence Guidelines

The revised 2017 guidelines (G62-1) has been updated and can be viewed and downloaded below. We have created an additional document that provides helpful tips and commonly overlooked elements of the awards for your consideration. Once you've read the "Start Here" document, the "nuts and bolts" guidlines contain all the details around what should be included in the submission with updated entry fees and instructions.

Start Here - Helpful Guidelines "Nuts and Bolts" G62-1 Guideline to Your Submission Example of Heirarchy Table


Entry is now closed. The judging process is currently underway.

Winners will be informed on Wednesday, 21st June by email. 


To view the 2017 INNOVATE Entrants and their projects, click here. 


Save the dates for the 2017 INNOVATE process:

ENTRY FORMS DUE - Friday, March 3rd
SUBMISSIONS DUE - Wednesday, March 15th
WINNERS INFORMED - Wednesday, June 21st

The two most important dates are the entry form and submission deadlines. So what’s the difference? The entry form will be used to give ACENZ and the Convenor of Judges a heads up on how many projects to expect and an idea of the disciplines. That way if we need to source extra judges or find specialist judges, we can handle both the work load and ensure the quality of judging is kept at the highest standard possible.

The submission is THE most important element of the entry process. Without it, your project won’t be evaluated. It’s also the primary source of information that our judges use in the evaluation process. Our team does extra research such as contacting different people in the project, usually the client but could also include the contractor, principal, or any other large stakeholder to the outcome you are presenting to us. Most projects also get a physical site visit to check those interesting details you’ve told us so much about!

Other dates include when the winners will be informed. All that means is that we will tell the project contact that an award will be made...not necessarily what level though (being Gold, Silver, or Merit). That would spoil all the fun on the night!

Also, we celebrate together! Entrants, winners, clients, etc...we invite all to celebrate the extraordinary achievement of the consulting and engineering industry together at the Awards of Excellence Gala Dinner. This fun gala dinner recognises both the INNOVATE Awards (project awards) and the ACENZ Awards (people awards). More information on where, when, dress, price, etc. can be found online here.

 The 2017 Awards of Excellence Gala will be held on Saturday, 12th August 2017 in Taupo at the Wairakei Resort. Tickets will be $165 + GST per person and can be purchased directly from ACENZ either by email or online. Email Holly Morchat Stanko at hmorchat@acenz.org.nz if you wish to purchase tickets for the gala.



The 2016 Awards of Excellence Black Tie Gala Dinner 

Held on Friday, 2nd September at the Ellerslie Events Centre in Auckland, ACENZ welcomed over 240 guests to celebrate excellent in engineering and consulting. 

Photos are up! Find them on our Flickr and Facebook pages!

Take a moment to download the PDF of the Awards Magazine (5MB).


"To be honoured by your peers is one of the highest forms of recognition an organisation can bestow on its members." - Andrew Read, 2013 Convenor of Judges

ACENZ Members must have been responsible for a substantial amount of the design and/or management of a project. Projects must have been completed within the last three years and have permission from the client and relevant partners. Projects that include processes or mechanical functions must have run for at least 12 months to prove their operation.

Judges consider the technical excellence of the design and execution by evaluating complexity, innovation, depth of technical knowledge, the elegance of the solution, social environmental impacts and the client relationship of each entry. Projects are evaluated by at least four judges who make up a panel of very experienced assessors. 

"The ACENZ Innovate Awards attract outstanding and innovative projects from all engineering disciplines and recognise the valuable contribution that engineers make to developing and maintaining sustainable infrastructure in New Zealand. Opus understands the importance of recognising engineering achievement, and we are delighted to continue our long association with the Awards." - David Prentice, CEO Opus


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