The finalists for Engineering New Zealand’s second ever industry awards, the ENVIs, have been announced.

Engineering New Zealand Chief Executive Richard Templer said despite the interruptions, uncertainty, and increased workload Covid-19 has caused the engineering industry in the last 15 months, he was delighted with the number of entries received – over 90 applications across the nine award categories.

The purpose of the ENVI Awards is to celebrate amazing engineers and engineering feats. They highlight the important role engineering plays in society, from infrastructure and transportation to medical technology to climate change. All finalist entries have a significant impact on how we live in Aotearoa and many put engineers and their achievements at the cutting edge internationally.

All entries were of a very high calibre and Richard commented that “it was a privilege to be part of the judging panel for this year’s ENVI awards. It was a difficult task given the remarkable range of successful projects, inspiring people and great partnerships we were considering. The finalists this year demonstrate the incredible range of engineering in Aotearoa, ranging in scale from desktop to nationwide, delivered by some of our largest firms through to outstanding individuals. I want to congratulate all the finalists for the remarkable work they have done”.

This year’s lineup of awards sees the inclusion of the Student Engineer of the Year Award. Judges were impressed with the calibre of entries in this new category which demonstrated outstanding design, innovation, research and results. The ENVIs are a perfect platform for these impressive students to show New Zealand how they’re pushing the boundaries and delivering more non-traditional engineering projects.

These awards would not be possible without the massive support from our category sponsors, MAS, HEB Construction, Waka Kotahi and Tonkin + Taylor and our supporting sponsor Callaghan Innovation.

The ENVI Award winners, including the Supreme Award winner – the best of the best – will be announced at 4pm Thursday 1 July via an engaging live stream show. All winners reactions will be captured live and brought to life with support of our Production Partners Kiio.

For more information on how you can take part and celebrate in the ENVIs show, visit

2021 finalists

Student Engineer of the Year

  • Francis Pooke – Novel Design of Tracheostomy, University of Canterbury
  • Omar Mustafa – Milk Cooling, The University of Auckland

Young Engineer of the Year

  • Akshat Malhotra – Associate Mechanical Engineer, Beca
  • Dany Rassam – Project Manager, Royal New Zealand Navy
  • Jess Orpwood – Senior Structural Engineer, WSP
  • Jonathan Chambers – Environmental Engineer, Harrison Grierson

Engineering Leadership Award

  • David Loe – Engineering Consultant, HEB Construction
  • Doug Johnson – Managing Director, Tonkin + Taylor
  • Glen Cornelius – Managing Director, Harrison Grierson
  • Jeanette Ward – Technical Director, Abley

Engineering Creativity Award

  • Life in plastic, it’s fantastic: 3D printed anatomical models – Creative Design and Additive Manufacturing Lab, The University of Auckland
  • Te Ahi Tupua – Gurit
  • Te Whare Nui o Tuteata – Dunning Thornton

Engineering Impact Award

  • Building Better, Not Bigger: Pukekohe Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade – WaterCare Services, Stantec, Beca and the joint venture of McConnell Dowell and HEB Construction
  • Rosedale Wastewater Treatment Plant 1MW Floating Solar Array – WaterCare Services
  • Te Hono: New Plymouth Airport Terminal – Beca and Puketapu Hapū
  • The National Climate Change Risk Assessment – NCCRA consortium led by AECOM, Tonkin + Taylor and NIWA, with Latitude, Victoria University of Wellington, Lincoln University, and several independent consultants

Engineering Innovation Award

  • Asset Assessment and Intervention Framework – Christchurch City Council
  • Resilient Slip Friction Joint (RSFJ®) – Tectonus
  • Trentham to Upper Hutt Double Tracking (part of Wellington Metro Upgrade Programme) – KiwiRail, Downer, Aurecon New Zealand
  • Westport Water Pipeline Tunnel Project – Hadlee & Brunton and David Ogilvie (Aoraki)

Engineering Partnership Award

  • America’s Cup 36 Base Infrastructure – Wynyard Edge Alliance comprising MBIE, Auckland Council, Downer, McConnell Dowell, Beca and Tonkin + Taylor
  • The IDS 2020 Waka Kotahi (NZ Transport Agency) Strategic Maintenance Investment Model Project– Infrastructure Decision Support (IDS) and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency
  • Trentham to Upper Hutt Double Tracking (part of Wellington Metro Upgrade Programme) – KiwiRail, Downer and Aurecon New Zealand
  • West Coast Network Outcome Contract – Fulton Hogan and Waka Kotahi (NZ Transport Agency)

Engineering Diversity Award

  • Aurecon New Zealand
  • Jacobs New Zealand
  • South Pacific Professional Engineers for Excellence (SPPEEx)

Engineering Education Award

  • Professor Alessandro Palermo – Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering, University of Canterbury
  • The University of Auckland’s Faculty of Engineering/Te Herenga Mātai Pūkaha – The University of Auckland, Beca, Structure Design and Jasmax
  • Professor Susan Krumdieck – Department of Mechanical Engineering Advanced Energy and Materials Systems Lab, University of Canterbury

Read full finalist biographies