We strive for excellence in everything we do, and we’re delighted to have won national and international awards. This independent recognition the work we do for New Zealand is reaching the high standards we aim for.
This page details some of the recent awards with which we have been recognised, alongside our partners, by a number of industry and professional bodies for innovation and best practice.
The NZ Transport Agency has been voted New Zealand’s Advertiser of the Decade by Campaign Brief’s Bestads. The Campaign Brief website targets the advertising industry and shares the latest in advertising news and new campaigns. Updated daily, it showcases the very best and latest advertising in all mediums being produced worldwide. Bestads gives visitors the opportunity to vote on the ads it showcases and then ranks the ads based on the votes.
The recovery of the road and rail networks following the Kaikōura earthquake took out the Supreme Award at the Engineering NZ ENVI Awards.
Following a joint win in the Engineering Impact category (with Auckland Council’s Te Auaunga), Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, KiwiRail and the North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery (NCTIR) alliance’s work on the earthquake recovery was selected as the overall winner from the category winners.
The Drive Go mobile app has won a Gold pin in the Interactive Applications category at this year’s BestDesign Awards in October. Drive Go is part of the Drive programme – a free practical driving programme to help people prepare for all three driver licence tests, created in partnership with ACC.
The Belted Survivors campaign also won Silver in the Graphic Design craft section and Bronze in the Public Good section.
The NZ Transport Agency, KiwiRail and the North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery (NCTIR) alliance won a prestigious North American rail industry award for the collaborative effort to open KiwiRail’s Main North Line, after it was devastated by the 2016 Kaikōura earthquake.
The project was awarded the annual W. W. Hay Award for Excellence from the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association’s (AREMA). We were the first recipients outside of North America and Canada to win this award.
The NZ Transport Agency, KiwiRail and NCTIR won the Safeguard Workplace Health and Safety Collaboration Award, for the Kaikōura earthquake recovery.
The safety of workers and the travelling public was paramount from the outset and a health and safety approach was developed that brought all 350 organisations involved in the recovery to the same high level of safe work expectation.
The Transport Agency won the the ‘Emergency communications – Response and Recovery’ category at the 2019 EMPA Awards for the Transport Agency's response to the loss of the Waiho River bridge on the West Coast in March 2019. The bridge was a critical link on State Highway 6 with a 14-hour detour around the Southern Alps until it was fixed. Communicating the work to replace the bridge was a project almost as complex as the physical rebuild.
The Waitangi Wharf upgrade in the Chatham Islands, Auckland’s Waterview Connection, the Mega Maps digital tool and the Moving Mountains to Reconnect Communities project in Kaikoura were all recognised for their excellence at the recent Innovate NZ Awards.
Held by the Association for Consulting and Engineering Professionals, Waterview and Waitangi Wharf won gold, while Mega Maps and Moving Mountains to Reconnect Communities received silver.
The Transport Agency received Highly Commended in the 2019 Public Relations Institute of New Zealand (PRINZ) Awards in the Special Project or Short-term Campaign for the Maungatapu underpass community day.
The Maungatapu underpass community day was a free family fun day offering the unique opportunity to walk or cycle through the new underpass before it opened to traffic.
The State Highway 2 Watchman Road project scooped the award for Best Public Works Project over $5 million at the Institute of Public Works Engineers Australasia (IPWEA) NZ Excellence Awards.
This award follows two other awards given to the project this year including the New Zealand Planning Institute Te Kokiringa Taumata Rodney Davis Project 2019 Award, and an award from Civil Contractors NZ for construction.
The Waterview Connection project was recognised at the Los Angeles Business Council’s Architectural Awards.
The Tripartite Award acknowledges the Waterview Connection project was about so much more than the twin 2.4km long road tunnels deep underground.
The Drive Go mobile app has won Gold in the Interactive – Applications category at this year’s Best Design Awards. Run by the Designer’s Institute of New Zealand, their awards website describes the Best Design Awards as an annual showcase of excellence in graphic, spatial, product, interactive and motion design along with four boutique awards.’ Our partner provider, Alphero put together a video that summarises the development of Drive Go.
In February 2019, we launched the first phase of our seatbelt advertising campaign Belted Survivors. This campaign challenges males aged 20-40 years to view seatbelts as a ‘tool worth using’ and it took off immediately; social media posts were shared over 243,000 times in the first fortnight. By April, international media had picked up the campaign and 50,000 people had visited the Belted Survivors website.
Based in Korea, Ad Stars claim to be ‘the only international advertising festival that combines creativity with cutting-edge technology.’ Belted Survivors won a silver in the category of Design/Communication Design/Posters, a bronze and two crystals in the category of Outdoor/Outdoor Craft/Photography and another bronze for Public Service/Advertising/Healthcare.
In April 2019, Belted Survivors was recognised as a finalist in the category Social Marketing/Public Service of the Beacon Awards.
The Beacon Awards focus on media strategy and implementation rather than the actual creative of an ad. They recognise the power of innovative and highly effective media solutions to leverage the creative message and connect with/ engage customers.
The Best Design Awards honour excellence in graphic, spatial, product, interactive and motion design nationwide. At the 2019 awards, Belted Survivors received a bronze in the category of Public Good and a silver in the category of Design Craft.
Belted Survivors was awarded a silver award and three bronze awards in the 2019 Clio Awards. The Clio Awards were established in 1959 to celebrate creative excellence in advertising, honour work that ‘pushes boundaries, permeates pop culture and sets new precedents around the globe’.(external link)
The D&AD Pencil Awards celebrate the finest work in design and advertising globally. Belted Survivors won two wood pencils (the equivalent of bronze) in this year’s awards. Both awards were for Press and Outdoor but one fell in the category Public Service Poster Advertising and the other, Poster Advertising Campaigns.
Lürzer’s Archive is a bi-monthly magazine for the advertising industry that features advertising campaigns for print and TV from around the world. Making the front cover of this magazine is an honour and our new seatbelt campaign Belted Survivors was chosen as the cover for Issue 2, 2019.
Belted Survivors won bronze for Social Marketing/Public Service, silver for the Most Effective Integrated Campaign and gold for the Hardest Challenge. Introduced by the New York American Marketing Association, the Effie Awards are the only advertising awards that honour the effectiveness of a campaign. The Commercial Communications Council holds the New Zealand Effie Award licence.