The recovery of the road and rail networks following the Kaikōura earthquake was last night awarded the highest New Zealand engineering excellence honours taking 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 judges said it set the benchmark for the rest of applicants and had set the standard for how we mobilise as a country to respond.
“The earthquake isolated coastal and rural communities overnight and the disruption to freight, tourism and primary industries was felt nationwide,” says Steve Mutton, Chair of the NCTIR Board and a Director, Regional Relationships, for the Transport Agency.
“The Transport Agency, KiwiRail and our alliance partners had a shared vision of ‘moving mountains to reconnect communities’ and that’s exactly what we did, in just over a year (under extreme pressure at times). It was an extraordinary response to an extraordinary situation.
“We’re delighted that the incredible work of the thousands of men and women who worked to reopen the road and rail has been recognised with this award. We are now working to leave a safer and more resilient transport network for people to enjoy for generations to come.”
The Kaikōura earthquake recovery was also a finalist in the following categories:
Other Transport Agency projects were finalists, along with our partners: