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ESI Engineering Excellence Awards


The EEA Engineering Excellence Awards recognises recent activities or projects associated with the development of new infrastructure or the improvement of existing infrastructure for the generation, transmission, distribution or utilisation of electricity within the New Zealand Electricity Supply Industry.

NB: Projects must have been in operation for at least a year, and be no more than three years old.


To encourage entries for this industry award we have a two part process Awards Entry and Award Finalist.

Part 1 Award Entry Descriptive Summary

The first part is for you to send us a descriptive summary of your Award entry (up to 750 words). The summary should succinctly cover information around the judging criteria below.

The judging panel will look the summaries and if necessary seek further comment from the submitters before selecting the finalists for the award

The descriptive summary of your award entry can be submitted either electronically as a PDF using the summary entry form available in word format below to or can be submitted using the online form also available below.

The closing date for submissions is Friday, 5 April 2019. Finalists will be advised by no later than Friday, 19 April 2019.

Part 2 - The Award Finalist What we would like from you?

If your descriptive summary is selected as a finalist you will need to provide more information to showcase your entry. This stage requires a little more work but it is important we have this information to help our judging panel select the winner and to showcase finalists .The judging panel may also contact you directly for more information..

The finalist submission should expand on the descriptive summary giving us the details and supporting information/data around the issue(s), key attribute(s), action(s) and factors you believe have contributed toward your successful safety outcome and demonstrating how the entry meets the judging criteria.

It should also include;

  • Diagrams and explanatory text and any published reviews or critiques undertaken by independent parties
  • Supporting visual/multimedia material which could include up to 1-6 high quality colour images; and /or either in jpg or tif format, or clearly labelled photographs ;and/or up to 25 second of mpg video file or automated Powerpoint presentation
  • Sign-off by a member of the organisation's senior management team
Full entries from award finalists must be received by 5pm Friday, 10 May 2019.

The award will be presented at the 2019 EEA Conference


The awards consist of a trophy and a cash prize of $NZD500.


Judging is in accordance with the following criteria:


Performance Indicators

Contribution to the national or local economy and
impact on quality of life of relevant communities

  • Development of infrastructure (ie. national/local asset).
  • Value-adding to natural resources.
  • Evidence of meaningful consultation with those affected.
  • Impact on the natural environment.
  • Impact on an urban environment.
  • Cost savings potential.
  • Employment potential.
  • Advancement of sustainability
  • Import replacement.
  • New industry development.
  • Health and safety of people.
  • Material well-being of those affected.
  • Environmental or social well-being of those affected.

Contribution to building the reputation of New Zealand
electricity supply industry engineering

  • Satisfaction of the needs of clients and/or end-user groups.
  • Importance of the engineering component.
  • Reputation as a quality project.
  • Adherence to budget and timeline.
  • Recognition as an engineering achievement/ innovation.
  • Recognition of the standard of excellence.

Overseas interest

  • Functionality and economic impact on its life cycle
  • Originality.
  • Coverage in world literature.

Sound Engineering and Business Principles & Practices

  • Future operability and asset maintenance provisions.
  • Originality or ingenuity in achieving the best solution.
  • Adherence to budget parameters and program timelines.
  • Innovation and creativity exhibited in all aspects of the work.
  • Patents and other protection


The entrant accepts and agrees to the following terms and conditions:

  1. All entries and supporting material must be received at the EEA by the dates specified in the entry requirements.
  2. Projects must have been in operation for at least a year, and be no more than three years old.
  3. All relevant parties have been identified as part of the entry's engineering team.
  4. The entrant has obtained the permission of all relevant parties to proceed with the entry.
  5. The entrant gives permission for the EEA to use any of the material provided for publicity and promotional purposes.
  6. Should further information be requested, this will be provided by the date specified.
  7. Should the judges wish to visit the site of an activity or ask questions of any person(s) involved with an entry, all reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate the visit and answer any questions posed.
  8. Should the entrant be announced as a finalist, the entrant must attend, and meet the costs of attending, the formal Awards presentation at the EEA Conference in Auckland on 20 to 22 June 2018.
  9. The entrant accepts that the judges' decision is final and that no correspondence will be entered into.
  10. The judges reserve the right not to make an Award where, in the judges' opinion, no entry of adequate standard has been received.


The descriptive summary can now be submitted online using the below link. Please have your supporting material ready to upload during the online submission. Or you can download the entry form and send your entry by email.

Click here to download the entry details and criteria
Click here to download the descriptive summary entry in word format
Click here to submit your descriptive summary online for the Engineering Excellence Awards


2018 Winner - AECOM NZ Ltd 'Wilton Substation 110kV Bus Rationalisation'

2017 Winner - Unison Networks 'Asset Rating in the Days of Disruptive Innovations'

2016 Winner - Meridian Energy 'Manapouri Transformer Project'

2015 Winner - AECOM 'Wairau Road GXP Substation'

2014 Winner - Amethyst Hydro Ltd & Electronet Group ' Amethyst Hydro Power Scheme'

2014 Merit - Mitton Electronet & Transpower 'A Transmission Mobile Substation from Design to Operation'

2013 Winner - ElectroNet Group (Mitton ElectroNet & ElectroNet Services) 'Connecting McKee Power Plant to the Grid'

2012 Winner - Top Energy/Transpower 'Overcoming Ownership Boundaries to Serve Customers'

2011 - The Award was not presented in 2011

2010 - This Award was not presented in 2010

2009 Winner

  • EEA Engineering Excellence Award (over $3m in capital expenditure category): Mighty River Power for their 'Kawerau Geothermal Power Station' Project.
  • EEA Engineering Excellence Award (under $3m in capital expenditure category): The Award was not presented in 2009

2008 Winners

  • EEA Engineering Excellence Award (over $3m in capital expenditure category): Mighty River Power for their Arapuni Dam Foundation Remediation Project.
The submission presented an unprecedented challenge, and the solution has created a new international benchmark for dam remediation.
  • EEA Engineering Excellence Award (under $3m in capital expenditure category): Connetics for their full lighting upgrade of the exterior of New Zealands architectural icon Christchurch Cathedral.

2007 Winner

  • EEA Engineering Excellence Award (over $3m in capital expenditure category): Vector 'Revitalising Infrastructure: Vector's Undergrounding Project in Howick'.
  • EEA Engineering Excellence Award (over $3m in capital expenditure category): The Award was not presented in 2007
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