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Tonkin + Taylor and WSP, in collaboration with the Mt Messenger Alliance, is thrilled to announce that the Te Ara o Te Ata – Mt Messenger project has been awarded the Transportation Project of the Year at the Environment Analyst Sustainability Delivery Awards in Boston, USA. 

This accolade recognises the meaningful collaboration and innovative sustainability practices demonstrated by the Mt Messenger Alliance, which includes partners NZ Transport Agency Waka Kotahi, WSP in New Zealand, HEB Construction, Downer, and Ngāti Tama (mana whenua – tribal landowners). 

“Sustainability is at the core of all of our projects, and this global recognition of our sustainability thinking and actions, on a project in a sensitive natural environment, reassures me that we are making great progress towards our Vision of being renowned for inspiring sustainable futures,” said Dr Brett Ogilvie, Executive Leader – Sustainability at Tonkin + Taylor, who personally worked on the project for its first two years. 

Transportation Awards
 Senior T+T staff with our Inogen Alliance partners, L-R:  Robert Szucs-Winkler (denxpert, Hungary), Angelique Dickson (Antea USA / President of Inogen Alliance), Lean Phuah and Peter Roan (both T+T), Aaron Lapine (Antea USA), Emmanuel Zinsu (HPC AG, Germany).

The Te Ara o Te Ata – Mt Messenger bypass project is designed to deliver a dual legacy: a modern, safer, and more reliable road infrastructure, and mana whenua with greater capacity to exercise their role as kaitiaki (guardians) of the local environment. This commitment includes future generations, and a recognition of the important role biodiversity plays when it comes to sustainability. 

“This is another example of Aotearoa punching above its weight and delivering great outcomes especially when you partner with mana whenua.” said Frances White the Chair of the Ngāti Tama Rūnanga (mana whenua). 

Richard Hancy, Executive Leader – Global at Tonkin + Taylor, reflected on the strong ties to collaboration in this project: “Partnering relationships are key to Tonkin + Taylor’s strategic approach, and this award is recognition of the true value of meaningful relationships. Within the Mt Messenger Alliance, collaboration has enabled us to achieve environmental outcomes that we are all proud of, leaving a legacy for future generations to enjoy.” 

The Mt Messenger Alliance site-based team celebrates the award during their Matariki celebration yesterday

The Environment Analyst Awards celebrate organisations that have made significant advances toward sustainable transformation, recognising ESG innovation, achievement, and leadership in achieving climate and net-zero goals. 

“We are incredibly proud to have received this global recognition,” added Brett Ogilvie. “It’s a testament to the hard work and dedication of everyone involved in the Mt Messenger Alliance and our collective commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship.” 

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