The NZ Transport Agency’s prestigious GEM Award

The NZ Transport Agency’s prestigious GEM Award

The NZ Transport Agency’s prestigious GEM Awards (Going the Extra Mile) for 2015 were held in Auckland in September, with the ‘Connecting With Our Community Award’ going to the Well-Connected Alliance Communications & Stakeholder Team.

The criteria for the prestigious award involved demonstrating engagement with the community beyond normal expectations, their entry beating competition from a number of other projects throughout New Zealand.

The Well-Connected Alliance entry was called “Big project, Big Heart” and detailed the entire project’s commitment to being a good neighbour to both the communities that sit beside the project, and to those further afield that the Waterview Connection has helped.

The judges recognised the work done by everyone on the Waterview Connection project (a project that we’re proud to be involved in) to "walk with the community" in small and large ways. "The Waterview Connection has moved the benchmark for large projects to pick up even the smallest aspects that can help a community. Many of the actions were driven within the whole project team, which showed total commitment to connecting with the community" they said.

Well-Connected Alliance Project Manager John Burden says the win is something everyone who works or has worked on the project can take pride in. "For many of us the way we interact with the community is business as usual. But it's not - in reality we do actually go the extra mile, all of us. The GEM Award is recognition for this and the whole team's commitment to connecting with our communities."

Mel Drumm from our HR team has been working as part of the Waterview’s award winning comms team on secondment.

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