2013 Award Winners

2013 New Zealand Project Management Awards
And the winners are...

The Project Management Institute of New Zealand (PMINZ) are pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 New Zealand Project Management Awards.

The New Zealand Project Management Awards are now in their 5th year. These awards have grown steadily in stature and importance as PMINZ has pursued the recognition of outstanding project management achievements as a part of its vision for raising the profile of the project management profession. Participation of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon Bill English, at this year’s PMINZ Annual Conference in September demonstrates the importance of the profession to New Zealand’s economy.

This year saw the number of nominations increase to record levels as organisations from a range of industries used the awards as a vehicle to acknowledge the great work they had done on the delivery of successful projects and the people who oversaw that success.

This year PMINZ introduced the PMO of the Year award, which recognizes the increasing influence of Project, Programme and Portfolio Management Offices in enabling improved organisation success through effective projects.

Calum Robertson, Vice President of PMINZ and member of the Awards judging panel, has been heartened by the number and standard of nominations this year. “As the Project Management profession matures in New Zealand we are seeing consistent improvement in the number and quality of nominations and 2013 has provided the strongest group yet. The judging panel faced difficult decisions in a number of categories and all New Zealand Project Management Award winners can be assured they are worthy winners”.

Entity Group Emerging Project Manager of the Year

Sam Zhang - New Zealand Transport Agency, Waikato

PMINZ Project Manager of the Year Paul Klenner – Methanex New Zealand Ltd, New Plymouth
PMINZ Project of the Year Fonterra Co-operative Group - Darfield Site Development project
PMINZ Public Sector Project of the Year Mighty River Power - Data Centre 2 Move
Project Plus Project Management Office (PMO) of the Year Transpower - Project Support & Services Group
Quest Serviced Apartments Volunteer of the Year Tracy Couchman - Whanganui-Manawatu

Entity Group Emerging Project Manager of the Year

Sam Zhang - New Zealand Transport Agency, Waikato

"The PMINZ awards judges were impressed with the major achievements and wide breadth of skills Sam Zhang has developed in the 5 years since his graduation in 2008. In 2012 Sam became the youngest project manager in the NZTA, managing projects of significant magnitude. The first major project he was assigned to project manage was complex, and politically and culturally significant with a large stakeholder group. Sam took on the leadership of the project with tenacity to overcome the many challenges he faced. The judges believe that Sam has demonstrated high levels of competency, enthusiasm, persistence and professionalism in his management of projects."

 

PMINZ Project Manager of the Year

Paul Klenner – Methanex New Zealand Ltd, New Plymouth

"Paul has been responsible for successfully delivering high pressure strategic projects, including the Mononui Methanol 01 Restart Project, winner of last year’s PMINZ Project of the Year award. His engagement with stakeholders has been impressive and he has demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities. With 15 years of experience in delivering large scale, high budget and complex projects Paul has established a long term commitment to professional project management. Paul's consistent delivery of significantly sized and technically diverse projects reflects sustained successful performance and a track record of excellence in project management."

 

PMINZ Project of the Year

Fonterra Co-operative Group - Darfield Site Development project

"The PMINZ Awards Judges were impressed with the approach taken by Fonterra to this project as they focussed both on the programme and project delivery. There was clear evidence of learning from past projects, a strong link to deliver on the requirements in the original business case and delivering a successful project. The project team showed a strong commitment to stakeholders, including significant groups within the community, as well as internal stakeholders. The project team faced significant challenges including the 22nd February earthquake and a strategic business decision to bring stage two of the project forward by one year. The project team demonstrated professionalism in project management and combining their experience, positive attitude and ability to work together delivered a highly successful project."

 

PMINZ Public Sector Project of the Year

Mighty River Power - Data Centre 2 Move

"The PMINZ judges were particularly impressed with the solid planning that was put in place to ensure successful delivery of the 'Data Centre 2 Move' project. The project was delivered ahead of time and under budget, whilst meeting stakeholder expectations for quality and staff safety. The project demonstrated high standards of project management capability and professionalism. The project was particularly notable for:

  • Emphasis on project quality
  • Rigorous approach taken to health and safety
  • Demonstrated minimal disruption to staff and ICT services
  • Successful combining and coordination of both internal and external resources"

 

Project Plus Project Management Office (PMO) of the Year

Transpower - Project Support & Services Group

"Over the last four years, the Transpower PMO has transformed programme and project management capabilities by providing project managers with effective frameworks; methodologies; training; tools and support to successfully deliver projects. The PMO provides impressive support for 105 project managers. Transpower promotes and values high levels of competency in project management, including certification of project managers. The PMO has led actions which directly contributed to increased project success within Transpower."

 

Quest Serviced Apartments Volunteer of the Year

Tracy Couchman - Whanganui-Manawatu

"In early 2012 Tracy Couchman took the initiative to set up a local PMINZ Sub-branch for the Wanganui Manawatu regions.
Tracy demonstrated strong leadership skills in rapidly organising local sponsorship and a regular schedule of sub-branch meeting, attracting top speakers. The success of the Whanganui-Manawatu PMINZ sub-branch would not have been possible without Tracy's commitment, drive and energy."

For more information contact

Calum Robertson, PMINZ Vice President
Judging Panel
M 021 905 638

Alice Greer
Awards Coordinator
M 027 703 9055

Mike Thompson
Executive Officer
mthompson@pmi.org.nz

Images available on request - email Mike Thompson as above.