2015 Award Winners

Recognising and celebrating outstanding achievements in the project management profession

The Project Management Institute of New Zealand (PMINZ) are pleased to announce the winners for the 2015 NZ Project Management Awards.

Now in their 7th year, the New Zealand Project Management Awards have grown in quality and quantity 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.

These awards recognise excellence by individuals, teams and organisations in achieving project management success. All winners are worthy contenders and  demonstrate a high standard of project management practice evident across New Zealand. The award winners were announced on 3rd September 2015 during the PMINZ 21st Annual Conference in Wellington.

The Winners of the NZ Project Management Awards are:

Entity Group Emerging Project Manager of the Year

Graeme Walker – Fonterra
On the project, Graeme is leading the Building Works with a Budget of $17M and responsibility of circa 60 personnel. Graeme has taken a lead in implementing a change control system and establishing a project office for the onsite project team. Graeme utilises the technologies available to improve the way existing processes are used to increase productivity and stakeholder engagement. We believe Graeme has the potential to make a difference in the profession and has what it takes to be the Entity Group Emerging PM of the Year.

Falcon Training Project Manager of the Year

Chris Jones – Meridian Energy
Project Mill Creek delivered a 26 turbine wind farm northwest of Wellington city which will deliver enough electricity to service 30,000 homes. Over 1300 people were involved during the construction phase. Chris delivered this project on time, $10 million dollars under budget and had no lost time injuries with over 370,000 man-hours worked.

PMINZ Project of the Year

Cricket World Cup 2015 Overlay – Cricket World Cup 2015 Ltd
The Cricket World Cup 2015 Overlay Project was a highly complex endeavour due to the geographic spread across the country, involvement of multiple stakeholders and frequently changing scope. Financial constraints and the need to maintain venues for other events necessitated a compressed 21-day build period with non-negotiable deadlines. The project was made even more challenging given the high profile nature of the tournament and related media interest. Despite these challenges, the project was incredibly successful. All eight venues were made operationally ready in time, budget savings of NZ$400k were achieved, and project stakeholders across the country retain a sense of pride and accomplishment.

KPMG Public Sector Project of the Year

Geospatial Future Mode of Operation – Auckland Council
The GFMO project was a key transformation project within Auckland Council to rationalise the geospatial technology systems. The project was delivered under budget and within the agreed timeframes even though they had to deal with additional challenges as a result of organisational change. Financial benefits included a $15 million dollar savings over 10 years to the organisation which have begun to be realised.

Quest Serviced Apartments Volunteer of the Year

Mike Roberts – South Island Branch
Mike is the current PMINZ Christchurch Branch Certification Preparation Network (CPN) coordinator. He is known for his energy, availability, responsiveness, and untiring efforts. His commitment to the chapter is valued at a branch level, but also by the many participants in the CPN programme and who are now certified project management professionals. He is the archetypal volunteer and should be encouraged to continue contributing to PMI at a local, national and international level.

Project Plus PMO of the Year

IAG NZ Enterprise PMO, Auckland
The PMO at IAG NZ is an enterprise-wide shared service, which oversees major change across all business units. Its ambition is to “Maximise the Benefits” from investment in projects. The transformation of the PMO operating model, and focus on simplicity and value-add, has allowed the PMO service to move from being the project police to a trusted advisor, leader and centre of excellence for project and programme management services.

Human Systems International Research Achievement Award

Dr Alice Yan Chang-Richards
Dr. Yan Chang-Richards’ research analysed the role of project management in improving the management of post-disaster recovery projects. The focus was on the project governance used in disaster management by looking at the post-disaster reconstruction efforts in Christchurch following the 2010/2011 earthquakes.

For more information please contact:

Kevin Jones
Awards Coordinator
M: 021 999 023


Becky Bisset
PMINZ Vice President
M: 021 909 676


Mike Thompson
PMINZ Executive Officer
M: 0275 781 513



We are very grateful to these Award Sponsors, who continue to support and champion the very ‘best’ in  project management.