City Rail Link Manager, Berenize Peita (Kaiwhakahaere Hua a Hapori) wins international recognition for efforts in reshaping New Zealand’s future infrastructure projects.
A City Rail Link (CRL) manager – Berenize Peita (Kaiwhakahaere Hua a Hapori) – has won international recognition for her “profound efforts in reshaping how future infrastructure projects in New Zealand will unfold”.
In Melbourne, the Australian-based Infrastructure Sustainability Council (ISC) awarded Berenize its prestigious ‘Enduring Impact’ Award for Individual Contribution to a Sustainable Future.
Berenize, employed by City Rail Link Ltd as the Social Outcomes Legacy Manager inside Link Alliance, the project’s main contractor, leads initiatives that promote a more diverse workforce and support Māori and Pasifika businesses. Under her guidance, a successful Progressive Employment Programme helps rangatahi (youth) successfully graduate into the workforce, and CRL contracts valued at more than $95 million have been directed towards Māori and Pasifika-owned businesses.
ISC Chief Executive, Ainsley Simpson, describes Berenize’s leadership as “profound efforts” to reshape future infrastructure projects in Aotearoa/New Zealand.
“Ongoing commitment to her work has created a permanent legacy for the tikanga Māori and te reo Māori people involved, and for the way project managers can work with similar groups to achieve these outcomes on other projects and their communities.”
“Through her leadership, with the support of CRL Mana Whenua partners, Berenize has elevated te ao Māori (the Māori world) as a valued part of the Link Alliance’s operational approach. Her efforts emphasize the value in social outcomes and fostering a diverse, inclusive workforce in Aotearoa,” says Ms Simpson.
Berenize says she is grateful for the recognition but says it represents the work of many.
“Particularly to the project’s Social Outcomes team, as well as to City Rail Link Ltd and Link Alliance for creating the space to prioritise these outcomes and support their delivery,” she adds.
City Rail Link Ltd’s Chief Executive, Dr Sean Sweeney, says the ISC award is fantastic and outstanding recognition for Berenize.
“From day one of this project we have worked with mana whenua to deliver an exemplar project – one that not only has enduring benefits for rail users and Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland, but one that for years ahead equally benefits all the people and companies behind our successful project. The role Berenize plays in helping achieve that is immense and it is absolutely fitting she has won international recognition for her leadership,” Dr Sweeney says.
The Infrastructure Sustainability Council is the peak body for infrastructure sustainability, advocating for the delivery of cultural, social, economic and environmental benefits from all infrastructure assets.
Source: City Rail Link Ltd (CRLL)
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