Commitment to sustainability at Te Ara o Te Ata – Mt Messenger Bypass recognised globally


Mt Messenger Bypass, Tonkin + Taylor, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency,


Te Ara o Te Ata – Mt Messenger Bypass project has been named Transportation Project of the Year at the Environmental Analyst Sustainability Delivery Awards in Boston, USA.

NZ Transport Agency Waka Kotahi (NZTA) is celebrating recognition for its commitment to sustainability and collaboration at an international awards ceremony.

“This award is testament to the project’s collaborative approach and a commitment to sustainability from all participants of the Mt Messenger Alliance,” says NZTA Project Manager Caleb Perry.

“With Te Ara o Te Ata, our goals are greater than building a new section of state highway.

“From the outset, the Te Ara o Te Ata approach has been one of genuine collaboration among all organisations involved in delivering this unique project.

“Alongside our mana whenua partner Ngāti Tama and the Mt Messenger Alliance, NZTA is committed to continuing this collaborative approach, while delivering lasting gains for the flora and fauna surrounding the bypass, and treading lightly on the whenua throughout construction.”

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Alliance partner Tonkin + Taylor collected the award in Boston on behalf of the Mt Messenger Alliance, which comprises NZTA, Downer, HEB Construction, WSP and Tonkin + Taylor.    

The award is the project’s second to date, having won Project of the Year at the 2023 Crane Association of New Zealand awards – for construction of Te Ara o Te Ata’s groundbreaking cableway, which has been transporting equipment, materials and workers into the remote heart of the project for more than a year.

“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. 

“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.” 

Source: New Zealand Governement

Source: Tonkin + Taylor Media Release

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