Best Practice: Te Ahu a Turanga Alliance.
NZPI Best Practice Award for Te Ahu a Turanga Alliance.
Te Ahu a Turanga Alliance has been awarded the prestigious NZPI Best Practice National Award for excellence in consultation and participation from the New Zealand Planning Institute. Te Ahu a Turanga: Manawatū Tararua Highway will create 11.5km of new highway between Ashhurst and Woodville, including six new bridges and structures and the planting of over 2 million trees and shrubs.
At the heart of the nomination was the vital role iwi partnership has played in the planning stages of the project, culminating in a historic ‘first’ – Te Ahu a Turanga is the first major infrastructure project in New Zealand to have iwi involved from the outset, as project partners at a governance level and in roles throughout the Alliance.
We are proud to have played a role in supporting the Cultural and Environmental Design Framework (CEDF) which held the Alliance partnership values and design process including cultural expression throughout the project. This has entailed working closely with iwi kaimahi representatives throughout the design review process to ensure cultural outcomes for the project are upheld and embedded, as well as leading the mahi toi process and co-developing all the cultural physical design elements with the Iwi artists Warren Warbrick (Rangitāne) and Sandy Adsett (Ngāti Kahungunu).
“Te Ahu a Turanga represents a new paradigm for Iwi-Crown relations and provides a pathway to a partnership model for the co-design of infrastructure in Aotearoa New Zealand,” says Lonnie Dalzell, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency Owner Interface Manager.
Te Ahu a Turanga Manawatū Tararua Highway Alliance includes: Waka Kotahi, Iwi, HEB Construction, WSP, Aurecon and Fulton Hogan. Isthmus are a sub-consultant to Aurecon.