Auckland Council and the Wynyard Edge Alliance are the winners of The MartinJenkins Award for Collaborative Government Action for their America’s Cup 36 Base Infrastructure.

The MartinJenkins Award for Collaborative Government Action recognises outstanding results that have been achieved through local authorities working with other government agencies. 

This winning entry covers the infrastructure necessary to prepare the Auckland waterfront to host America’s Cup 36 – a project brought in on time, under budget, and with a legacy that extends beyond a single event. The Wynyard Edge Alliance is a collaboration of Auckland Council, Eke Panuku Development Auckland and the New Zealand Government – primarily The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).  

The Judges said "this is a once in a generation project that delivered a world-class amenity on a block of land that was previously a significant detraction from the Auckland Waterfront. Aucklanders, and the nation as a whole, will be able to enjoy this for many years to come. The lessons around alliance contracting and procurement, quality assurance and engagement are applicable to any capital investment of moderate to high value." 

This category could include programmes or projects from any area, provided there is a demonstrable community benefit, and the approach is transferable to other local authorities. Last year's winner of the Collaborative Government Action category was Hastings District Council for its Place Based Housing Solution.

MartinJenkins works at the intersection of government and business, helping organisations navigate and implement policy, regulatory and organisation change to improve organisational performance and the lives of all New Zealanders. This is the second year that MartinJenkins has sponsored a category in the Excellence Awards, last year they sponsored the (discontinued) Better Policy and Regulation category.  

For further information, please see the 2022 Awards Media Pack.