NZ Study Tour Award

AITPM are pleased to announce the winner of the AITPM – 2017 New Zealand Study Tour Award is Alexandra Kelly of SMEC, Brisbane office.

This year AITPM again attracted a strong field of nominations for the award.  The nomination panel was impressed with the quality of all submissions and the selection of the winner was a close call with only a few points separating the top three submissions.  We would like to thank all of those who nominated for this year’s award and for the obvious efforts that were put into the submissions.

As winner of this award, Alex wins a complimentary registration to the IPENZ Transportation Group Conference in Hamilton, New Zealand in March, including airfares, accommodation and incidentals.  Alex has already started arranging meetings with key transportation officials while she is in Hamilton so that she can gain as much as possible while she is there and to further strengthen the relationship between AITPM and IPENZ.

The IPENZ Transportation Group annual conference is New Zealand’s premier forum for the traffic engineering, road safety and transportation planning community. It is intended to stimulate debate and collaboration amongst peers. Around 200 professionals attend the annual event, which has been running for more than 40 years.

Alexandra Kelly

Alexandra Kelly

Alex Kelly, Experienced Engineer - Transport

Alex’s submission demonstrated a good understanding of the coming IPENZ conference and how it related to her work. AITPM were particularly impressed with Alex’s thoughts regarding the further contribution that she can make to the relationship between IPENZ and AITPM.
Alex’s application for this award will be available on the AITPM website and I encourage interested members to review her application and encourage all interested members to nominate for next year’s NZ Study Tour Award and for our other awards.
Congratulations again to Alex and thanks to all the other nominees.

This award provides for one AITPM member to attend the annual Institution of Professional Engineers NZ Transportation Group conference in Hamilton, New Zealand. The Transportation Group’s annual conference is New Zealand’s premier forum for the traffic engineering, road safety and transportation planning community.

The 2017 IPENZ Transportation Group conference provided delegates the perfect chance to discuss the catalysts for creating and sustaining smarter, stronger and safer transport systems and how they can be, or in some cases are being, applied to New Zealand’s transport network. It also provided the opportunity to showcase ‘world’s best practice’ for transport, be it here, in New Zealand or overseas.

The aims of the Award are as follows:

  • Enhancing the strong two way relationship with IPENZ
  • Provide an opportunity for information exchange
  • Support members in the acquisition of knowledge

Any enquiries may be directed to the National Secretariat on 0413 828 721 or by email at

Applications are now closed for 2017. They will re-open early in the new year for the 2018 award.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a member of AITPM (individual or corporate)
  • Have a commitment to enhance relationships while attending the IPENZ Conference
  • Have a commitment to writing an article for the AITPM newsletter within two months of attending the IPENZ Conference

Nomination Requirements
Applicants need to supply sufficient information to enable the assessment panel to score each application. The following selection criteria must be addressed:

  • Outline the knowledge that you will focus on acquiring from attending the conference (refer to the IPENZ website for information on the conference content via
  • Outline the potential application of this knowledge to your current role
  • Outline how you will enhance the AITPM/IPENZ relationship while at the conference

Examples of previous winning submissions are available below:

NZ Study Tour Award Application Form

Entries for the 2017 NZ Study Tour Award have now closed.