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The REAAA NZ Chapter holds a young presenter competition every year during the REAAA Roadshow.  The objective of this competition is to give younger members of the roading industry the opportunity to prepare a short presentation and paper of topical interest and present at one of the seminars of the Roadshow and in so doing gain valuable experience.

At the 2018 Roadshow the competition will be fierce with the following young presenters vying for the cash prize of $300.00 at each seminar.


Kieran Soma, Higgins Contractors – Future-proofing roading infrastructure for the e-revolution

Nikhil Vishwanath, Road Science – Potholing, cracking, rutting, shoving, ravelling… localised surface defects are the bane of a network maintenance manager!

Rachel Nixon, WSP Opus – Technology Enhanced Traffic Management for a Sustainable Road Network

Samantha Prendergast, Auckland Motorways – Traffic Management Plan Application System


Ann-Elise Moon, Whakatāne District Council – Transportation Transformation in the Whakatāne District Council

Catherine Roh – Waioeka Gorge Slope Hazard Pilot Study

David Alexander, Road Science Forecasting design lives

Heather Riches, GHD – Ohakune Mountain Road Rehabilitation – Protecting and enhancing future needs through stakeholder engagement


Ben Lin, Higgins Contractors – Inclement weather, exploring the issue and concepts to address a known industry risk

Roderick Hadiwidbowo, Auckland Motorways – Graffiti Management 

Zane Davidson, Auckland Motorways – Incident Response


Andrew Bradfield, WSP Opus – SH77 Rakaia Gorge No.1 Bridge Deck Replacement and Seismic Strengthening

Paul Ferguson, Christchurch City Council – Bank’s Peninulsa Bridges Guardrail Retrofitting

Rohit Matta, WSP Opus – SH6 Haven Road Shared Pathway – The Challenges and Success.

For further details on the competition click here

The $300 cash prize for the winners of the 2017 Young Presenter Competition was kindly sponsored by the local IPENZ branches at Waikato, Wellington and Canterbury.

The winners were:
Ayesha Carneiro, Beca Ltd ~ Auckland seminar
Natasha Jokhan, Opus International Consultants ~ Rotorua seminar
Thanura Rabel, Opus International Consultants ~ Wellington seminar
Daniel Helm, Downer, ~ Christchurch seminar
Lydia Perkins, Fulton Hogan Ltd ~ Dunedin seminar

The presentations from all young presenters who have participated in previous competitions can be found on the conference papers page.