Gateway airport terminal lands prestigious awards
New Plymouth Airport terminal adds to list of successes
New Plymouth Airport’s terminal has won two major accolades. Te Hono, owned by the New Plymouth District Council, was named medium-sized airport of the year and medium infrastructure project of the year at the 2021 awards.
The awards took place online due to last year’s ceremony being postponed due to Covid-19.
The awards add to the airport’s success, which includes a win in the Prix Versailles for best airport exterior in December.
Te Hono’s design encompasses the entire terminal and reflects the Puketapu origin story of Tamarau at the northern end, Rongoueroa at the southern end with a Tuahu panel in the centre with a figurine depicting their child Awa-NuiA-Rangi.
The judges described Te Hono as an “iconic gateway for the region” and praised it for “giving life to the cultural narrative” of Puketapu hapu¯.
They also noted the airport’s terminal redevelopment project had shown genuine leadership in passenger experience by including sustainable building design principles.
It sits on the ancestral land of Taranaki’s Puketapu hapu¯ , who worked with the project team, design consultants Beca and builders Clelands Construction, to ensure their legacy was reflected.
While the past two years had been extremely challenging for airports around the world, the awards recognised the airport is well placed for a brighter future, New Plymouth Airport chief executive David Scott says.
“In the year to June, we had about 244,000 passengers come through Te Hono, and were expecting about 350,000 over the next 12 months. We look forward to sharing Te Hono with travellers from around the world for many years to come.”