Ronald Hicks Memorial Award sponsored by Mott MacDonald

Ronald Hicks was an honourable water professional recognised for his contribution to water and wastewater management in New Zealand from the mid-1950s - 1983. Ronald joined the Auckland Metropolitan Drainage Board from the UK as Chief Chemist at the time when the Manukau Sewerage Purification Works was under development. He became widely respected as an international authority on domestic and industrial wastewater treatment practices, and it was through his efforts from 1957 to 1959 that the NZ Sewage and Industrial Wastes Association, the forerunner of Water New Zealand, was formed.

This award commemorates the contribution that Ronald Hicks made to water and wastewater management in New Zealand. Entrants must submit an article or paper that recognises significant work in solving or clarifying sewage treatment or water pollution problems in New Zealand.

How to Enter:

  • Entering could not be simpler – just complete each section of this form.


  • This award is open to any individual(s) working in the New Zealand water sector. The article or paper should have been published in the last 12 months as of 20 August 2021.

What to include:

  •  A copy of the article or paper
  • the name(s) and address(es) of the author(s). Where the nomination is by a third party, their name and address should also be provided.

Submitting a nomination:

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  • Awards close on the 27th August 2021 

Judging Process:

  • The judging will be conducted by three trustees from the Ronald Hicks Memorial Trust.
  • The judges reserve the right to not offer the award depending on the quality of entries. The judges’ decision will be final.


This award will be made to the author(s) of an article or paper considered significant in solving or clarifying sewage treatment or water pollution problems in New Zealand. Awards may take the form of cash, books, equipment, etc, as seen appropriate to the Trustees in each case.

Special thanks

Water New Zealand acknowledges the services of the Trustees, namely Chairman Dr Mark Milke, from the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering at the University of Canterbury; Paul Barter from the Cawthron Institute and Nick Dempsey from Mott MacDonald. The Trustees comprise the judging panel.

Water New Zealand and the trustees would like to acknowledge Mott MacDonald for its generous sponsorship of the award. 

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