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Annual Connection is a unique event bringing together cable jointers, line mechanics, and industry stakeholders from across New Zealand in three days of competitions, a suppliers expo, and closes with the Connexis Excellence Awards.

Join us in putting the spotlight on the skilled and experienced workforce that is essential to keeping the lights on and the country connected.


THE KEY OBJECTIVES OF ANNUAL CONNECTION
  • Showcase and promote the Electricity Supply Industry
  • Promote, recognise, and reward workforce skills, expertise and training
  • Attract more people to join the industry
  • Promote best practice in health and safety
  • Showcase new technologies and innovation

KEY DATES

8 March 2022

Line Mechanic Competitor, Cable Jointer Competitor, and Supplier Expo Registrations Open

27 April 2022

Connexis Excellence Award Nominations Open

1 June 2022

Line Mechanic Competitor and Cable Jointer Competitor Registrations Close

1 June 2022

Connexis Excellence Awards Dinner Tickets On Sale

22 July 2022

Connexis Excellence Awards Nominations Close

8 August 2022

Connexis Excellence Awards Finalists Announced

27-29 September 2022

Annual Connection Line Mechanic and Cable Jointer Competitions

29 September 2022

Connexis Excellence Awards


2022 Host Sponsor

Annual Connection 2022 is proudly sponsored by Electra, New Zealand’s ninth-largest lines company based in the Kāpiti-Horowhenua region.

Chief Executive Neil Simmonds says supporting the event was an easy decision for Electra to make as the event celebrates excellence in the lines industry and promotes to the community some of the difficult tasks carried out in all weather and sometimes under great pressure.

The icing on the cake was that the event coincides with Electra celebrating its 100-year anniversary.

"It’s a privilege to be part of an action-packed event that will demonstrate to our community the important work carried out by our lines team" 
Electra Trustee Chair Sharon Crosbie

READ OUR LATEST MEDIA RELEASE

CABLE JOINTER COMPETITION

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LINE MECHANIC COMPETITION

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SUPPLIER EXPO

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SCHOOLS SESSIONS

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EXCELLENCE AWARDS

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CABLE JOINTER AND LINE MECHANIC COMPETITION

Annual Connection is a unique event bringing together cable jointers, line mechanics from across New Zealand in three days to compete in a number of spirited competitions.

This is a chance to put training and experience to the test against your peers from across NZ. Team get the opportunity to represent their company and make the colleagues and whanāu proud.  

Cable Jointer Competition: Comprises of individual competitors who are qualified and experienced in live line jointing.

Line Mechanic Competition: Comprises of teams of four where three of the members have current practicing licenses and the fourth is a trainee on a Connexis line mechanic training programme or equivalent.

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EXHIBIT AT ANNUAL CONNECTION

Connect with your industry and showcase your best and latest wares at Annual Connection. 

Being part of the Annual Connection Suppliers’ Expo offers a unique opportunity to

  • showcase your services, products or new innovations to a wide industry audience
  • network with a wide range of stakeholders including key decision-makers.
  • elevate your brand with MC call outs throughout the event
  • give demonstrations and previews both to the people who use your gear and those who make the calls
  • Take advantage of the many brand and logo placement opportunities available in the event programme.

REGISTER FOR OUR SUPPLIER EXPO HERE

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

As a sponsor of Annual Connection you ensure your organisation is represented in front of key industry stakeholders while emphasising the value your business places on the growth and sustainability of the Electricity Supply and Telecommunications Industry.

For more information about Sponsorship opportunities please contact Hillary Riches, Event Manager.

E: hillaryr@connexis.org.nz  P: 027 565 1961

We cannot run this event without our amazing sponsors so we thank you in advance and look forward to working with you!

FIND OUR MORE ABOUT OUR SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES HERE

CONNEXIS EXCELLENCE AWARDS

The Connexis Excellence Awards recognise the hard work and commitment it takes to skill up by rewarding the best and brightest trainees in Energy and Telecommunications and mark the closure of Annual Connection.

This is a great night of celebration with the Awards Dinner and Competition Awards, with the Cable Jointers and Line Mechanics competition winners announced.

There are 6 categories open for nominations:

  1. Transmission Trainee of the Year
  2. Telecommunications Trainee of the Year
  3. Generation Trainee of the Year 
  4. Distribution Trainee of the Year
  5. Contribution to Investing in Youth Training and Development 
  6. Advanced Trainee of the Year
  7. Overall Trainee of the Year

Nominations open 21 April 2022.

FIND OUT MORE HERE

The 2021 winners were:

  1. Transmission Trainee of the Year - Sponsored by Transpower
    Debbie Kernohan, Electrix, Auckland
  2. Telecommunications Trainee of the Year - Sponsored by Connexis
    Navjot Kaur, Civtec Ltd, Hamilton
  3. Generation Trainee of the Year - Sponsored by QPower
    Danielle Main, Genesis Energy, Lake Tekapo
  4. Distribution Trainee of the Year - Sponsored by Orion
    Wiremu Te Tawhero, The Lines Company, Te Kuiti
  5. Contribution to Investing in Youth Training and Development - Sponsored by Electrix Ltd
    David de Klerk, Electrix, Auckland
  6. Advanced Trainee of the Year - Sponsored by PowerNet
    Ben Aynsley, Electronet Services Ltd, Greymouth
  7. Overall Trainee of the Year - Sponsored by Connetics
    Ben Aynsley, Electronet Services Ltd, Greymouth
READ ABOUT OUR 2021 WINNERS HERE

Questions? Contact Hillary Riches, Event Manager.
E: annualconnection@connexis.org.nz  P: 027 565 1961