Join us along with key industry stakeholders to celebrate those who work in the Electricity Supply and Telecommunications Industry.

The Connexis Excellence Awards celebrate the best and brightest trainees working in the industry along with those who have made significant contributions through their enthusiasm and commitment to industry training.

The Connexis Excellence Awards Dinner is held on the last day of Annual Connection. Presentations will be made to the recipients of the Trainee Awards along with the runners-up and winners of the Line Mechanic and Cable Jointer Competition.

For more information about the awards dinner please contact Hillary Riches, Event Manager.

E:  P: 027 565 1961

The Connexis Excellence Awards are proudly hosted by PowerNet Limited, the electricity network management company delivering power to Invercargill City, Southland, West Otago, parts of Central Otago, and Stewart Island.


Name Location Company
Shaun Edgerton Te Kuiti The Lines Company
Frederick Kapua Auckland Ventia
Abbey Meiritz Reid Christchurch Connetics
Eroni Emosi Auckland Omexom
Joshua Cox Otematata Omexom
Patrick Kurucake Wellington Ventia
Ela Jones Lake Tekapo Genesis Energy
Valantina Adam Wellington Downer NZ
Mark Mita Te Awamutu Waipa Networks
Robbie Skerten Christchurch MainPower NZ Ltd
Douglas Hadfield Palmerston North Omexom


 The Connexis Excellence Awards Dinner will be held at Bill Richardson Transport World, Tay St, Invercargill on 21 September 2023 

5:00pm - 6:00pm

Pre-Dinner Drinks and Canapes 

Move through the Museum to the dinner area 

6.00pm - 11pm 

Annual Connection Competition Awards  

Connexis Excellence Trainee Awards Awards  

Guest Speaker 

Overall Winners Annual Connection 2023  

Cost - $175.00 + GST per ticket (Please Note: Welcome drinks, supplied following this cash bar will be available) 

Buses will be available from Ascot Park Hotel and Central City. 

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    Generation Trainee of the Year – Blake Cheesman, Manawa Energy

    Distribution Trainee of the Year – Joseph Smithey – Ventia

    Telecommunications Trainee of the Year – Jack Conchie, Downer

    Transmission Trainee of the Year – Aramai Te Maari Tahau – Ventia

    Advanced Trainee of the Year – Rob van Groen – Connetics

    Investing in Youth Development and Training – Robin Johnson, Assessor/Moderator

    Overall Trainee of the Year – Rob van Groen, Connetics