This iconic event is the highlight of the Energy Industry calendar and showcases the talents of its brightest stars. Featuring three days of intense cable jointer and line mechanic competitions with teams from all around New Zealand battling it out. Events include a pole top rescue, team building and first aid competitions, as well as a pit rescue and spike gun event.

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2019 event

24 – 26 September
Hawke’s Bay Regional Sports Ground

Annual Connection is the only platform of its kind in New Zealand of the Electricity Supply Industry. Bringing together suppliers and key industry players, in an environment that showcases the skills and technology that are practically and physically required to keep the power flowing.

Annual Connection attracts a wide range of industry representatives from across New Zealand and features a range of high-profile events over three days. These include: Cable Jointer Competition Line Mechanic Competition, a Suppliers Expo and the Excellence Awards Dinner.

The key objectives of Annual Connection are to:

  • Showcase the industry and ensuring a sustainable workforce
  • Promote best practice in Health and Safety
  • Promote, recognise and reward a qualified and skilled workforce through the competitions and the Excellence Awards
  • Showcase new technologies and innovation.

2019 Hosting Sponsor

Cable Jointer competition

Excellence Awards Dinner

Line Mechanic competition

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A new venue for 2019
Hawke’s Bay regional sports park

We’re stoked to be hosting the 2019 Annual Connection Competitions and Suppliers Expo and we’re looking forward to welcoming competitors, visitors and exhibitors to the Hawke’s Bay Regional Sports Park.

This is going to be a fantastic event. It’s an exciting showcase for the industry, is well managed and I’m sure it will attract interest from the general public in addition to industry participants.

We will do our best to make it a great event too. We are proud of our Park and regard it as the region’s premier sports and events centre. Each year we welcome over 300,000 people through our gates and we especially like having people from outside the Bay. By all accounts people enjoy coming here too. A great event, great facilities and lots to do (wineries, cycle trails, Te Mata peak etc) represent a compelling combination – there are always lots of smiles among our visitors.

So I encourage you to get on board early so you can book and plan for, the best the region has to offer.

Jock Mackintosh

Hawke’s Bay Regional Sports Park

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