Excellence Awards

The Excellence Awards celebrate the best and brightest trainees working in the Electricity Supply and Telecommunications industries. They also recognise those who have made a significant contribution to the industry through their enthusiasm and commitment to industry training. It is attended by many of the key influencers in the industry.

Excellence Awards Dinner 2019

The venue for this years Excellence Awards Dinner is the Peak Church in Havelock North – 393 Te Mata Rd, Havelock North.

This year, as part of the dinner event, we will be presenting the Line Mechanic and Cable Jointer Competition Awards – previously known as the Minor Awards. In the past, these have been presented during the afternoon of the last day of competitions at the competition venue – this year, they will precede the Excellence Awards Dinner.

Please note you do not need to purchase a ticket if you just want to attend the Competition Awards, these will run from 6.30pm, with the dinner commencing from 7.30pm.

The finalists and winners of the Excellence Awards will be announced at the dinner, along with the winners of the Line Mechanic and Cable Jointer Competitions from the previous three days of competitions.

We look forward to celebrating the best and brightest trainees, crews and individuals in the Electricity Supply and Telecommunications Industries.



Napier War Memorial and Conference Centre. Marine Parade


Hastings Clock Tower

Havelock North

Havelock North i-SITE Visitor Centre


Premier Excellence Awards Dinner Sponsor

We are thrilled to announce iJobsite as the Premier Sponsor of the Excellence Awards Dinner.

iJobsite is the go to platform for infrastructure jobs. Whether you are an employer looking to list a job or a job seeker searching for opportunities within the infrastructure sector the ijobsite is the platform for you. Listing is free, simple and direct.

What a perfect fit for Annual Connection and it’s focus on celebrating all our industry has to offer.

iJobsite Logo

2019 Nominations are Open

Nominations for this years Excellence awards are now open. This year we are taking nominations for:

  • Advanced Trainee of the Year
  • Distribution Trainee of the Year
  • Generation Trainee of the Year
  • Investing in Youth Training and Development
  • Telecommunications Trainee of the Year
  • Transmission Trainee of the Year

Winners of the Advanced Trainee of the Year, Distribution Trainee of the Year, Generation Trainee of the Year, Transmission Trainee of the Year and Telecommunications Trainee of the Year will be in the running for the Overall Trainee of the Year Award.

Please find the nomination forms below. Send all complete nomination forms to Charlotte Wood – annualconnection@connexis.org.nz 

Nominations close 18th August 2019.

As a nominating company, you are taking the opportunity to recognise the value your employees bring to your organisation as well as recognising the importance of learning and development for your organisation.

Pictured: Overall Trainee of the Year 2018, Joe Mills (Meridian Energy)

Sponsor an award

As a sponsor of the Excellence Awards, you ensure your organization 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. Check out the sponsor page for more information.