Connexis holds, and is involved in, a number of events throughout the year.

At Connexis, we pride ourselves in taking the time to acknowledge, celebrate, educate and promote our awesome people and industry. To make life easier for you we have collated some of the events we run and are involved in with. Check these out below. If you would like to be involved in any of the activities please contact us today!

Girls with Hi-Vis®

Girls with Hi-Vis®, is run in June and is an Ultimit - Women in Infrastructure initiative. The objective is to raise awareness and increase the number of women working in trade and technical roles in the Infrastructure Industries.

 These events create opportunities for young women to gain exposure to the infrastructure sector while at school. They  provide a hands-on experience so young women can gain a clear understanding about what's involved in the many and varied roles available to them in infrastructure's Civil, Energy, Telco and Water industries.  

For Infrastructure companies across New Zealand. GWHV events provide an opportunity to connect with the local community and promote their industry an\dc company to women who may not have considered a trade or technical career in infrastructure.  

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Annual Connection

Annual Connection is a yearly competition for line mechanics and cable jointers. The event also hosts the Supplier Expo throughout the competitions. The event is concluded with the well renown Annual Connection Awards Dinner – where all winners are announced including the Excellence Awards winners for the Electricity Supply Industry.

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Connexis excellence awards

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.

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Connexis Civil Training Awards

Nominations are open: Enter Today

We are proud sponsors of the Connexis Civil Training Awards.

The awards recognise employers who have embedded training across their businesses, creating career pathways for their workers, and improving capabilities in the civil industry.

They are held annually on the second day of the Civil Contractors New Zealand (CCNZ) Conference, which this year will be on 4-5 August in Christchurch.

Find out more and enter today to get recognised for the investment your company makes in its people and industry through work based training.

Or speak to your Connexis Customer Service Account Manager (CSAM).

Key dates:

4 April 2022

Nominations open

30 May 2022

Nominations close @ midnight

Mid-June onwards

Judges review the submissions and might give you a call if they have any questions

July 2022

Finalists announced

Register your company to attend the CCNZ Conference held at Te Pae Convention Centre in Christchurch, 4 & 5 August 2022

Friday 5 August 2022

Winners announced at the Connexis Industry Training Awards session at the CCNZ Conference held at Te Pae Convention Centre in Christchurch @ 1.45pm

Assessor forums and training

Connexis holds Assessor Forums throughout the country during the year to update our assessors on industry changes, new qualifications and best practice. They also provide a great opportunity to network with others in their industries. These Forums also cover assessors’ Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirement. Assessors must attend a Forum at least once every two years to ensure their CPD is up to date.

Being an assessor is a key role in supporting trainees to get recognition for their skills through the achievement of unit standards towards their nationally recognised industry qualifications.

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Excavator Competitions

Connexis is the proud Gold Sponsor for Civil Contractor New Zealand’s (CCNZ’s) annual excavator operator competitions, which include all the CCNZ Branch regional competitions and the National Excavator Operator Competition (NEOC). The NEOC is held each March during the Central District Field Days event in Feilding at Manfield Park. All the regional finalists, along with the defending champion from the previous year’s NEOC, battle it out to find “the best multi-skilled excavator operator in NZ.

Connexis is a keen supporter of these events which celebrate and recognise the skill of our top civil construction operators. It is also an opportunity to showcase the careers available within the Civil Construction industry to New Zealanders and the specialised skills of the tradespeople that build our foundations and roads that keep New Zealand moving.

Got a trade? Got it made!

Got a Trade? Got it Made! is a national campaign to raise awareness of on-the-job training and careers in New Zealand's trades and services. The campaign speaks to young people, aged 16-24 years, and key influencers, including parents, teachers and careers advisors. Got a Trade? also celebrates the talents and achievements of young people making headway in their chosen vocation.

Got a Trade? is an annual event run in August and includes the following three key events;


The annual Got a Trade! Industry Training Awards honour outstanding trades and services trainees and apprentices from around New Zealand.


Think speed dating, but for a job position. SpeedMeet involves employers (you) and jobseeking students coming together speed dating style for quick 6 minute mini interviews. At the end of each meeting you and the student decide if you would like to find out more information, forming mutual matches, and potentially filling a position/s within your company.

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Mayors Taskforce for Jobs Graduations

The Mayors task Force for Jobs runs Industry Training Graduations to recognise the achievements of recent graduates and provide an opportunity for the trainees and apprentices to celebrate with their families, friends and employers. Graduation ceremonies are attended by graduates who have recently completed a National Certificate qualification with an Industry Training Organisation (ITO), the local Mayor and Councillors, and the ITOs themselves.

The graduations are a time for celebration as well as thanks to local employers for their ongoing commitment to youth and training.

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Youth Digital Enterprise Award

Ministry of Youth Development sponsored award. The award is designed to provide scholarship funding ($1,000 per Award) to support young people who are developing, or have an idea or concept to develop, a smart and innovative enterprise project with a digital focus. It can come from any industry. It might be a way to inspire innovative digital solutions on any shop floor, building site, farm or business.

It aims to support young people who would benefit from increasing their skills, knowledge, experience, networks and/or engaging more effectively with wider digital technology industry partners.

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