Paving the way for women in power

Prue Feely Energy, Ultimit/Women in Infrastructure

When Robyn Dawes qualified as a cable jointer for Northpower in 2013 at age 25, she was one of the first two women in Northland to do so. She was also one of the first to get qualified with her NZ Certificate in Electricity Supply (Cable Jointing High Voltage) under the Ultimit – Women in Infrastructure initiative; launched by Connexis …

It’s kind of a lifestyle, rather than just a job

Prue Feely Energy, Ultimit/Women in Infrastructure

A giant leap from beauty therapist to line mechanic Planning a career switch from the farming industry, Madison commenced an application for beauty therapy training. So, becoming a line mechanic might seem like a big leap, but Madison Harvey has never looked back. Now aged 22, Madison is a qualified line mechanic with Electra, based in Horowhenua. When she left …

Tara Treherne - Ultimit Ambassador

“Just give it a go, take a chance, be ready to work hard, jump in and prove everyone wrong!” – Tara Treherne, Energy Supply Electrician

Prue Feely Energy, Ultimit/Women in Infrastructure

Operating a crane and driving a truck certainly weren’t skills that Connexis Ultimit Ambassador Tara Treherne ever imagined would be in her career repertoire, but they are. The Auckland based 30-year-old stepped outside the traditional career box for women to begin with by becoming a domestic electrician and now works for Electrix in energy supply where women are even more …

Stop-Go to CEO: Kat Kaiwai

benstevens Civil, Ultimit/Women in Infrastructure

The highlight of Katareina Kaiwai’s four-year journey to achieve her Civil Infrastructure Apprenticeship was getting it finished. That is not to say that Kat, who now runs her own roading firm, Tairāwhiti Contractors, did not enjoy her training. In fact, one of the first things she did after completing her Apprenticeship was to ask her Connexis Customer Service Account Manager …

Alana – the woman who’s happiest perched on the top of a power pole at a Line Mechanic

benstevens Energy, Ultimit/Women in Infrastructure

Alana Welsh is happiest perched on the top of a power pole out in the fresh country air taking in the sweeping views across the Christchurch landscape and out to the peninsula. And it’s all in a day’s work for her. A trainee line mechanic with Christchurch’s Independent Lines Services Alana loves the physicality and outdoor setting the job offers. …

Paving Road to Success – Kat Kaiwai

Diana Blake Civil, Ultimit/Women in Infrastructure

Katareina Kaiwai wants change. And what this determined young Māori woman wants, she tends to get. As one of the few female business owners in Civil Construction in the East Coast region, based in a remote town two hours north of Gisborne, she is a champion of women, her industry, and her region. Where there is, she believes, underinvestment and …

Laisa Pickering - Ultimit ambassador - Electrix

High Voltage Career – Laisa Pickering

Prue Feely Energy, Ultimit/Women in Infrastructure

“Give it a go” is the advice to women considering a future in infrastructure from Connexis Ultimit Ambassador Laisa Pickering. A high-voltage live line mechanic at Electrix, Laisa says many of the barriers that make working in the industry difficult for women are more a perception than a reality. Confidence in your own abilities and skills, and not brute strength, …

Power Play – Angie Du Randt

Prue Feely Energy, Ultimit/Women in Infrastructure

For Genesis Energy Mechanical Engineer Angie Du Randt, working in energy and infrastructure has opened the door to opportunities to live abroad and pursue a passion for mountain biking. As one of our new Connexis Ultimit Ambassadors, Angie shows that work enables play and that your personality defines your career and not the other way around. “Engineer by trade, cyclist …

Energy and Attitude – Danielle Forman

Prue Feely Energy, Ultimit/Women in Infrastructure

Not being constrained by “dude rules” frees you up to be who you want to be and to do your job better, says Connexis Ultimit Ambassador Danielle Forman, a Power Systems Technician at Electrix. Danielle, a new recruit to the Connexis Ultimit Ambassador programme, argues that in some ways it is easier being a female in this male, and often …