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 a breakdown by decision-makers to understand the needs of this …

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, is what it takes to make it, she says.  And Laisa should know. She has worked in …

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 at heart,” is how she describes herself.  Angie never started out with her …

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 still “pretty macho” industry.   It is not merely the fact that Danielle is a woman that has …

Encouraging more women into infrastructure with Genesis: Rebecca Larking’s story

Chloe Energy, Ultimit/Women in Infrastructure

Genesis Energy is currently working hard to put together the company’s 2018 GWHV event at Tokaanu Power Station in the central North Island. It’s the second year the company has participated in the GWHV programme, which aims to provide insight into the career opportunities for young women that lie in infrastructure industries. Opportunities they may not be aware of otherwise. …

Holly turns her love of engineering into a career with Meridian Energy

Chloe Energy, Ultimit/Women in Infrastructure

Holly Frewen is engineering herself a bright future. The 16-year-old Twizel Area School student now spends one day a week working with Meridian Energy’s mechanical team at Ohau as part of the Gateway programme, designed to attract and train new talent. She wishes it was more. “It’s so great, I’m really loving it. I wish I could be there more.” …