• Top electricity supply trainees announced for 2014
  • Top electricity supply trainees announced for 2014

An electricity generation trainee has won the overall award as trainee of the year in electricity supply sector of the infrastructure industry.

Anita Hope of Contact Energy was announced as the winner at October’s Annual Connection Excellence which was organised by Connexis, New Zealand’s infrastructure training organisation.

In making the award the judges described Anita as a courageous ambitious young women with a strong desire to succeed. The judges said she is a natural ambassador for the industry and is very encouraging of women to apply for trade and technical roles within the industry.

This is the 13th year of the Annual Connection industry event.

Connexis Board chair Frances Hague says Anita’s success is particularly pleasing given the effort that has been put into recruiting more women into the industry in recent years through the Ultimit project.

“Not only is Anita an outstanding role model for women entering our industry but she is a great example of how trainees can succeed. There is no question that the electricity supply industry will be better off with people like her.”

Anita has managed significant commitments outside of her work and studies as a training squad member of the 2012 junior black-sticks ( unfortunately not making the final cut that ended up going to the junior world cup) as well as being a proud member of a number of Midlands national hockey teams including the u21's and the National Women's League team.

Other winners from the Annual Connection Excellence Awards are:

  • Business Support/Retail Trainee of the Year
    Jade Leslie Meridian Energy
  • Distribution Trainee of the Year
    Derryn Cooper, Northpower
  • Transmission Trainee of the Year
    David Sullivan, Transfield Services
  • Telecommunications Trainee of the Year
    Raera Taua-Templeton, Downer
  • Advanced Trainee of the Year
    Tammie Riddle, Electrix
  • Contribution to Industry Training
    Mark Keller, Electricity Supply Apprentice Programme 

For more information contact:

Connexis Board Chair
France Hague - 027 472 0715

Connexis media advisor
Philip Burton – 021 428748





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