Honour for Wiremu 

Wiremu Te Tawhero.

The Connexis Industry Excellence Awards have produced a winner from Te Kuiti.

Wiremu Te Tawhero was named Distribution Trainee of the Year at the energy sector awards this week.

Wiremu works for The Lines Company in Te Kuiti.

Greymouth’s Ben Aynsley was the Overall Trainee of the Year winner, and one of six category winners announced.

The Awards honour the country’s best and brightest energy and telecommunications trainees.

Connexis Director Kaarin Gaukrodger says encouraging the next generation into the industry and supporting them to skill up is crucial to the sustainability of the workforce.

“We rely heavily on these industries and their work is in high demand. We need to make sure we have enough people with the proven skills and knowledge to carry out this highly technical work, often done at great heights.”

The annual award winners are traditionally announced at the close of Annual Connection, Connexis’ competition event to bring together the electricity supply industry. COVID has forced the cancellation of that event for the second year running, so the Excellence Awards went ahead in a new-look, online format.

Connexis is a business division of Te Pūkenga subsidiary Work Based Learning Limited. Te Pūkenga was established by the Government to unite Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) and Industry Training Organisations, of which Connexis is one, into a national network.

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