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Master Electricians Excellence Awards 2022

In association with etco

2021 Master Electricians Excellence Awards

The Master Electricians Excellence Awards in association with etco (The Excellence Awards) is a biennial competition and awards ceremony which aims to identify and recognise excellence within the electrical contracting industry. The formal awards evening celebrates achievement and profiles businesses who hold themselves to the highest standard of excellence.

Enter the awards to showcase how your businesses is navigating the current climate through innovation, leadership, and sustainability. Check out the awards we have open for competition this year and see how you stack up against our judging criteria.

Finalist Announcement

Congratulations to all those who entered the Master Electricians Excellence Awards 2022 in association with Etco. This year saw an unprecedented number of entries, which made judging exciting and challenging. The wide range of projects from across the motu was impressive and our judges were beyond impressed.

Having travelled the length and breadth of the country to inspect, review and judge entries, acknowledgement goes to our judges, David Moon, and John Knight.

We are pleased to announce this year’s project award finalists and look forward to announcing the winners at our Awards Evening on Friday 14 October 2022 at the Pullman Hotel.

Energy Efficiency Award

  • Cornerstone ECD for the Marshall Residence
  • Dalton Electrical for ALTO Albany
  • Des Scott Electrical for Bleeker House (KNX Home Automation)
  • McKay Electrical for the Ika Rere Electric Ferry

 Innovation Award

  • Dalton Electrical for Innovation in “Business as Usual”
  • Des Scott Electrical for Mobile Seed Cleaner
  • EIS for Balance Agri-nutrients Mixer
  • EIS for INSOL Wind Tunnel
  • McKay Electrical for the Ika Rere Electric Ferry

Lighting Design Award

  • Cornerstone ECD for the Marshall Residence
  • Des Scott Electrical for Bleeker House (KNX Home Automation)
  • Good Electrical Limited for Sunnyside Road, Coatesville
  • KME Services NZ Pty Ltd for Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre
  • Prime Electrical & Data Services Ltd for Voco-Hie Hotel

Project Award – Under $1 million

  • Aotea Electric Canterbury for Kiwi Rail Waltham Scenic Journeys Service Centre
  • Buzz Electrics for Dags To Riches
  • Cornerstone ECD for the Marshall Residence
  • Des Scott Electrical for Bleeker House (KNX Home Automation)
  • Nairn Electrical Ltd for SDC Rolleston Helpet Water Treatment Plant

Project Award – $1-$5 million

  • Buzz Electrics for Villa Maria
  • Good Electrical Limited for Sunnyside Road, Coatesville
  • McKay Electrical for the Ika Rere Electric Ferry
  • Millars Electrical Contractors Ltd for NZ Bus Electrical Infrastructure
  • Nola Electrical Limited for The University of Auckland Faculty of Engineering / Te Herenga Mātai Pūkaha, Sector 400, Building 405 (B405)

Project Award – Over $5 million

  • KME Services NZ Pty Ltd for Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre
  • Prime Electrical & Data Services Ltd for Pacifica
  • Prime Electrical & Data Services Ltd for Voco-Hie Hotel

Finalists and winners in the following categories will be announced on the night of the awards:

  • Master Electricians Excellence Award
  • Industry Champion
  • Emerging Business Award

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Important dates

  • 1 February 2022: Entries open
  • 31 July 2022: Entries close
  • 1 September 2022: Finalists announced
  • 14 October 2022: Awards night in Auckland

Excellence Awards Dinner

This year’s Master Electricians Excellence Awards 2022 in association with etco have had an unprecedented response from electrical contractors wanting to submit their projects.  We can’t recall, in recent history, having so many submissions for these awards.  Simply put, we are thrilled with the response we have received.

We are pleased to advise tickets are on sale for the Master Electricians Excellence Awards 2022 in association with etco.

The Awards are being held in Auckland this year (not Wellington as previously advised) and we are offering you a 10% discount on each table of 10.

Event details are:

Venue:  Pullman Hotel, Princes Street, Auckland
 Time:     From 6.30pm
 Dress:    Cocktail or Suit & Tie
 Tickets: $99 pp which includes the evening’s entertainment, the awards, a plated three-course menu, and beverages throughout the evening.  We note all prices quoted exclude GST.

Ticket purchases can be made by clicking on the link below:

Any queries should be directed to Libby Carson, Event Manager – Excellence at or call 027 2693939

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    Entrants must be either:

    • A current financial member of Master Electricians, or
    • A current host company with etco.

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    Why enter?

    The Excellence Awards recognise excellence and achievement across the electrical sector. They communicate and educate both the sector and the public on the critical work being done to ensure reliable, affordable, sustainable future as we navigate a world-wide pandemic while operating to the highest standards.

    Here are some of the reasons to enter and tell your story and associate with the awards:

        • Lead the growth and development of the sector as a whole by promoting excellence in best practice
        • Further the reputation of your business and associate your brand with quality
        • Establish a position of leadership within the industry
        • Attract and retain talent and investment through your values and behaviour.

    The Excellence Awards categories are chosen to reflect today’s business priorities and offer entry opportunities for organisations and individuals.

    We encourage prospective entrants to consider projects, products, policies and people. And that “business as usual” activity might actually be award material.

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    Entry advice

        • The quality of your entry is very important. It should be accurate and provide detailed information. Make sure to attache clear and concise documents that might cover:
          • Scope of project
          • Plans and design
          • Customer expectations/brief.
        • It is over to you to convince the judges why your project, individual or initiative is excellent, and the entry form and your attachments are the place to do this.
        • Your business-as-usual might be so excellent as to take the award home on the night – don’t be discouraged from entering if your day-to-day operations are excellent
        • Get the team involved to agree on the process and be involved.

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    Top tips

    To benefit from these awards, you do need to put your best foot forward from the outset, so here are six tips to help you complete your awards application and stand out to the judges

        1. Think strategically
        2. Play to your strengths
        3. Make sure your attachments are clear and concise
        4. Create the final version – get it another set of eyes to check it
        5. No extension will be given, so get started now
        6. Get everyone booked in: Input, review, sign off, awards dinner.

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    Inspiration from previous winners

    If you’re not sure where to start with your entry for the awards take a look at what some of our previous winners have done.

    Emerging Business Award

    2019 Gold

    Summit Electrical

    30 August 2019: Summit Electrical wins emerging business title at Master Electricians Excellence Awards

    Innovation Award

    2019 Gold

    EIS Electrical & Automation

    The winning project was engineered specifically for aiding the installation of Motor Control Centres (MCCs), or large switchboards, within larger projects, EIS’ innovative solution to dealing with the dangerous movement of MCCs is a game changer for the industry, with scope for it to become best practice across New Zealand.

    23 August 2019: Southland company impresses at national awards

    Lighting Design Award

    2019 Bronze

    Team Cabling Ltd – Rawhiti Estate

    Rawhiti Estate was a large undertaking, taking 2 years from developing the lighting design through to onsite supply.

    View the Rawhiti Retirement Home project.

    2017 Winner

    Aotea Electric Canterbury – Christchurch Casino

    2013 Winner

    Hall Electrical Services – Karaka Homestead

    Complete wiring of a new homestead in Karaka, South Auckland, with many unusual features – including illuminating the glass ceiling of a wine cellar which extended up into the kitchen of the property.

    View the Karaka Homestead project.

    Project Award Over $5 Million

    2019 Gold

    Industrial Controls South Canterbury – Fonterra, Clandeboye Mozzerella Factory

    View the Fonterra – Clandeboye project.

    2019 Silver

    Aotea Electric – Christchurch Town Hall

    Three years of restoration work included strengthening to 100% of the new building standard, reinstating its iconic heritage features as well as a significant upgrade and overall refurbishment of the 2,500 seat auditorium.

    As part of this refurbishment of the Christchurch Town Hall the opportunity was taken to add a modern control system that would stand the test of time. The only choice was a building control system that conforms to Australian and New Zealand standards and this means that KNX was installed into the Town Hall.

    View the Christchurch Town Hall Refurbishment project.

    Energy Efficiency Award

    2015 Winner

    Advanced Electrical

    Ground-breaking work on an exceptional new ‘energy neutral’ home on the Marlborough Ridge Estate.

    2013 Winner

    Glenview Electrical Services

    Waikato University Student Centre re-wire

    4 September 2013: Big win for Hamilton electrical firm at ECANZ

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    Award categories

    Emerging Business Award

    The Emerging Business Award aims to recognise achievement in the new business space. If you’re a business under 7 years old and have experienced some awesome growth numbers, let us know about it and throw your hat in the ring for this award. Some examples of what we are looking for are listed below in the judging criteria.

    Judging criteria:

    • Business less than 7 years old
    • Show % growth in any of the following:
      • Customer base
      • Turnover/revenue
      • Staff
      • Trainees

    Lighting Award

    This award is open to projects demonstrating the use of the latest advanced lighting technology, with energy efficiency and lighting performance at the forefront.

    Judging criteria:

    • Latest advanced lighting technology
    • Energy efficiency
    • Lighting performance

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    Project Awards: Under $1M, Over $1M, Over $5M

    Each category is awarded to a member based on the successful application of trade skills, compliance with contract specification and WHSMS, along with appropriate commercial and management skills. The budget amount relates to the overall cost of the project rather than just the electrical component.

    Judging criteria:

    • Total Project budget relevant to award category
    • Quality of Workmanship
    • WHSM
    • Deadline Management
    • Design & Innovation

    Energy Efficiency Award

    Energy efficiency is a growing demand in the electrical industry. This award aims to recognise those that have front-footed this demand and challenged their business to embrace energy efficiency practices and products.

    Judging criteria:

    • Energy efficient products used
    • Waste management
    • Sustainable practices

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    Innovation Award

    Our industry and wider society is forever changing. This award celebrates those that have taken innovative thinking to a new level and successfully adapted to this change by introducing new and exciting initiatives to their business.

    Judging criteria:

    • Businesses shows CSR
    • Environmental
    • Technology
    • Community involvement/Contribution to community
    • Economical

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    Industry Champion Award

    This new award category looks at the person or business that has a strong connection to the electrical industry.  They are passionate about where our industry is going and they get involved in it’s different facets.  The successful winner will be striving for excellence not just in their own business but for the industry as a whole.  A part of this will be embracing our innovative future.

    Judging criteria:

    • Training (both apprentices and staff)
    • Active involvement in the industry
    • Sustainable practices
    • Innovation

    Master Electrician of the Year

    The Master Electrician of the Year award identifies a single electrical contracting business in the Master Electricians membership that actively displays the Master Electricians values and attitude.

    Judging criteria:

    • Use of the brand
    • Ratio of trainees to qualified tradespeople
    • Quality assurance uptake
    • Use of ETCO
    • Contribution to branches
    • Contribution to industry

    Our team of independent judges will scrutinize these entries, with the winners being announced at a spectacular gala dinner held in Auckland on 14 October 2022.

    Note: Should the physical event not be able to take place due to any government-imposed restrictions a digital event will still take place on the same date.

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    Terms and Conditions

    1. Entrants in all categories must be financial members of Master Electricians or current host companies with etco at the time of submitting entry. They must have maintained membership or host company status until the date of announcement of an award to be eligible for the award.
    2. Master Electricians and the judges it appoints in each category of award will maintain confidentiality of information provided in the entry and during the judging process, subject to the provisions of condition 6.
    3. Judges’ decisions will be final and no discussion or correspondence will be entered into in relation to the process or the results.
    4. If the award involves work performed under contract, the entrant must obtain and supply evidence of having obtained the consent of other parties to the contract to the entry of the work for an award, and to the necessary inspection and judging.
    5. If the award involves on-site inspection of work performed by the entrant, site access must be arranged for the judges through a representative of the entrant, who will accompany the judges onto the site. Arrangements for site visits will be co-ordinated by Master Electricians.
    6. The entrant representative who meets with the judges for on-site inspection will have sufficient authority to determine what photos and/or video recordings may be taken of the work, and the use to which those photographs and/or video recordings may be put. Master Electricians would expect, unless advised otherwise, to be able to use selected visual materials at its discretion to support the presentation of any award, and to promote Master Electricians and its members in future.
    7. The awards will be announced at an event organised by Master Electricians, presently scheduled for Friday 14 October 2022.

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