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Master Electricians Annual Conference

Due the rapidity of the lockdown notice last week, and that it is unlikely we will reach Level 1 by October this year, we have made the decision to cancel this year’s conference.

We are disappointed to have come to this conclusion, especially as we were excited to be holding this event after last year’s conference in Port Douglas was cancelled.  This decision hasn’t come lightly to us, and we know that you were looking forward to reconnecting again after what has been a tough 18-months for all of us, as were we.

We didn’t want to put you or your families at risk by coming to an event that could have been cancelled at any time in the lead up to or during the conference.   We also know there are high levels of uncertainty around the pandemic and that has become apparent over the past week.

We would also like to thank the Conference Manager, the team, our sponsors, members, and everyone else who has been involved in the planning of the conference – your input has been invaluable, and we are very grateful for all that you’ve done.

Libby, our Conference Manager, will be in touch with you individually by email to outline the next steps regarding cancellation of your accommodation and registrations and arranging refunds where needed.

If you have any queries regarding this cancellation, please email us at and bear with us as we work through this process.

History

In 1959 when we became the New Zealand Electrical Contractors Federation Incorporated (NZECF) the first Annual Conference was held at the Grand Hotel Lounge in Wellington. There were 8 delegates, 38 other members, and 9 official guests. Since then our Conference has been held every year up until 2020 when COVID-19 prevented it from going ahead.

Originally conferences were hosted and organised by our local branches.  This eventually transitioned to National Office taking the lead in organisation, however we have continued to travel to the different branch areas for the conference.

From the 22nd conference, which was held in Rarotonga, every third conference has been held offshore. Members have travelled to some exotic locations in the name of business education and community

Master Electricians members are not just business owners, in many cases they also have families as well. This is why the conference is family friendly where programmes were also provided for the partners and children.

Where we’ve been

Year Location
1 1959 Wellington
2 1960 Queenstown
3 1961 Waiwera
4 1962 New Plymouth
5 1963 Hanmer Springs
6 1964 Wairakei
7 1965 Wanganui
8 1966 Wellington
9 1967 Auckland
10 1968 Invercargill
11 1969 Napier
12 1970 Queenstown
13 1971 New Plymouth
14 1972 Mt. Cook
15 1973 Rotorua
16 1974 Christchurch
17 1975 Wanganui
18 1976 Te Anau

 

Image of 15th Annual Conference Programme
Picture of attendees at the 1986 Conference

Photo: 1986 Hastings Conference Attendees

19 1977 Wellington
20 1978 Auckland
21 1979 Christchurch
22 1980 Rarotonga
23 1981 Queenstown
24 1982 Rotorua
25 1983 Singapore
26 1984
27 1985 (South Canterbury)
28 1986 Hastings

 

29 1987 Los Angeles
30 1988 Invercargill
31 1989 Wellington
32 1990 Queensland
33 1991 (Canterbury)
34 1992 Wairakei
35 1993 (Otago)
36 1994 Hawaii
37 1995 Auckland
38 1996 New Plymouth
39 1997 Adelaide
40 1998 Mt. Cook
41 1999 New Orleans
42 2000 Napier
43 2001 Queenstown
44 2002 Queensland
45 2003 Wanganui
46 2004 Wellington
47 2005 Fiji
Programme cover of the 50th Annual Conference
People at the 2000 Conference in Napier

Photo: Napier Conference 2000 themed dinner

48 2006 Christchurch
49 2007 Rotorua
50 2008 Hawaii
51 2009 Dunedin
52 2010 Auckland
53 2011 Langkawi, Malaysia
54 2012 New Plymouth
55 2013 Timaru
56 2014 Fiji
57 2015 Napier
58 2016 Taupo
59 2017 Noumea
60 2018 Wellington
61 2019 Nelson