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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.

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Important dates

Projects must have been completed between 1 January 2020 and 30 June 2022.

  • 1 February 2022: Entries open
  • 30 June 2022: Entries close
  • 1 September 2022: Finalists announced
  • 14 October 2022: Awards night in Wellington


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

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 Wellington 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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