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Master Electricians Excellence Awards 2024

The Master Electricians 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

How it works


Entrants must be a current financial member of Master Electricians

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 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.

Entry advice

  • The quality of your entry is very important. It should be accurate and provide detailed information. Make sure to attach 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.

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

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

Award Categories

Emerging Business Award – Sponsored by Simpro

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 – Sponsored by Halcyon

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

Project Award Under $1M – Sponsored by Active Electrical Suppliers
Project Award $1M – $5M – Sponsored by NHP
Project Award Over $5M – Sponsored by Powerbase

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 electrical value of the project rather than just the electrical component.

Judging criteria:

  • Quality of Workmanship
  • WHSM
  • Deadline Management
  • Design & Innovation

Innovation Award – Sponsored by Marley

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
  • Focus on industry training through training apprentices
  • Contribution to branches
  • Contribution to industry

Sustainability Award – Sponsored by Ideal Electrical

The Sustainability Award recognizes a business that excel in inspiring and guiding others to adopt sustainable best practices within their workplaces and across the projects they deliver.

Industry Champion – Sponsored by JA Russell / Radcliffe Electrical

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.

2022 Award winners

Master Electricians Excellence Award 2022

Dalton Electrical Auckland

Industry Champion Award

Buzz Barham – Buzz Electrical Limted
Hawkes Bay

Project Award Over $5 Million

Gold – KME Services NZ Pty Ltd
Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre

Silver – Prime Electrical & Data Services Ltd
Voco-Hie Hotel

Bronze – Prime Electrical & Data Services Ltd
The Pacifica Apartments

Project Award – $1 – $5 Million

Gold – Buzz Electrical
Villa Maria – Hawkes Bay Winery
Hawkes Bay

Silver – Millars Electrical Contractors Ltd
NZ Bus Electrical Infastructure

Bronze – Good Electrical Limited
Sunnyside Road, Coatesville

Project Award – Under $1 Million

Gold – Aotea Electric Canterbury
Kiwi Rail Waltham Scenic Journeys Service Centre

Silver – Buzz Electrics
Dags to Riches – Confin 1 – Cavalier Bremworth, Awatoto
Hawkes Bay

Bronze – Nairn Electrical Ltd
Selwyn District Council – Rolleston Helpet Water Treatment Plant

Emerging Business Award

Gold – Simpson Electrical Ltd

Silver – Marshall Electrics Limted

Bronze – Cassidy Davies Electrical

Energy Efficiency Award

Gold – The McKay Group
Ika Rere Electric Ferry

Silver – Des Scott Electrical 2008 Ltd
KNX Home Automation – Bleeker House

Bronze – Cornerstone ECD
Marshall Residence

Lighting Design Award

Gold – KME Services NZ Pty Ltd
Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre

Silver – Prime Electrical & Data Services Ltd
Voco-Hie Hotel

Bronze – Cornerstone ECD
Marshall Residence

Innovation Award

Gold – Des Scott Electrical 2008 Ltd
Mobile Seed Cleaning Truck

Silver – EIS Ltd
Ballance Agri-nutrients Mixer

Bronze – EIS Ltd
INSOL Wind Tunnel

Judges Special Recommendation Award

Dalibour Jordanovski Des Scott Electrical

Lorenz Wolf – EIS

Carl Williams – Buzz Electrics

Terms and Conditions

  1. Entrants in all categories must be financial members of Master Electricians 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, on 25 October 2024.
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