STAR Awards Winners: Promoting Wellbeing

15 November 2018
Encouraging new techniques and strong leadership to protect the wellbeing of workers on New Zealand’s national grid is what the STAR Awards are all about. 
Last night, Transpower was proud to host the fifth biennial STAR Awards to recognise stand out safety performance and innovations in New Zealand’s electricity transmission industry. 
The STAR Awards – which stands for Safety Thanks and Recognition – was celebrated at a Gala Dinner event at Hamilton’s Playhouse Theatre, with Master of Ceremonies Mike King reinforcing a strong industry focus on mental health.
Transpower Chief Executive Alison Andrew said this year’s finalists and winners show the industry’s move to a more holistic and inclusive approach to health and safety.
“Our people face high consequence risks when carrying out crucial work on the national grid and it’s not just their physical health and safety but their mental wellbeing that needs to be supported. It is heartening to see so many of this year’s STAR Awards finalists are focussed on creating a supportive culture for their workmates and are putting practical solutions in place to ensure the wellbeing of their people.”


Congratulations to the 2018 STAR Awards winners: 
• Safety Innovation / Design Award – Fitzroy Engineering for ‘Scotty’s Cradle’
• Wellbeing Initiative Award – Cake Commercial Services for ‘Protecting Workers from Life-Changing Health Risks’
• Future of Safety Award – Andrew Schurgers, Electrix
• Team Safety Award – ABB’s PGGI Islington Team
• Safety Leadership Award – Dr Kirstine Hulse, Northpower
• Supreme Award for Safety Culture – Northpower for ‘Rising to the Challenge: An Engagement Journey’


The winners were selected from a pool of 56 nominees by a panel of independent judges – Mark Cairns (Port of Tauranga), Kate McKenzie (Chorus) and Francois Barton (Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum). The 17 finalists spanned the length of the country, consisting of small and large organisations who all carry out important work on New Zealand’s electricity transmission network.
The STAR Awards judging panel has selected three charities to receive $1,500 donations from Transpower in their names. Donations will be presented to: Tauranga Riding for the Disabled, KidsCan and St John New Zealand.




For further information, please contact: Kerri Osborne, Corporate Communications Manager, 04 590 7479 or 0211958613.