Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Northpower stars at electricity awards

Northpower stars at electricity awards

Northpower CE Mark Gatland says he is humbled by the success of the company at the 2016 Transpower STAR Awards which recognise safety excellence in New Zealand’s electricity transmission industry.

The Northland owned company received the Supreme Award - Best Safety Culture for its safety leadership programme.

It was also deemed winner in two other categories – Safety Innovation Award - Northpower Tower Refurbishment Team and Workplace Safety Leadership Award - Jeremy Collins, Northpower ­ – collecting half of the awards on offer and being selected finalist in four of the five categories.

“Northpower being both a lines company and a significant provider of electricity contracting services has a strong motive to see excellence in safety achieved throughout the industry. Our staff in being so successful should be very proud for what they have achieved in recent years – their level of innovation and safety culture is outstanding,” says Mr Gatland.

The STAR Awards – which stands for Safety Thanks and Recognition – are hosted by Transpower every two years to acknowledge companies and workers in the transmission industry who build, operate and maintain the National Grid.

This year’s event was well attended by outstanding contributors from across New Zealand

Transpower spokesperson Rebecca Wilson said that the last year had seen substantial improvements in safety performance – injury frequency is down 40% from 2014/2015 - following a major focus on reducing the level of serious injuries.

“There is a lot of great work, great initiatives happening to really drive improvements to operate safely and our service providers like Northpower are a key component to this. Northpower were worthy winners of a number of awards that demonstrated innovative thinking and real culture change to ensure we can keep our people going home safe every night - and it’s important we celebrate this,” she said.

Northpower Regional Transmission Manager Peter Wilkinson says the awards are a significant milestone.

“The recognition received is reinforcement of the good work of our deserving employees and the Learning Wave which has worked alongside us,” says Mr Wilkinson.

“Our success at the STAR Awards has renewed the determination of our people to continue what they are doing in improving their safety, innovation and work practices – not just for Northpower but the broader Transmission sector because we are all in this together.

“Transpower has created this culture and environment for us all to work in and because of its support there has been a major shift in performance in the Transmission sector in recent years.”


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


RNZ: Housing Boom Could Get Worse, Economist Warns

Economists are calling on the Reserve Bank to reinstate lending restrictions, warning the housing market is spiralling out of control. More>>


Westpac: Sets Out Plan To Go Cheque-Free

Westpac NZ has announced details of its plan to phase out cheques, after signalling in May that it would be supporting a move to other forms of payment. Cheques will cease to be available as a means of payment after 25 June 2021. Westpac NZ General ... More>>


NZTA: Major New Zealand Upgrade Programme Projects Go To Tender

Two major New Zealand Upgrade Programme projects are beginning tenders for construction. The New Zealand Upgrade Programme is a $6.8 billion investment to get our cities moving, to save lives and boost productivity in growth areas. The first Auckland ... More>>

Reserve Bank: RBNZ Seeks To Preserve Benefits Of Cash

The Reserve Bank – Te Pūtea Matua is taking on a new role of steward of the cash system “to preserve the benefits of cash for all who need them”, Assistant Governor Christian Hawkesby told the Royal Numismatics Society of New Zealand annual conference ... More>>


Economy: Double-Dip Recession Next Year, But Housing Rolls On

New Zealand's economy is expected to slip back into recession early next year as delayed job losses, falling consumer spending, and the absence of international tourists bites into growth. More>>


Microsoft New Zealand: Microsoft Expands “Highway To A Hundred Unicorns” Initiative To Support Startups In Asia Pacific

New Zealand, 14 October 2020 – Today Microsoft for Startups launches the Highway to a Hundred Unicorns initiative in Asia Pacific to strengthen the region’s startup ecosystem. This follows the initiative’s success in India, where 56 startups were ... More>>

Economy: NZ Small Business Recovery Continues In September

Xero, the global small business platform, today released its Small Business Insights (XSBI) for September revealing an uptick in small business jobs and year-on-year revenue growth in New Zealand. Nationwide, the average number of jobs in the small ... More>>


Courts: Businessman Eric Watson Sentenced To A Four-Month Jail Term

New Zealand businessman Eric Watson has been sentenced to a four-month jail term in the UK for contempt of court, TVNZ reports. More>>

OECD: Area Employment Rate Falls By 4.0 Percentage Points, To 64.6% In Second Quarter Of 2020

The OECD area employment rate – the share of the working-age population with jobs – fell by 4.0 percentage points, to 64.6%, in the second quarter of 2020, its lowest level since the fourth quarter of 2010. Across the OECD area, 560 million persons ... More>>

Spark: Turns On 5G In Auckland And Offers A Glimpse Into The Future Of Smart Cities

Spark turned on 5G in downtown Auckland today and has partnered with Auckland Transport (AT) to showcase some of the latest in IoT (Internet of Things) technology and demonstrate what the future could look like for Auckland’s CBD with the power of 5G. 5G is ... More>>

Stats NZ: Monthly Migration Remains Low

Since the border closed in late-March 2020, net migration has averaged about 300 a month, Stats NZ said today. In the five months from April to August 2020, overall net migration was provisionally estimated at 1,700. This was made up of a net gain ... More>>

University of Canterbury: Proglacial Lakes Are Accelerating Glacier Ice Loss

Lake Tasman, New Zealand | 2016 | Photo: Dr Jenna Sutherland Meltwater lakes that form at glacier margins cause ice to recede much further and faster compared to glaciers that terminate on land, according to a new study. But the effects of these glacial ... More>>