Finalists of the STAR Awards 2021 announced

19 February 2021

Judges have announced 17 finalists across six award categories in Transpower’s biennial STAR Awards 2021 (Safety Thanks and Recognition).

The finalists are individuals and teams from Transpower and its service provider companies championing health, safety and wellbeing on New Zealand’s National Grid, in initiatives like safety innovation and thought leadership.

Alison Andrew, Chief Executive of Transpower, says there is some exciting work represented in the pool.

“The work by finalists in the Hauora Wellbeing Initiative Award is great to see, addressing both mental and physical wellbeing as well as cultural wellbeing,” she says.

“It is also impressive to see the breadth of industry experience represented. We have two dynamic and safety-focused apprentices in the Future of Safety Award and examples of some of our finest industry veterans sharing their knowledge in other categories.

“As we gear up to help Aotearoa New Zealand deliver on its carbon reduction goals through greater electrification, work in the electricity transmission sector takes on even greater importance. Doing this safely while promoting the wellbeing of our workforce remains critical.

“My thanks to everyone who got involved in the 66 high-quality nominations we received. You are all helping to lift industry knowledge,” she says.

The independent panel of judges for the STAR Awards 2021 comprised respected safety and business experts Francois Barton (Executive Director of the Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum), Sheridan Broadbent (independent director) and Andrew Priest (management consultant).

“It has been very hard to choose between some fantastic initiatives,” said Sheridan Broadbent. “There is some great safety leadership going on out there.”


STAR AWARDS 2021 Category


Safety Innovation Award


An innovation, improved design or new technology with potential for safety improvement industry wide.

Electrix and Transpower: Catenary Support System

Ventia: Conductor Catcher

Ventia: Headboard Duplex to Simplex

Hauora Wellbeing Initiative Award


An initiative or strategy that is leading to greater physical, mental, social and/or spiritual hauora or wellbeing for people.


Health and Wellbeing Programme



Kaitiaki Network



Te Ara Whanake

Future of Safety Award


A trainee or apprentice in their first two years of service in the electricity industry who demonstrates outstanding commitment to health, safety and wellbeing in the workplace.

Lucy Bain (Electronet)


Vili Hansen (Ventia)

Frontline Leadership Award


A person with over two years’ service in the electricity industry who demonstrates outstanding commitment to health, safety and wellbeing in the workplace.

Campbell Hardy (Electrix)


Michelle Orum (Cake Commercial Services)


Simon Norton (Ventia)

Thought Leadership Award


An individual who provides key health, safety or wellbeing insights and influence, respected as a go-to person in this field of expertise.

Des Hatful (Electrix)


Don Leask (Ventia)


Matt Iorangi (Northpower)

Team Safety Award


A team or organisation that has significantly improved its safety culture and performance by adopting better ways of working.

Benmore VBE Project Team (Electrix)


Live Electricity Working Group Northpower


Rangitata River Event Response, Ventia

Category winners and the STAR Supreme Award winner will be announced at the STAR Awards Ceremony on Thursday 15 April. This event will be delivered in any pandemic response alert level.

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Charlotte Haddon, Senior Corporate Communications Advisor

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