Who are the finalists?

The finalists of the STAR Awards 2021 were announced on 15 February, two months ahead of the STAR Awards Ceremony on 15 April. The panel of independent judges described the judging process as far more difficult than expected. 

Sheridan Broadbent said, “There is some great safety leadership going on out there,” while Andrew Priest commented that, “Any of the finalists could win their category. It is great to see such a wide range of initiatives across many activities.”  

Transpower Chief Executive, Alison Andrew, says, "It gives me great pleasure to be able to announce this year’s finalists. Our judges tell me they had an extremely challenging task given the quality of the 66 nominations we received, and they acknowledged the significant effort that was made by everyone.  

"My thanks to everyone who got involved and are helping to lift industry knowledge. I look forward to sharing more about all nominees’ endeavours within the industry after the Awards period."


The STAR Awards 2021 finalists 

Safety Innovation Award

  • Electrix and Transpower: Catenary Support System
  • Ventia: Conductor Catcher
  • Ventia: Headboard Duplex to Simplex

Hauora Wellbeing Initiative Award

  • Electrix: Health and Wellbeing Programme
  • Northpower: Kaitiaki Network 
  • Downer: Te Ara Whanake

Future of Safety Award

  • Lucy Bain (Electronet)
  • Vili Hansen (Ventia)

Frontline Leadership Award

  • Campbell Hardy (Electrix)
  • Michelle Orum (Cake Commercial Services)
  • Simon Norton (Ventia)

Thought Leadership Award

  • Des Hatful (Electrix)
  • Don Leask (Ventia)
  • Matt Iorangi (Northpower)

Team Safety Award

  • Electrix: Benmore VBE Project Team
  • Northpower: Live Electricity Working Group
  • Ventia: Rangitata River Event Response.

The STAR Supreme Award will also be announced at the Awards Ceremony: the judges will choose from the six award winners the one that they believe demonstrates the greatest positive outcomes to health, safety and/or wellbeing within their category.