2023 STAR Awards Categories and Finalists

These were our 20 finalists for the 2023 STAR (Safety, Thanks and Recognition) Awards. They were chosen from over 40 nominations which all showcased the extraordinary effort our people across the electricity transmission sector put in to ensure health and safety remains at the forefront of their work.


Award category Description Our finalists
Frontline Leadership A person who is new to the electricity industry who demonstrates outstanding commitment to health, safety and wellbeing in the workplace

Evan McKenzie - Ventia Demonstrating outstanding commitment to health, safety and wellbeing in treacherous conditions 

Aaron Maxwell - Downer Exemplary leadership, advocating safety, compassion and community

Future of Safety A trainee or apprentice who is new to the electricity industry who demonstrates outstanding commitment to health, safety and wellbeing in the workplace

Jairao Kadam - Downer Igniting excellence in workplace health, safety and wellbeing

Harry Baker - Omexom Fresh eyes on safety

Matt Spence - Ventia A rising star and future safety thought leader

Seff Curle - Northpower Future Safety Leader

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

Ventia Healthy Minds Programme

Dialog Fitzroy What's My Why - Everything we do ensures the safety of the team

WSP Incident Resilience Programme 

Safety Innovation / Safety by Design An innovation, safety improved by design, or new technology with potential for safety improvement industry-wide

Altitude Resurfacing Limited Blast Deck

Omexom Towing frame for controlled transformer movement

Northpower Ladder anchor system with fall restraint

Lumen Tower to Pole replacements

Groundline and Transpower Design activities to enable a safe and effective solution to replace ageing urban conductors

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

Downer, Omexom and Ventia A united team in a time of crisis - Restoring power to the Hawke's Bay safely

Cake Commercial, Altitude Resurfacing Limited, Dialog Fitzroy, SRG Global Asset Services NZ, Northpower The safety journey of Tower Painting

Ventia, Omexom, Downer, Northpower and Transpower Protection and Automation improvements – Total Reportable Unplanned outages and interruptions Frequency Rate

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

Gene Peters - Omexom A reflective, learning approach to safety

Phillip Armstrong - Omexom An innovative thought leader, delivering creative innovative solutions

Craig Moore - Ventia A true industry role model and safety thought leader