Elec­tra team win com­pe­ti­tion

Horowhenua Chronicle - - NEWS -

An Elec­tra team of four young line me­chan­ics scored big at the an­nual Line Me­chan­ics com­pe­ti­tions held last week in Christchurch, at Wi­gram Air Base.

The team of Ja­cob Smith, Ben Dun­can, Jor­dan Peth­er­ick, and trainee Adin John­ston won the best pre­sented team award for at­ti­tude, pro­fes­sion­al­ism and pre­sen­ta­tion.

They also came a close se­cond in the pole erec­tion team build­ing event and bagged a se­cond place in the team build­ing event.

They were the youngest team there and ac­quit­ted them­selves ex­tremely well against the com­pe­ti­tion, said the team's man­ager, Tony Mazur, Su­per­vi­sor of Elec­tra's Para­pa­raumu de­pot.

Elec­tra's Lines busi­ness GM Max Fe­ick­ert said, “We're re­ally proud of the way our team worked to­gether in the com­pe­ti­tion and it's a great op­por­tu­nity for our peo­ple to see new tools, equip­ment and dis­cuss tech­niques with our in­dus­try col­leagues, then bring­ing these ideas back into Elec­tra.”

Nine teams com­peted in a pole top res­cue, team build­ing and first aid com­pe­ti­tions.

As well as the com­pe­ti­tion el­e­ment, the event is also de­signed to at­tract more peo­ple to the elec­tric­ity sup­ply in­dus­try, which is short of skilled work­ers na­tion­wide.

It's pre­dicted that about 9000 more staff will be re­quired over the next five years.

The com­pe­ti­tion, An­nual Con­nec­tion, is or­gan­ised by In­fras­truc­ture In­dus­try Train­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion (ITO) Con­nexis.

Group man­ager cus­tomer En­gage­ment Kaarin Gaukrodger said, “This is a valu­able in­dus­try event and demon­strates the skills and ex­per­tise of these work­ers who keep New Zealand's power sup­ply up and run­ning.

“Peo­ple take it for granted that their lights will work and that they have power to heat their home and cook meals but some­times due to storms, snow, floods or even car ac­ci­dents tak­ing out power poles the power is tem­po­rar­ily cut off.

“This is where these power crews swing into full ac­tion, keep­ing New Zealand on the grid and up and op­er­at­ing.”

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Adin John­ston, Ja­cob Smith, Doug Herkt (Omaka Train­ing), Ben Dun­can, Tony Mazur, and Jor­dan Peth­er­ick (kneel­ing).

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