New Zealand Insulators along with Hamer and CSL joined forces at the ESITO Line Mechanic and Cable Jointer Competition, held in Christchurch. The following press release and photos cover our participaton.
Press Release 17 October 2013
Hamer, NZI and CSL bring the Re:START Mall to Wigram – for a week.
ESITO LINE MECHANIC AND CABLE JOINTER COMPETITION - The Annual Connection
WIGRAM 22nd October to 24th October 2013
The ESITO National Line Mechanic and Cable Jointer Competitions at the Wigram Airforce Museum both start Monday night 21st October with the opening registration event.
This is the first time the event has been held in Christchurch. There are several events including pole top rescues performed by teams of 4 and judged over the three days. The judging leads to 18 event winners. The combined points lead to an outright winner across all events. The awards are presented at the ESITO Excellence Awards dinner on Thursday evening. Industry leaders meet to celebrate the 3 finalists, the winner, and announce other skills based awards.
Many of the competing companies will have supplied personnel in the post-quake electrical network repairs. This year’s event holds special meaning to all those involved and especially to people based here. In recognition of the Re:Start mall’s achievement in bringing together businesses after the quakes Hamer Limited, Cuthbert Stewart Limited (CSL) and New Zealand Insulators Limited (NZI) have joined forces to create their own version of the Re:Start mall at Wigram. Between these three New Zealand owned companies there is 229 years of electrical supply industry experience. Paul Lonsdale, Manager of the Restart the Heart Trust, supported the initiative and looks forward to seeing another cluster of containers with the Re:START Heart in operation.
About NZI, Hamer, CSL and ESITO:
The initial NZI operation was started in 1924 at the factory based in Temuka where its people manufacture insulators for the power networks. To most of NZ it is known for its famous “Temuka Pottery”. Production of porcelain products and bricks actually started on the site in 1868.
CSL is 65 this year and was founded in Wellington and expanded to Auckland, Hamilton and Christchurch. CSL imports specialist components from all over the world for the power utility and electrical markets.
Hamer’s head office has been operating in Christchurch since 1938 when Harry Hamer separated from Gough Gough and Hamer. Hamer has grown to three divisions all operating in the NZ electrical and electricity markets – Distribution, Power Engineering, and Industrial. Hosting events like this and the ECANZ show in July shows Christchurch is ready to once again host the big events.
ESITO is the Electricity Supply Industry Training Organisation and organises work-based training. It focuses on the skill needs of industry, helps people develop their careers, and helps employers improve productivity in their business.