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Connetics pitches in fOR summer starter

1 December 2016

It’s becoming an annual fixture at Connetics – pitching in for charity and community wellbeing at the ASB Summer Starter run/walk challenge. The run/walk along Christchurch’s coastal suburbs on November 27 featured 100 Connetics staff and family.

Summer Starter entrants found the 4km and 10km courses scattered with various entertainment including musical surprises all the way from New Brighton to Redcliffs.  The event wrapped up with a Finishers’ Party for the whole family in Redcliffs Park.

“Connetics lived up to the spirit of the event, which is about bringing Canterbury back together, focusing on our own well-being,” Connetics chief executive Jono Brent says.

Fairfax Media started the event in 2014 as a fun and fitness-minded way to celebrate Christchurch, back some great charities and bring colour to local communities.

By entering online and participating, $3 from every entry and a full $5 entry fee for children under 9 automatically went to the nominated charity, St John.

 Summer Starter also offered peer to peer fundraising in the 2016 event. After entering online, entrants could set up their own fundraising page with EverydayHero and raise money for the charity of their choice.

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Connetics award-winner james gallagher

29 October 2016

Multi-skilled Connetics line mechanic and cable jointer James Gallagher has won a national award celebrating his specific type of expertise. 

James is the 2016 winner of the annual Connexis Connection Cable Jointer Competition, winning the award at his first attempt, edging more than a dozen other more experienced entrants.

James became trade qualified about a year ago, having nearly complted a qualification as an electrician and has been with Connetics since 2012. 


Connetics’ staff bask in Foster Park glory

16 March 2016

Connetics have been hailed by all partners for their outstanding work during the official ceremony to switch on the state-of-the-art floodlights at Foster Park in Rolleston last night.


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John Reid, Project Manager for Selwyn District Council and Mike Hennessey, Project Manager for Connetics at Foster Park

Connetics project manager Mike Hennessey and his team were responsible for installing one of the largest sports field lighting projects in Canterbury for the Selwyn District Council, on behalf of contractor Musco, and council management were not hiding their appreciation.

Twenty LED-floodlights will light up six full-size sports fields, the first of 20 playing fields planned at the park. Selwyn Mayor, Kelvin Coe, said that Connetics had done a superb job before he flicked the switch, while project manager with Selwyn District Council, , John Reid, was impressed by the Connetics’ installers delivering the floodlights on time and without incident.

“We’ve been delighted with the support of our partners including Connetics and Musco in getting the system designed and installed in time for the winter season.”

The Connetics team worked closely with the Selwyn District Council staff and engineers from US lighting firm Musco who designed the LED lights and towers. Mr Hennessey said that Connetics was proud to be involved in the project which is the first LED-lit sports park in the country.

“It is always interesting to work with new technology. These LED lights are expected to need a lot less maintenance as they are supposed last about 50,000 hours instead of 5,000 hours for usual flood lights. Mr Hennessey said that the anchoring technique was also slightly unorthodox by using a deep pile as foundation instead of a pouring a wide concrete pad.

“This enabled us to protect the newly sown grass on the playing surfaces, while we were installing the floodlights, which was particularly pleasing,” says Mr Hennessey.

John Reid said Foster Park is developing into a major asset for the Selwyn community. “The park is set to become a fantastic space for sports, events and recreation,” he says.

“The new lighting system is great for sports teams and for neighbouring residents, as it provides concentrated lighting but with very little spill into surrounding areas. It also uses around 70% less power than standard metal halide sports lighting.

NEW FIFA training facility officially opened

18 May 2015

Dozens of high-powered officials from FIFA, Christchurch City Council and Mainland Football braved the cold on May 15 for the official opening of the new training facility at Avonhead Park for the FIFA Under 20 World Cup.


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Connetics CEO Jono Brent and Connetics GM Business Services John Thompson, Mainland Football Chairman Craig Rhodes with the Fifa U20 World Cup trophy


 Connetics played a crucial role in the project by designing and constructing the state-of-the-art floodlights around the new artificial pitch at Avonhead Park in Christchurch.

Chief Executive Jono Brent and General Manager John Thompson were on hand to witness the official ribbon cutting ceremony by councillor Yani Johanson and FIFA U20 World Cup boss David Beeche.

The training ground is a collaboration between the Christchurch City Council and Mainland Football, who were able to source FIFA funding to contract Connetics to build floodlights fit for the world-class athletes that will be using the facility.

During the early stages of the World Cup, the facility will be used by the squads of Germany, Fiji, Uzbekistan, Honduras, Brazil and North Korea.

In the knock-out stages Christchurch could also get a visit from Argentina and Nigeria if results go according to plan.

John Thompson will be the New Zealand liaison officer for the Austrian team during the tournament and hopes his team will end up training under the Connetics lights before a potential quarterfinal in Christchurch. “But first they’d have to beat Argentina, so that may prove to be a tough ask.”

Once the FIFA World Cup is completed, Christchurch club FC Twenty11 will become the permanent user of the new complex.


31 March 2015

The development of the International Sport Centre in Yaldhurst reached its next milestone when the first flood light masts were raised today.

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The lighting and design engineers from Connetics today carefully placed the first of four 21-metre masts around the new two artificial football pitches. Connetics plans to place two more posts between the two fields on Thursday, which will offer the players superior light levels of around 450lux.

“The expertise of our lighting and design team has come to the fore in this project and will be there for all to see once the lights are switched on,” says Connetics chief executive Jono Brent.
Players of the Christchurch Football Academy, which is based at the Yaldhurst Road facility, hope to start training on the brand new artificial pitches by the end of May.

“Where most football players in Christchurch will be used to training in the winter under lights that may generate a fraction of this amount of light, these players will be training and playing under some of the best floodlights in the city,” says Mr Brent.

Mr Brent says that specialist lighting design is a vital component, “but sadly the importance of fit-for-purpose lighting and design is not always recognised. Athletes end up paying the price playing in substandard conditions which ultimately impacts on their performance.” Slava Meyn, the director of the International Sports Centre, says that these lights are an important step in his quest to provide world-class facilities for Christchurch players.

Once this first stage is completed in late May, construction will start on state-of-the-art clubroom facilities incorporating a bar and café area, as well as dressing rooms. The next stage will also include four smaller artificial pitches with floodlights and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Christchurch’s Top Execs Kick Off

16 March 2015

Some of Christchurch’s most senior executives were out to prove their prowess is as finely honed outside of the boardroom as it is within when they competed for the 2015 Connetics Best Exec In Town title in a penalty shoot-out competition at ASB Football Park recently.

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John Thompson, Connetics Best Exec In Town 2015, flanked by All White Aaron Clapham and Football NZ hi-performance director, Fred de Jong

While the attendance of Football New Zealand’s hi-performance director, Fred de Jong and All White striker, Aaron Clapham, rose the skill level exponentially the level of enthusiasm among our executives for rekindling the agility of youth should not be without mention.

Connetics is the primary sponsor of Mainland Football’s Junior and Youth Football Competition in Canterbury.

Caption: John Thompson, Connetics Best Exec In Town 2015, flanked by All White Aaron Clapham and Football NZ hi-performance director, Fred de Jong.


Let there be light at Avonhead Park

5 December 2014

The official Fifa training facility at Avonhead Park for the Under-20 World Cup is rapidly taking shape with the new lighting installation being erected this week.

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 Connetics’ design and lighting engineers have been working overtime the past few days to raise the 18m towers that will light up the main pitch at Avonhead Park. The 44 lights, that combine to produce an on field strength of 480 lux, will be a far cry from the average training ground in Christchurch and strong enough to allow competitive night games.

The Connetics team is working under contract for Mainland Football to deliver an international standard training facility that will become a post World Cup legacy for Canterbury footballers - from high-performance teams to club footballers.

Steve Muir, Connetics’ internationally recognised lighting engineer, designed the installation specifically for this site, optimising the uniformity of light across the pitch, while minimising the spill of light onto adjacent projects.

“Hi-performance athletes have very specific requirements when it comes to facilities lighting. It’s not about the volume of light but the quality of that light. To that end, it’s imperative to fully understand the end purpose when designing any purpose built facility, be it sporting, for the arts, or other”, said Muir.

Mainland Football’s CEO, Mike Coggan, says that the availability of an additional high quality pitch that offers night time use opens up a whole new opportunity for community football programmes. Certainly in recent years the football community has struggled with the dearth of quality grounds and facilities. To match the growth in the sport Avonhead Park and the other two Fifa turfs will assist with demand for first-class facilities.

The lighting specialists are working alongside the council team responsible for the installation of the pitch, which is due to be commissioned early next year.


Connetics Inaugural Youth Football Scholar Announced

22 October 2014

Fifteen-year-old Waimak FC player Rebecca Lake is the first recipient of the Connetics Youth Football Scholarship. Lake is a current member of the NZ Secondary Schools squad and was recently named in the Mainland Pride Women’s National League side to contest this year’s ASB NWL. Federation Development Manager Alan Walker says Lake has the potential to go far with the New Zealand Football U17 squad a very real possibility in the near future.

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 Connetics, the Canterbury based electrical contracting, design and engineering company, committed to a three-year sponsorship of the Canterbury Junior Competition at the beginning of the 2014 season. General Manager of Business Services, John Thompson, sees this player opportunity as a natural extension of his company’s sponsorship of Canterbury junior football.

"We wanted to make a further investment in young football players specifically for those players who are not yet eligible for older age scholarships such as the Lincoln Scholarships. The cost of pursuing a sport to an elite level can be a very real financial strain and we wanted to support those young athletes with real talent to continue on to the next level", says Thompson.

"As a company, Connetics is very much about community. We're about making sure people have access to power 24/7 to enable homes to run, business to run, industry to run. Our youth is such a crucial part of our community and we want to assist in allowing them to achieve their higher end goals.

" Connetics sought Mainland Football’s advice on a number of potential first time scholars. Important to Connetics was both the player’s skill and work ethic.

“We want to ensure that each recipient has great character and determination and is a team player, and as such reflects our very own organisation values” said Thompson.

Lake was ecstatic to hear that she is the first recipient of this scholarship.

“This is an awesome opportunity for me that will make a huge difference in keeping me a real prospect for the next level. I am so excited and thankful to Connetics”, she said. The scholarship is to the value of $500.


kick starting youth football

17 September 2014

Connetics was proud to support the  Mainland Football penalty kicking competition for the U13 and U15 girls youth grades held at ASB Park on Saturday 13 September.

The 2014 Connetics penalty winners are Nina Tudehope from Western 13th Grade and Samantha Kirkness from Cashmere techicals 15th Grade.

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Some of the Connetics team were on hand to watch the action take place and were proud to see the level of skill coming through - well done girls!


Connetics gets behind Canterbury Hockey festival day

10 September 2014


 Image: Black Sticks players Sian Fremaux, Cass Reid and Olivia Merry sign autographs for kids at the Connetics barbeque.

Two more Canterbury schools experienced first hand the benefits of the ActivePost Small Sticks programme last week, courtesy of Connetics and Canterbury Hockey. 

Canterbury Hockey hosted two Festival Days as part of the ActivePost Small Sticks programme in schools, including one at Our Lady of Fatima (OLOF) on Tuesday 2 September.

As sponsor of the delivery of this school programme within Canterbury, Connetics welcomed the opportunity to host a barbeque for players and Black Sticks super stars Sian Fremaux, Cass Reid, & Olivia Merry at the OLOF Festival Day. 

The Festival Days provide a chance for school children to get a taste of the game and improve their hockey skills.

“It was great to see so many young kids out enjoying the Festival Day. Being involved gave us the chance to see first hand how important these types of activities are for kids – they were raving about how fun it was and loved getting autographs from the Black Sticks players,” said Stephen Spence, Commercial Manager at Connetics.

“Our crews are often working out in our communities, so it’s great to be able to get involved in a new, tangible way,” added Jono Brent, Chief Executive of Connetics.

The Small Sticks programme allows kids to give hockey a go and is currently in 24 schools in the Canterbury area.


powering up one of canterbury's pivotal infrastructure assets

20 August 2014

crane Image: the view from atop the new crane at Lyttelton Port of Christchurch

It’s not every day you get to stand atop a crane and look over Lyttelton Harbour, but that’s exactly what Kevan Zygmant, Project Manager HV&I, got the opportunity to do recently.

Connetics has been working with Lyttelton Port of Christchurch (LPC) to connect their new crane to the main power supply. LPC welcomed the arrival of their new Leibherr ship-to-shore gantry crane in May and it has been assembled on site over the past two and a half months.

“Connetics has been involved with the project from the outset, and it’s been a great opportunity for our guys to work on a relatively unique assignment, says Kevan.

“The project involved working with LPC to provide a high voltage power supply to the new crane. This job was slightly more complex than simply ‘plugging it in’ as the main power supply is 450 metres away from the crane.” 

A team of 12 people from Connetics liaised with LPC staff to get the crane connected in a manner that would have minimal impact on operations, an important factor in a port that is operations 24/7.

As well as working to ensure that any impact on operations was kept to a minimum, the Connetics team also had to work around a number of construction projects that are underway at LPC. 


projects by the numbers

19 August 2014

The landscape of Christchurch is ever evolving as new subdivisions and business parks pop up around the city. As a key provider of the city’s electrical infrastructure, Connetics has been at the forefront of this development.

Over the past six months, Connetics has been involved with 45 stages at 23 different residential and commercial subdivisions, working with Orion to connect homes and businesses to the network.

At a glance: 

  • 50km of cable installed to service 1300 new sections
  • over 600 distribution boxes/cabinets to the network from 28 new Orion substations
  • 25-30 fulltime Connetics’ personnel involved in these projects. 

The level of activity in this area has increased significantly since the start of 2013. It is expected to remain steady for the foreseeable future as more new projects get underway. 


Canterbury Hockey junior development wins corporate support

1 August 2014

Canterbury Hockey is delighted to announce that Connetics is to back its junior development programme within Canterbury schools. The programme is a part of Hockey NZ’s Small Sticks initiative to encourage children to become involved in the game from a very young age.

Connetics is one of New Zealand’s leading electrical infrastructure contracting companies. The company is well recognised for its commitment to the community and to developing opportunities, particularly at a grass roots level.

Chief Executive of Connetics, Jono Brent, is thrilled they are able to support the programme.

“It’s been a tough few years since the earthquake, especially for children, and hockey has suffered significantly with the loss of Porritt Park and other turfs.”

“Our association with Canterbury Hockey and the Small Sticks programme is motivated by our sincere desire to help keep young people in our community involved in sport. Hockey teaches kids some wonderful skills that will stand them in good stead for whatever sport they pursue longer term.”

Canterbury Hockey’s Chief Executive, Rod Templeton, says the future success of the sport lies in introducing children to the game very early on. Letting them have a go and seeing what they make of it is what it’s all about. Securing the right commercial support is crucial to delivering this.

“Partnership with companies like Connetics will have a long-lasting impact on hockey in Canterbury.”

There are currently 24 schools within the Canterbury area participating in the Small Sticks programme. 


Connetics partners with Mainland Football to develop future All Whites

18 March 2014

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Image: Connetics Chief Executive, Jono Brent, with the CEO of Mainland Football, Michael Coggan

Connetics has committed to a three-year sponsorship of the Canterbury youth and junior football competition commencing this season.

Mainland Football’s CEO, Michael Coggan, says the future development of the sport lies in raising the specific skills and teamwork of young footballers in the community.

“The partnership with Connetics provides critical support for junior football programmes that will have a long-lasting effect on junior football in Canterbury,” says Mr Coggan.

Chief Executive of Connetics, Jono Brent, is thrilled the company is able to support the Canterbury junior and youth football competition.

“Our business is all about the community and the enhancement of people’s everyday life,” says Connetics CEO, Jono Brent.

“Our teams are out there day and night with the motivation of ensuring that things keep working as normal.  The partnership with Mainland Football is a wonderful opportunity post the disruptions of the 2011 earthquakes to help keep the young people in our community playing a sport they love.”

With more than 22 clubs and 7,000 Canterbury youth between the ages of 8 and 18 years actively participating in football, the Canterbury junior and youth competition is the largest in the South Island and spans Ashburton through to Amberley.

As naming right sponsor, the competition will be known as the Connetics Canterbury Junior and Youth Football Competition.  This year’s competition kicks off on Saturday 5 April.


St John scores a $31,775 ‘hole-in-one’ with Corporate Golf Tournament

6 December 2013


Image: Connetics Chief Executive, Jono Brent (second from left), at the cheque presentation

Connetics was proud to sponsor the ECL Cargo Charity Golf Tournament earlier this year, which resulted in St John raising an impressive $31,775.

Jono Brent, Chief Executive of Connetics, was on hand last week to officially present the cheque to St John at the South Island’s regional headquarters in Christchurch.

“St John provide a vital service to the people of Canterbury, and Connetics is proud to support them. As we work 24/7 to ensure our customers are All Ways Connecting, so do St John to ensure our communities have the best possible emergency response,” says Jono.

The focus of the golf tournament, held at the Clearwater Golf Resort in Christchurch, was to raise money that would go towards earthquake recovery.

St John had a number of activities on the course, including blood pressure testing, a Command Unit display, casualty simulation, CPR training and a trivia wheel. Two vintage ambulances were also in pride of place at the golf course.

Christine Prince, Customers and Services Manager, says the golf tournament was a fantastic fun day. “We’d like to thank all of the sponsors who made the tournament possible, as well as everyone who played at the tournament for their generosity and support.”


Lighting up the Kapiti Coast

3 November 2013

Connetics has commenced lighting design services for the Kapiti Coast District Council. This is a 12-month contract and involves a review of the current design framework and providing design recommendations for future projects. Connetics will also prepare an infrastructure design standard for an LED upgrade of the entire township of Paekakariki.


Connetics wins christchurch city council street lighting contract

31 October 2013   

Connetics has been appointed as the design, maintenance and construction partner for Christchuch City Council’s Street Lighting requirements as the City embarks on the rebuild. Connetics has been providing these services to CCC for the past 16 years and fought off strong local and national competition to retain the contract for a further 3 years.


Christchurch's iconic tram back on track

26 October 2013

Connetics has recently completed the CCC Tram Construction project, which sees the iconic Tramways back up and running through New Regent Street.