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Connetics apprentice recognised at national awards
Joshua Ashton, an apprentice test technician at Connetics, has been recognised in the 2017 Annual Connection Excellence Awards, coming in as runner-up in the Advanced Trainee of the Year category.
As an apprentice, Joshua works within a project team environment with teams being brought together on the basis of complementary skills best suited to delivering the job. Acknowledged for his exceptional problem-solving skills, he is credited with taking total ownership of a problem and delivering both a solution and rationale for having done what he's done.
It’s not just the judges that Joshua has impressed. During his time with Connetics, Joshua has made quite an impression on his peers. Approaching all aspects of his work with a positive attitude, his willingness to take on-board other perspectives and roll up his sleeves to get the job done are all qualities that make him a natural leader.
Joshua has not only been noticed for his skill, but also for his attitude and his sincere desire to succeed both for the business and for the industry. Project Manager, Kevin Zgymant says, "You couldn't want for more in a team member. Joshua is truly the complete package…he has every ability to go all the way to the top".
Connetics extends its support of high-performing secondary school athletes
As a company driven by high-performance within the community, Connetics is privileged to extend its funding of secondary school athletes from the football field to include the hockey turf, partnering with Canterbury Hockey to bring to life the Connetics Secondary Schools Premier (SSP) and Secondary School League (SSL) Hockey Championships. The 2017 SSP competition recently wrapped up for the season, with Christ’s College and Rangi Ruru Girls’ School claiming the inaugural title for their respective competitions.
Defending champions, Christ’s College were once again up against St Andrew’s College. The two schools have gone head to head numerous times in recent years. Since the SSP League began back in 2012, all six titles have been secured by either St Andrew’s or Christ’s College and they have met in four finals, two of which ended in penalty shoot outs. Unbeaten in the 2017 SSP, Christ’s College continued their winning streak, beating their rival 2-1.
Rangi Ruru Girls’ School beat foes St Margaret’s 2-1 in what Rangi Ruru’s Director of Sport, Jo Fogarty, described as a complete performance by the whole team where they worked together like a well-oiled machine. The two teams last met in a final in 2013, during St Margaret’s consecutive 12-year run of Canterbury titles. This year’s clash during pool matches saw each side come away with a win, however, St Margaret’s were a firm favourite to claim the Connetics Cup, having won their last 13 matches prior to the final.
The Connetics Shield (which is contested every time the holder of the Shield plays a game) ends the season in the hands of Rangi Ruru Girls’ School and Christ’s College and will be back in contest in the first game of the 2018 season.
Connetics Chief Executive, Jono Brent, says “it has been a pleasure to support this fantastic competition and to witness the competitive spirit and true sportsmanship shown during the Championship. We can’t wait to be part of the action again in 2018.”
Photo credit: Geoff Soper Photography
Connetics School Premier 1st XI Cup comes to a nail-biting finish
As a long-time champion of secondary school football in Canterbury, Connetics was proud to continue its sponsorship of the Secondary Schools Premier 1st XI competition and congratulates St Andrew’s College Boys First XI, winners of The Connetics Cup for 2017. Their triumph was hard-fought and came down to a nerve-wracking penalty shoot-out over rivals, St Thomas’ of Canterbury College.
St Thomas’ proved to be a strong rival for St Andrew’s this season, having beaten them 1-0 in the league to secure the league title. The Cup final was always going to be anyone’s game and it didn't disappoint, with the full-time score locked at 3-3, taking the game into a penalty shoot-out. This time, however, it was St Andrew’s who had the final word after a spectacular penalty save by Olly Drew that saw them secure the shoot-out 5-3 to claim the Connetics Cup.
Coach Matthew Jansen says, "I was very proud of our boys who had to dig deep against constant pressure from St Thomas’ to get the result on the night. It was obviously nerve-wracking going to a penalty shoot-out, however, the self-belief the boys had saw us convert all of our penalties”.
Jansen credits leading goal scorer Declan Hickford, captain Jake Neill, goal keep Olly Drew and centre-back Matt Jones - who is currently competing at the U17 World Cup in India – as instrumental in getting the team over the line. Jansen says the off-field support was also a highlight.
“I have never seen such a great atmosphere down at English Park, so a massive thank you to the supporters for getting behind both teams and making it a memorable occasion. We're looking forward to the challenges of next season where we hope to be fighting at the top again!”
Meanwhile, the Connetics Shield (often referred to as the ‘Ranfurly Shield’ of the competition, as it goes up for grabs every time the holder of the Shield plays a game) was hotly contested throughout the season. Current Connetics Shield holders Burnside High School have been in outstanding form, winning their last four games and keeping the Shield securely in their grasp at the end of round robin play.
Congratulations to St Andrew’s College and Cashmere High School on their successful season and well done to St Thomas’ of Canterbury College, Burnside High School and all of the competition teams for their true sportsmanship and remarkable skill displayed throughout the competition.
Connetics pitches in fOR summer starter
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.
Connetics award-winner james gallagher
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 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.
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
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.
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.
STADIUM QUALITY FLOOD LIGHTS NEW MILESTONE FOR YALDHURST SPORTS CENTRE
The development of the International Sport Centre in Yaldhurst reached its next milestone when the first flood light masts were raised today.
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
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.
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.