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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.


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.


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!



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.


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. 


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. 


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. 



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.


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.” 


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. 


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. 


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.