22 - 24 October 2024 | Castleton Park, Te Awamutu

Registrations are now open for the Line Mechanic Competition, Cable Jointer Competition, and Supplier Expo. 

Follow the links below to register

Annual Connection is a unique three day event, bringing together cable jointers, line mechanics and industry stakeholders from across New Zealand. The event consists of competitions, a suppliers expo, and closes with an Awards dinner.

Join us in putting the spotlight on the skilled and experienced workforce, that is essential to keeping the lights on and the country connected.

2023 Photo Gallery


Waipā Networks owns and operates the lines, transformers and substations that deliver power to more than 40,000 customers in Waipā region. We’re 100% owned by the Waipā Networks Trust on behalf of the community, delivering reliable energy services and solutions for our community’s growing needs.  

Our history goes back to over 100 years ago when Te Awamutu and Cambridge’s Electric Power Boards were set up. They joined forces in 1993 and were finally named Waipā Networks in 1998. Fast forward to today, and we’re proud to work with Connexis | Te Pūkenga and The Lines Company to co-host the Annual Connection 2024, a three-day competition showcasing the skills of line mechanics and cable jointers.  

The Lines Company is proud to keep over 18,000 customers connected to electricity throughout the King Country, Ruapehu District and Central Plateau. Our network covers an area of 13,700 square km with over 4,500km of power lines, providing safe and reliable electricity to homes, businesses, and the community. We employ over 140 staff, with around 80% of our hunga (people) living locally on the network. 

Join us as we showcase the work of these incredible professionals who keep our lights on. It's not just a competition – it’s an opportunity to witness these experts in action, understand the complexities they conquer daily, learn more about the industry, and explore potential career paths. 

Click on the company logos to visit their website.


Key Objectives

  • Showcase and promote the Electricity Supply Industry.
  • Promote, recognise, and reward workforce skills, expertise and training.
  • Attract more people to join the industry.
  • Promote best practice in health and safety.
  • Showcase new technologies and innovation.
This annual three-day event provides line mechanics and cable jointers from across New Zealand with a unique platform to test their skills, all under the watchful eyes of experienced judges. We believe this competition serves as an invaluable opportunity to spotlight our industry, underscore the importance of electricity safety, and encourage young talents to explore careers in the electricity supply sector.
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First Place

The Lines Company

second Place

Delta Utility Services - Lower Clutha

Third Place


Cable jointer competition


First Place

Alex Chandler - Connetics

Second Place

John Harvey - Connetics

Third Place

Jacob Linton - WEL Networks