NAWIC recognises top tradeswomen

Winners of the fourth annual Hays NAWIC Excellence Awards have been celebrated as “stellar achievers who are adding their unique voices to New Zealand’s construction industry” at a ceremony held in Auckland in August.

We had the pleasure of attending the Hays NAWIC Awards on 17 August where we hosted a pre-event meet and greet celebration. All guests and BCITO representatives were able to meet and congratulate the finalists representing the trades under our coverage.  It was great to have the finalists' Training Advisors present to support them on the night.


Tradeswomen of the Year Awards

  • Alice Petuha, (Richard Hull Builders Ltd), Carpentry – Hamilton
  • Olivia Ward, (Fred Lilley Builders), Carpentry – Seddon
  • Sarah Murray, (BuildTech), Construction Trades Supervisor – Auckland

Student/Apprentice Excellence Award

  • Emma McIntyre, (Elite Window Solutions), Architectural Aluminium Joinery – Warkworth
  • Rachel Corbett, (Martin Goulden Builders), Carpentry – Lower Hutt
  • Tamsyn Settle, (Leighs Construction), Carpentry – Christchurch

Professional Woman of the Year

  • Heidi Johnston, (Windowmakers), Architectural Aluminium Joinery - Silverdale

Some fantastic results were achieved, with Olivia and Sarah achieving Highly Commended Awards for the Tradeswomen of the Year category and Tamsyn receiving a Highly Commended Award for the Student/Apprentice category. 

An aspiration to be the best in her field combined with a passion for empowering her staff saw Heidi Johnston of Windowmakers win the Professional Woman of the Year Award.  Heidi’s commitment to sharing her knowledge with the industry, while encouraging her employees to upskill by establishing a culture of learning within her two Aluminium Joinery businesses impressed the judges.

NAWIC finalists 2018

Hays NAWIC Excellence Awards winners, highly commended and special merit awards winners with NAWIC President Jenny Parker

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