2017 Awards of Excellence to Industry

The Minister of Defence Awards of Excellence to Industry were established by the New Zealand Defence Industry Advisory Council (NZDIAC) in 1998 to highlight and reward the contribution made by industry to Defence. This year's annual Awards presentation took place in Wellington on 11 October, following the two-day NZDIA Defence Industry Forum.

 

2017 Awards Categories and Winners

The first three award categories provided a means of measuring companies' performance in relation to each other. This year also saw presentation of a Health and Safety Citation, and two further awards presented to individuals who had made an outstanding contribution to the sector. The awards and winners this year were:

Category 1: The provision of a Service to Defence less that $15m.
Awarded to Gilbert Sheet Metals Limited. This New Zealand-owned company based is in Auckland and specialises in all aspects of steel design fabrication and installation. Gilbert Sheet Metals fabricated metal and steel components for repair and replacement work on HMNZS Canterbury, finding solutions for diverse and complex systems under considerable time constraints.

Category 2: Provision of a product to Defence less than $15 million.
Awarded to PPG Industries, a company that works closely with the New Zealand Air Force and sub-contractors to supply sealants and coatings to protect the Air Force's aircraft fleet. They have invested significantly to provide a range of training to Air Force personnel to ensure products are applied and managed efficiently and correctly, with samples of every batch supplied to the Air Force retained for investigation should any product concerns arise.

Category 3: Provision of a product or service to Defence in excess of $15 million.
Awarded to Systematic Software Engineering. This Danish company has offices around the world and the company provides battle management software to the New Zealand Army, and associated system design services as part of the Network Enabled Army programme, which is one of the Ministry of Defence's major projects.

Health and Safety Citation: for the strongest overall demonstration of excellence in health and safety carried out by an organisation supplying to defence.
This was awarded to South Pacific Industrial, which is a New Zealand-owned, Northland-based engineering company. South Pacific Industrial designed and built the fit out of the new Seamanship Training Aids facility at Devonport Naval Base, including full-size representation of ship modules. Its team spent a significant amount of time at Devonport and on board ships to gain operational understanding, and delivered cost-effective solutions. While compressed into a small area, these solutions included built-in safety features to prevent equipment damage or injury to operators.

Special Awards: for outstanding contribution to the sector.
Presented to Steve Bennett of Airbus New Zealand, and Christine Baker of Bidfood.

Steve Bennett has a broad and in-depth understanding of RNZAF aircraft and maintenance practices after spending 27 years in uniform and reaching the rank of Warrant Officer. After his military career Steve worked in civil aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul and mining sectors before returning as a consultant to the RNZAF. He was employed by Airbus in 2011 as a Maintenance Support Advisor. His significant technical and organisational knowledge, coupled with his pragmatic approach to problem-solving, has contributed to the long and successful relationship between RNZAF and Airbus.

Christine Baker is the New Zealand Defence Force (Northern) Key Account Manager at Bidfood (previously Bidvest). For more than 12 years Christine has gone out of her way to ensure the Royal New Zealand Navy and New Zealand Army (Papakura Military Camp) receive required rations on time. The Navy's unique requirements mean specific delivery instructions must be met to enable the maximum amount of food to be stored on ships to sustain operational tasks. Late-notice programme changes and responses to natural disasters when they happen mean flexibility in supply chain operations is vital. Christine's many additional hours to meet required deliveries have made it possible for ships to sail with sufficient provisions.

Finalists

Category 1: 

  • EHL Group
  • Stacy Barr Limited

Category 2:

  • South Pacific Industrial Limited
  • L3 Technologies

Category 3:

  • The Boeing Company.

 

2017 Awards Categories

The Award categories provide a means of measuring like companies performance against each other. The five award categories are:

Category 1: The provision of a Service to Defence less that $15m
Category 1 recognises the provision of a service to Defence less than $15m that exemplifies the Defence Industry Strategy Principles underpinned by the development of a gain-gain relationship based on alignment, long-term focus, commitment and trust.

Category 2: The provision of a product to Defence less than $15m
Category 2 recognises the provision of a product to Defence less than $15m that exemplifies the Defence Industry Strategy Principles underpinned by the development of a gain-gain relationship based on alignment, long-term focus, commitment and trust.

Category 3: The provision of a product or service to Defence in excess of $15m
Category 2 recognises the provision of a product  or service to Defence in excess of $15m that exemplifies the Defence Industry Strategy Principles underpinned by the development of a gain-gain relationship based on alignment, long-term focus, commitment and trust.

Health and Safety Citation
Health and Safety initiative of the year - awarded for the strongest overall demonstration of excellence in health and safety carried out by an organisation supplying to defence.

Special Award
Outstanding contribution to the sector - recognition of an individual from industry who has made a significant and long-term contribution to the relationship between defence and industry.