Starting from 2020, we’ll be holding our Industry Awards every three years to recognise members who’ve significantly contributed to our industry’s success.
In the past, this was was presented as part of the Metals NZ conference’s Industry Gala Dinner to those who had demonstrated considerable achievements in export and innovation.
But we’re excited to be shaking this up a bit, and aligning it with our new Future Forum series which is about building a tribe of metal heads and casting our eyes to the future so we can prepare for disruption.
What makes these awards so rewarding is that recipients are selected by their peers. An acknowledgement that we believe means so much more, because it comes from the heart of our industry – our members.
There are three core award categories that members can be nominated for.
Keith Smith Memorial Award for distinguished service to the New Zealand metals industry
Open to every member, this award is our most celebrated – and honours our founding Chairman Keith Smith and his endowment left to our HERA Foundation.
Because this award inherently rewards renowned and outstanding service, we recognise it’s not always possible to find a suitable candidate. Which is why its only presented when its selection criteria is met.
Finalists receive two free industry dinner registrations and reimbursement of associated travel costs to an agreed level. And the winner is awarded a monetary prize from the Keith Smith bequest and commemorative plaque.
Metals Innovator of the Year Award
Open to every member and associated sector organisations, this award recognises major innovation being implemented. Demonstrated product, manufacturing or information technology innovations is required to be eligible for nomination.
We encourage our members to nominate themselves. Providing finalists with two free HERA Nation dinner registrations and reimbursement of associated travel costs to an agreed level.
The winner also receiving a commemorative plaque to mark the occasion received by their nominated representative, and an ‘Innovation READY, SET & GO’ registration for one selected staff member in their company and promotion of their achievement on HERA’s digital platforms.
Nominations close 30th November 2019. Awards will be presented at the HERA Nation Dinner 21st Feb 2020.