Starting from 2020, we’ll be holding our HERA 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 Industry Conference’s Industry Awards 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 of the NZ metals industry (irrespective of whether a HERA 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.
The winner receives a free industry dinner registration for themselves and their partner, and reimbursement of associated travel costs and accommodation for the night of the Nation dinner (to an agreed level). They also are awarded a monetary prize from the Keith Smith bequest and commemorative plaque.
Open to all HERA members only. This award recognises major innovation being implemented through demonstrated product, manufacturing, information technology, process or service innovations. We do, however, encourage our members to nominate themselves as a showcase of what they are capable of.
Please note – while we appreciate confidentiality may exist around the project in question, it is important that you’re able to share at a level of detail (without impacting IP) what the project is about to apply for this award category.
The winner receives a free industry dinner registration for themselves and their partner, and reimbursement of associated travel costs and accommodation for the night of the Nation dinner (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.
Leading Metalhead Award
This is a newly created award, open to every member of the NZ metals industry (irrespective of whether a HERA member). This award acknowledges high potential staff who are not yet at Executive level, but have created a mind-shift change in their business to prepare them for the future.
This could be in the areas of diversity, innovation, new markets, new policies and procedures or anywhere they have transformed business as usual for you.
The winner receives a free Nation dinner registration, and a monetary prize of $1,000 and a commemorative plaque to be presented at the Nation Dinner.
Nominations close 10 January 2020. Awards will be presented at the HERA Nation dinner – 21 February 2020.