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.