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About the Award

The Meritorious Service Award recognises an engineer who has made an outstanding contribution to the EEA and electrical engineering in New Zealand and/or overseas. Judging is in accordance with the criteria below.

It is a rare accolade; there are less than 20 recipients in almost a century of this industry body's lifetime.

This recognises an outstanding contribution to the power engineering industry by a visionary leader who has brought significant benefit to our electricity supply industry, and to New Zealand.

The Bio Notes of recent Meritorious Service Award recipients are available below.


CRITERIA:

  1. Demonstrated excellence and innovation in an electricity supply industry engineering project(s) or activity.
  2. Demonstrated ability to develop, articulate and implement visionary change benefiting the New Zealand electricity supply industry.
  3. Contribution to professional, community and other activities outside employment.
  4. Demonstrated high standards of ethical and personal behaviour.
  5. Contribution and commitment to the development of others within the industry.
  6. The Awards Committee reserves the right not to make an Award should there be no suitable candidate for the Award in any year.



2019 Award Recipients - Bob Taylor and Harvey O'Sullivan

It is a rare accolade; there are less than 20 recipients in almost a century of this industry body's lifetime.

This recognises an outstanding contribution to the power engineering industry by a visionary leader who has brought significant benefit to our electricity supply industry, and to New Zealand.


Our 19th Recipient Of The EEA Meritorious Service Award Is Bob Taylor, of Bob Taylor (Consultant) Ltd.

Bob is being recognised by EEA for his long and distinguished service to the New Zealand (NZ) electricity industry. He has made an outstanding contribution across a wide range of areas including contractor management; industry safety; industry education (ITO), live work and EEA governance as both an Executive Committee member and EEA President. Bob is a passionate committed leader and advocate in all of these areas.

He came up through the ranks, starting as a line mechanic in the United Kingdom (UK), became a live liner, lines engineer and then went on to obtain his engineering degree. He was Managing Director of Connectics, the contracting arm of Orion. Bob then moved into consultancy where his safety and contracting knowledge has led significant change and improvements in both those areas.

What sets Bob apart is his great knowledge of the various layers that create the electricity industry, how they interact and what 'good' looks like.

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Our 18th Recipient of the EEA Meritorious Service Award is Harvey O'Sullivan, of Harvey O'Sullivan Consulting Ltd. (Awarded posthumously)

Harvey was a graduate mechanical engineer from the University of Canterbury and a Fellow of Engineering NZ and held a Diploma of Maintenance Management and a Diploma of Business Administration. He started his industry career in the late 1970s with the construction of the Huntly Power station and left in 1991 as Mechanical Maintenance Manager for Huntly Power station.

Throughout, his career Harvey showed a passion for working with people to improve health and safety and willingness to share his considerable knowledge, experience and wisdom with others.

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2017 - 2014 Award Recipients



Previous Award Recipients



2017: Mark Gatland

2016: Keith Turner
2015: Jo Grilli
2014: Pat Bodger and Patrick Strange
2012: Tas Scott
2009: Kevin Mackey
2004: Bryan Leyland
2001: J (Peter) Vernon
1989: OC Stephens
1980: N Keys
1970: J Ellis
1965: N Davidson
1963: A Holloway
1960: A Mill
1958: J Horn
1956: T Kelly

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