Seven Electrical News & Announcements

Seven Electrical initiates Effective Engagement training for apprentices

Seven Electrical has one of the highest numbers of apprentices in the industry. The Board, driven by Sandy McConnell (who is responsible for Seven Electrical’s apprenticeship training programme), decided to invest in their future leaders by putting them on an overnight Effective Engagement workshop, run by Anna Watson. A key aim of this initiative is a 100% programme completion rate of between 3.5 and 4 years.

Seven Electrical End of Year Function 2018

The Seven Electrical end of year function was held at The 7 Bar, King Street Upper Hutt on the 30th November 2018. A total of 135 people attended which included employees, suppliers, consultants, legal and accounting support.

NZIOB – Charitable Trust Rugby Luncheon 2018

Seven Electrical attended the New Zealand Institute of Business (NZIOB) annual rugby themed fundraising event in Wellington on the 15th June 2018. The event was held in the Te Aro Room at Mac’s Brewbar, Taranaki Street Wharf and featured guest speaker All Black


legend Sir John Kirwan, pictured on the right. John regaled the audience with reminisces of his All Black rugby career which begun with his debut for the All Blacks against France in 1984 and talked about his work in raising awareness of mental health, in which he is a central figure. When John retired as a player he held several rugby coaching roles, notably as head coach for Italy, and closer to home, the Auckland Blues. John holds a high profile commentary role on the Sky Sport Rugby Presentation Team which gives him a great opportunity to share his insights both as a player and as a coach.

The charity event was proudly sponsored by Holmes, Ebert Construction, Naylor Love and LT McGuinness.

Left to right: Seven Electrical managers Ian Scrivener, Grant Bamford and Raymond Lynch

NZIOB – Central Chapter Golf Day 2018

The Seven Electrical team came fourth in the New Zealand Institute of Building (NZIOB) Central Chapter Golf Day 2018 held at the Boulcott Farm Heritage Golf Club, Military Road, Lower Hutt on Friday the 23rd February 2018 coming close to reclaiming the winner’s trophy they won last year. NZIBO – Central Chapter Golf Day is a social event fully representative of the construction industry with participants drawn from contractors, design professionals, suppliers and specialist trades. Thirty teams of four competed. Seven Electrical’s team consisted of Kevin Steere, Adam Cresswell, Cooper Kupa and Keri Henry.

Seven Electrical Ltd’s team: (from left) Keri Henry; Adam Cresswell; Kevin Steere and Cooper Kupa.

John Kastrinakis
15 Year Continuous Services Award (2018)

John Kastrinakis has been presented with a continuous services award after completing 15 years continuous service with Seven Electrical Limited. This award consists of travel and accommodation to a value of $5000 and a 20 day annual leave grant.

John completed his electrical apprenticeship with Seven Electrical before leaving to pursue other employment opportunities and work experience. He later returned to Seven Electrical taking a position as Service Supervisor, becoming a valued and long standing member of the Service Division. We thank John for his service and loyalty over the years and look forward to the continuation of his good work.

 2018 Update from the Managing Director

I am writing not only to personally thank you for your contribution to the company’s success in 2017 but also to keep you informed about some exciting changes that will occur in 2018 and the following years.

Our Construction Group activity remains at the core of our success and it will continue to be our focus. We do however have ambitious plans to grow our Service Group to 22 vans over the next four years. This process has already begun with a management restructure that has seen John McKeown move to his new role as “Service Manager” and Grant Bamford starting in a new role as “Operations Manager”. This year we will also be building a Communications capability to meet Aotea Group Holdings requirement for National coverage for Electrical and Communications. The entity will be known as “Aotea Communications Wellington” a division of Seven Electrical Ltd.

AGHL will be actively seeking to invite new shareholders who are employed in key positions in the company, thus ensuring as many as possible can share in our future success. We already have a fantastic Leadership Group who are at the heart of our Strategic planning process.

There will be a transitioning period for the three remaining founding directors Ken, Sandy and I. Ken will be retiring at the end of 2018 and Sandy will remain in his position as “Contracts Manager” for a few more years to come. Sometime during 2018 we will be looking to replace my role as “Managing Director” with a new “General Manager” role. I will continue to be a shareholder and director working with the new General Manager providing support to ensure a successful transition.

I would also like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family all the best for 2018 and look forward to your continued support for what promises to be another exciting year with the company.

Irish President State Visit to New Zealand
National Library of New Zealand ‘He Tohu’ Exhibition

October 25, 2017

On the second day of the Irish President, Michael D Higgins, visit to New Zealand he visited the National Library of New Zealand, to view the ‘He Tohu’ Exhibition (‘The Signs”). David Reidy, Seven Electrical employee, was invited by the Department of Internal Affairs to attend the event and meet the president due to his involvement in the project and being of Irish descent. Seven Electrical Ltd was the electrical contractor for Fletcher Construction Company Ltd who managed the ‘He Tohu’ Exhibition project.

David Reidy and President Michael Higgins (Right)

The ‘He Tohu’ Exhibition aims to preserve New Zealand’s three most iconic and important constitutional documents for the next 500 years.

1. The 1835 ‘He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni’ (Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of New Zealand)

2. The 1840 ‘Te Tiriti o Waitangi’ (The Treaty of Waitangi)

3. The 1893 Women’s Suffrage Petition (‘Te Petihana Whakamana Poti Wahine’)

The three documents are housed in atmospherically-controlled and alarmed display cases at the National Library.

Indoor Cricket World Cup – Dubai 2017

Nick Ward, an employee of Seven Electrical Ltd, was selected for the New Zealand Indoor Cricket Team to compete in the prestigious 2017 World Indoor Cricket Federation World Cup held in Dubai. New Zealand came second in the competition losing only one game to the winners Australia.

Nick Ward is in the back row, third from the right

The event was held over 7 days of competition from the 16th to the 23rd September 2017, in Dubai’s newly renovated Insportz Club. It brought together the finest in indoor cricketing talent from nations including Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, England, Sri Lanka, India, Singapore, Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates.


NZIOB – Central Chapter Golf Day 2017

The Seven Electrical Ltd team came first in the New Zealand Institute of Building (NZIOB) Central Chapter Golf Day 2017 held at the Boulcott Farm Heritage Golf Club, Military Road, Lower Hutt on Friday the 24th February 2017, walking away with the winners’ team trophy. NZIBO – Central Chapter Golf Day is a social event fully representative of the construction industry with participants drawn from contractors, design professionals, suppliers and specialist trades. Thirty teams of four competed, Seven Electrical’s team consisting of Kevin Steere, Adam Cresswell, Cooper Kupa and Samuel McLauchlan. Adam Cresswell showed some individual outstanding golfing skills, winning a spot prize of a DeWalt radio for making the longest drive shot of the day.

Seven Electrical Ltd’s winning team: (from left) Kevin Steere; Adam Cresswell; Cooper Kupa and Samuel McLauchlan.

Dale Carnegie Training 2016

Seven Electrical Project Managers, Ian Scrivener, Kevin Steere, Raymond Lynch and John McKeown completed the Dale Carnegie training course “Skills for Success” graduating on the 24th November 2016. The course was formatted with eight training sessions over eight weeks.

Dale Carnegie courses help you master the communication skills demanded in today’s tough business environment, teaching you how to strengthen interpersonal relationships, manage stress and handle fast-changing workplace conditions. You develop more effective communication skills and are better equipped to perform as a persuasive communicator, problem solver and focused leader. In short, the Dale Carnegie Course empowers you to move far beyond your comfort zone as you reach for and obtain ambitious goals.

Ian, Kevin, Raymond and John learnt through a proprietary process that uses team dynamics and intra-group activities how to:

» Use a proven process to recall names and facts.
» Communicate more confidently.
» Build trust and persuade people to take action.
» Create an enthusiastic attitude.
» Communicate logically, clearly and concisely.
» Energise and engage listeners.
» Create a “win–win” environment.
» Increase your ability to manage stress and worry.
» Use a process to strengthen relationships.
» Give sincere feedback that empowers others.
» Improve people’s attitudes and behaviours.
» Identify major successes and commit to continuous improvement.

Course Graduation Photo (Note: Raymond Lynch was not able to attend the graduation day.)

Dale Carnegie was an American writer and lecturer who developed these famous courses in self improvement, salesmanship, corporate training, public speaking and interpersonal skills. The Dale Carnegie courses evolved following a lecture Dale held in 1912 on public speaking. Some of his famous quotes are:

1. You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.

2. Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.

3. It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.

Seven Electrical Announce the Strategic Alliance with Aotea Group Holdings Ltd (AGHL)

After 3 months of negotiation the board of Seven Electrical sign an agreement in March that introduced a new shareholder into the company. AGHL is a nationwide organisation comprising the Aotea group of Electrical, Communications and Security companies as well as several independent Electrical Contracting Companies. AGHL chairman Murray Hughes said “Wellington was the only major centre they didn’t have a presence in so it was an important part of their growth strategy to ensure Nationwide coverage” The agreement acknowledges the success that is ‘Seven Electrical’ by retaining and growing the existing brand.

The board of Seven Electrical see this alliance as a positive move for the future of the company. New business will be introduced by AGHL in the nationwide contract servicing area which will help build turnover as well as protecting and adding value to employees and shareholders. This agreement also ensures the entity will continue to trade successfully long after the retirement of the three founding Directors. For all staff and shareholders it will be business as usual with the continuation of management and shareholder succession planning.

Managing Director Ian Butturini signing the agreement with AGHL board Chairman Murray Hughes with board members from AGHL [Paul Parsons and Mike Daniel (Photographer)] and the Seven Electrical board in attendance.


Mount Victoria Tunnel’s New LED Lighting

Seven Electrical Limited was appointed by the Memorial Park Alliance as the Electrical Contractor for the Mount Victoria Tunnel Upgrade. A milestone was reached in early March 2016 with the commissioning of over 410 electronically controlled LED lights positioned on the tunnel ceiling, running the full length of the 623 metre tunnel. These efficient, energy saving lights are specifically designed for drivers’ visual comfort and tunnel safety.

Seven Electrical installed the lights and associated cabling supplied by Italian tunnel lighting specialist AEC over the past 6 months. Commissioning of the new lighting system was carried out in February by lighting designer Techlight, AEC, and AFI Ltd (Automation for Industry). Seven Electrical’s focus has now shifted to other project obligations, such as walkway and exit lighting, rewiring of the deluge system, etc.

The Mount Victoria Tunnel Upgrade is due for completion in June this year.

Seven Electrical Strategy Day

December 2, 2015

A Strategy Day Meeting was held on the 2nd December 2015 at the Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce attended by Seven Electrical’s Leadership Group.

Kevin Steere (Project Manager), Ben Cathro (Supervisor) and Adam Cresswell (Supervisor) of Seven Electrical were each presented with an award, along with fellow contractors and consultants, by LT McGuinness and ANZ (Client) in recognition for their contribution to the renovations carried out at 171 Featherston Street, Wellington. Seven Electrical Limited was involved in the renovation of the Tower Lobby, Levels 10, 11, 17, 18 and extensive upgrades to the generator, UPS, and electrical switchboards located in the basement.

The function and presentation was held at The Featherston Tavern on 16th October 2015.