Annual Connection 2022

After two weeks of intensive practical and theory-based training, our WEL Networks line mechanic team and cable jointers are looking forward to battling it out against the best in the industry at Annual Connection on Monday.

The three-day event, held in Levin, is the only platform of its kind that connects, celebrates, and showcases the people and companies essential to keeping the lights on and New Zealand connected.

The best line mechanics and cable jointers come together from across New Zealand to compete in a number of challenges while under pressure – including pole installation, electrical theory, specialised high voltage terminations, Elevated Work Platform (EWP) rescue and more.

WEL's Line Mechanic Team:

Marcus Fletcher (Team Manager), Darcy Page and Aiden Skelton (Line Mechanics), Dale Shane (First Response Fault Technician) and Aiverson Leonardo (Trainee Line Mechanic).

WEL's Cable Jointer Team:

Tom Bromfield (Cable Jointer Judge), Michael Pascall (Team Manager), Justin Quigley and Logan Kelly (Cable Jointers).

This will be Aiden Skelton’s first time at Annual Connection and while he’s a bit nervous, he’s looking forward to it.

“The training has been valuable as some of us are new to the competition. It’s been really good to spend time with the team. The experience will be great. It will definitely be something a bit different,” he says.

“They have got a good chance. The training leading up to the event provides the teams with a benchmark of what to expect. You can’t replicate this level of training anywhere other than the competition,” Trade Coach Dave Robertson says.

“Annual Connection is great for the industry. It’s not just about the competition – it highlights the opportunities that are available within the industry. This year, a lot of the larger companies aren’t competing which is why it’s so important that we show our support for the industry by sending teams down.”

“We’re aiming for a place in the top three. Thank you to WEL for your ongoing support. It’s always a great event and it’s good for the industry,” Darcy Page says.

WEL Networks is a supporting sponsor of the Line Mechanics for the competition and also sponsors the Ross Archer Memorial Trophy. This trophy is presented to the most outstanding line mechanic trainee and has been won four times at the event by WEL trainees.                                


For more information: Samantha McPherson | WEL Networks Communications Business Partner | 021 198 1093 |