The New Zealand plumbing industry plays a vital role in this country’s health, housing, and infrastructure.
Each year, the New Zealand Plumbing Awards recognise and honour outstanding contributions and achievements in the plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying sector.
2023 Kava Cup
The Kava Cup Award celebrates community projects by regional Master Plumbers Branches and Associations. Canterbury Master Plumbers secured Hospital the 2023 Kava Cup for volunteering labour on a much need extension to the Canterbury Charity, supported by donated products from Master Plumbers’ Business Partners. The Association says it was a privilege to be able to help the hospital look after their Canterbury and West Coast patients.
MEET THE 2023 WINNERS:
2023 New Zealand Master Plumber of the Year Napier-based Devine Plumbing, led by Cam Devine, received this year’s supreme business award, which recognises exceptional business acumen, professionalism, and commitment to excellent service. Devine Plumbing stands out for its drive for growth, dedication to customer service, great workplace culture, and local community engagement.
2023 James Douglas Medallion
Tyson Kihi from Advanced Plumbing HB in Hawkes Bay was the plumbing finalist and overall winner of this prestigious
award, presented to a newly qualified apprentice. Tyson came to plumbing as an adult apprentice, having previously been employed at a freezing works. He thrives on exceeding expectations and takes great pride in his work. Cameron Ryder from HiFlo Plumbing in Oamaru and Max Porter from Evergreen Plumbing Group in Hawera were recognised as finalists in the gasfitting and drainlaying categories.
2023 Outstanding Project of the Year
This year’s outstanding project award went to McBeth Plumbing & Gas in Taupō for their special effort to make life more comfortable for victims of Cyclone Gabrielle. Around 200 people contributed to the company’s Cyclone Response Project, which provided portable, off-grid hot showers to remote, cut-off communities in desperate need.
2023 New Zealand Plumber, Gasfitter, or Drainlayer of the Year
Darren Smith of Hutt Gas and Plumbing in Lower Hutt was acknowledged for his high level of technical expertise on complex projects. Co-founding the business in 1992, he has helped grow it to one of the largest plumbing companies in Wellington. His current focus is on sharing his technical know-how with the company’s 15 apprentices.
2023 Jackson Women in Plumbing Award
Mandy Burgess, operations manager at Devine Plumbing in Napier, joined the business in 2022 after 10 years with Plumbing World, where she developed a wealth of knowledge in all things plumbing. Mandy is known for going the extra mile for staff and customers. Passionate about plumbing, she gives 100 percent to all her projects.
2023 Plumbing World Scholarships
Plumbing World awards annual scholarships to promising Masterlink plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying apprentices. The deserving 2023 winners were Sebastian Sekene from Heron Plumbing in Auckland, Andrew Smithfrom EG Glennie & Co in Wellington, and Emma de Salis from McBeth Plumbing & Gas in Taupō.
2023 Master Plumbers Business Partner of the Year
Having delivered over 40 training courses in collaboration with Master Plumbers, Rinnai New Zealand is dedicated to
ensuring practitioners have access to the latest knowledge and expertise. The company’s focus on research and development, particularly in the area of renewable gas appliances, is a testament to its forward-thinking approach.
2023 Graeme Victor Smith Contribution to the Industry
Julena Phillips, General Manager of JT Carter Plumbing in Hamilton came to the business aft er several years with plumbing merchants in the region. She has created multiple efficiencies, developed a strong social media presence, and organised a staff recogniti on programme—taking the company to another level.
2023 Product of the Year
This coveted award was presented to MM Brands for their revolutionary K-Valve: a fast, safe and revolutionary inspection on test opening solutions for sewer and wastewater pipework. The fitted test plug can be easily located and removed in seconds, with no injury risk or chance of the plug dislodging. A truly innovative product for the industry
2023 Training Leader of the Year
Dave Henderson, from Quix Commercial in Auckland, was recognised for going above and beyond to educate and support people entering the industry. It takes technical experti se, good communication skills, patience, empathy and flexibility to teach apprentices successfully—and Dave demonstrates these qualities in all he does.