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29.09.23    |  

Honouring Excellence: Celebrating the Trainees of the Year

Recently we had the privilege of participating in two prestigious events, the SARNZ and RANZ conferences. These events served as fabulous platforms for industry experts to share their invaluable insights and knowledge. However, the true highlight of both conferences was the opportunity to applaud the achievements of outstanding companies and individuals who have not only contributed significantly to the industry but have also excelled in their respective fields.


A Tribute to Excellence

Among the many inspiring stories, what stood out most were the remarkable achievements of two apprentices who were honoured with the prestigious Trainee of the Year awards. What makes these accolades even more special is that both of these exceptional apprentices completed their training with VHNZ.


Darian Giles: RANZ Trainee of the Year

Darian Giles, hailing from Marshall Industries in Invercargill, emerged as the RANZ Trainee of the Year. Darian's journey is a testament to dedication, hard work, and a commitment to excellence. His dedication to learning and growth in his field has not only made him a shining example but also a source of pride for his company and peers.


Akesi Liainia: SARNZ Trainee of the Year

On the other side of the country, Auckland's own Akesi Liainia, representing Acrow Ltd, was named the SARNZ Trainee of the Year. Akesi's accomplishments speak volumes about his unwavering determination to excel in the scaffolding industry. His journey from a trainee to the best in his category is a remarkable achievement that serves as an inspiration to all aspiring professionals.


The Role of VHNZ in Nurturing Talent

We at VHNZ are immensely proud of the accomplishments of Darian and Akesi. Their achievements not only reflect their personal commitment but also highlight the crucial role of effective training and education in the scaffolding and roofing industries. We believe in nurturing talent, empowering individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in this dynamic field.

As we celebrate the Trainees of the Year, we also celebrate the collective spirit of growth, improvement, and excellence that permeates the New Zealand scaffolding and roofing industries. These awards are a testament to the industry's dedication to fostering talent and ensuring a brighter future.


You can see the full list of award winners from each night here:

Roofing Association of New Zealand (RANZ)

Scaffolding, Access and Rigging New Zealand (SARNZ)



Marcus Bathan (left) COO of Vertical Horizonz NZ congratulating Trainee of the Year winner Akesi Liainia (right) of Acrow Ltd at the SARNZ conference.

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