The annual NZIOB Central Chapter Student Awards has been running since 1998 and draws entries from across the lower North Island. As an example, this year saw two nominations being received from New Plymouth based students.
 
Naylor Love has sponsored the Central Chapter Student Awards for the past five years, with the event location for a number of those years being Weltec’s School of Cuisine in Wellington. This provides an environment in which students are serving canapés and drinks to fellow students, within a building constructed by the event sponsor. There are wonderful synergies at play.
 
What sets these awards apart, is that the criterion for nomination for this award is not academic performance alone, students are nominated according to any criteria which appraises exceptional students. What that criteria consists of, is left entirely to the nominator. There are cash prizes on offer too, which creates quite a bit of interest and delight on the night to the award category winners, who for 2018 were:

  • The winner of the LT McGuinness sponsored Most Promising First Year Student category and a $500 cash prize, went to Kirsty Anderson of VUW School of Architecture.
  • The winner of the Carters sponsored Top Student in a National or NZ Certificate (Level 4) programme category and $500 of Carters vouchers, went to Kyle Tonks.
  • The winner of the BCITO sponsored Top Student in a Construction Focused Diploma Programme category and a $500 cash prize, went to Joel Doran of Weltec School of Construction.
  • The winner of the Design Group Stapleton Elliott sponsored Top Student in a Construction Focused Degree Programme category and a $500 cash prize, went to Sarah Buet of VUW School of Architecture.

The four category winners are eligible to be considered for the evening’s major prize, the Supreme Award.

  • The winner of the GIB® sponsored Supreme Award and a $1,000 cash prize, went to Joel Doran of Weltec School of Construction.

Congratulations to the category winners and to all nominees. Well done to the Central Chapter also, running a student awards programme for 20 years is a great achievement.