Industry’s health and safety champions shine at Site Safe’s 2023 Evening of Celebration, Health, Safety and Wellbeing Awards

14 Mar 2023


It was all glitz and glam at Due Drop Event Centre in Manukau, Auckland last Wednesday (March 8) for the 15th Site Safe Evening of Celebration awards and graduations.

The Evening of Celebration is exactly as advertised – it is a recognition of the industry’s commitment to investing in its biggest asset - its people.  

This year’s event was particularly significant as it was the first time Site Safe had come together again with the industry after a three-year gap because of the Covid pandemic.

The evening was a tremendous success with many prominent faces from across the industry in attendance. About 54 out of 194 graduates from Site Safe’s Health and Safety in Construction programme made their way across the stage to receive their New Zealand Certificate in Workplace Health and Safety Practice and six hard-working organisations and individuals walked away with an award for championing health, safety and wellbeing within their workplaces.


Karyn Beattie (third from right) and others from the ICON Co Pty (NZ) team celebrate with their awards. 

They were:

  • Master Plumbers, Gasfitters & Drainlayers NZ for the Kalmar Mental Health and Wellbeing Award
  • BTW Company and Sayer Drainage for the Safety Contribution Award for a small team
  • Karyn Beattie from ICON Co Pty (NZ) for the Safety Contribution Award for an individual
  • Core Drill Block Ltd for the Dominion Constructors Safety Innovation Award for small to medium businesses
  • ICON Co Pty (NZ) for the Bettabuilt Safety Innovation Award for large businesses
  • Ben Clisby from Protech Roofing for the Mitre 10 Safety Leadership Award

It was a pleasure to celebrate those who are working hard to make our industry and workplaces safer and healthier.

Those lucky enough to be in attendance were kept entertained throughout the night by the amazing MC Wendy Petrie, while also hearing from Site Safe’s Chief Executive Brett Murray and special guest speakers Kiwi Psychologist Nigel Latta, Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety Michael Wood and WorkSafe’s Chief Executive Phil Parkes.

Each year, Site Safe supports the health and safety leaders of tomorrow by providing scholarships to complete higher-level learning through the Health and Safety in Construction programme.

This year, six scholarship categories were offered: Under 25, Māori, Pasifika, Women in Construction, Open, and Site Safe’s newest category, Accessibility.

This scholarship allows those who identify as neurodiverse, have a disability or if English is not their first language, an opportunity to join the programme.

Site Safe was pleased to acknowledge 26 scholarship recipients at this year’s Evening of Celebration.

To read the list of award winners, head to: