Komatsu New Zealand Women in extractives lunch 2023

Straterra, AQA and MinEx have announced their inaugural Komatsu New Zealand Women in Extractives lunch to celebrate diversity and inclusion in the extractives industries. The lunch will be held in Christchurch on Friday, 10 March 2023, the week of International Women’s Day.

Three new industry awards launched
Three awards will be presented at the inaugural lunch – these awards are to celebrate diversity and inclusion in the extractives industries and are supported by Straterra, AQA and MinEx.

In 2023, the Kristy Christensen Memorial Award (sponsored by MinEx) will be awarded to Kristy Christensen posthumously in recognition of her valued contribution to diversity and inclusion in the industry. This award will be open to nominations in 2024 and is to recognise someone who has been a champion for diversity. A champion is someone who believes in, supports, and fights for a cause. They will be a leader within your company that supports diversity and inclusion in the workplace and who will find ways to make it happen in a way that benefits all involved.

The awards
Straterra, AQA and MinEx are accepting nominations for the following two awards:

Emerging Star Award (sponsored by MITO, a division of Te Pūkenga)
To recognise a young person who over the past year, and during their career, has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills, unwavering commitment to outstanding personal performance, and innovative thinking to provide value for their company, as well as for themselves. In demonstrating leadership, they will show consideration for all their colleagues.

Leader of the Year (sponsored by Hanga-Aro-Rau Workforce Development Council)
To recognise a leader who has demonstrated vision, dedication, and determination for their team to succeed. This person will be a leader who develops their team members through purpose and passion, sharing of experience, and a commitment to teamwork. They will have demonstrated a commitment to diversity and inclusion in their everyday work.

If you would like to nominate someone for an award, please fill in the entry form, then send your nominations/entries to by COB Wednesday, 22 February 2023.

Award judging will be undertaken by a panel from Straterra, AQA and MinEx. The judges’ decisions will be final.

You can purchase tickets here with discounts available for members. The venue in Christchurch will be advised to ticket holders.

QuarryNZ awards:

Every year the QuarryNZ Conference holds an Awards night to celebrate success across the Industry.


About the award:
The industry sponsored MIMICO Environment & Community Award annually recognises and celebrates the quarry industry’s care for the environment and community. The award acknowledges the excellent and diverse range of projects undertaken by AQA members.

MIMICO is a well-respected Waikato company that sells, hires and services heavy machinery; it shares the AQA’s commitment to encouraging environmental excellence.

Does your company have an initiative that protects the environment and / or supports a community?

  • $3,000 prize up for grabs
  • Whether it’s a big or small project, you should consider entering
  • If you are doing your bit for the environment – let us know
  • It’s easy to do – just complete the one-page entry form and get the General Manager or CEO to sign it off
  • All finalists will receive publicity including written material, promotion at the QuarryNZ 2023 conference in Christchurch, as well as feature on the AQA website.

Full details can be found in the MIMICO Environment & Community Award brochure.

All entries and supporting information must be received by Friday 12th May 2023.


The Institute of Quarrying NZ Awards are a conference highlight and amongst others, cover categories including:

  • Winstone Aggregates Safety Award – judged on who is best meeting a wide range of H & S criteria
  • Southern Cross Engineering – Roctech Innovation Award – $3,500 award for someone to develop innovations that can assist quarrying
  • Lyn Jordan Memorial Trophy for best technical paper
  • BR Webster Family Educational Scholarship – towards tertiary or practical learning studies
  • WorkSafe Chief Inspector Safety Leadership Award

Entries are required by May 31 each year, other than Winstones Safety Award which needs to be in by April 20 each year. Any IOQ member can nominate another IOQ member. Nominations should include some background information about the person: current job description, a mini version CV. Entries to and details on IOQ website


These awards from Q+M magazine recognise upcoming leaders in the quarrying sector. As many as several people have won an award in one year, which recognises “future leaders.” They are each provided with a certificate and $1000 each. If you have a someone showing talent in your quarry, email a brief CV and outline of the person’s achievements and qualities to Q+M Editor Alan Titchall – by May 31 each year.

Read here for more information on the 2019 Award winners.



Aggregates are the most consumed bulk product in the world after water. New Zealand uses 9-10 tonnes of aggregate every year for each adult and child.


To build an average house, you need about 250 tonnes of aggregate - for use in concrete, asphalt, mortar and building products.


The quarry industry is committed to working alongside local communities and follows stringent planning, environmental and operating conditions.