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TFESC National Employer of the Year Awards Announced

Mr Wade Riley and Mr Benn McKenzie of GPS Control Systems were awarded a Director-General award for exemplary support to the Reserve Forces. Mr Peter Townsend, LT John Ahearn (Reservist who nominated Wade Riley and Benn McKenzie), Mr Benn McKenzie and Mr Wade Riley of GPS Control Systems and LTGEN Tim Keating.

L-R: Mr Peter Townsend, LT John Ahearn (Reservist), Mr Benn McKenzie and Mr Wade Riley of GPS Control Systems and LTGEN Tim Keating.

Mr Wade Riley and Mr Benn McKenzie of GPS Control Systems were awarded a Director-General award for exemplary support to the Reserve Forces.

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10 April 2014

The Territorial Force Employer Support Council (TFESC) Employer of the Year awards were announced last night at a formal ceremony held at Parliament.

The awards, which recognise employers who are committed to supporting Reserve Forces’ personnel in their workplace, were presented by the Chair of the TFESC, Mr Peter Townsend.

Chief of Defence Force, Lieutenant General Tim Keating and the Minister of Labour, Hon Simon Bridges, were also present at the awards ceremony.

 The following awards were presented:

  1.  National Small – Medium Business of the Year:  Avonmore Tertiary Institute, Tauranga, nominated by Navy Reservist Chief Petty Officer Maritime Trade Operator Graeme Frost.

  2.  National Large Business of the Year: Datacom Ltd, nominated by Army Reservist Corporal Daryll Savage.
  3. Captain David Morgan of Air New Zealand was presented a Director-General Award for his work championing the Royal New Zealand Air Force Pilot Managed Transition Scheme. 
  4. Wade Riley and Benn McKenzie of GPS Control Systems, Tauranga were also presented a Director-General Award for sustaining the business when the owner, Lieutenant John Ahearn, was completing Navy Reserve duties.

“Reserve Forces form a vital part of the NZDF, who rely on them to volunteer on both overseas duty and duties here at home, for example providing support to Exercise Southern Katipo 2013 in Timaru in November last year,” Mr Townsend said.

“The Reserve Forces would not be able to operate to the same capacity without the support employers provide their Reservist employees,” he said.

 ENDS

For further information please contact the Defence Communications Group on 021 487 980.

Background

  • The Reserve Forces of the New Zealand Defence Force and are made up of the Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve, the Territorial Force of the NZ Army and the Territorial Air Force. Currently there are over 2100 reservists serving in the NZ Defence Force. 
     
  • The Reserve Forces provide a well-integrated, part-time military personnel that supplement NZ Defence Force Regular Force elements deploying on and supporting operations and providing vital additional personnel and skills, including highly valued specialist trades. 

For more information visit the Reserves website 

View photos of all of the winners

 

 

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