At Contact we believe it’s good to be home and that our homes should be warm, connected and most importantly, safe. We also know that unfortunately this is not the reality for every Kiwi family.
We’ve been working with the National Collective of Women’s Refuges since 2020 on several initiatives, then in 2022 we became a proud partner of Women's Refuge. It’s a privilege to support the vital work they do across Aotearoa New Zealand helping women and children who are experiencing family violence.
See all the ways we’re making a difference with Women’s Refuge and how you can help.
First raced in 2008, the 125 kilometre Contact Epic is a rare opportunity to ride around the Lake Hawea. The event starts on top of our Hawea Dam and takes riders over Department of Conservation and private land in one of the most beautiful parts of New Zealand.
We have been principal partner since the Epic's inception and we are proud to support a major highlight on the local calendar and the locals who help make it happen. A Community Fund has been to “pay forward” a percentage of funds raised by rider entry fees to help support the Hawea District community.
We've been a proud member of the Taupō community for decades. So in 2010, we decided to ask the people of Taupō what organisation in the community they thought needed our support. Swim Well Taupō was the winner and we've continued to support it ever since.
The programme provides free swimming and water safety lessons to around 3,000 primary students in the Taupō area each year. To date we’ve supported nearly 280,000 swimming lessons for 38,000 kids.
Kids Greening Taupō is an education and environmental programme which aims to increase the native flora and fauna of the district.It provides the link between local schools and Greening Taupō, getting students actively involved with projects to increase biodiversity and solve environmental problems.
Contact sponsors the “Take Action Fund” where local senior school students are on a leadership team to allocate the funds to local schools and ECE centres.
Contact is the proud sponsor of an exciting initiative to release Karearea (NZ Falcon) onto Tuwharetoa Iwi land, in Taupō. The birds will become predators to pests like rats and mice which will help other wildlife to thrive. We anticipate a release of up to 15 karearea over a three-year period.
The sponsorship from Contact covers equipment, travel and food costs, feed requirements, identification branding and volunteer monitoring. We are excited to see these beautiful native birds of prey soaring over Tauhara Maunga once again.
To help the recreational users of Lake Dunstan gauge weather conditions before heading off on their trips to the Lake, we installed a webcam at the top of Clyde Dam. It came after a suggestion from local users of the lake wanting up-to-date information before they started their journey.
The webcam provides a panoramic view over the lake from the top of Clyde Dam. And it's updated every 15 minutes, ensuring an accurate take on current conditions. Click here to view the webcam of Lake Dunstan.
Webcam supplied by Snowgrass Solutions.
Contact is celebrating the birth of a new company initiative that gives staff the opportunity to help save New Zealand’s endangered national bird – the humble kiwi.
‘Kiwi Contact’ provides support for Kiwi Forever, an educational programme focused on kiwi conservation run by the Department of Conservation (DOC) and independent charity Kiwis for Kiwi. This initiative is new pilot programme involving local Taupō schools and staff.
In 2022, Contact entered into a three-year sponsorship with Taranaki Kiwi Trust, to support kiwi training, education and advocacy in Taranaki. Contact has worked with the Taranaki Kiwi Trust since 2020, sponsoring Koko a resident kiwi on Taranaki Maunga. Contact is now supporting a strategic kiwi education and advocacy programme, which is targeted at primary schools, public events, with landowners, in the business community and with service clubs and organisations. The Trust is engaged with pest control on public and private land, egg lifts, releasing kiwi, kiwi monitoring and surveying. It provides protection for kiwi on private properties in Taranaki through predator trapping.