Giving a helping hand in our communities
At Contact, we live, work and operate in communities throughout New Zealand. Our philosophy is to 'be the neighbour you'd want to have'. That means we engage with and respect the rights of others, and ensure the safe and best practice operation of our sites.
In addition to our employee volunteering programme, we also proud to sponsor a range of community events and projects including Te Takere Youth Space, Alexandra Blossom Festival, Contact Epic, Swim Well Taupō.
Te Takere Youth Space
As one of the largest local employers, Levin has a special place in Contact's heart. In March 2014, we became the proud principal partner of Levin's new Te Takere Youth Space, part of the Horowhenua community's multi-purpose heart and hub. It's a one-of-a-kind environment for youth aged 13-24 years, and includes a recording studio, art space, computers, free internet, books, magazines and more. As well as recreational activities, the Youth Space also has services and resources to help local youth aim towards a future full of endless opportunities.
For more information, visit: www.tetakere.org.nz/youthspace
Alexandra Blossom Festival
Contact has been a major sponsor of the colourful Alexandra Blossom Festival since 2004. In 2008 we became “Principle Partner” of the Festival and Grand Procession, a street parade of locally built floats, traditionally covered with thousands of carefully applied individual blossoms. This family-friendly event is now over 50 years old and takes place close to the Clyde Dam.
For more information, visit www.blossom.co.nz
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 principle 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.
For more information, visit www.contactepic.co.nz
Swim Well Taupō
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 students aged 5-18yr in the Taupō area each year.
Lake Dunstan - Clyde Dam
To help the recreational users of Lake Dunstan to 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.
Webcam supplied by Snowgrass Solutions.