Oil and gas companies are deeply invested in the communities in which they operate, supporting a huge range of community organisations.
The strong links between regional innovation, engineering skills and the global energy sector have been recognised in a major partnership between Todd Energy and the Len Lye Centre, a spectacular new addition to New Zealand’s creative sector.
Integrated into the long-standing Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, the art museum has established a centre for the exhibition, research and development of kinetic art works and films of New Zealand-born artist Len Lye (1901-1980), a pioneer in both film and moving sculpture.
Todd Energy is the sole founding partner of the Len Lye Centre and naming partner for the centre’s foyer and learning centre. Their support enabled the project to begin after decades of planning, and adds cultural, innovative and lifestyle vibrancy to New Plymouth.
A long-term relationship between Iwi group Ngaruahine Maatua Whangai and the Kupe Joint Venture Partners has helped to deliver a comprehensive programme to improve the community. Over the last 30-plus years, Maatua Whangai – a voluntary organisation – has run youth initiatives, and with the support of the Kupe Project has been able to extend activities to train volunteer youth counsellors, offer financial literacy programmes and assist the elderly.
The philosophy of Maatua Whangai is one of inclusion with assistance being available to any person, regardless of their ethnicity or Iwi affiliation, which means their services are reaching right across their South Taranaki community.
Training company Wood Group PSN has helped Taranaki Mountain bike Club’s annual Take a Kid Mountain biking event get more kids riding bikes and building skills to enjoy themselves safely, with sponsorship of the event encouraging and rewarding participants through a range of prizes. “Being socially responsible is integral to what we do,” says Kerry Martyn, Wood Group PSN General Manager.
“We aim to make a positive difference to the communities where we operate and seek ways to assist them, and building kid’s skills and safety in a fun way is at the heart of what we’re about.”