Power Boost for Planting in the Bay of Plenty

8 Oct 2020 by Eryn Hooper Bay of Plenty

In recognising the impact that COVID-19 has had on communities across New Zealand, Trustpower’s Board of Directors and Senior Leadership Team agreed to take a deduction in their annual remuneration earlier in the year, and have used these proceeds to set up a community fund. 

They granted a $30,000 donation to the Let's make Kaiate Falls Swimmable Again project!

The project focuses on the stretch of Otawera Stream above Kaiate Falls in Waitao. The aim is to restore the waterway with native trees, and 35,000 trees went in the ground this past winter. This will help restore this popular beauty and swimming spot to its former glory. 

The Trustpower donation meant the project, which is also supported by Speights, The Body Shop and other generous businesses and individuals, met its current fundraising goal. It is now well set to maintain those plants and get more plants in the ground next year! 

David Prentice is Trustpower’s Chief Executive. He said the donation was an acknowledgment of a cause close to the heart of the local community. 

“Kaiate Falls is a local walking track and swimming hole that is a favourite amongst locals and visitors alike. As a hydro-electric power generator the health of New Zealand’s freshwater resource is of huge importance to us. Completing the funding for this project is a great fit for what we want to achieve with the community fund.”

Million Metres lead Alaina says, “We’ve been so impressed at the ways businesses have stepped up to support their communities in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The government’s Te Uru Rakau/Billion Trees programme and Bay of Plenty Regional Council are also supporting this work, helping to significantly scale the effort. It shows what government, businesses and passionate individuals can get done by working together.”

Crystal, local coordinator of the project says, “The Tauranga locals and wishful river-swimmers are absolutely delighted with Trustpower's support for the Let's Make Kaiate Falls Swimmable Again project. Thank you!”