Backing the community
Here at Pulse Energy, we’re big on doing our part to support the community.
We express this support in a bunch of different ways. Since 2016, we’ve been partners of the mighty Highlanders. Commencing 2021, we were excited to expand this partnership and we are now the power behind South Island Super Rugby. We recently became a Bronze Sponsor of the Asthma & Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand. And we’re proud to support various local events and sports teams throughout the country.
Our commitment to the community is reflected in the structure of our business. In 2016, Pulse Energy was delisted from the NZX and became a 100 percent community-owned business with origins in Alexandra, Westport, and Levin.
In this blog post, we want to tell the stories of the organisations behind Pulse Energy - Pioneer Energy, Buller Electricity and Electra Energy - and the work they do in the community.
Pioneer Energy, a community-owned energy company based in Central Otago, is one of the major owners of Pulse Energy. With a rich history dating all the way back to the 1920s, the organisation is today owned by Central Lakes Trust, an organisation that grants funds for charitable purposes within the Central Lakes district.
Central Lakes Trust is the largest philanthropic trust per capita in the Southern Hemisphere and does incredible work to enhance the community and the lives of the people who live in the Central Lakes region. Every year, the trust grants around $8.5 million to dozens of amazing charities that are working hard to support the wellbeing of the community.
Already this year, the trust has provided funding for training and equipment for Wanaka Search and Rescue, an air rescue training programme for Lakes District Air Rescue Trust and renovations at the Clyde Memorial Hall, among many other charitable initiatives.
Buller Electricity, a local electricity distribution company that supplies electricity to almost 5,000 consumers on the West Coast of the South Island, is another major owner of Pulse Energy. The company was established more than 70 years ago and is owned by its consumers via the Buller Electric Power Trust.
The company supports the community in a variety of ways, such as the Buller Electricity Scholarship Trust, an annual scholarship programme that assists students from the Buller region to attend university and obtain qualifications relating to the electricity industry.
Buller Electricity also provides a Limited Personal Development Sponsorship to support people under 25 in advancing their educational, cultural, community or sporting pursuits, as well as the Pulse Buller Civic and Sporting Awards, which recognises outstanding local sporting and civic achievements.
Pulse Energy is also partly owned by Electra, a company that owns and operates the electricity lines and assets in the Kapiti and Horowhenua districts. Electra is wholly owned by its 45,000+ customers, and any surplus funds that the company generates are returned to its owners in the form of an annual sales discount.
Electra has a keen interest in supporting local business growth and creating employment opportunities for residents of Kapiti and Horowhenua.
Talk to us today
Working alongside our local owners, we’re proud to be making a difference in communities up and down the country.
If you’re looking for an energy provider that keeps the needs of the community front and centre, we’d love to hear from you. Give us a call today on 0800 785 733 and find out how much you could save on power by switching to Pulse Energy.