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How Pulse Energy is getting involved in our community

“Yay, a power bill!” said no one, ever.

Yes, nobody loves paying their power bill, but forking over your hard-earned cash is a little less heart-breaking when you know that a good chunk of that money is going straight back into the local community.

Getting involved in the community

Pulse Energy is a 100% community-owned electricity retailer. In addition to maintaining staff on the ground here in New Zealand, we love to get involved with the community and we work closely with our local owners (Buller Electricity, Pioneer Energy and Electra Energy) to add value to communities up and down the country.

For example, the Pulse Energy Recreation Centre, situated in the heart of Westport, gives people in the Buller community easy access to a range of sports and leisure facilities. Home to a well-equipped gym, aquatic centre, indoor stadium, hockey turf, squash court and more, the rec centre is a one-stop recreational hub for health and fitness enthusiasts in the surrounding area.

We are proud to be the principal sponsor of the Pulse Energy Highlanders. Our values are closely aligned with the Highlanders, including honesty, dedication and togetherness. Sponsoring the Highlanders has also given us the opportunity to be involved with the local community. Last year, we ran a promotion with local Dunedin schools, which allowed us to give back to the community. Several schools received tickets to a Highlanders game, while Fairfield School won a visit and morning tea from Highlanders players.  

We also sponsor the Pulse Energy Buller Marathon, which is New Zealand’s most scenic marathon. The course starts at Hawks Crag through the gorge, and then down the scenic undulating Buller Gorge Highway. The Marathon has just celebrated its 36th year and is well known in the community.

We’re also doing our part to keep New Zealand clean and green. With water quality becoming an increasingly important issue in Aotearoa, we teamed up with Swim Guide to help Kiwi families stay safe in the water. Swim Guide is a free app that provides water quality information on more than 700 beaches and waterways across New Zealand to help people make a more informed decision about where they choose to swim. As a community-owned business, we firmly believe that we have a responsibility to help conserve New Zealand’s natural beauty for future generations to enjoy.

How our owners give back to the community

Our owners are also heavily involved in the community. Buller Electricity, for example, offers Personal Development sponsorships to help youths in the community advance their educational, cultural, community or sporting pursuits. For almost 20 years, Buller Electricity has also been supporting the Buller community through an annual scholarship, which helps students in the region attend university and acquire qualifications that can be used in the electricity industry.

Meanwhile, Pioneer Energy contributes an annual dividend to its owner, Central Lakes Trust. This money is then used by the Trust to invest in various charitable projects in the community. In December 2017 alone, the Trust issued more than $600,000 in grants to some very worthy organisations around the region, including the Showgrounds Community Sports Centre Trust, Rotary Club Queenstown and Central Otago REAP, among many others.

Your community owned power company

As a community-owned company, we have incredibly strong ties to the people and places that make Aotearoa the amazing country that it is. It’s a privilege to grow alongside and as part of these thriving communities and give back in whatever way we can.

If you like the sound of a community-owned power company, competitive rates and fantastic customer support, give us a call today to find out how much money you could be saving on your power bills.

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