Here are some examples of community partnerships recently supported by First Gas.

East End Junior Surf Club

New Plymouths’ East End Surf Club approached us in June 2018 asking for support to fund the purchase of a new double surf ski. 

As our conversation progressed we agreed on supporting around 100 of their young members aged between 5 – 14 with swim vests along with four paddle boards for the club.

This will help teach many  young people how to be safe in the ocean and set them up with skills for life.

Tiaka te Mauri o Parininihi Trust

Parininihi consists of 2000 hectares of coastal to inland forest, stretching from the dramatic Whitecliffs inland to Mt Messenger.  

Ngāti Tama, the northern most Iwi of the eight Taranaki Iwi, are tangata whenua and kaitiaki or guardians of Parininihi. These lands hold high cultural, historic and spiritual significance to Ngāti Tama.   Ngāti Tama strive to maintain the health of Parininihi and have been working to control animal pests and reintroduce species that have been lost.   This iwi-led conservation project is the first of its kind in Taranaki.  

Tiaki Te Mauri O Parininihi Trust was formed in 2012 to guide and support the work at Parininihi, and includes people from Ngati Tama and the wider community.  The trust aims to restore and protect the values of Parininihi, by undertaking a major long-term ecological management project that includes pest control, species recovery and translocations

Kōkako are once again singing in Taranaki after 20 birds were released at Parininihi Forest in May and July 2017.  The returned kōkako are descendants of Tamanui (the last kōkako of Taranaki) and came from Tiriti Matangi Island.

First Gas is proud to support the pest management of the area . The return of kōkako is a direct result of the intensive pest control work and the on-going improvements to trapping that has caught over 4,000 pests.

Mokau Museum

Tainui Historical Society established and operates the Mokau Museum and Gallery. The society’s purpose is to collect, preserve, document, research and display, and otherwise make available, natural history, taonga and cultural heritage relating to the Tainui region.

First Gas sponsorship supports:

  • A part-time archivist to digitally catalogue documents, photos and maps
  • Maintenance and other operating costs of the museum and art gallery

Pauatahanui Lamb and Calf Day

Being close to the city of Porirua, the Pauatahanui annual Lamb and Calf Day allows the school to showcase their unique “Where Town Meets Country” learning environment.

The school relies on fundraising to support the large range of learning environments that the school has to offer. Some examples of what the funding supports:

Funding of a teacher aide/learning coach

The development of a break-out area to support learning in the junior school and provide a professional space for teacher aides and parent helpers

Purchasing specialist STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) resources eg coding and robotic resources

The continued development of outdoor learning areas