|Port of Tauranga’s activities have wide-reaching benefits for the Bay of Plenty economy and beyond, including the direct and indirect employment of tens of thousands of New Zealanders.
On top of this, Port of Tauranga has an important role to play as an investor in community wellbeing. The Company sponsors and donates to causes in the arts, sport, environment, education and business sectors and throughout the year, makes a number of donations to community groups, schools and individuals.
In the recent past, we have sponsored the construction of the Pilot Bay boardwalk in Mount Maunganui as well as a specialist winch on the Bay of Plenty Trustpower TECT rescue helicopter. In the past year, we have been refocusing our sponsorship portfolio to steer investment towards the provision and protection of longer term infrastructure and equipment.
Port of Tauranga and other local sponsors recently paid for the installation of state of the art floodlighting at the Bay Oval sportsground next to Blake Park, Mount Maunganui. This upgrade elevated the stadium to the busiest international cricket facility in the country in the 2017/2018 season.
We have purchased two patrol boats for our neighbours, the Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club. These boats will be used for supporting young sailors learning on the harbour and other club operations.
In 2018, we formalised our role as an official supporter of Project Tauranga – a partnership between Tauranga City Council and local businesses to fund community projects. This will allow us to better identify suitable investments in the future and ensure we are supporting the things that really matter to local communities.
Port of Tauranga staff and customers are enthusiastic fundraisers and collect donations for a range of causes. At the Port’s annual Gibo’s Fun Fishing Tournament for staff, customers and suppliers, an auction of donated goods raises funds for the Waipuna Hospice with last year’s tournament raising a record $5,565.
For a number of years, instead of end of year corporate gifts to our clients, the Company has made donations to the Tauranga Community Foodbank and an additional charity chosen from staff suggestions. Last Christmas, we donated $10,000 to the Foodbank and $2,500 to the Child Cancer Foundation.
In April 2020, the Company made an additional $25,000 donation to the Tauranga Community Foodbank as it struggles to deal with soaring demand due to Covid-19.