We’re focused on being a friendly, responsible neighbour and sharing the benefits of our projects with the communities in which we operate.
Our operations provide benefits across every level of the community – via our employees, suppliers and contractors. And we also make significant contributions through royalties and taxes.
We proudly support a policy of hiring a local workers rather than hiring from outside a region. And we maintain collaborative relationships with the wider community.
For example, at the Takitimu mine in Southland, we’ve established a successful relationship with the local community development association. We have regular interaction with neighbours, local residents and regional businesses to anticipate any issues that arise.
Our community sponsorships and donations in FY21 included the following:
West Coast Search & Rescue
- Life Education Trust West Coast
- Buller Community Trust fund
- Primary schools - Ruawaro, Takitimu, Westport South, Westport North
- Rugby - Buller Rugby Union, Aotearoa Māori under 16 mixed
- Buller Health Trust
- Southland Charity Hospital
- Caring Families Aotearoa
- Nightcaps Squash Club
- Hector Community Swimming Pool
Funds donated to the Buller Community Trust fund were for resilience projects, including the optimisation of the early flood warning system for the Buller River. This system was tested during a major flood event on 17 July 2021. It provided significant early warning to emergency services and Westport residents to allow the safe evacuation of close to 50 percent of the township.