We are committed to being a good neighbour in the communities in which the company operates. To achieve this we assess local needs, promote community involvement and partner with local stakeholders to improve educational, social and cultural development in those communities.
We provide assistance through our Community Support Programme, with preference given to three focus areas:
- Education that increases future options
- Initiatives that support strong communities (ie. helping communities to help themselves)
- Community infrastructure
Each year we work with our communities to identify priority needs in these three areas.
The assistance we provide comes in several forms:
Sponsorships (this may involve providing funds, product, time or expertise)
Examples of the Community Support we provide:
Holcim supported schools in the Otorohanga, Westport, Waitaki, Christchurch, Franklin and Papakura regions, through the Paper4trees Carbon Reduction programme. Schools are supplied with a native tree or plant for every two cubic metres of paper and cardboard they recycle or keep from landfill. The group provide all the resources required for recycling including recycling bins for every classroom in participating schools.
In 2012 Holcim staff delivered trees to some of the schools in the Christchurch and Waitaki areas.
Westport Recreation Centre
Construction of Westport's recreation & events complex at McDonald Park was supported by a significant contribution from Holcim New Zealand. The complex includes an aquatic centre, dry court facility, fitness centre, hockey turf, two squash courts and seminar and meeting rooms.
Flaxmere Community Support
The U-Turn Trust provides an important link in helping their community in Flaxmere (Hastings) become stronger. They are involved in many local initiatives including the support of local sports clubs, health and exercise programmes, a community garden, and academies for helping the youth develop life skills and confidence. Holcim are proud to be associated with the U-Turn Trust, providing some sponsorship for their endeavours and volunteer labour from the Holcim Hastings Quarry.
Westport Wetland Sanctuary
The creation of a wetland and bird sanctuary on eight hectares of Holcim land at Cape Foulwind was announced in 2008 as a community project to mark the 50th anniversary of operations commencing at Westport Works. The wetland site, used for quarrying up until the 1960s, is being turned into a unique wetland habitat complementing existing conservation projects at Cape Foulwind. Features will include a series of small lakes, a walkway around the wetland, a bird hide, and interpretative panels explaining the wetland eco-system. Local school children and other community members are being given the opportunity to be involved in planting.
Teaching & Research Position
Holcim New Zealand has, since 2003, sponsored a part-time teaching and research position at the University of Canterbury School of Engineering. Professor Des Bull, who holds the position, is working with the building industry on concrete construction technologies.
For more than 25 years Holcim has awarded a tertiary study scholarship at Westport. Since 2009, scholarships have also been offered to communities relating to our Hastings Quarry, Bombay Quarry and Kiwi Point Quarry (Wellington). The scholarship pays $2,000 per year for up to four years of study, as well as providing holiday work at our operating sites.
Examples of further sponsorships that Holcim New Zealand has undertaken recently include:
Westport Lighthouse Road Picnic Area
In partnership with Conservation Volunteers New Zealand, a new community picnic site for locals and visitors
Buller and Westland Rural Education Activities Programme (WestREAP) - recycled computers to families with young children on the Coast.
Ngaruawahia Community House
Various support over several years for community projects and provision of kitchen equipment.
Assistance with upgrading the outside play area.
Age Concern Flaxmere (Hastings)
Assistance for urgent repairs and maintenance of their Centre.
North Harbour Softball Assoc
Donation of cement and aggregates to help upgrade the playing facilities in their stadium.