Energising Community Investment

Our vision to reimagine energy to put control in our customers’ hands has driven us to rethink our community investment programme.
There is a growing awareness in New Zealand of the need to encourage young people to develop science, technology and maths skills. Why? Because it is these skills that will be required in the jobs of the future.
So, from a community investment point of view, we feel we can make a difference by helping young people get excited and interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) so that they can be the ‘energy designers of the future’.
Central to this new directi on is our own School-gen programme, which provides education resources and activities for students, teachers and families.
Over time we will be looking to partner with organisations and initiatives that are aiming to help young people develop STEM skills.
If you are interested in finding out more about our community investment programme contact:

Jenny Burke

Community Investment Manager
09 951 9283
021 816 533
[email protected]

Our community investment initiatives



School-gen is our way of inspiring children to become energy pioneers. Since 2006 we have given all New Zealand schools open access to our School-gen education programme. School-gen has gifted solar photovoltaic (PV) systems to more than 90 schools so the kids can see in ‘real time’ how much electricity their panels are generating. It’s a fun way for kids to learn about different ways in which energy can be generated and managed.

See how much electricity school-gen schools are generating right now.
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National Whio Recovery Project

Genesis and the Department of Conservation have been working together since 2011 to secure the future of one our most endangered native birds, the whio (Blue Duck).
The partnership funds predator control programmes to secure the population of this highly endangered species. In addition Genesis and DOC run communication and advocacy activities to grow awareness of the plight of the whio and the need to protect it.

<h4>Taupo for Tomorrow</h4>

Taupo for Tomorrow

The Taupo for Tomorrow programme is an educational programme run in conjunction with the Department of Conservation and the Tongariro Trout Centre Society at the National Trout Centre in Turangi. The focus of the programme is on environmental sustainability with a specific focus on the importance of protecting the fresh water habitat.

<strong>Electro City Online</strong>
Electro City Online
ElectroCity is an online game that allows users to build and manage their own virtual towns and cities, making important decisions and learning about energy generation, environmental management and many more practical and relevant concepts. Teacher resources are available on the site so teachers can incorporate the game into classroom lessons.

<h4>Graeme Dingle Foundation</h4>

Graeme Dingle Foundation

Genesis has teamed up with the Graeme Dingle Foundation to their programmes in schools in the Waikato. The Foundation is a leader in the field of youth development and run several, proven programs that lift the skills, self-confidence, motivation and achievements of young New Zealanders aged 5 - 18 years. Check out the Foundation's latest video to see how its programme transforms lives.
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Hillary Step

The Hillary Step programme enables students from low decile schools to participate in a week-long outdoor education programme aimed at giving them valuable life-skills. Genesis funding is primarily used to assist students from schools located within the Tongariro, Waikaremoana and Huntly Power Scheme areas.

<h4>Books in Homes</h4>

Books in Homes

Books in Homes aims to encourage reading and targets students in low socio-economic areas where the children are more likely to come from bookless homes. Genesis supports the Books in Homes programme at Huntly Primary School and Huntly West Primary School.
<h4>Aoraki Bound</h4>

Aoraki Bound

Aoraki Bound is a 20-day programme which brings together Ngai Tahu tikanga culture with the learning and development expertise of Outward Bound to foster personal development and build leadership.

<h4>Curtain banks</h4>

Curtain banks

Genesis is a major supporter of Curtain Banks in Auckland - Vision WestWellington - Sustinability Trust and Christchurch - Community Energy Action.  These Curtain Banks take donated second-hand curtains or fabric and re-cut and line them for distribution to households in need. The aim is to assist families to save money on their energy bills by creating warmer, healthier, more private homes.

Marae-based Trades Training Scheme

The Nga Kanohi Marae o Wairarapa Marae-based Trades Training Scheme works with young people from marae in the lower North Island, teaching skills such as building and carpentry, allowing them to gain NCEA credits as well as personal and professional skills. This provides valuable grounding for careers in the allied trades or building industries. As they learn, participants are also contributing the maintenance of buildings and facilities in their communities.