Winners chosen for TfS programme support

Around 420,000 consumers are connected to Powerco's networks. Photo / Katikati Advertiser - from NZ Herald

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Three Coromandel and Thames schools have won a competition to grow native trees and replant them in their own communities. Powerco is partnering with the Trees for Survival programme to provide these schools with the resources to grow and plant trees to control erosion.

Powerco will cover the expenses of the plant growing units and annual running costs for three years, while TfS offers the schools expert advice and on-going support for the winning schools – Parawai School, Coromandel Area School and St Francis School.

Corporate Affairs Manager, Neil Holdom, said Powerco – a company committed to caring for the environment – was excited to be working with the schools on such a worthwhile project. “We had 132 entries for this competition – a fantastic result.  We look forward to working with the winning schools and helping teach the children about important environmental issues.”

“This is a perfect example of how companies with vision can partner with their local communities, while at the same time contributing in a very meaningful way to the growing national impact of the TfS programme,” says Don Roa, TfS National Manager.

St Francis School teacher Shelley Johnson, whose class entered the competition, was thrilled with her school’s win. She said, “It’s such a boost for the school.  We have a propagating unit at school, but it’s very expensive to run.  To have all the costs met is fantastic.  The competition was great, because it involved the children and empowered them to help their school.”

The winners were chosen following an online competition, which was open to schools in the Coromandel and Thames area that were registered Enviroschools.

Students of the participating schools were asked to answer three questions about Powerco’s Sparky video, which shows children how to be safe around electricity networks.  The Sparky video is part of the company’s public safety campaign Powercare, which targets groups most at risk including farmers, horticulturists, contractors, children and their parents.

A student from each winning school, who answered the competition questions correctly, is to receive a tablet device of their own.

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