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New Zealand

Healthy Homes

  • Start: 2016 and ongoing
  • Partners: Waitara Initiatives Supporting Employment (WISE), Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority (EECA), Ngati Ruanui (Healthy Marae)
  • OMV Focus Area: Community Relations and Development
  • Supported UN Sustainable Development Goals: 1 – No poverty, 3 – Good health and wellbeing, 11 – Sustainable cities and communities

Objective

  • To support low income families by providing insulation to over 10,000 homes in the Taranaki area in order to create healthy homes 

Description

In New Zealand no less than a million homes are cold, damp and difficult to heat. These homes have inadequate ceiling and under floor insulation. Many houses do not stand up to New Zealand’s weather conditions and are damp and chronically mouldy.

To address this problem in the Taranaki area, OMV New Zealand is co-funding a project with Waitara Initiatives Supporting Employment (WISE) Better Homes as part of the Government’s initiative through the Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority (EECA).

Activities

This project has provided support and co-funding to install insulation into the homes of low income families identified as having health issues as a result of their poorly insulated, cold and damp living conditions. Families with young children or elderly have been given priority in this project.

OMV New Zealand partnered with the Te Runanga o Ngati Ruanui Trust to provide funding support to install insulation and energy solutions in six community centers in the area of Ngati Ruanui in Taranaki. This will result in enhancing healthier living conditions.

The project also creates employment and training opportunities throughout the Taranaki region. It has been awarded with "Excellence in Community Partnership and Engagement" at the New Zealand Petroleum Conference.

Taranaki Air Ambulance


  • Start: 2012
  • Partner: Taranaki Air Ambulance Trust (TAAT)
  • OMV Focus Area: Business Principles and Social Responsibility
  • Supported UN Sustainable Development Goal: 3 – Good health and wellbeing

Objective

  • Supporting emergency life-saving flights for the Taranaki community

Description

OMV NZ funding partnership with TAAT assists with the purchase of specialist equipment and overall operating costs for the emergency air ambulance service in the community of Taranaki. Each week the Taranaki Air Ambulance makes, an average of five flights carrying patients to life-changing or life-saving medical care not available in Taranaki. OMV’s funding ensures these ambulance services remain based in Taranaki for the population of the region.

  • Start: 2019
  • Partner: Environmental Education for Resource Sustainability Trust
  • OMV Focus Area: Business Principles and Social Responsibility
  • Supported UN Sustainable Development Goal: 13 – Climate action

Objectives

  • Encourage recycling within schools
  • Increase native trees planted around schools and the local community

Description

Together with the Environmental Education for Resource Sustainability Trust, OMV New Zealand is funding the Paper 4 Trees project to facilitate waste minimization and the planting of trees in educational institutions in Taranaki. Schools and preschools are rewarded for their recycling efforts with native trees and plants, which can be planted on the institutions’ properties. This initiative will raise awareness of the benefits of recycling and the importance of trees for the environment among children.

In the last ten years, Taranaki schools have recycled 1,600 tonnes of paper and cardboard, enough to fill 266 large skip bins.

Rejuvenation of Mana Island


  • Start: 2013
  • Partner: Friends of Mana Island (FOMI)
  • OMV Focus Area: Business Principles and Social Responsibility
  • Supported UN Sustainable Development Goals: 15 – Life on land

Objective

  • Assisting the rehabilitation of the Moawhitu wetland

Description

In partnership with Friends of Mana Island, OMV NZ is co-funding four projects over five years to support the rejuvenation of Mana Island. The projects include a seabird survey, the translocation of the bird species fernbirds and white-faced storm petrels as well as Waikoko wetland enhancement on the island. Prior to the current four projects OMV NZ funded the reintroduction of fairy prion onto Mana Island.  The population of this region benefits from the activities as the biodiversity is protected and at the same time, the awareness for eco systems among the inhabitants is increased.

Lake Moawhitu wetland regeneration on D’Urville Island


  • Start: 2014
  • Partner: Ngati Koata and Department of Conservation (DoC)
  • OMV Focus Area: Business Principles and Social Responsibility
  • Supported UN Sustainable Development Goals: 15 – Life on land

Objective

  • Rejuvenation of Mana Island by regenerating the area and protecting biodiversity

Description

To enable the regeneration of the New Zealand long finned eel, OMV NZ is co-funding a project on D’Urville Island to ensure that the habitat is improved particularly for nga Tuna (eels).

Kōkako back home in Taranaki


  • Start: 2019
  • Partner: Tiaki te Mauri o Parininihi Trust
  • OMV Focus Area: Business Principles and Social Responsibility
  • Supported UN Sustainable Development Goals: 15 – Life on land

Objectives

  • Protection of existing biodiversity values
  • Reintroduction of lost species
  • Raise awareness and knowledge around the plight of the kōkako

Description

The Trust works to ensure the long-term protection of the health of the Parininihi Forest, reintroduce the endangered North Island kokako and other species lost from the area, and strengthen people's connection to the land.

Through OMV’s support of Tiaki te Mauri o Parininihi Trust, critical pest control work can be carried out to provide a safe haven for the kōkako, along with other native wildlife, such as kiwi.

Reintroduction of endangered birds at Rotokare Scenic Reserve


  • Start: 2012
  • Partner: Rotokare Scenic Reserve Trust
  • OMV Focus Area: Business Principles and Social Responsibility
  • Supported UN Sustainable Development Goals: 15 – Life on land

Objectives

  • Reintroduction of tieke (saddleback) and Popokatea (whiteheads) at the Reserve
  • Reintroducing more than 100 endangered hihi (stitchbird) following a 130 year absence from the Taranaki region
  • Supporting the regeneration of the reserve, for example, a new fence ridge walking track

Description

The hihi (stitch bird) are one of New Zealand’s rarest and most vulnerable forest birds with a global population of only 3,000. To assist the reintroduction of the bird and the regeneration of the reserve, OMV NZ and the Rotokare Scenic Reserve Trust are funding this project. The initiative will raise awareness among the population.

Regeneration of the Rewanui eco system


  • Start: 2018
  • Partner: Montfort Trimble Foundation
  • OMV Focus Area: Business Principles and Social Responsibility
  • Supported UN Sustainable Development Goals: 15 – Life on land

Objective

  • Funding the regeneration of a threatened native mistletoe at Rewanui Forest Park

Description

This three-year project aims to enable the regeneration of a threatened native mistletoe. In partnership with OMV NZ, the Montfort Trimble Foundation is collecting mistletoe seeds from the Rewanui Forest Park and grow new plants at Rewanui and other suitable sites in the Wairarapa to enhance the species chance of survival. The population not only benefits from this regeneration, but also becomes aware of the importance of the eco system.

Passive acoustic monitoring (PAM) of whales and dolphins


  • Start: 2017
  • Partner: National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA)
  • OMV Focus Area: Business Principles and Social Responsibility
  • Supported UN Sustainable Development Goals: 14 – Life below water

Objectives

  • Understand the distribution and movement of whales and dolphins through New Zealand’s Cook Strait
  • Use the information gained through the monitoring to help guide marine mammal conservation and mitigation efforts.

Description

Over half the whales and dolphins on the planet are found in New Zealand waters yet little information is known about their seasonal distribution and abundance. In this pioneering underwater sound project, New Zealand’s National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA) is deploying a passive acoustic monitoring system to assess cetacean distribution and movement through New Zealand’s Cook Strait.  This project is providing unprecedented opportunity to use PAM for the first time in New Zealand waters to record the distribution of cetaceans from the world’s largest (blue whales) to one of the world’s smallest (Hector’s dolphins) marine mammals.

Road Safety Awareness Campaign


  • Start: 2019
  • Partners: New Plymouth District Council, local police, Road Safe Taranaki
  • OMV Focus Area: Business Principles and Social Responsibility
  • Supported UN Sustainable Development Goal: 11 – Sustainable cities and communities

Objectives

  • Raise safety awareness of drivers and pedestrians
  • Safe behavior of every road user

Description

The ‘What are you missing?’ campaign for road safety awareness for cyclists and pedestrians has been running since late September 2014. In 2019, OMV New Zealand started co-funding the project that has been initiated as a response of the spike pedestrian fatalities in the Tarnaki region in 2014. Since the start of the campaign, the fatalities have reduced significantly and there have not been any incidents in 2017 and 2018. OMV New Zealand is participating in making this community safer for every member of street traffic.