Partnerships we have developed give us a unique perspective with the focus on long-term, sustainable solutions that consider the needs of everyone involved.
We work closely with iwi and recognise the connections that they have with water, including the tupuna awa relationship held by many Waikato River iwi. We acknowledge and respect Te Ture Whaimana o Te Awa o Waikato – the vision and strategy for the River.
A large part of our growth in geothermal generation over the past 10 years has been in partnership with Maori landowners; the Tauhara North No. 2 Trust at Rotokawa and the Tuaropaki Trust at Mokai. Our approach to these partnerships is strongly guided by the principles of kaitiakitanga (guardianship) and kotahitanga (working together). Rather than simply seeking to secure land access and purchase fuel from landowners, we have worked to align and share the benefits of our combined expertise through equity arrangements.
Mercury has mutually beneficial partnership agreements with Waikato Tainui, Raukawa, Ngati Tahu-Ngati Whaoa and Ngati Tuwharetoa. Each of these relationships is particular to the iwi involved and is based on shared visions of what the organisations can achieve together. As part of our involvement, we support environmental enhancement projects, leadership training, cultural development, educational initiatives and social enterprises.
Projects this year included support for Kia Haere Tuu, a Waikato Tainui initiative to encourage its rangitahi to secure driving licences – a key enabler to future employment opportunities. Mercury has also supported cultural and environmental initiatives with Ngati Tahu-Ngati Whaoa;delivery of wananga and kapa haka with Tuwharetoa; and the ongoing delivery of excellence in the Te Reo programmes with Raukawa.
Lessons learned from the years of collaboration and partnership with iwi are embedded in Mercury’s business culture, making us more innovative, inclusive and customer-centric.