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Electric blanket testing prevents fires 3 Electric blanket testing
Have you had your electric blanket tested lately? Every year prevents fires
fires are caused by faulty electric blankets or people using them 3 New energy education
incorrectly. strategy for schools
3 Trustee profile
Jon Rewi, Eastern Bay of Plenty Fire Safety Officer says, “In other - David Bulley
parts of New Zealand, on average, each year one person dies and 3 Trust supports
six people are badly injured as a result of electric blanket fires.” crematorium
Here in the Eastern Bay of Plenty, there have been no electric 3 Trustee elections this year
blanket fires over the past three years. Mr Rewi believes this is 3 Investment update
because of the Eastern Bay Energy Trust’s electric
blanket testing programme.
Over the past 12 years, 6,320 blankets have been
tested, with nearly 13% found to be faulty. By taking
faulty blankets out of circulation, the project is reducing
the potential for electric blanket fires.
“Blankets that have been folded up in cupboards over
the summer months are potential death traps. Now is
the time to have them checked before putting them
The electric blanket testing programme is a joint
community project by the Eastern Bay Energy Trust
and the NZ Fire Service (Eastern Bay). Blankets can
be dropped off at the Kawerau fire station (phone 323
1076 first), Blue Moon Superette in Opotiki, and Dennis
Appliance Services in McAlister Street, Whakatane.
Right: Dennis Waymouth shows Jon Rewi
(NZ Fire Service) and Frances Wharry (EBET)
how electric blankets are tested.
New energy education strategy for Eastern Bay schools
The Trust is a major supporter of schools and Trustee and Education committee chairman Rex
education. More than $1.6 million of grant funding Wilson paid tribute to co-ordinator Louise Maple
has been distributed to schools for energy who has developed the programme.
related projects, such as heating and insulation
“Louise is totally committed to educating children
upgrades, over the past 12 years.
about energy efficiency and electricity safety, and
As well as funding school energy audits, the she is an ideal person to be out there in schools.
Trust has been trialling an energy education We are excited about the new school energy
programme with 1,077 students from 15 Eastern education strategy as more schools are now making
Bay primary schools being involved so far. a commitment to changing long-term behaviour and
thinking – and this message is being taken home.”
The Trust’s energy efficiency business Energy
Options runs the programme which is so popular The new strategy aims to provide all Eastern Bay
that it is being extended to include another 5 to 10 primary and intermediate schools with energy
schools this year. advocacy services in a format that will engage the
students, the school community and the teachers in
energy efficiency, energy conservation and energy
This will include working with schools to audit energy
use and provide recommendations for savings,
as well as EnergyCheck home energy audits for
“We need the teachers to come on board as Louise
can’t be everywhere,” said Mr Wilson. “Teachers are
ideal energy advocates.”
Left: Allandale School students have fun learning about
energy with trustee Rex Wilson and educator Louise Maple.
‘Energising our community’
Trustee profile – David Bulley
David Bulley joined the Trust in March and now
holds one of the two appointed trustee positions.
He is a qualified distribution engineer with 40
years in the electricity supply industry. His
expertise lies mainly in business development,
marketing and more recently as general manager
of Bay of Plenty Electricity (now Bay of Plenty
Energy) until his retirement in 2005.
David is a strong advocate for the energy
efficiency work being undertaken by the Trust
and its subsidiary Energy Options, having been
involved with energy efficiency initiatives in both
the industrial and residential homes sectors in the
UK, where he was born and educated.
Above: David & Anne Bulley
With his wife Anne, David immigrated to New
Multisport Club, as a mentor for Business Mentors
Zealand and Ohope in 1995, and claims to be
of New Zealand, and as a former member of the
living in paradise due to the lifestyle, climate and
Ohope Community Board. His interests include
friendly people of the Eastern Bay.
competing in triathlons - representing New Zealand
David is actively involved in the community, in the Age Group Triathlon World Champs in
as president of the Eastern Bay Triathlon and Lausanne in 2006 – and playing golf.
help from EBET
Energy Trust helps 9 students with
energy-related scholarships for 2009
Back row (from left to right): Rex Wilson (EBET), Don Lewell (Horizon
Energy), Peter Maple (interview panel) and Brian Ponting (EBET).
Middle row: James Gommans, Tom Brennan, Darcy Vercoe, Scott
Above: Ohope Chartered Club
Front row: Richard Wilson, Daniel Byrne, Kane Reo, Anthony committee member Roy Winters and
Sykes. trustee David Bulley check out the
new air conditioning and ventilation
system funded by the Eastern Bay
Absent: Jonathon Milne.
Who has the Trust helped this year?
Between January and May 2009, the Eastern Bay Energy Trust has approved energy
related funding for these Eastern Bay community organisations and energy related
Taneatua Bowling Club Heating, insulation, appliances $13,543
Murupara Elim Church Heating, electrical, appliances $25,700
Te Rewarewa Marae Electrical upgrade $56,297
Whakatane District Council (crematorium) Electrical, lighting, heating $100,000
Ohope Chartered Club Air conditioning & ventilation $149,995
Te Urewera Education Centre (Whk Lions Club) Solar power batteries $1,863
St Nicholas Church Electrical, insulation, heating $18,963
Ngahina Marae Electrical upgrade $41.190
Trust supports crematorium
Work is well underway on the
crematorium which is being built
at the Hillcrest cemetery.
In response to an application
from Whakatane District Council,
the Trust approved $100,000
for the electrical wiring, lighting,
heating and electricity supply to
will mean that Eastern Bay people
will not need to travel to Tauranga
or Rotorua for cremations, during
a very emotional and stressful
Left: Trust manager Kaye Jamieson
checks progress on the new crematorium
with builder John Pullar.
Trustee elections this year
The Trust has six trustees, four of whom are
elected and two who are appointed. Elections are
held every two years, for two trustees.
Elected trustees hold their positions for four
This year, an election will be held to select the two
people who will represent the Trust’s beneficiaries
in the Whakatane District Council / Kaingaroa
Village areas, for the next four years.
The positions are currently held by Peter Patterson
and Rex Wilson (who was appointed in 2006 to fill
a casual vacancy).
Grant funding maintained
At a time when many trusts are cutting back on in a targeted manner, and it underlines the
grants to community and charitable organisations, value of having a trust and having a sound local
the Eastern Bay Energy Trust (EBET) is bucking investment.”
the trend and holding steady.
The trustees have budgeted to keep the funding
The Trust is still distributing funding for energy– at much the same level this year, with $400,000
related projects and purposes. During the financial committed to a partnership with the Energy
year to 31 March, $1.6 million was distributed, Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) to
bringing the total grants over the past 12 years retrofit insulation in houses in the Eastern Bay
to $22.4 million. of Plenty.
EBET has the advantage of ongoing income from “Many community based organisations around
its key investment, a majority shareholding in New Zealand are suffering as trust grants are cut
Horizon Energy Distribution Limited. back or suspended totally, so the Eastern Bay is
fortunate in this respect. These types of grants
Chairman Kevin Hennessy says, “It is a case are as important now as they have ever been,”
of funds going back into the same community said Mr Hennessy.
Strategic Plan 2009 - 2014
Annual Plan 2009 - 2010
now available from the Trust office,
5 Richardson Street, Whakatane.
Energy Options staff are busy
Energy Options staff are
busy. Since the budget
announcement that $323
million will be channelled into
home insulation and heating
projects – Energy Options’
core business – over the next
4 years, staff have been busy
taking calls from Eastern Bay
residents who are keen to talk
to the experts.
The new offer includes a
subsidy for a third of the
cost of installing ceiling and
underfloor insulation, up to
$1,300 in homes built before Above: Customer services representatives Portia Johnson and
2000. Householders may Anoucke Wylie are the first point of contact at Energy Options
also be eligible for funding to
install approved wood burners, pellet fires, heat pumps or flued gas heaters.
There is no limit to the household income and so anyone can apply, and the government is
working with district councils and electricity companies to provide loans for the householder’s
contribution, which can be paid back through rates or electricity accounts.
If the householder has a community services card, even more funding may be available.
Energy Options CEO Nik Gregg is excited about the new scheme, which will help Energy Options
to help more people. He said Energy Options has provided either insulation, heating or energy
efficiency advice to 3,000 homes in the past year, up from 1,000 three years ago.
Energy Options is owned by the Eastern Bay Energy Trust and is one of New Zealand’s leading
providers of insulation, heating and energy efficiency advice.
For advice on creating a warmer, drier and more energy-
efficient home, give us a call on 0800 15 15 65.
Take advantage of the FREE EnergyCheck service
funded by the Eastern Bay Energy Trust, or find out
5 Richardson Street, Whakatane
about insulation, space heating, solar water heating or 0800 15 15 65
FREE ELECTRIC IC
Electric blanket testing can prevent house fires and save lives.
Make sure your family is safe.
Take your electric blankets to one of the convenient
drop-off points listed below.
This safety initiative is a joint
community project by the
Eastern Bay Energy Trust and the
NZ Fire Service (Eastern Bay)
Drop-off and pick-up points:
Dennis Appliance Repairs, 61 McAlister St, Whakatane
Blue Moon Four Square, St John Street, Opotiki
Kawerau Fire Station, River Road, Kawerau - Phone 323 1076 first.
Investment update Horizon Energy to
The Eastern Bay Energy
One of the very successful Tr u s t i s t h e m a j o r i t y
investments owned by the shareholder of Horizon
Eastern Bay Energy Trust Energy, the local electricity
t h r o u g h i t s s u b s i d i a r y,
operator. Horizon Energy
Limited (DEL), is a shareholding
in Opotiki Packing & Coolstorage is to pay a refund of
Limited (OPAC). $399,000 arising from
rebates received from
DEL holds 147,489 shares in the Transpower system
OPAC which equates to 3.3% of operator.
that company’s issued capital.
Horizon Energy CEO
OPAC’s business operations
Ajay Anand said that the
- Post harvest kiwifruit company is pleased to be
facilities in both Opotiki able to pass on a refund to
and Gisborne; electricity users during this
- Orchard management activities; difficult economic period.
- Orchard investment and ownership;
Horizon Energy will be
- An investment in a large Gold kiwifruit development in Italy.
paying large customers
OPAC’s operations are a major contributor to the economy of their share directly, with
the Eastern Bay of Plenty and it is a major employer for the the remainder of the refund
area. During the picking season, OPAC’s local labour force is being paid to the electricity
supplemented with workers from the Pacific Islands under the retailers. It will be up to
current government scheme. the individual retailers to
Some of the highlights of OPAC’s results for the year ending 31 pass this refund on to their
December 2008 are: customers. All customers
- 21% increase in total volume packed to 5.6 million trays; are advised to contact their
- Total revenue up 22%; respective retailers if they
- Earnings per share of $0.53. have any queries.
Where does the Trust fund come from?
Sells electricity Retrofit & other energy
Electricity Energy Options
Retailers Distributors for Charitable Co Ltd
Rents Power Lines
owner 100% Income
Commercial DEL Property 100% Future
Activities Investments Ltd owner 100%
MEET A few words from the Chairman
Thank you Robin Wray
After six years as an appointed trustee, Robin Wray recently
retired. On behalf of the trustees, I wish to acknowledge Robin’s
commitment to ensuring the best outcomes for the Trust and its
beneficiaries. The contribution he has made over the past six
and a half years has been invaluable, and we wish him well in his
retirement. We also congratulate Robin on being named a Member
of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to education,
health, employment and social welfare in the Eastern Bay.
Opotiki Welcome David Bulley
Welcome to our new trustee David Bulley, who is already making
Ph 07 315 7348
an excellent contribution to the Trust and its beneficiaries.
The trustees are very pleased to be able to continue the distribution
of grand funding at much the same level. We are very aware that
community organisations rely on this funding to be able to build
or upgrade much-needed community facilities.
With other funders either reducing or stopping their grant funding
during the economic downturn, it is even more important that
Brian Ponting EBET’s distribution of funding continues, to make a difference in
Kawerau our community.
Ph 323 8816 Review of electricity prices
It is good to see the results of the Commerce Commission’s review
of electricity prices, which show that some generator / retailer
companies have been charging too much for electricity. Many of
these ‘gentailers’ blame the lines (network) companies, who cannot
prove otherwise as the lines charges are not shown separately on
the consumer’s electricity bill.
The Energy Trusts of New Zealand (ETNZ) of which we are a
member, has lobbied for several years to have the electricity bill
split to show the lines charge. This will help the consumer to see
exactly how much they are paying for their electricity.
Ph 312 4944
Need funding for energy-related projects?
If your community organisation is within the Whakatane, Kawerau,
Opotiki or Kaingaroa Village communities and uses electricity
that is distributed by Horizon Energy, you could be eligible to
apply for energy related funding from the Eastern Bay Energy
Every month, the Trustees meet to consider applications for
Rex Wilson funding and many different community organisations have been
Ph 312 5504 Applications can be made at any time through the year. While
the minimum level of funding considered is usually $20,000,
Trustees may accept smaller applications, depending on the
To find out whether you can apply for energy-related project
funding, call us for an application pack or pick one up from our
The team at the Eastern Bay Energy Trust is available to answer
any questions you may have about the application process.
Appointed Need help with your EASTERN BAY ENERGY
Ph 304 9921
TRUST CONTACT DETAILS
MANAGER Kaye Jamieson
Trust staff are happy to visit OFFICE 5 Richardson
your project to help with Street, Whakatane
your funding application. PHONE 0800 323 800
07 307 0893
Contact the Trust office on
FAX 07 307 0896
(07) 307 0893, or email
David Bulley email@example.com
Appointed to arrange a visit.
Ph 09 638 6448