NZAS views its relationships with its local community as fundamental to its success.
NZAS is committed to building enduring relationships with our neighbours based on mutual respect, active partnership and long-term commitment.
We do this by establishing and maintaining relationships that contribute positively to the quality of life where we live and work, and by supporting partnerships that are mutually beneficial and deliver long-term sustainable results.
The partnership between Southland Girls' High School (SGHS) and NZAS is designed to encourage female students to pursue careers within the engineering and science fields. NZAS hosted four SGHS students in 2008 as part of the pilot education partnership. The pilot was such a huge success that it is held annually.
The first two days of the girls' seven-day placement is spent undertaking inductions on site, spending time with a number of female employees to gain career advice, and participating on a plant tour. Following the induction, the students then spend the next week working on their chosen projects including gathering, testing and analysing data. At the end of the project week they present their project findings.
Take a look at TV3's Newshub coverage of the 2016 SGHS NZAS placement.
The NZAS/SGHS partnership is a finalist in the 'Community Initiative of the Year' category of the 2018 Deloitte Energy Awards, which will be held in Auckland on 22 August. Check out our entry.
Kiwi Can is a programme run by the Graeme Dingle Foundation, which aims to equip young Southlanders with a sense of self-worth and self-confidence, valuable life skills, an ability to take responsibility for their actions and a 'can-do' attitude to life. NZAS has been a proud supporter of Kiwi Can since the programme first commenced in Southland in 2004.
Kiwi Can operates in ten local schools - Halfmoon Bay (Stewart Island), Bluff, Fernworth (Invercargill), New River (Invercargill), Ascot Community (Invercargill), Mataura, Longford Intermediate (Gore), East Gore, West Gore, St Marys (Gore).
For further information, please visit: www.dinglefoundation.org.nz
NZAS has been the major sponsor of the annual NZAS Southland Science & Technology Fair since 2003. The smelter not only provides sponsorship, but also provides a number of judges, administration support and an NZAS employee is on the committee.
Students ranging from Years 5 to 13 are required to investigate a topic of their choice using a scientific method of hypothesis, method, test and conclusions.
For further information, please visit: www.southlandsciencefair.co.nz
NZAS has identified 27 cultural heritage sites located on land owned and managed by the smelter.
They include European burials and structures, as well as Maori sites such as middens/ovens, burials and an adze (pictured right) workshop.
Wahi tapu, wahi taoka and mahinga kai are also present on Tiwai Peninsula. A Cultural Heritage Management System Plan is in place.