Spotlight on sponsor – Genesis Energy

Genesis EnergyGenesis Energy is one of OPC’s major sponsors. In their own words, Genesis Energy is “a New Zealand-owned energy company that fosters strong links with its customers and community stakeholders”. And OPC has been a grateful recipient of their support as one of these stakeholders, particularly in the local community. We rely on the same rivers, lakes and mountains in the Tongariro area to operate our respective businesses and have a vested interest in preserving the natural surrounding wonders.

Genesis Energy Hillary Challenge

Genesis Energy Hillary Challenge

A key way in which Genesis Energy has supported our work over the last year has been through their funding of the OPC Hillary Step programme. 100 students from low decile secondary schools in areas where Genesis Energy operates power stations (Huntly, Waikaremoana and Tongariro) were selected to attend the week-long programme.

Genesis Energy has sponsored the hugely popular nationwide secondary schools event series, the Hillary Challenge. This event is now well over 10 years old and participants are so involved in event preparation and excited by the inter-school rivalry that it accounts for many of the 4000 likes OPC has on Facebook.

Without the support of major sponsors and supporters, there would be many young people who would otherwise miss out on the opportunity to attend OPC, an experience often described as “life-changing”.  We are very thankful for the generous support Genesis Energy give to OPC’s endeavours and their on-going commitment to the community.