CEO's Report March 2014
Posted on 31/03/2014
We recently held our first Port Open Day for three years. We were delighted that more than 2,000 people took up the opportunity to attend and showed such a high level of interest in what goes on within our operational area.
Working here day to day you can often get a little blasé about the comings and goings of vessels and the size and variety of machinery that we operate on the site, so it is always refreshing to see the interest shown by the general public and to hear (and try to answer!) the many questions that they ask.
Our local and regional community is very important to us. For that reason we include our community as one of the six key pillars which underpin our vision as a business. This vision drives all of our business planning and the approach that we take to operating the Port on a daily basis.
Our overarching purpose as a business is to facilitate regional prosperity. It is a purpose that our staff members take very seriously. When we feel that we are achieving that purpose it brings us all significant satisfaction.
In recent years we have tried to focus on giving the wider community increased opportunities to visit our site and view our operations. The monthly tours we run between March and November have been a big part of this. The tours are for school groups and other community organisations such as Probus clubs. The tours entail a presentation in our Visitors Centre at our Low St office building followed by a bus tour of our operational zone and have been very well received by those who have taken part.
For many, their only perception of the Port is the six-high empty container stacks they see as the drive around Haven Road, particularly during the fruit season, which we are just beginning, so it is great for us to be able to share a bit more detail about what goes on around our various sites.
Another key part of our community focus is our sponsorship programme. The programme distributes around $100,000 to a variety of organisations and groups within our region every year. These sponsorships are spread across various areas including business groups such as the Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce, the arts sector, sporting events such as the South Island Masters Games and the Port Nelson Summer Swim series and various educational projects.
During the last 10 years we have also been the cornerstone sponsor of the annual Port and Transport Industry charity golf day. This event has raised in excess of $100,000 for local charities including the Nelson Regional Hospice, the Mission for Seafarers and the Haven Sports Trust. We are exceptionally proud of the role we play in the wider community in supporting such events.
Whether it is through our Open Days, our monthly Port tours, or through the sponsorship programme we operate each year, we are committed to meeting the aims of the community-based pillar within our vision document, to create ‘a sense of great pride in the role we play in our community’.
Odile Gibbs, Administration Assistant (Port Nelson) and Sam Key, Accounts Payable Clerk (Port Nelson)