Partner Stories – Deloitte

Deloitte New Zealand brings together more than 1300 specialist professionals. Deloitte Hamilton were invited to try out Think Blue Waikato.

Partner Stories – Place Group

Place Group is a specialist environmental planning consultancy. Find out all about their e-Golf experience.

Partner Stories – Hamilton City Council

Hamilton City Councillors have an opportunity to try out Think Blue Waikato.

Partner Stories – IT Partners

IT Partners is a premium IT Service Provider for medium-large businesses in Hamilton and throughout the Waikato.

We work with clients to create IT Solutions that improve productivity and drive growth.  We believe in mutual success.  We partner with our clients using an open, upfront, people-centric approach.  We specialise in thinking differently and taking a whole business view to best support our client’s business needs, goals, and growth.

www.itpartners.co.nz

What made you join Think Blue Waikato?

Our business model is built around technology and systems that uphold what the future brings. Electric vehicles are the future, so why not get involved with similar advanced technology.

What environmental initiatives are important to IT Partners?

Recycling – we aim to reduce as much wasted packaging and resources as we can through our recycling systems. We dispose of old technology related hardware through a dedicated e-waste collection company.

Fuel emissions – we are purchase vehicles that have automatic stop/start and fuel efficiency features, and are now trial the amazing e-Golf!

If you could make one, positive change in the Waikato – what would it be?

Less waste – local businesses to reduce their contribution and provide facilities to make disposal easier and more environmentally friendly.  Encouraging more people to use public transport as our roads get more congested.

What are your favourite features of the Volkswagen e-Golf?

The regenerative braking system which provides lots of control when approaching corners, the adaptive cruise control, the instant torque and of course the cost of running.

What would you like to say to other companies looking to get involved with Think Blue?

Jump on board with supporting an environmental initiative in your local community and let your Team experience an Electric vehicle for themselves.

www.itpartners.co.nz

 

Partner Stories – Tyreline

Tyreline Distributors Limited started commercial life in 1987 as an agricultural tyre distributor trading from Grant and Barbara Rushbrooke’s farm in Te Awamutu.

Grant and Barbara began with their hay barn as the base for their operation and a farm ute as their delivery vehicle. Strong growth saw the operation move to Hamilton and the beginning of an on-going relationship with leading tyre manufacturer, Michelin. Tyreline now supply tyres for almost all vehicles – the exception being two-wheel vehicles, and have recently become the New Zealand distributors for Shell Lubricants.

Supplying quality products that improve New Zealander’s mobility needs has always been Tyreline’s focus. Tyreline’s relationship with Michelin reinforces Tyreline’s interest in sustainable mobility solutions. Michelin launched their first generation low-rolling resistance tyres in 1992 – now they’re developing EV-specific tyres and constantly seeking ways to improve sustainability, safety and performance.

www.tyreline.co.nz

What made you join Think Blue Waikato?

Tyres play a major role in reducing emissions and improving sustainability. About 30% of an electric vehicle’s energy is consumed by the tyres compared to 20% by tyres on a classic internal combustion vehicle. This initiative is a great way for us to demonstrate the impact tyres have on how energy efficient a car is. It also aligns with the global sustainability initiatives of our brands such as Michelin’s involvement with Formula E and the Shell Eco Marathon.

What environmental initiatives are important to Tyreline?

We are very interested in ways to reduce raw materials consumed which really boils down to ensuring we supply products and knowledge that help people get the longest product life and performance and therefore need to change their tyres less!

If you could make one, positive change in the Waikato – what would it be?

Every motorist adjusting their tyres to the correct pressure! Running your car on the incorrect tyre pressure (over-inflated or under-inflated) increases your car’s energy or fuel consumption and can result in faster wear or damage to the tyres which will mean you’ll replace your tyres more often. It may not sound like much but tyres that are under-inflated by even 3 PSI can increase fuel consumption by 4% and reduce your tyre life by 8%. Not to mention reducing the safety of your tyres.

Tyres should be checked every month and inflated to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendation which can be found in your owner’s manual or on the placard inside the driver door. Michelin tyre retailers can check and adjust your tyre pressure at any time – just call in.

What are your favourite features of the Volkswagen e-Golf?

The pedestrian collision mitigation programme and the adaptive cruise control.

What would you like to say to other companies looking to get involved with Think Blue?

Make the move now; be a leader.

www.tyreline.co.nz

 

Partner Stories – Foster

Foster Construction Group provides whole of life property solutions for businesses and communities around the Waikato, with the purpose of “Great communities through strong foundations”.

We are committed to contributing to the Waikato community through the projects delivered, and the way they do business. Currently, the business employs just over 150 staff. The majority of which can be seen working on our many commercial construction projects occurring throughout the Waikato.

In 2017, Foster Construction Group was named the Supreme winner of the Westpac Waikato Business Excellence Awards.  The Group was also the recipient of the Strategy, Planning, and Governance Award.

www.fosters.co.nz

What made you join Think Blue Waikato?

Community, environment, future and sustainability.

What environmental initiatives are important to Fosters?

  • Recycling
  • Use of energy and the type of energy used
  • Managing resources efficiently
  • Use of sustainable material
  • Reducing wastage
  • Educating our workforce
  • Use of local supply chain
  • Collaboration with business partners
  • EnviroMark certification
  • Member of the NZ Green Building Council

If you could make one, positive change in the Waikato – what would it be?

To create less rubbish in the region.

What are your favourite features of the Volkswagen e-Golf?

The compact, yet roomy shape of the e-Golf looks great. It drives and handles well, is quiet, easy to charge (no more stops at the gas station!) and the cost of running.

What would you like to say to other companies looking to get involved with Think Blue?

It’s a fantastic campaign, creating environmental awareness in the Waikato region.

www.fosters.co.nz

 

Partner Stories – Hennessy Electrical Solutions

For over 35 years Hennessy Group has delivered robust, proven electrical and process engineering solutions for industry leaders across New Zealand and beyond.

Hennessy Electrical Solutions is a progressive industrial electrical company servicing many of the manufacturers based in the greater Hamilton area, we specialise in maintenance and project electrical work and have an engineering and automation team with the ability to cover all platforms and brands of PLC in the market place today.

www.hennessy.co.nz

What made you join Think Blue Waikato?

We feel that Electric vehicles are the future and like to be involved with cutting edge technology, and that we can contribute to the future of the Waikato by being leaders in the EV field.

What environmental initiatives are important to Hennessy Electrical Solutions?

Environmental sustainability is important, and also a growth industry in the future as the uptake of EV’s gain momentum people will look at alternative ways to generate their own power i.e. solar or wind generation and this will be an area we can help with.

If you could make one, positive change in the Waikato – what would it be?

To dispel any myths and fears that may be associated with such a significant change as EV’s into the market place.

What are your favourite features of the Volkswagen e-Golf?

No more fuel bills! And the adaptive cruise control.

What would you like to say to other companies looking to get involved with Think Blue?

Go for it, it’s a good opportunity to change the mind set around EV’s and you will find you already have a variety of opinions within your organisation around EV’s and it helps for them to be hands on with a vehicle to dispel any myths or pre-conceived ideas.

 

www.hennessy.co.nz