Graeme Dingle Foundation
We are proud supporters of the Graeme Dingle Foundation, an established charity and leader in positive child and youth development. They currently work with almost 18,000 5-18 year olds annually throughout New Zealand delivering programmes such as Kiwi Can, Stars, Career Navigator, Project K and MYND.
Through research and evaluation all their programmes show improved attitudes and behaviour; improved academic results; young people setting and achieving goals; a boost in self-confidence; reduction in truancy rates and substance abuse and young people feeling more positive about the future.
Local College Scholarships
Pacific Steel have established an annual scholarship award at Otahuhu College. The scholarship is intended to assist an ‘all-rounder’ student who is intending to pursue tertiary studies after college.
McAuley High School
As part of generating local interest around engineering, sciences and trades in younger generations Pacific Steel established a Scholarship and Science Programme with McAuley High School.
Blake Road Reserve
Pacific Steel has taken pride for many years in supporting their local Otahuhu community through a range of projects including sponsorship of sporting teams and local organisations. Early in 2015 the decision was made to invest in local facilities which support our community and provide benefit, not only for today, but for many more years to come. We engaged Auckland City Council and began looking into how we could work together under a public-private partnership to provide true community benefits through enhanced local facilities.
A number of projects were suggested; however, the decision was made to restore a local community park that had been neglected for a number of years. The Blake Road Reserve was once a hub of activity for the community with an active BMX track, open spaces and sheltered trees around the perimeter. Unfortunately, through lack of use, the community lost interest in the greenspace and the facilities had begun to fade away.
Several iterations of the landscape designs were reviewed by staff and community members with a final design selected late in 2015. Carlos Charlton’s design incorporated a number of features including a refurbished BMX track, basketball court, stage, numerous plantings, and two access bridges. The features then became part of the Auckland Council plan which would restore the community space over the next few years through our public private partnership model.
With restorative works underway, the first Blake Road Reserve open day was hosted by Pacific Steel and Auckland City Council on February 20th. Over 300 community members attended the event with many families remarking on the fantastic progress made thus far.