Leading Taranaki engineering company Energyworks has become the first major partner for our ‘Taranaki Deserves The Best’ fundraising campaign. They are pledging $250,000 to help fund world-class health services and facilities in the region.
Energyworks’ support will assist with critical upgrades and enhancements to the second stage of the Project Maunga Taranaki Base Hospital redevelopment.
“This is a project that’s exciting for our region, and we’re very excited to be involved – it was too good an opportunity to miss,” Energyworks Managing Director Geoff Bourke said.
“The people of Taranaki deserve world-class health facilities, and we see this as a legacy project – something that all of our people, our kids and grandkids, will benefit from either directly or indirectly in years to come.”
While the Government is funding the new build, and the basic vital services it will house, we are looking to raise $25 million for upgrades and enhancements across emergency, ICU, maternity, neonatal, radiography and a new cancer centre.
Energyworks’ $250,000 donation will support the construction and fit-out of the new cancer centre, helping to make it the best treatment facility possible for patients to receive 21st Century healthcare. Designed with patient comfort and accessibility at its heart, the centre will bring together oncology services into one space, and will provide radiotherapy treatment currently only accessible by travelling to Palmerston North.
“Like most businesses, we’ve had some pretty raw experiences with staff members or loved ones of staff members who have gone through some very tough times with cancer,” Mr Bourke said.
“There’s the shock of the diagnosis and then the added stress and disruption of having to travel to Palmerston North, away from loved ones and the comforts of home, for treatment.
“This project is about trying to provide a better outcome for people, so they can get world-class treatment on their doorstep.”
Energyworks’ support is critical to helping the region get the health services it deserves Having Energyworks onboard is fantastic, and we’re extremely grateful they’ve chosen to partner with us on this once-in-a-generation project.
A big thank you goes out to Geoff and his team at Energyworks for immediately understanding the importance of the campaign, what it will mean for Taranaki, and the legacy it will leave.
A heavy engineering fabrication business, Energyworks has operated in Taranaki for more than 50 years and has grown into a key service provider to the energy sector. With a staff of 160, the company works out of a large manufacturing facility at Bell Block, where specialised high pressure, high heat or high hygiene piping systems are fabricated and painted for clients including OMV, Todd Energy, Firstgas, Worley, Methanex, Ballance Agri-Nutrients, and Contact Energy. Energyworks also has dedicated teams for on-site installation and maintenance.
Mr Bourke said supporting the Taranaki Health Foundation fit seamlessly with the company’s values.
“As a local business, and one that’s been around for a few years, we have a responsibility to be active in the community – it’s the community we employ from and it’s the community we deliver work to, so we want to be active and present in the community.
“The health and wellbeing of our staff is a priority item for us, and the Taranaki Health Foundation is doing that for the wider Taranaki population,” Mr Bourke said.
“Working in a high hazardous environment, Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) is a big focus for us, and we’re doing a lot of work on being proactive in the health space. For us, we’re always working towards ensuring ‘better outcomes’, whether that be at an individual, business or client level, and following the concept of ‘creating more value than you take’.
“I think that really plays to what the Taranaki Health Foundation is trying to do – creating more value for the next generation. It’s a very powerful statement.”