We are giving away $1000 each month to one lucky customer and community group.

Each month, for the remainder of the year we will be giving away $1000 electricity credit to a customer and $1000 cash to gift to community group of their choice. All current customers are in the draw, with the next winner announced 31 October 2017.

This giveaway has been a great way to meet local people across the Kapiti and Horowhenua region and it has allowed us to support some awesome causes. 

Here are some of the stories of the people we have met. We look forward to sharing more great stories with you soon!

Bill Coleman

$1000 for Bill and $1000 for the Manawatu Marine Boating Club

Foxton Beach resident, Bill Coleman is the inaugural winner of the Electra Energy monthly prize draw.
Electra Energy, your local electricity company, holds a prize draw every month and one lucky customer wins $1000 for themselves and $1000 to go to a local charity or school of their choice.
Mr Coleman is a member of the Manawatu Marine Boating Club and has selected them to receive the $1000.

“I’ve been involved in the club for the last seven or so years. It’s a great social club that provides a really valuable service to members and the wider community.”
The Electra Energy prize draw is drawn on the last day of each month, all eligible customers of Electra Energy are in the draw and the charity or school that the winner supports must be local to Kapiti and Horowhenua.

$1000 will pay for many electricity bills

Bill Coleman says his prize will pay for many power bills. “I switched to Electra Energy because it is my local power supplier – local jobs for local people. And, their profits stay within the local region through Electra ownership – it is a win-win for our community.”

Boating Ramp lights to be upgraded

Manawatu Marine Boating Club Commodore, Paula Bary says the $1000 gift is very welcome. “It’s a timely donation. We are currently upgrading the boat ramp and this money means we can also upgrade the boat ramp light as well,” she says.

Hazel Luckstedt

$1000 for Hazel and $1000 for Levin’s Radio Reading Service

After complaining about high electricity prices, Hazel Luckstedt took her friend Pat Little’s advice and called Electra Energy.
Since switching to the local company, she has now won the Electra Energy monthly prize draw of $1000 for herself, and has nominated the Radio Reading Service as her preferred charity to receive a further $1000 donation from Electra Energy.

“I’ve volunteered with Radio Reading Service for some time and know they’re in need of some new equipment, so I thought it was my chance to help out,” says Hazel.
Radio Reading Service’s Steve Jepson, says the donation is very welcome as it is always hard to raise funds for equipment.
The Electra Energy prize draw is drawn on the last day of each month, all eligible Electra Energy customers are in the draw for $1000 for themselves and $1000 to go to a local charity or school of their choice.

$1000 for her son’s wedding

With her son’s wedding in the Philippines drawing near, Hazel Luckstedt says she’ll give most of her prize-winnings to him to help pay the bills. “However,” she says, “I’ll keep a little bit for a treat – It was such a great surprise to win.”

Boost for service that helps locals who’re blind keep informed

The Radio Reading Service in Levin is New Zealand’s only radio news reading service. With the help of nearly 70 volunteers, it has provided Kapiti and Horowhenua residents who’re blind with an opportunity to hear what’s in the local papers and magazines for over 25 years. The team help ensure those who can’t read, feel connected to their local community. The service is also online, with a big following in Brazil and Germany, thanks to people learning English as a second language.

Julian Blackett

The price was spot on and its' local, we own it.

Waikanae’s Julian Blackett remembers when electricity companies were local companies – That’s why he changed electricity suppliers to Electra Energy.
Julian and his family have for the past 30 years lived on a farm near Waikanae with horses, cattle and sheep.

“I moved to Electra Energy because that’s what it used to be before one of the government’s changed it. It’s owned by us – it’s the only way to go.”
“I was really surprised when I got the phone call to say I’d won $1000. My wife thought it was some sort of send up.”
Julian says when he heard there was also $1000 for a charity he knew straight away that it should go to women’s refuge. “Over the years, we’ve helped out a few women that have been escaping violence. The work the refuge does is highly valued and over stretched so I’m really pleased to be able to help out,” says Julian.

The Electra Energy prize draw is drawn on the last day of each month, all eligible Electra Energy customers are in the draw for $1000 for themselves and $1000 to go to a local charity or school of their choice.

$1000 for Women’s Refuge

“When I heard, there was also $1000 for a charity I knew straight away that it should go to women’s refuge. Over the years, we’ve helped out a few women that have been escaping violence. The work the refuge does is highly valued and over stretched so I’m really pleased to be able to help out,” Julian.

Welcome donation means Christmas presents for kids in need

Te Whare Tiaki Wahine Refuge provides for women and children in need from Johnsonville to Peka Peka. They have a safe house in Kapiti and in Porirua, and they’re the only Refuge in New Zealand to take pets. Every month, the team of two, work with about 100 women and the safe houses can accommodate four women and 12 children at any one time. Kaiawhina Karen Taui says the refuge receives half its funding from the government, and the rest is from grants and donations. “$1000 means this Christmas we’ll have petrol for our volunteers and presents for the kids of the mothers we work with,” says Karen.

Alison Timms

A very nice Christmas Present

Waitarere holiday home owners of 20 years, Alison and Tony Timms find themselves spending more time in Waitarere than their Wellington home.

Alison says she wasn't happy with her previous electricity supplier and when she heard about the Locals, Electra Energy, she put a call in.

"They were so helpful on the phone that I switched, and I'm thrilled I did."

"We were away in Adelaide watching the cricket when we received the phone call to say we'd won. We were blown away to have won - it is a very nice Christmas present," she says.

Before Alison retired, she worked with programmes aimed at helping troubled teens for Youth Justice so when she heard she could nominate a Local charity to receive a further $1000, she went on line and Let Google do the work.

Google found HALT, Horowhenua Abuse Liaison Team based in Levin. "They help families, so I wanted to help them."

The Electra Energy prize draw is drawn on the Last day of each month, all eligible Electra Energy customers are in the draw for $1000 for themselves and $1000 to go to a Local charity or school of their choice.

A Merry Christmas for Waitarere Beach holiday home owners

"We were away in Adelaide watching the cricket when we received the phone call to say we’d won. We were blown away to have won. It is a very nice Christmas present" says Alison Timms.

Caption: Tony and Alison Timms with Electra Energy's Jo-Anne McKirdy.

Welcome donation pays for indemnity insurance bill

The Horowhenua Abuse Liaison Team or HALT for short is based at the police station in Levin. Coordinator Tracy Merson says they work with police, Child Youth and Family, Corrections, Supergrans, anger management services and other Non Government Organisations to coordinate effective responses to family violence.
“We’re a busy service, and Christmas is always busier than normal. The good news is that our community has a low tolerance for abuse which means it gets reported to police and we refer to services that can help.
Not long after Electra Energy called to say the Timms had nominated them to receive a $1000 donation, a big indemnity insurance bill came in.
“We’re always being told to do more with the same budget, so $1000 meant we could pay the bill and not fret,” says Tracy.

Caption: Tony and Alison Timms with Tracy Merson and Stephanie Cook of Halt and Electra Energy’s Jo-Anne McKirdy.

Stephen Peterson

Local service providers, the way of the future

Waikanae holiday home owners Stephen and Irene Peterson were on holiday when the call came in saying they’d won the Electra Energy’s monthly draw.

Stephen says he has never won anything before, so it was a pleasant surprise. The couple and their two children Annika and Nolan live in Wellington and switched to Electra Energy because it’s a local service for their holiday home.

“I think the days of centralisation of services like electricity are over. It’s now about working with local companies, who employ local people. And, importantly, it made financial sense for us to switch!”

Stephen says he was really surprised to learn he could nominate a local charity to receive $1000. “I rang an old friend, Eddie Bisdee from Otaki, and asked him what he thought. He suggested KYS or Kapiti Youth Support as they’ve done a lot for the district’s young people.”

The Electra Energy prize draw is drawn on the last day of each month, all eligible Electra Energy customers are in the draw for $1000 for themselves and $1000 to go to a local charity or school of their choice.

A nice start to the New Year

"I’d never won anything before. It was a really nice surprise,” says Stephen Peterson.

Better start to 2016 for Kapiti Youth Support

The Kapiti Youth Support or KYS for short was set up in 1996. The team of 30 part and full-time staff work with 5200 young people aged between 10 and 25 years-old from Otaki in the north to Paekakariki in the south.

KYS Youth Parent Coach, Sue Gardiner says the team aims to help youth with health and well-being needs. We work closely with government and non-government organisations, and we spend time with youth, helping them with the transition into adulthood.

Sue says the service is expanding, and the team is about to convert two houses that were gifted to them by Kapiti College. She says they’ll use the prize money to help pay for the facilities in the new buildings.

“Sadly, one of our buildings was vandalised over the holidays. We were a bit upset about that, but then we received the phone call to say that we’d been nominated to receive $1000. Now, that’s a much better way to start the New Year”, says Sue.

Pauline McDonald

A life-long love of horses

Pauline McDonald was woken by a pony snuffling her face on her fourth birthday – a present from her father that started a life-long love affair.

When she heard she’d won $1000 from Electra Energy and that she could nominate a local charity to receive a further $1000, her immediate response was RDA – Levin’s Riding for the Disabled.

“They do such a great job!”

Pauline comes from a family of nomads having lived in India, Ghana, Kenya, the UK and then all around New Zealand – including Waitarere Beach, before finally settling in Levin, with her late husband, in 1990. “Wherever we’ve lived, we’ve always had animals around,” she says.

Pauline says she made the switch to Electra Energy after seeing an advert. “At the time I wasn’t too happy with my existing power company so, when I saw that Electra Energy was a local company providing local jobs I switched,” she says.

The Electra Energy prize draw is drawn on the last day of each month, all eligible Electra Energy customers are in the draw for $1000 for themselves and $1000 to go to a local charity or school of their choice.

A treat for her daughters and some money for a rainy day

“It was such a surprise to win. I’ll treat my daughters to something nice and then keep the rest in the bank for the next unexpected bill” says Pauline.

A very happy pony

For over 35 years Levin’s Riding for the Disabled has been providing a therapeutic riding programme for people with disabilities.

RDA was started while Kimberley was operational, and today, thanks to the generous support of the owner of Speldhurst Country Estate, they have a home for the long-term.

Rick Schimpf is the president of the Levin branch, and he was very happy with the donation from Electra Energy and Pauline McDonald.

“It will cover feed, veterinary bills and shoes for one of the ponies for a whole year. It means a lot to us!”

The RDA team has about 35 volunteers and 46 clients from Waikanae up to Palmerston North and six solid, well-trained ponies.

“It’s a rewarding programme,” says Rick. “At first, some of our clients aren’t able to sit up on the horse and then over time you watch their confidence and their trust grow. It is all about improving the life of the disabled – as well as ensuring our ponies have a great life.”

If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact the team on 06 368 0324.

Peter Bogusz

A good deed remembered

Many years ago a cousin of Paraparaumu Beach residents Peter and Moana Bogusz was facing a monumental dilemma. The local paper ran a story and the Lions turned up and helped her out.

“We’ll never forget that,” says Peter. “Lions Club members turned up, out of the blue, and helped out our cousin when she’d lost everything.”

Peter says when Electra Energy rang to say he’d won $1,000 and could give a further $1,000 away to a charity, he knew it was an opportunity to recognise the great work that Lions do in the community.

The Boguszs are a busy family, running the local JAE franchise cleaning carpets and eradicating pests, however they still manage time to have some fun.

“My wife says the win will provide a well-deserved weekend away,” says Peter. “However, I’m thinking a brand new set of race slicks for my bike (tyres for his post classic formula one racing motorcycle) could be in order. Don’t tell the wife, we’ll still get a weekend away,” he says with a grin.

Electra Energy is your local power supply company. The prize draw is drawn on the last day of each month, all eligible Electra Energy customers are in the draw for $1000 for themselves and $1000 to go to a local charity or school of their choice.

Prize winner Peter receiving his cheque from Jean at Electra Energy

Support for Victim Support and Mary Potter Hospice

Pakeke is the Maori word for older people and for Kapiti’s Pakeke Lions Club the name is appropriate.

“We’re the oldest Lions Club in town,” says President Sue Kaye. “Our average age is 77, the oldest is 90 and the youngest by many years, is 46.”

“We help out with many community events and non government organisations. While we no longer do much of the manual work, we do raise funds and give to those groups that help less fortunate members of our community.”

On Monday, club members voted to give $500 each to the local branch of Victim Support and Mary Potter Hospice.

Sue says the $1,000 donation from Electra Energy will bring the total amount of money given away so far this year to $14,000.

Deborah Clark

$1000 win comes just in time!

Otaihanga resident Deborah Clark and her family absolutely love the Kapiti Coast, having lived there for 20 plus years.

The Clarks changed to Electra Energy as they wanted electricity company profits to stay local and because the price was good. Earlier this month Deborah received a call to say she’d won the Electra Energy’s monthly $1000 prize draw.

“I’d just been made redundant from one of my jobs, and my mum was in need of new prescription glasses,” says Deborah. “It was perfect timing.”

Deborah chose Kapiti Youth Support as her preferred charity to receive a further $1000.

“As a family, we’ve been through a bit. It’s hard. I hope the donation helps.”

The Electra Energy prize draw is drawn on the last day of each month; all eligible Electra Energy customers are in the draw for $1000 for themselves and $1000 to go to a local charity or school of their choice.

Prize winner Peter receiving her cheque from Jean at Electra Energy

Good lightning strikes twice for Kapiti Youth Support

We met Kapiti Youth Support or KYS back in January when the winning monthly prize draw winner nominated them to receive $1000.

KYS work with 5200 young people aged between 10 and 25 years-old from Otaki in the north to Paekakariki in the south. Helping youth with health and wellbeing needs as they become young adults.

KYS Chair Rob Kofoed says the prize money was put to good use, helping to pay for a heat pump.

Now, the March prize draw winner has nominated KYS for a further $1000.

“The prize money has already been used to buy a new computer for one our service’s doctors,” says Rob.

The KYS team are busy converting two old houses into offices, as pictured on site above. if you can help out, please contact Raechel@kys.org.nz.

Dave Adamson

$1000 win used to help others!

Foxton resident, Dave Adamson has been associated with the Manawatu Volunteer Coast Guard for more than ten years both as a boatie and also as a supporter and member of the unit.

Dave firmly believes in supporting local businesses and his community. That’s why he switched to Electra Energy. “It’s locally owned, and through the parent company Electra I also receive a rebate every year. Electra's attractive pricing made the decision easy.”

He says it was a surprise to win $1,000 and he plans to invest it in an ethical funding Kiwi owned peer-to-peer lending service. “It’s great to be able to help others out and to garner a small return on the investment,” he says.”

Dave said he chose Manawatu Volunteer Coastguard to receive an extra $1000 from Electra Energy as it will help the whole community. The Coastguard volunteers are available for all water users with their rescue service and in doing so develop their own personal skills. This is a win-win situation that deserves our support.

“I really enjoy being a part of the Coastguard and seeing volunteers grow in skills and confidence,”

The Electra Energy prize draw is drawn on the last day of each month; all eligible Electra Energy customers are in the draw for $1000 for themselves and $1000 to go to a local charity or school of their choice.

Prize winner Dave Adamson receiving his Cheque from Jean at Electra Energy

Boaties to benefit from surprise win

The Manawatu Volunteer Coastguard at Foxton Beach is always on the lookout for funding. Only recently, they had to replace the steering on the Kevin Morris II.

With 28 volunteers, the Kevin Morris II and two jetskis, it is a well-run operation that has helped out boaties in need since the 1990s.

Club president and skipper Eddie Bambery says the donation of $1000 was a surprise and it’ll go into the kitty.

“Soon we’ll be looking to put a new motor in” he says. “Eventually, we’ll need a more powerful motor as it is hard work towing boats, especially when they are half full of water, over the bar. We’ve had to do that a few times,” he says.

Eddie says if anyone can help with fundraising for the new motor they can email him at sevenup19@xtra.co.nz.

Harold Shannon

Otaki resident takes home a $1000 win

Harold Shannon and his wife have lived in Otaki for the past 25 years and this month they won the Electra Energy monthly prize draw!

Harold says during his life-time there have been a lot of changes to the electricity market over the years – “not all of it has been good,” he says. “Electra Energy is good though. We switched because it’s local, it is owned locally, and the profits go back into the community.”

"I was really surprised to receive the phone call saying I’d won $1000. Some of it will be used to buy a new pair of glasses.”

The monthly Electra Energy prize draw allows the winner to select a local charity or school to receive a further $1000.

“We chose the Horowhenua Branch of the Cancer Society because like many others our family has known cancer,” says Harold.

The Electra Energy prize draw is drawn on the last day of each month; all eligible Electra Energy customers are in the draw for $1000 for themselves and $1000 to go to a local charity or school of their choice.

Winner Harold receiving his Cheque from Jean at Electra Energy

Support for local branch of the Cancer Society

The Horowhenua Branch of the Cancer Society is a busy organisation that helps individuals and their families affected by cancer.

With 75 volunteers, 40 of whom are drivers, the team help people from Foxton across to Shannon and down to Otaki and Te Horo.

As a whole, the Cancer Society does not receive any Government funding so is reliant on donations, fund raising, and bequests.

Convenor Terry Kelly says the $1000 donation will go to keeping the office warm this winter.

“We offer a full-time driver service, taking people to appointments in either Palmerston North or Lower Hutt. We have a Support Co-ordinator who visits people in their homes, and if there’s a need, then we supply them with a Lazy Boy chair – as battling cancer can be very tiring so it’s good to have a comfortable seat in which you can nod off to sleep.”

If you, a family member or a friend are in need of support, then visit the team at 112 Winchester Street or give them a call on 367 8065

Janice Ischia

The joy of giving back

Levin’s Janice Ischia had the pleasure of being able to help an organisation that helped her and her son out many years ago.

“I was in a desperate situation. I was recently divorced, and I was raising my nine-year-old son on my own. We had some difficulties,” says Janice.

“Out of desperation, I rang Birthright. They provided me with a listening ear and support. My son needed activities to keep him occupied, and they helped with that.”

Janice was one of the first people to sign-up to Electra Energy. “The way I see it is that we own Electra Energy – So why would you be with another electricity company.”

“When Heather in the Electra Energy Contact Centre rang and told me I’d won the monthly prize draw I was taken aback. My granddaughters are about to visit so it is perfect timing,” says Janice.

As well as taking home $1000, Janice was asked to nominate a local charity to receive $1000 as well. “Birthright were there for my son and me when we needed them. I hope this donation helps many other families led by one person.”

The Electra Energy prize draw is drawn on the last day of each month; all eligible Electra Energy customers are in the draw for $1000 for themselves and $1000 to go to a local charity or school of their choice.

Winner Janice receiving her cheque from Jean at Electra Energy

Support for local branch of the Cancer Society

“No one chooses to raise children on their own. Often it’s thrown on you,” says Dot Wenham. Dot’s the Treasurer of the Birthright Levin Board – she’s been involved for the past 17 years.

Birthright Levin Field Worker, Tammie Metcalfe, has supported 80 families with about 300 children in Horowhenua this year.

“The $1000 donation will go to paying for holiday camps and swimming pool passes – It’ll mean fun for the kids, engagement in a healthy activity and a break for mum, dad or a grandparent raising their grandchildren.”

Birthright Levin is now operating from Raukawa Whānau Ora at 3 Keepa Street. Dot says they have provided office space and administration and managerial support which have been hugely beneficial. By collaborating we’re better able to make a difference in more homes.

If you or a friend is in need, you can find Birthright Levin on Facebook or call Tammie on 0800 457 147 for a chat.

Richard Watson

Helping a charity close to his heart

Levin's Richard Watson and his wife have had three dogs in their Lives with the first being adopted from the SPCA nearly 30 years ago.

"Recently, we've added a Labradoodle to our family," says Richard.

The Watson's moved to Levin over 16 years ago and were surprised when they first received a rebate from Electra. "We'd never struck that before. So, when I heard Electra Energy were starting up I checked them out and found them to be competitive. You can't beat a Local company!"

As well as taking home $1000, Richard was asked to nominate a Local charity to receive $1000 as well. "The Horowhenua Branch of the SPCA is a critical charity for our district. We've always tried to help out where we can -They do a fantastic job."

The Electra Energy prize draw series is coming to an end. We'll have one more draw on 31 August when one Lucky customer will win $1000 for themselves and $1000 to go to a Local charity or school of their choice.

Richard Watson reciving his cheque from Jean at Electra Energy

Helping our neglected animals

Looking after Horowhenua's sick, injured. Lost abused and abandoned companion animals is a full-time job.

A small team of 10-12 volunteers along with new Centre Manager Kristine Jones keep the Mako Mako Road facility operational.

They Look after a staggering 500-600 animals every year.

The Horowhenua Branch of the SPCA has recently undergone changes to make it more sustainable.

Regional Manager Danny Auger says now that Kristine is at the helm. and a new regional approach has been adopted they're Looking to build up the number of volunteers.

"It can be a stretch when a couple of people are off sick at the same time. We really need to get the numbers to about 30 volunteers."

Danny says the $1000 from Electra Energy is very welcome. "Every dollar donated is appreciated - It's tagged to costs Like wages, electricity and rates even before it comes in the door!"

If you can help, please call Kristine on 368 6910 or message them on Facebook.

Marcus Bone

Competitive Pricing and it's local

Raumati's Marcus and Emma Bone and their family are very much involved in their Local school community through hockey and the school PTA.

Marcus says they joined Electra Energy last year. uwe'd just received a big power bill when the Electra Energy team rang and asked us if we wanted to join a Local company. The pricing was competitive so we did."

To get a call to say we'd won $1000 was amazing. We're currently renovating so: it'll vanish real quick." he says.

As well as taking home $1000, Marcus was asked to nominate a Local charity or school to receive $1000 as well "It costs nearly $1000 to kit out a hockey goalie and my wife, and I know first-hand how hard it is to raise that sort of money so I hope this money will go towards that."

The August draw was the Last in the Electra Energy prize draw series. Customer Experience Manager Jean Gant says it's been amazing to get to meet customers and the charities in our Local communities from Paekakariki through to Foxton and everywhere in between.

Raumati's Marcus and Emma Bone with their son Thomas and Electra Energy's Jean Gant

Gearing up the Hockey Team

Raumati South School is growing quickly as more and more people move to the seaside community.

Principal Graham McDonald has been at the school for a decade, and the roll now sits at 450 children.

Graham says trying to keep up with the costs of things while you're expanding is always a challenge.

"The $1000 from Electra Energy is very welcome."

"Hockey," he says. "has really taken off at the school since we had a pitch put in. We now have three hockey teams of 30 children aged between 7 and 13 taking part."

"The money will go to a school-wide coaching and skills programme that will be Launched next year. We've already raised $500 through a sausage sizzle, and now we have extra funds to help with uniforms including goalie gear," says Graham.

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