The energy retailer, which has been a Bronze Sponsor of the ARFNZ since April 2021, expanded its support of the Foundation by officially becoming a Gold Sponsor on 9 May 2022.
“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to become a Gold Sponsor and take our support to the next level,” said Pulse Energy Chief Executive Sharnie Warren. “The ARFNZ’s mission to improve the health and quality of life for New Zealanders is something that resonates with Pulse Energy and we’re proud to support an organisation that’s doing such important work in the community.” The partnership with Pulse Energy will enable ARFNZ to expand its reach, improve health literacy, deliver education, and raise the national profile of respiratory disease in New Zealand.
“Partnering with a national energy retailer like Pulse Energy is extremely valuable in helping to educate more Kiwis about the importance of living in a healthy home. This can help us work towards our goal of reducing respiratory-related hospitalisations by 20% by 2025,” explained ARFNZ Chief Executive Letitia Harding.
As a 100% community-owned business, Pulse Energy is passionate about supporting the health and wellbeing of New Zealanders. A proud supporter of local communities, the company sponsors grassroots events across New Zealand, partners with the Highlanders and Crusaders Super Rugby teams, and drives initiatives like the award winning Pay it Forward Programme.
The Pay it Forward Programme - which was recently selected as a finalist for the 2022 Energy Excellence Awards in the Community Initiative of the Year category - is a joint initiative between Pulse Energy and its customers that provides financial support to families facing energy hardship. The Programme helps energy vulnerable households heat their homes and create a healthier living environment, while alleviating some of the emotional and financial stress associated with energy hardship.
About one-third of New Zealand households experience one or more energy hardship indicators, which include troubling measures like damp housing, inadequate heating, difficulty paying power bills and more. Energy hardship and respiratory disease are closely intertwined as lack of adequate heating can contribute to unhealthy living conditions that increase the risk of respiratory illness.
“Pulse Energy and ARFNZ share so many values,” said Harding. “With Pulse being community-owned and providing initiatives like the Pay it Forward Programme, we know that Pulse is there to support the health and wellbeing of Kiwis.”
Pulse Energy is a 100% community-owned electricity retailer that provides electricity, gas, and broadband to homes right across New Zealand.
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