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Tamarind is pleased to announce that it has entered into a contract with COSL Drilling Europe AS for the semi-submersible rig, Hai Yang Shi You 982 (“HYSY 982”). The contract consists of three (3) firm wells, and options to extend the contract terms for up to one (1) optional side-track development well and up to one (1) optional exploration well, all to be drilled within the Tui permit. The drilling program is due to commence in Q2/Q3 2019.
Tamarind is very pleased to be using this new, sixth generation unit, that will bring a new level of sophistication in the drilling of offshore wells in New Zealand. Tamarind is excited by the potential that this campaign brings and to be undertaking this program with COSL, who will provide a rig that meets the highest health, safety, environmental and performance standards.
Each summer the TSB Festival of Lights transforms Pukekura Park (one of New Zealand's premier botanical gardens) into a magical, illuminated wonderland of multi-coloured lights gleaming amongst the trees. Our New Plymouth staff are lucky to be able to attend the festival - along with at least 100,000 others each year.
It runs for seven weeks and there are events for everyone in the family. It's a great excuse to grab a picnic and meet with friends to catch some live music on those lovely summer nights.
That's why we're excited to announce that Tamarind will be sponsoring the Fred Parker Lawn Stage this year! It's a great chance to get behind an incredible local event put on by the New Plymouth District Council and we're pleased to have the opportunity to support it. We'll be helping to showcase emerging and established artists with more intimate performances, in a beautiful outdoor setting. The stage will also include some outside of the box ideas (more on this to come).
The Festival of Lights is a staple in New Plymouth's summertime events calendar and includes:
Rahotu School is committed to giving their students opportunities outside of the classroom. This involves connecting and working within their immediate school environment as well as the wider community. A key focus is connecting to the whenua (land) in which they live and play.
They have established gardens where the students work alongside highly-skilled Teacher Aides to harvest and food the whole school twice a term. This year they have been working hard to design, prepare and plant an orchard along the school's western boundary. Tamarind has been supporting the Teacher Aide's salary as well as some of the plants required for the project.
A few of our staff joined in the planting of the boundary trees this month and look forward to seeing the rest of the orchard evolve as each phase is complete. Once it's set up, each family will be invited to plant a fruit tree when their child enrols at Rahotu School.
Thanks to the School Principal, Brigitte Luke, for the chance to be involved!
On 8 March 2018, Tamarind Taranaki Limited (Tamarind) lodged applications with the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) for marine consent to undertake sidetrack development drilling within the Tui Field, and for marine discharge consent to discharge offshore processing drainage from deck drains aboard a drill rig.
Tamarind’s marine consent application is to enable the drilling of up to five sidetrack development wells from up to four of its existing wells, including associated logistical and environmental monitoring activities, in the Tui Field.
The application is open for public consultation until 18 June 2018. Visit the application link to read more about the process.
Click through below to the full post for more details and to review the application documents that were submitted.
One of the projects our sponsorship funds supported this year is On the House. They are a New Plymouth-based organisation that redistributes surplus food in the community. They are run completely by volunteers at this stage. We provided kickstart funding to help them get up and running as they are a fairly new organisation, having only started their project in November 2017.
Each week on their open day, their volunteers collect excess food from local cafes and eateries and bring it back to their centrally-located (and kindly-donated) distribution space. The collections are done on foot in the CBD and by car in the outer suburbs. From 4:30pm, the food is given, free of charge, to anyone who has patiently lined up to receive it.
This initiative has benefits on a couple fronts - it reduces the amount of perfectly-good food going in the rubbish bin, and it provides meals to those in the community who need it. There are no forms to fill out or questions to answer - one of their foundation values is about distribution without barriers. It doesn't matter if those who access the service are on the benefit, or earning income because ultimately this food was going to be wasted if it wasn't for On the House.
There are several organisations like this in operation throughout New Zealand with the long-running ones based in Wellington (The Free Store) and Palmerston North (Just Zilch). They are all working hard to create communities for people who might otherwise be treated as a "problem to fix."
We're excited that we were able to help get this project off the ground and already they have seen their average weekly numbers grow from the low 20's to nearly 50 people accessing the service each week. And they are saving 200-500 food items each week from the rubbish bin.
If you want to volunteer or make a donation to this community project, check them out on Facebook.