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.
With some calm weather to accompany it, we've completed another offtake from the Tui Oil Field this week. This time we lifted over 388,000 bbls of Tui Crude. Thank you again to those involved in making this another smooth offtake with no incidents.
We look forward to further successes with this asset.
Tamarind is intending to commence a drilling project in the Tui Oil Field in early 2019. It will involve drilling 2 to 4 sidetrack wells from the existing wells. We are currently developing an Impact Assessment for the drilling project and intend to lodge an application for marine consent to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) in early March 2018. The consent application will be fully notified, and a full copy of the application will be available from the EPA website and from this website. We will post updates on the project when they are available.
The Tui Oil Field
Ultimately, Tamarind strives to prevent any accidents, and keep everyone and the environment safe. Tamarind has several Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) tools to help protect people and the environment – and one of them is our HSE Policy. The HSE Policy is the fundamental HSE document that confirms our commitment to our HSE Culture. It outlines the HSE expectations and actions as the foundation to continuously improve.
Our HSE philosophy is that while we are undertaking our activities, they should cause no harm. Alongside that, we believe all accidents are preventable, no task is so important that the risk of injury to people is justified and that we will protect and minimize the impact of our activities so that the environment will suffer no long-term effects.
Our Policy highlights our ‘Stop-Work’ commitment from all levels of management, in which a worker is required to stop any activity if they feel it compromises their personal safety, the safety of others or the protection of the environment. We firmly believe in our HSE Policy and we ensure that our workers have the resources needed to carry out their tasks safely.