For many years now we have been pleased to get involved with community projects offering our services free of charge, or at a reduced rate. In addition to this, in May 2014 we took the decision to financially commit to a local not-for-profit community group called Apopo. Here are some of the projects we have been proud to be involved with;
‘Apopo’ (‘tomorrow’ in Maori) – Empowering youth and their whanau today to create hope for tomorrow. Apopo is a drop in centre where young people can find a hot meal, a place to hang out or somewhere quiet to study. Apopo offers an environment where young people are supported in their studies or in re-entering the education system, and are encouraged to contribute time to community events. We believe that by experiencing a warm and loving environment that cycles can be broken.
Pictured are Carolyn Douglas of DBCon, Jodi Manuel of Apopo, Kate Mounsey of Malcolm Mounsey Clarke and Derek Booth of DBCon. Thanks to Taupo & Turangi Weekender for use of the photo.
We are currently in the second year of providing financial sponsorship to Bike Taupo. We have also completed work at a reduced rate on the design of bridges, trails and bike shelters for the Bike Taupo tracks, which form part of the Great Lake Trail. It is a project where staff members can get to experience the fruits of our labour, as many are keen mountain bikers.
DBCon was delighted to accept when offered the opportunity to design a duck enclosure located at the site of the National Trout Centre in Turangi. DBCon services were offered free of charge to the Department of Conservation the design. The release of the first juvenile ducks into the enclosure was attended by DBCon staff, and with the enclosure located within easy reach of our Taupo office, we will be keeping up to date with how the ducks are doing.
James Dunning was approached earlier this year by DK Designer Homes to assist with the new Maternity Clinic Community Project in Te Awamutu. James did a full soils assessment and earthworks supervision for the development, with no charge to the client. This worthy project will be a welcome asset to the community.
The Whakahoro Eco Lodge is a private business that is committed to conservation in the Ruapehu District. The business actively participates in the conservation of New Zealand native wildlife including the Whio Whio Blue duck and the Weta. When Michael Richardson our Geotechnical Engineer was engaged to observe the piling for the new lodge, we were happy to do this at a reduced rate for the Whakahoro Eco Lodge. As well as offering the work at a reduced rate, Michael also invested his personal time into this project.