Energy Savings


Energy savings a new offering from the Chamber

Spending $1500 or more on your electricity or gas?

Last year Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce entered into a partnership with Saveawatt, an energy procurement company. Their market knowledge and in-depth analysis means that they’re well positioned to find the best deals to suit the specific energy needs of businesses. Their ‘bulk tender’ process means that by joining in, 25 energy retailers across New Zealand are put on notice of your potential custom. Saveawatt’s ‘No savings/No fee’ offer means they only get paid if they negotiate savings for your business. Their one-off procurement fee is 25% of total projected cost savings.

Why is my Chamber of Commerce involved?

Two reasons:

  1. We exist to unlock business vitality in Nelson Tasman, and many of our members face set costs that are prohibitive to growth. Saveawatt procures real cost savings on gas and electricity and that’s positive for the business community. There are already businesses in Nelson Tasman benefitting from this service.
  2. Savewatt would be servicing this region regardless of Chamber involvement. This partnership offers a funding opportunity for the Chamber as we get a small margin of the one-off fee charged by Saveawatt. (Remember, they only charge this fee if they secure the savings). This additional revenue opportunity though modest, still helps us fund the work we do locally in unlocking business vitality; the membership and business support services we provide, business upskilling workshops, advocacy, networking events, business awards and the many workstreams involved in delivery.

How can I save?

Even if you already have a contract, Saveawatt may be able to help you.
If you’re spending $1500 or more per month on gas or electricity, it’s as simple as supplying us with copy of a recent energy account and we’ll liaise with Savewatt to see if they can save you money on your energy rates. 

Email a copy of a recent power account to:




Cawthron Foundation and Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM) have launched a new scholarship for Māori undergraduate students wanting to pursue a career in science. The scholarship, ‘Te Pītau Whakarei Karahipi’, is valued at $5,500 and will be available for the first time this coming 2017/2018 summer.

Cawthron Foundation Manager, Elizabeth Bean said, “we are excited to add another summer intern scholarship and are especially happy to offer it in partnership with Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence. 

“We recognise that there is an under-representation of Māori who choose to pursue a career in science and our goal with this scholarship is to offer undergraduate Māori students the opportunity to gain hands-on learning experience for 10 weeks at the Cawthron Institute in Nelson over the summer months.

“Our scholarships provide an opportunity for students to learn from practicing scientists, who provide intellectual stimulation and ongoing support. Working alongside Cawthron Institute scientists, recipients gain insight into fields they want to pursue.”

For NPM Deputy Director and Cawthron Institute Ecotoxicologist and Māori Business Development Manager, Dr James Ataria the name given to this scholarship, ‘Te Pītau Whakarei Karahipi’, is very apt. The word Pītau has dual meaning. The Pītau is the carved figurehead at the ihu (bow) of the waka and so suggests the breaking of the waves ahead, or a student starting out on their journey. The Pītau is also the young succulent shoot of a fern frond (leaf) and so alludes to unfurling potential. One meaning of Whakarei is to ornament; and this scholarship will embellish the recipients’ qualifications through their experiences at Cawthron. Karahipi is te reo for scholarship.

Dr Ataria said, “For the past 15 years, Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga has been focused on Māori success and excellence in research and science. Partnering with Cawthron for this scholarship delivers a further and specific opportunity for our students. 

“Te Pītau Whakarei Karahipi will enable the successful intern to build a deeper understanding of scientific inquiry and research processes through experience and immersion in the research environment.  Our hope is that this will add to the considerable work underway across our sector of creating more Māori scientists and increased pathways for greater Māori tertiary education success.” 

Te Pītau Whakarei Karahipi will join the Cawthron Foundation funded Sir Theodore Rigg Scholarship for undergraduate students and the Kathleen Curtis Scholarship for undergraduate women. All three scholarships are made possible by generous support from individual donors and grant agencies.

Scholarships will be advertised via all tertiary education providers in July, with applications closing 7 August 2017. Visit

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