April 20, 2018
Tribe takes heat out of steam work
Contact Energy and the Ngati Tahu Landowners Collective have been awarded the prestigious 2018 US Energy Association Corporate Volunteer Award for their work in Kenya.
The energy company and the Bay of Plenty land owners spent 12 months helping power company KenGen and Maasai communities establish a sustainable partnership to co-manage geothermal resources in Kenya.
KenGen’s development of the Olkaria field led to tensions with the nomadic Maasai, and the aim of the exchange was to share Contact and Ngati Tahu’s experience of working together on the Ohaaki geothermal field near Taupo.
Ngati Tahu trustee Aroha Campbell says there are strong parallels between New Zealand and Kenya, with indigenous communities in both countries having deeply vested cultural, economic, environmental and social interests in geothermal resources.
The award was presented to Contact and Ngati Tahu representatives in Washington DC, and the event was attended by the New Zealand Ambassador to the United States, Tim Groser.
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