Cheaper running costs benefit charity’s clients

Ohomairangi Trust

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Ohomairangi Trust is a Kaupapa Maori Early Intervention Service based in Mangere, Auckland, that provides parenting and other courses that help families.

It purchased three electric cars (two Nissan Leafs and a Hyundai Ioniq) and three electric vans (Nissan eNV200) for its teachers, therapists and specialists to use for home visits and to transport clients and their children to courses.

The Leafs are used for home visits and can bring both parents or a couple to the centre if necessary. Two of the vans have been fitted with extra seats (total 7) so that families with more children can be transported. The Ioniq provides the range necessary to go further afield if senior psychologists or other staff need to share their expertise in other regions.

The EVs’ lower running costs free up funds for the charity to spend on core services.

Although EVs were new to most staff, they quickly adjusted and found the quietness, reliability and ease of recharging a bonus. The project has showcased the suitability of EVs to the public and other community organisations.

The project was approved for $75,000 of co-funding from round three of the Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund.

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