Improving social outcomes

The Central Interceptor is much more than a tunnel

The tunnel is being built to last 100 years, creating an environmental legacy for the people of Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau. However, our ambition for the project extends well beyond construction. We also want to deliver social outcomes that improve the well-being of communities along the tunnel route.
To do so, we have adopted four keystone values:
  • Tuakana-Teina: effective succession, mentoring, future workforce, internships, apprenticeships, career pathways
  • Mauri Ora: creating wellbeing and maintaining mauri/lifeforce/essence of both people and the environment
  • Whanaungatanga: family-based approach to work, being community-minded, ensuring quality of stakeholder, community and industry relationships
  • Tangata Whakapapa: embracing the wholeness of a person, true inclusion.
To support these values, a cultural outcomes group is guiding our programmes and providing advice on our initiatives. This group comprises representatives from Mana Whenua, our Watercare team and our contractor. You can read more about our social outcomes initiatives below. We’ve also put together a brochure of our social outcomes to date: click here to download.

Pink hard hats raise awareness of breast cancer

CI (Central Interceptor) supports the Breast Cancer Foundation by raising funds and awareness with our very visible pink hard hat programme. Visitors to our sites wear a hard hat as part of their PPE (personal protective equipment) to ensure they are seen and safe on site. For every pink hat we give out, we donate $10 to the Foundation, with the hope of raising more than $22,000 over the life of the project.
Photo of school kids wearing pink hard hats on site to support breast cancer
Photo: School pupils don pink hard hats for Breast Cancer

Manu Whenua laundry service up and running

The Central Interceptor project has developed a laundry service in partnership with our local Mana Whenua hapū, Te Ahi Waru in Māngere. The service recognises our 70-year relationship with Te Ahi Waru and Makaurau Marae.
This service cleans all PPE worn by our teams on construction sites. This saves our people having to take dirty clothes home and wash them each day. Every morning, they turn up and put on a fresh, clean set of PPE. This also protects household members who would have to use the same washing machine being used to clean the PPE.
CI has provided commercial laundry machines and business consulting support. Te Ahi Waru will operate and manage the laundry service, including pick up and delivery of the PPE. We hope the work experience will help some of the younger generation who are not currently in employment.

Supporting our neighbourhood schools

Make Give Live is a social enterprise focused on easing isolation and improving mental health and well-being in the community. Local groups meet weekly to craft beautiful knitted or crocheted items for those in need.
After Ghella Abergeldie JV bought 200 knitted beanies from the organisation we purchased 200 distinctive, bright pairs of slippers for our neighbours, May Road School. We are so pleased to be able to help the children’s learning by keeping them warm in the classroom.
Photo of May Road School pupils with their Make Give Live slippers
Photo: May Road School pupils with their Make Give Live slippers

Morningside Urban Market Garden

Grow Space is a community-focused, sustainable social enterprise. It aims to build the business skills, financial independence and social connections of migrants and refugees.
CI’s office is in Eden Park so we’ve sponsored a space at the park for an urban market garden, with a greenhouse, watering system and raised garden beds. A number of migrant and refugee women have utilised the space to develop gardening and business skills. They mainly focus on sustainability and using organic horticulture techniques, and are now delivering fresh produce to restaurants in the local area.
Photo of urban market gardeners harvesting mung beans
Photo: Urban market gardeners harvesting mung beans (Credit: Grow Space)

Leaving a legacy for our people: Dig Deep literacy programme

One of our wellbeing initiatives is to enhance the long-term employment prospects and personal situations of our workforce. One way we can help is to improve their reading, writing and maths skills.
During COVID-19 level 4 lockdown in 2020, we launched the 20-week Dig Deep literacy programme which involved a weekly two-hour workshop. Our first class of seven students were selected from a wide range of backgrounds, all with varying levels of work experience.
Photo of our first Dig Deep graduates, Ernie Gotz, foreground, and Sione Pulu
Photo: Two of our first Dig Deep graduates, Ernie Gotz (foreground) and Sione Pulu

We’ve now run four classes in our training and induction centre, with 22 graduates in total. Three graduates have also earned a Dogman qualification. This is a key role on site, responsible for rigging crane loads and safe crane operations. We hope to extend the programme to other trade qualifications in order to help our staff qualify for greater responsibilities and better pay.
The programme has also been good for communication and team-building between employees and their supervisors. Some of the attendees also said they now have more patience, feel less stressed, and want to keep learning. We are pleased that improved literacy is of practical help to our people, at work and in family and community situations.
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