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PowerNet and St John supporting Southern communities

Since 2014, PowerNet and St John have had an amazing partnership.  The First Aid Training and Mental Health courses are a continuation of our joint vision to improve the health and safety outcomes in our communities. Together we are championing the new St John Mental Health First Aid Training course in the southern region.

Click below to see the dates and locations, plus to book your ‘FREE’ St John First Aid Level 1 training or St John Mental Health First Aid training course, proudly sponsored by PowerNet.


Over the seven years of sponsorship, we have supported:

  • First Aid training – 1,176 people through 74 courses held in 16 Southland – Otago locations
  • Supported the ASB St John in Schools Programme – delivered to 42,899 students in 466 school sessions
  • Donated 17 publicly accessible AEDs
  • Supported St John Invercargill Training Hub which holds 18-20 courses per month.

In 2020 we expanded our sponsorship to include:

  • Principal sponsor of the St John Mental Health First Aid Training course. This course give the attendees skills on how to learn to support working colleagues, friends and family members experiencing mental distress as well as signs of mental health issues
  • Principal sponsors of the St John Weaving Wellbeing Programme. These courses are rolling out to year Y7 & 8 students. The 10 week programme focuses on building resilience and coping skills for children
  • Four EV charging stations around Southland for the St John EV health shuttles trial.

PowerNet electrical engineering scholarships

PowerNet offers electrical engineering scholarships to students studying towards a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and are in their first professional year.

The three year scholarship covers course fees and provides vacation employment that satisfies the practical requirements of the degree course. Preference is given to applicants who spent a substantial part of their youth in Southland or Otago.

Applications come via direct notification to engineering students at the University of Canterbury.

Southland Warm Homes Trust

PowerNet provides administration and financial reporting services on behalf of the Southland Warm Homes Trust (SWHT).

To learn how the SWHT can help you, click here.


If your in Southland or Central Otago and have a query on insulation and heating packages, please contact Awarua Synergy on 0800 WARM SOUTH (0800 927 676).

NOTE: Presently funding is available to households in Southland from the SWHT and EECA.