Community support

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 continue our joint vision to improve our communities’ health and safety outcomes. 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 and 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 nine years of sponsorship, our $1,000,000 has supported:

  • 490 St John Mental Health First Aid courses delivered throughout the Southland and West Otago communities since 2020.
  • The ASB St John in Schools Programme – delivered to 53,830 students.
  • Donated 17 publicly accessible AEDs, one of the donated AEDs was used to help save a woman’s life.
  •  2,100 Year 7 & 8 students have participated in the Whatuia Waiora Weaving Wellbeing programme since 2020.
  • St John First Aid training – 1,480 people t throughout the southern region.
  • Supported the Hato Hone St John Invercargill Training Hub, which held 7–15 monthly courses.
  • Donation of four vehicle charging stations for St John Health Shuttles within Southland.

In August 2023, we expanded our sponsorship to include the following:

  • Increasing our Principal sponsorship 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 students
  • Continuation with our Principal sponsor of the St John Mental Health First Aid Training course. This course gives 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
  • Ongoing sponsorship of the Four EV charging stations around Southland for the St John EV health shuttles.

PowerNet electrical engineering scholarships

PowerNet offers electrical engineering scholarships to students studying towards an Electrical and Electronic Engineering degree 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 much 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 for the Southland Warm Homes Trust (SWHT).

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


If you’re 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.