Supporting St John in Southern Communities


Since 2014, PowerNet and St John have had an amazing partnership.  The Mental Health First Aid courses continue our joint vision to improve our communities’ health and safety outcomes.

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


Over the ten years of sponsorship, our $1,000,000 has supported:

  • 544 southerners trained in Mental Health First Aid courses through 32 courses since 2020
  •  2,284 Year 7 & 8 students trained in the Whātuia te Waiora – Weaving Wellbeing programme through 82 classes at 19 schools
  • Over the last ten years, we have supported the ASB St John in Schools programme which has delivered to 54,865 students in 577 school sessions
  • A total of 17 publicly accessible AEDs have been donated to Southern communities since 2015
  • We have provided First Aid training to 1,478 people through 93 courses in 18 Southland-Otago locations
  • In 2020, we installed four electric vehicle charging stations in Bluff, Invercargill, Otautau and Winton.

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.