Energise Ōtaki

Energise Ōtaki is an umbrella concept for sustainable energy projects. Your contribution helps Ōtaki become a more sustainable community.


Energise Ōtaki is the name chosen by the Ōtaki community to represent the goal of becoming a net producer of clean energy and to act as a focal point for community action.

'Helping Ourselves to A Smart Future' is the Energise Ōtaki by-line. Change will be achieved through community action, projects large and small, and alliances with key partners.

Energise Ōtaki is primarily a broad ‘umbrella’ concept under which a range of organisations and individuals come together to achieve change.

Individual and collective action, home, street, business, neighbourhood and town based energy conservation and clean energy production projects are at the heart of the Energise Ōtaki community vision.

Some of the projects we are involved in are community solar farms, the Ōtaki Bike Space, Repair Café, Ōtaki Curtain Bank, community gardens, E-volocity at Ōtaki College, sustainable energy curriculum in schools, solar panels on Ōtaki College and other locations, monitoring sustainable energy, public meetings to discuss sustainable energy ideas. Find out more at https://energise.otaki.net.nz/ or come and visit us at 7 Main St, Ōtaki.

Energise Ōtaki is run mainly by volunteers supported by a few staff. Setting up the projects, investigating new ones and maintaining and expanding existing projects takes resources and time that your contribution will help with. Funds raised will be used for EO development and support for other projects.

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Energise Ōtaki is about the goal of the town becoming a net producer of clean energy, and of finding ways to give people, businesses and community groups the tools to harvest the environmental, social and economic benefits of a different energy future.

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Grant on 09 Jul 2021
Energise Ōtaki

Kia ora Grant Thank you very much for your generous gift. Our big priority at the moment is getting the news out about the Warmup Otaki project where we are able to give Homeowners with CSCs free home insulation and heating assessments and hopefully, enable them to qualify for a super subsidised heat pump once their home is well insulated. The Curtain Bank, too, is in full swing. And we have just had another successful Repair Cafe! And we are getting ready for another workshop to prepare bikes for giving away. There's a bit of work behind the scenes for all of this and your donation really helps. Thank you.

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Guest Donor on 20 May 2021
Energise Ōtaki

Thank you very much for your donation. It is really appreciated as we are super busy with the Warmup Ōtaki, Bike Space, and Curtain Bank getting into full swing for the winter months.

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Guest Donor on 12 May 2021
Energise Ōtaki

Thank you very much for your donation. We are pretty busy at the moment with the winter projects like Curtain Bank and Warmup Otaki (housing), and we always have Bike Space on the go. And the Rau Kumara solar farm still producing electricity in the winter sun for the Community Investment Fund. Every donation helps to keep us moving forward!

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Patrick on 29 Apr 2021
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Thank you very much, Patrick. Your donation is appreciated.

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David on 31 Jan 2021
Keep up the good work!

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