Our Community Commitment
One of the values we hold close to our hearts is our commitment to the community of Rotorua and wider New Zealand. There are a number of activities that we undertake throughout the year to ensure we are engaged and give back ….even if it’s in a small way.
Annual Rotorua Locals Weekend
This is where we offer free of charge rides in the Ogo ball to our local community (with identification) in return for cans of food, which we then donate to the local food banks in time for Christmas. Dates for the 2017 Annual Rotorua Locals Weekend are the 9th and 10th of December 2017. We’ll be again supporting the Salvation Army annual Christmas food drive:
Terms & Conditions:
- All rides are H2OGO (water) rides – bring along swimsuit and towel
- 9.00am – 6.00pm both days – no pre booking required
- Up to 3 people per OGO (as per our H&S requirements)
- Maximum of 1 ride per person
- Bring along proof of Rotorua residency ( power bill, phone bill, library card etc)
- Must be cans of food fit for human consumption – no pet food, no expired cans … this food will be donated to needy families; so please don’t be stingy!
We have a strong commitment to ensuring that we practise a sustainable business platform that considers the environmental, social and financial impacts when planning for OGO business. Native tree planting, pest management, free school group talks, SH5 rubbish warriors and food bank fundraisers are all part of what is integrated into our day to day business. OGO Rotorua is also a member of the Rotorua Sustainable Tourism Charter.
OGO Rotorua has also made a commitment to the New Zealand Tourism Sustainability programme – This initiative aims to see every New Zealand tourism business committed to sustainability by 2025. To deliver on this, we must achieve ambitious economic goals while sharing the overwhelming benefits with supportive host communities, contributing to restoring, protecting and enhancing our natural environment, and continuing to be a high quality destination of choice for domestic and international travellers. Find out more here: www.sustainabletourism.nz
Ngati Whakaue Tribal Farmlands
We have a strong relationship with local iwi that demonstrates the relationship between the commercial world of tourism and the landowners (Ngati Whakaue). If OGO is successful, then a higher percentage of our revenue is paid to Ngati Whakaue, in turn this is invested into the future of the tribe, to provide a sustainable income source for the iwi. We also support Ngati Whakaue’s future leaders programme, where the youth learn about the different ways in which the iwi uses their land. We are privileged to share this relationship with the iwi.
Every year we commit to donating $10,000 worth of OGO rides/vouchers to local community groups to assist with their own fundraising efforts.Over the past 12 months we are proud to have supported the following groups:
- Kawaha Point Primary School
- Rotorua Bike Festival
- Aotearoa Cuban Festival
- Special Olympics Rotorua
- Rotorua Youth Services
- Rotorua Children’s Day
- Ronald McDonald House
- The Professionals Child Cancer Breakfast Auction
If you are a Rotorua based school, fundraising group or community organisation seeking sponsorship you are welcome to submit your request to our team for consideration: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org