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We believe New Zealand has to lift its performance.

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We help businesses think and act differently.

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We are productivity improvement experts.

Productivity People is Guided by Our Values

Outstanding Client Value is our Reason for Existence

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People are Paramount in Delivering Client Value

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We are Rigorous and Relentless in Following Proven Methodology

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Our Actions will Deliver Financial, Environmental and Social Outcomes

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Productivity People supports its Community

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Local Business Community

New Zealand’s productivity is characterised by a large number of small businesses. To support and recognise outstanding local businesses, Productivity People has decided to sponsor the Tauranga Business Awards as well as the Eastern Bay Business Excellence Awards.

In Tauranga we sponsor the Continuous Improvement/ Lean Award together with Ballance Agri-Nutrients, whereas the Business Leadership Award is sponsored by Productivity People in the Eastern Bay Excellence Awards.

Geerten Lengkeek and Liddy Bakker are part of the judging panel at both these events.

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Conservation Groups

Productivity People are experts in productivity improvement and work to reduce waste in the production industry. We mainly work in manufacturing and distribution where we follow proven Lean and Continuous Improvement methodologies to enhance quality and reduce cost, resulting in better outcomes for the customer and the environment.

During Conservation week in 2021, Productivity People decided to start making annual contributions to conservation by sponsoring local conservation initiatives. Conservation work is often reliant on many hours of volunteer work in organisations that operate on a shoestring budget. Each consultant at Productivity People has identified a conservation group that produces outstanding results in their local area. Productivity People supports these groups with an annual donation.

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Humanitarian Aid Organisation

Productivity People supports ReliefAid, which is a New Zealand-founded international humanitarian organisation with a vision of saving lives and alleviating the suffering of people affected by armed conflict and natural disasters through independent and impartial humanitarian action.

Productivity People support ReliefAid because it is the only New Zealand-founded Aid organisation that operates in conflict zones. All the work that is done in New Zealand is voluntary, which means that our donation is spent where it is needed, in Syria and Afghanistan.

The directors of Productivity People have been supporting ReliefAid since 2017, when they took part in an Ocean swimming fundraising effort, Whale Aid Aleppo, raising $40,000.

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Nick explains why he has chosen Miro Conservation Group

Eastbourne is a small community that sits on a narrow strip of land between the hills and the foreshore of Wellington harbour. We have lived there for 25 years and the access to the bush directly behind the community was a big attraction to us.  During our time there we have seen a noticeable increase in the birdlife around our home including Kereru, flocks of Tui feeding on the Kowhai trees, and for the first time this year, we have had fantails in our garden.  All of this has happened through the commitment of the MIRO volunteers who have worked tirelessly to trap predators for the last 20 years. I can clearly recall meeting one of my neighbours when he proudly announced he had just caught his 1000th possum.

More recently MIRO has turned their efforts to supporting the Banded Dotterel’s which nest on the expansive pebble beaches. It’s always a fun challenge for us on family walks along the beach to try to spot these superbly camouflaged birds.

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Liddy explains why she has chosen Manawahe Eco Trust

The hills of Manawahe are quite special to me. They are steep and rugged and form a distinctive change from the farms on the plains. I find it amazing that a remnant population of Kokako was found there around 30 years ago. This truly demonstrates how rugged and lonely this place is. In addition to the rare Kokako, Manawahe also features ancient trees and the rare King fern.

What I like about the Manawahe Eco Trust is its focus on education. They realise that to ensure a continuation of conservation efforts, they need to raise the next generation of volunteers.

It is through this focus on education that I came to know the Manawahe Eco Trust, as one of my daughters went to a conservation camp with her school. This was nearly ten years ago, and our family members have been volunteers ever since. A few years of these, I myself was their environmental educator.

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Adrian explains why he has chosen to support the Aongatate Forest Project

Walking in the wood when we first arrived in NZ 11 years ago, one thing that really struck me was how quiet it was with almost no bird song. As I began to understand the reason why, I realised the importance of supporting the efforts to change it. Living on the edge of the Kaimai ranges we are beginning to see the benefits with flocks of Kereru, Tui & Wax eyes now being regular visitors to the garden.

In my lifetime the amount of wilderness has reduced by 50% and it’s so important that we look after what is left and the biodiversity in it, for the generations to come. The Aongatate Forest Project is doing great work in my area.

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David Hall explains why he has chosen to support Biodiversity Hawkes Bay

For me, Biodiversity has always felt a little like the poor relation in the whole sustainability piece. Losing out to the more visible elements like Climate Change and Sea Level rise. Biodiversity is a critical piece of the puzzle which, if neglected will have potentially catastrophic consequences for all of us  (e.g. loss of pollinators). It’s something that’s always been from of mind for me having spent many hours/ days/ weeks on the side of rivers with my two boys and their kayaking events and have seen the gradual erosion of, not only the rivers themselves but the surrounding land and native habitats.

Biodiversity Hawkes Bay is doing a lot of good work funding projects at all levels and has a great strategy in place to start undoing the damage that has been done to the region in the last 200 years.

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Angela explains why she has chosen Whakatipu Reforestation Trust

I believe that our commitment to making New Zealand better for generations to come through productivity improvement is not at odds, but actually supports our planet. Conservation work is one of the three charitable endeavours we undertake at Productivity People, the other two being local business community awards, and humanitarian aid.

Each team member of Productivity People selects a conservation, environmental, or sustainability cause they are passionate about in their region. Productivity People makes annual donations to each of them on our behalf.

I selected the Whakatipu Reforestation Trust which has made an enormous difference in my region. Last winter, I had a great time with the trust members planting native trees around Lake Hayes.

The person on the right of me in the picture is Karen O’Donahoo, the Operations Manager of the Whakatipu Reforestation Trust.