COMMUNITY & SUSTAINABILITY
As a family owned company, we place high importance on community; both in promoting strong family values & support within our teams. We also have a proud tradition of giving back to the industry & wider community.
SUPPORTING OUR INDUSTRY
Key to our success is having a committed team that is eager to develop and grow with the business. For this reason, we consider investment in our people a critical part of our role as employer. We undertake regular skills development with our employees – from literacy and numeracy workshops for waged employees to leadership coaching for management. We are proud to be a sponsor and scholarship provider through the Keystone Trust, work closely with BCITO and Kainga Ora in providing apprenticeships in Carpentry and Concrete and have an enviable record in developing talent through our Quantity Surveying and Project Management Cadetships.
Being a part of the industry for over 40 years and one of the larger employers, we are committed to our industry being held to a high standard, providing a sustainable future and embracing the latest innovations. For that reason, we are actively involved in several industry organisations at either board or committee level and encourage our people to hold memberships in these organisations as well as participating in any governance and training opportunities.
Organisations in which we actively participate include; Site Safe NZ, Mates in Construction, Vertical Construction Leaders Group, Registered Master Builders, Property Council, NZ Institute of Building, NZ Green Building Council, Keystone Trust, NZ Institute of Quantity Surveyors, NZ Society of Construction Law, Masterspec and MBIE’s Code Advisory Panel.
KEYSTONE NEW ZEALAND PROPERTY EDUCATION TRUST
The Keystone New Zealand Property Education Trust is New Zealand’s leading property scholarship fund. It offers students a hand-up into construction and property related tertiary studies through mentoring and a limited number of scholarships to motivated students from backgrounds where financial hardship may prevent them from following their tertiary goals.
Russell Group of Companies became a key scholarship partner in 2015 offering the Alf Russell scholarship in recognition of the life and contribution our founder Alf Russell dedicated to both the industry and the development of young people. The annual scholarship of $5,000 is awarded to a student who has already undertaken some tertiary study and who would benefit from the financial support to further their studies. Our current recipient is Te Kitohi Tamanui-Fransen.
SUPPORTING OUR COMMUNITY
We believe it is equally important that we give back to the wider community. We do this in two ways – encouraging our teams to get involved in FUNdraisers, and in providing sponsorship or financial support to a few key charities and organisations. This has included – Duffy Books in Homes, Movember, Maia Health, Tania Dalton Foundation, Loud Shirt Day, Breast Cancer Pink Days, SPCA Cupcake Day, Auckland Special Childrens Christmas, and for over 20 years, the last twelve as a key sponsor, the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust.
AUCKLAND RESCUE HELICOPTER TRUST
The Russell Group of Companies has been a major sponsor of Auckland’s Rescue Helicopter Trust (ARHT) for well over 20 years and have proudly displayed the Dominion Constructors logo on the helicopter doors, as a sponsor since 2013.
The Auckland crew cover a wide area including Coromandel and Hauraki Gulf and attend to both medical and accident cases where quick transfer to hospital is required. ARHT has been working with the Auckland DHB since mid-2014 in providing top level clinical training to the doctors, paramedics and crew to ensure the highest level of care is provided before even getting to hospital. Dominion has organised the “Chopper Cup” an annual corporate regatta, raising over $1,000,000 since 2010 and is an active participant in the annual Westpac Chopper Swim from Waiheke to Auckland CBD.
DUFFY BOOKS IN HOMES
Since 2012, Dominion have proudly sponsored the Duffy Books in Homes charity and have supported Point England Primary in Glenn Innes since 2017.
The Duffy Books in Homes programme ensures that every primary (to Year 7) school child receives 3 books a year for them to keep. In many instances, children that attend low decile schools have never had a book of their own, so receiving these is both an encouragement for the learning process and instils a great sense of pride. The key sponsor for The Duffy Books in Homes programme is also one of our major clients, Mainfreight.
TANIA DALTON FOUNDATION
The Foundation supports young New Zealanders, from all circumstances and stages of development, to unlock their talent and their best selves. The goal is to engage with thousands of young New Zealanders across the country through a range of programmes aimed at making a positive and measurable impact on the youth of New Zealand. Dominion has been a scholarship provider since 2019 and is currently supporting Amy Rule a promising young rugby player.
Dominion was proud to bring the team together again in 2020 to raise funds for this worthy cause. Keen to beat previous records of over $20k in 2010 and $16k in 2017, Dominion gained the support of its many friends to be the highest fund raiser contributing over $35,000 to support mens health initiatives.