Energy 'champion' to help consumers

CHAMPION: The region’s new “energy champion” Katherine Evett. Picture by Strike

THE region’s first “energy champion” has been appointed to assist people to be at the forefront of emerging technology.

Gisborne’s Eastland Group has announced Katherine Evett has been appointed to the new position. She will be based at Eastland Group’s Electric Village energy hub in Gladstone Road.

Eastland Group chief executive Matt Todd said Electric Village would be a one-stop-shop for advice, exhibitions and discussions about the future of energy, and Ms Evett wold welcome the community to drop in for a chat and to share ideas.

“The energy sector is undergoing rapid change, with innovations that could have significant benefits for our community," Mr Todd said.

“Electric Village is our opportunity to talk to the community and find out their vision for the future, as well as share information on solar generation, batteries, electric bikes and cars and other potentially game-changing developments.

“Flick Electric Co will also be based in the village, showing people how they can take control of their power usage and save on bills.

“Electric Village is a vitally important project for our business and our region. We’re delighted to have Katherine joining the team, bringing her personality and expert knowledge to the role.

“As energy champion, she’ll be doing exactly what her title says, championing all forms of energy and emerging technologies. Once the doors open, have a chat with her. You’ll leave Electric Village more informed and possibly inspired.”

Ms Evett is from the UK, where she worked for both start-ups and established brands in marketing, sales and the digital space.

She moved to New Zealand in 2014 and in 2015 joined the health board as communications advisor.

At the same time, she worked part-time as communications adviser for Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti.

“The energy champion role is a great opportunity to continue working alongside the community, helping our region make the most of new energy ideas and technologies,” Ms Evett said.



THE region’s first “energy champion” has been appointed to assist people to be at the forefront of emerging technology.

Gisborne’s Eastland Group has announced Katherine Evett has been appointed to the new position. She will be based at Eastland Group’s Electric Village energy hub in Gladstone Road.

Eastland Group chief executive Matt Todd said Electric Village would be a one-stop-shop for advice, exhibitions and discussions about the future of energy, and Ms Evett wold welcome the community to drop in for a chat and to share ideas.

“The energy sector is undergoing rapid change, with innovations that could have significant benefits for our community," Mr Todd said.

“Electric Village is our opportunity to talk to the community and find out their vision for the future, as well as share information on solar generation, batteries, electric bikes and cars and other potentially game-changing developments.

“Flick Electric Co will also be based in the village, showing people how they can take control of their power usage and save on bills.

“Electric Village is a vitally important project for our business and our region. We’re delighted to have Katherine joining the team, bringing her personality and expert knowledge to the role.

“As energy champion, she’ll be doing exactly what her title says, championing all forms of energy and emerging technologies. Once the doors open, have a chat with her. You’ll leave Electric Village more informed and possibly inspired.”

Ms Evett is from the UK, where she worked for both start-ups and established brands in marketing, sales and the digital space.

She moved to New Zealand in 2014 and in 2015 joined the health board as communications advisor.

At the same time, she worked part-time as communications adviser for Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti.

“The energy champion role is a great opportunity to continue working alongside the community, helping our region make the most of new energy ideas and technologies,” Ms Evett said.



Electric Village will open in the next couple of months, with a “pop-up” appearing at the Poverty Bay A and P show on October 13-14.

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winston moreton - 17 days ago
Let me be the first reader to welcome Katherine Evett; "the region's first 'energy champion'," who has been "appointed to assist people to be at the forefront of emerging technology". (TGH news 8 Sept.) Let me also say, I wonder if this is not more 'advertorial' than news. No reporter's by-line.
Ms Evett should also be aware of course that her funding, like that of the chief executive of the Eastland Group, derives from community funds. The CEO mentions retail electricity company Flick Electric Company, of which he is a director. My understanding is that investment/directorship has cost our community (with the blessing of our community trust (ECT) as much as $5m; but I am happy to stand corrected on that score.
My welcome to Ms Evett is sincere and I congratulate her on her appointment. It is however important, in my opinion, not to lose sight of the fact our $400m community trust is meant to be held for the benefit of us beneficiaries - the ratepayers and electricity consumers who fund it every time we flick on a light - not its employees.

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