Local Impact 2024. Judges' shortlist decided.

Now Level Group ANZ Members vote.
Community group recipient to be announced 31 July.

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Local Impact Update: A message from Matt - GM, Level Group NZ

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Giving back, mucking in, and doing stuff for the good of our communities is in our DNA.

Local Impact is Level Group ANZ’s conference-adjacent initiative donated by Level Members and partners to give back to the community hosting our delegates from Australia and New Zealand.

This year, over 150 level delegates from Australia and New Zealand will attend our conference in Queenstown from 5 to 7 September. On Wednesday, 4 September, we’re donating our Local Impact tradie day for free.

Applications to be the 2024 Local Impact recipient closed on 31 May. We’ve had an excellent response to the initiative, and a raft of impressive and worthy submissions. Thank you to all who applied and for the much-needed mahi you do in the community.

With the guidance of Judges Brent & Megan Christie (Level Electrical Ashburton, Rolleston, Geraldine and Temuka), Jennifer Belmont, pictured (Founder & CEO Wakatipu Community Foundation), Local Impact 2024 Project Lead Jason Weeks (Level Electrical Morningside) and myself, we have systematically worked through the applications, carried out site visits, and agreed on the 2024 shortlist. It was a tough task. Read on to learn about the shortlisted community groups.

The next step is for our over 47 member businesses and 600-level tradespeople across Australia and New Zealand to vote. The recipient for the free Level Local Impact day, will be announced by the end of July. 

If you’re a business carrying out a conference in any part of Aotearoa, we urge you to consider a conference-adjacent community initiative with your attendees, leaning into what the community needs and what resonates with your delegates. It’s not only good for the local community; it builds team camaraderie and well-being for all involved.

- Matt Davies, General Manager, Level Group NZ


"Selecting a shortlist was no easy feat! All applicants dedicate so much time, care, and passion to helping their communities - it’s a shame we couldn’t choose everyone

Brent & Megan Christie,
Directors, Level Electrical Ashburton, Rolleston, Geraldine and Temuka - and Local Impact 2024 Judges

Drum roll: The 2024 Shortlist

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The​​ scope of work requested for Local Impact 2024 includes energy-efficient indoor lighting upgrades, outdoor lighting and heating upgrades, power socket replacements, heat pump installation, bathroom and kitchen plumbing, painting, property maintenance, yard work, and kids’ hands-on interactive play stations.

  • Baskets of Blessings
  • Central Lakes Family Services
  • Wakatipu Playcentre

Read on to find out more below!

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Baskets of Blessings

Volunteers coordinate generous donations to deliver unexpected gift baskets and food to individuals and families suddenly struggling from unexpected life challenges. Established in 1990, Baskets of Blessings has recently escalated to now distribute over 500 gift baskets yearly and up to 3,000 free frozen meals a month. 

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Central Lakes Family Services

Provides a range of social services, including information, advocacy, counselling and programmes to support families and individuals experiencing family violence, sexual harm, mental well-being challenges and parenting and perinatal issues. Also provides Ministry of Justice-approved adult safety and non-violence programmes.

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Wakatipu Playcentre

Here both children and parents/caregivers attend. Activities change daily as parents bring different skills, interests, and cultural backgrounds to add to the rich learning environment. Welcoming children aged 0–6 years, mixed-age play allows children to engage with others, older and younger. Families come together here, and lifelong friendships are formed, creating thriving, connected communities.

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How it works

Local Impact 2024 Phases

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1. Apply

We asked community groups to let us know how we can help. Applications closed 31 May 2024.

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2. Assess

In June, our Level Team & Judges reviewed applications. A shortlist goes to a Member vote. Winning recipient will be informed in July. We start planning the project together!


3. Activate & Applaud

On Wed 4 Sept, our Level Members pitch in and bring the Local Impact to life. We'll then high five everyone involved and share our Local Impact.


We are stoked to announce POWERBASE as platinum partner of the Level ANZ GROUP 2024 Queenstown Conference and Local Impact initiative. 

Powerbase is made up of five independent, New Zealand-owned and operated electrical wholesalers. With over 50 branches nationwide, it is one of New Zealand’s strongest electrical networks.

Powerbases' support of Local Impact 2024, combined with their expert advice, will be of immense value to the chosen 2024 community group, particularly at a tough time for many charities and community groups with respect to accessing funding, amidst an ever-growing need for many of their services.

Cheers POWERBASE. It's great to have you on board. 

Local Impact 2024 Partners

Many thanks to POWERBASE, the Wakatipu Community Foundation, and to our Level Members.
Keen to pitch in? Let's have a chat.


We are Level Group ANZ - a membership organisation for independent electrician and plumber trades. It’s in our genetic makeup to give back to our local communities. It feels good to give, our members love to roll up their sleeves and muck in, and we’re in a good position to do just that. It’s also good for team bonding, well-being and knowledge sharing. You can read more about us here at levelau.com.au and levelnz.nz

Sure can! Email localimpact@levelnz.nz and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Kia ora! Email us at localimpact@levelnz.nz and we can chat about it!

"You don’t have to ask us twice to help plan and roll out Level’s Local Impact 2024. We love what we do everyday, and to be able to apply that as Project Leads to this fantastic community initiative we get to take part in through Level Group, is amazing. We can’t wait for Level Impact day on 4th September."

Jason & Sonja Weeks,
Level Morningside - and Local Impact 2024 Project Leads

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