Tait strengthens ties with University of Canterbury with increased multi-million-dollar donation

Tait Communications is continuing its commitment to the University of Canterbury by committing a further NZ$1.5million in donations over the next three years; a donation that marks an annual increase of over 50% in the financial support it has been providing since 2007. 

Iconic Kiwi hi-tech firm Tait Communications has held charitable status since 2005, when founder Sir Angus Tait placed his personal wealth in the hands of a trust, The Tait Foundation, to carry out his vision of "creating an industry, not a business".

"The Foundation's single charitable purpose is to continuously support education," explains Frank Owen, CEO Tait Communications. "Today's University students are tomorrow's business leaders and technology pioneers; Sir Angus understood that. This latest donation keeps his vision alive and strengthens the deep ties we've nurtured with the University over the past decade."

Through previous Foundation donations, Tait Communications became a founding partner of the National ICT Innovation Institute (NZi3) based at the University of Canterbury (UC). NZi3 is a 'hothouse' of strategic ICT research and aims to be a globally-recognised innovation centre that transforms ideas from the lab into industry.

A key benefactor of Tait's donations is the Wireless Research Centre (WRC) at UC, which was also established in 2007. The WRC develops and promotes the wireless communication industry in New Zealand through world-class applied wireless research. Advanced technologies, which contribute to Tait communications future solutions, have been jointly developed with the WRC. These technologies  form part of Tait Communications' range of digital mobile solutions which are used by clients all over the world.

Vice-Chancellor Dr Rod Carr says the University is proud to be associated with one of New Zealand's leading hi-tech telecommunications companies.

"Our researchers here at UC have enjoyed helping research for one of Christchurch's most renowned and outstanding companies that's been succeeding on a global stage for many years.

"We have a great relationship with Tait Communications and we look forward to providing our research expertise in aiding their development for many years to come."

"The links between Tait and the University are broad and deep," says Mr Owen, "and we've forged a relationship that I'm sure Sir Angus would've been proud of. We're delighted to continue our support for UC and look forward to working on many more world-class projects across our two campuses."

Tait Communications and the University of Canterbury are holding a joint event next month to showcase examples of their collaborative projects and to preview the next generation of innovations and technologies.