Tait Communications is committed to helping create better, safer and more resilient communities.
Since 2005, our single shareholder has been a charitable foundation charged with continuing the vision of our founder, Sir Angus Tait, to "create an industry, not a business". The foundation has total control of the Tait Communications bank balance; once operating costs are cleared, every cent is shared across several investment streams responsible for research and development, regional reinvestment and education.
We believe we have a social responsibility to pursue Sir Angus's vision by supporting those organizations that make a genuine difference in the lives of the communities where we work. Here are some of those organizations:
ARCIA is the national industry body representing the united voice of the two-way and associated wireless radio communications industry in Australia. ARCIA is a not-for-profit, incorporated Association that is focused on the spectrum, training and professional standards required for the long term vitality of the industry. Tait is an ARCIA Accredited Member and Silver Partner, and since 2009, offers a Sir Angus Tait Scholarship that is intended to provide encouragement to students actively pursuing study, which will lead to a career in radio communications. The scholarship is open to radio communications students across Australia who are ARCIA Members. www.arcia.org.au
The RFUANZ is a non-profit organization that aims to protect the rights of organizations and individuals who require radio/wireless spectrum access, promote awareness that spectrum is a finite resource and is under increasing pressure from competing interests, and to preserve a collective voice for member organizations and users throughout New Zealand that depend on equitable and fair access to the radio/wireless spectrum. Tait is a member of the RFUANZ and has sponsored the Industry Excellence Awards since their inauguration in 2012 and is the Principal Sponsor of the 2015 conference. https://rfuanz.org.nz/
Tait is proud to be sponsoring the new Radio Academy, a free online school dedicated to providing great tutorial content that shares and improves everyone's radio knowledge. www.taitradioacademy.com/
Based at the University of Canterbury, NZi3 is a 'hothouse' of strategic ICT research and aims to be a globally recognized innovation center that transforms ideas from the lab, across the innovation gap, into industry. As an entrepreneurially focused, applied-research institute, NZi3 offers a unique fusion of the best of New Zealand's ICT academic expertise with industry-driven research. www.nzi3.com
The Wireless Research Centre (WRC) of the College of Engineering focuses on wireless communications. It joins together leading academic researchers from around the world, technology and communication-based companies, students and Government to undertake ground-breaking research in the field of wireless communication. www.wrc.canterbury.ac.nz
The Foundation’s mission is “to sponsor educational incentives and programs to attract, retain and support top technology and telecommunications talent to foster the future workforce in critical infrastructure industries.” Read more about Tait support for the UTC foundation on our blog or visit their website.
The Australasian Critical Communications Forum (ACCF), formerly the Australasian TETRA and Critical Communications Forum is a local chapter, based in Australia, of the The international Critical Communications Forum (TCCA).
More information on ACCF at criticalcommsforum.com.au
Tait is a sponsor of the annual Excellence in Policing Awards, which provides the opportunity to publicly acknowledge and reward the achievements of those men and women contributing to improving the policing services provided to women, improve opportunities and outcomes for women within policing and participate in the global network of women in policing. www.acwap.com.au
AFAC is the peak body for Australasian fire, land management and emergency services, creating synergy across the industry. AFAC are leaders in managing risk, preparing for and responding to emergencies and strive to be recognized and respected as a world leader in delivering collaborative and innovative services promoting excellence in fire and emergency management. Tait is a long-term Major Corporate Supporter of AFAC and also sponsored the production of the Australasian Inter-Service Incident Management System (AIIMS-4) AIDES-MEMOIRE Incident Checklist application. www.afac.com.au
The biennial AP&ES Games bring together Police and Emergency Services personnel from Australia, New Zealand and other Pacific nations for friendly sporting competitions. The AP&ES Games builds camaraderie and promotes a healthy life style through the participation in sport, while heightening the public's awareness of Police and Emergency Services. Tait has sponsored the 2012 Games in Wellington, 2014 Games in Melbourne and is a Foundation Sponsor of the Games Federation.
The FBI NAA is a not-for-profit, international organization of nearly 18,000 senior law enforcement professionals dedicated to providing communities, states, countries, and the profession with the highest degree of law enforcement expertise, training, education and information. Tait has been a sponsor and supporter of the FBI NAA Asia-Pacific Chapter since 2009. www.fbinaa.org
Inspired by the NZ Sky Tower Stair Challenge, Australia also hosts an event for the fire fighting community to compete, wearing full firefighting kit weighing 25kg, and raise money for charity. In 2015, this event is raising money for Cancer research and treatment at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre www.petermac.org. Tait Communications is a proud sponsor of the event. www.firefighterclimb.org.au
The New Zealand Paramedic Education & Research Charitable Trust was established in 2011 to promote and support paramedic education, research and career development in New Zealand. It supports the study of paramedicine through the provision of undergraduate and postgraduate degree scholarships, and aims to advance the research of pre-hospital care through disseminating research grants to individuals and organizations, to undertake essential research in the ambulance field. www.nzparamedic.org
Each year, the 29th September holds a special significance for Police throughout Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and the Solomon Islands. National Police Remembrance Day (NPRD) is a day for police to pause to honor officers who have lost their lives while performing their duty as a police officer, or through illness or other circumstances. NPRD ribbons are worn in honor of these officers and all proceeds go to Police Legacy, which supports families of police officers who have died. www.afp.gov.au
St John Youth is New Zealand's leading youth program for young people from six to 18 years, and offers opportunities for those interested in leadership development. Programs encourage discovery, adventure and learning. There are more than 7,200 St John Youth members nationwide. youth.stjohn.org.nz
From the Remembrance Trees dedicated to our lost servicemen and women, to the WAA Museum at our headquarters in Maine, Wreaths Across America connects with the families and friends of fallen servicemen and women, to keep their memories alive all year long. www.wreathsacrossamerica.org
The Information Technology Disaster Resource Center (ITDRC) was founded in 2008 to provide communities with the technical resources necessary to continue operations and begin recovery after a disaster. We harness the collective resources of the technology community to provide no cost Information, Communications, and Technology (ICT) solutions that connect survivors and responders in crisis. www.itdrc.org
The Canterbury Charity Hospital Trust was formed to provide free, elective day-surgery and medical consultations for some people in the Canterbury community who would otherwise not have access to such services. Numerous doctors, nurses, health professionals and public-spirited people have volunteered their time and expertise to help make the Charity Hospital a success. The hospital is not government-funded and is financed by donations, grants and support from the wider community. www.charityhospital.org.nz
Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center partners with the community to help save and sustain lives by providing a safe supply of blood, blood components and related services. Serving the largest medical campus in the world, The Blood Center serves more than 170 hospitals and health care institutions in the 26-county Texas Gulf Coast, Brazos Valley and East Texas regions. To meet the needs of the area community, The Blood Center must collect about 1,000 donations every day. www.giveblood.org
The Houston Food Bank is a solution to both hunger and food waste. America’s largest and nationally recognized as Feeding America’s Food Bank of the Year in 2015, the Food Bank distributes 83 million nutritious meals through its network of 600 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other hunger relief charities in southeast Texas, feeding 800,000 individuals each year. www.houstonfoodbank.org
Since 1989, Ronald McDonald House Charities has been creating, finding and supporting programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. Its core programs are focused on helping families in need, and are developed after long-term research and evaluation to ensure it is meeting the needs of children and families in the best possible ways. www.rmhc.org