WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER
We believe in helping the local community in which we live as well as supporting causes that align with our work.
We donate each year to the Endangered Species Foundation who aim to protect the rarest of Aotearoa’s native at risk species. These donations are used for their many projects throughout the country.
We have also supported New Zealand favourite native the Kakapo.
One more specific endangered species we’ve donated directly to is the Fairy Tern Charitable Trust to support them in saving our most rare and precious shore bird.
In addition we also support charities to help them assist local initiatives or provide for people in need including the Salvation Army, Woman’s refuge, PILLARS and the Christchurch Art Gallery
We joined in National Clean Up Week and headed to Corsair and Cass Bay in Lyttleton Harbour to pick up rubbish. This area is on the Christchurch City Council rubbish hotspot list. They are two beautiful bay areas perfect for family fun days out, swimming, jetty jumping, summer picnics, beach cricket – a great playground for every age to enjoy in our own backyard. At first it didn’t look too littered, but once we started we found plenty of rubbish under trees, in the grass and around the edge of the beach. We collected mounds of rubbish and were proud of our efforts.
It was the most successful annual Clean Up Week event with over 67,000 volunteers collecting 655 tonnes of waste – an area equivalent to 5,751 rugby fields.
Our retail staff in each region put their heads together and came up with their own items to sell in store with all proceeds being given to local charities. Our Auckland hub raised money for Child Cancer, our Christchurch hub raised money for Ronald McDonald House and our Queenstown hub raised money for Wakatipu Search & Rescue.
In 2021 we kicked off an initiative for our staff to take part in our work to support our local communities.
Head office staff swapped shoes for gumboots and printing tools for spades and headed to Drayton Reserve in Christchurch for a morning of tree planting. We planted over 300 trees in a reserve where locals are working to return the reserve to original forest and vegetative cover for conservation, recreation and education.