Zespri backs Good Neighbour to support essential services for the community

Media Release - 12 April 2017

Zespri is delighted to support the Good Neighbourhood Trust as a Gold Sponsor, helping its work in delivering food rescue and firewood for people in need and creating community gardens in Tauranga and the wider area.

As a supporter, Zespri will contribute $10,000 a year for three years to Good Neighbour, adding to its annual funding for community projects, and this partnership was formalised at a low-key event in Good Neighbour’s Tauranga headquarters yesterday.

Zespri General Manager for Grower and External Relations Dave Courtney says Zespri is proud to support Good Neighbour in their valuable work.

“Good Neighbour is a wonderful local organisation, involving many volunteers who dedicate their time to help people and transform communities. Zespri’s success as a business is intertwined with the strength of our local communities, which makes this partnership an excellent fit.”


Photo: (L to R) Good Neighbour’s Campbell Hill, Zespri GM Grower & External Relations Dave Courtney, with John Paine and Andrea Green from Good Neighbour at yesterday’s event.

The Good Neighbourhood Trust opened in February 2013 and today supports around 45 local charities and community centres, such as Tauranga Foodbank, Women’s Refuge and Maketu Health and Social Services. 

Trust Manager and co-founder of the organisation Campbell Hill says Zespri’s support is hugely appreciated. “This sponsorship will help us bring together people in our own communities to make our local neighbourhoods a better place to be, support those who are struggling, share resources and build relationships,” says Campbell. 


For interviews or more information, contact Zespri Senior Communications Advisor Rachel Lynch on 027 509 1805.

About Zespri Group Ltd
With sales revenues of $1.9 billion in 2015/16, Zespri is one of the world’s most successful horticulture marketing companies and the Zespri brand is recognised as the world leader in premium quality kiwifruit. Based in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand, we are 100 percent owned by current or past kiwifruit growers, and employ around 400 people in New Zealand, Asia, Europe and the Americas.

On behalf of our 2,500 growers in New Zealand and 1,200 growers based elsewhere, Zespri manages kiwifruit innovation and supply management, distribution management and marketing of Zespri Green, Zespri SunGold, Zespri Organic, Zespri Gold and Zespri Sweet Green Kiwifruit.

Zespri’s focus on community investment aims to invest to support strong and healthy local communities, to develop a skilled and innovative industry, and to promote a sustainable environment. We seek to build enduring partnerships with organisations active in these areas, and to have a positive impact across local, regional and national levels.

About Good Neighbour
Good Neighbour Trust is a registered charitable non-profit community organisation. Good Neighbour is made up of three separate strands that combined with our volunteers makes us a powerful agent of change in our neighbourhoods: neighbourhood projects; food rescue; and community gardens. Good Neighbour works as a partner organisation. We partner with people in need by matching the need in the neighbourhood with people or organisations who have skills, time or resources to give.

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