ZESPRI in the community


Our success relies partly on the happiness and health of the communities and environment where we live and work and continual investment in the skills and leadership needed for our industry in the long term. At Zespri, we're committed to sharing this success and making positive contributions to our communities. That's why we support some of the region's local volunteer organisations who do a fantastic job with often limited resources. 

Our Three Pillars

 

Our community investment programme has three pillars with which our partnerships are aligned:

Vitamin C
a happy and healthy

Community

 

The Happy and Healthy Community Pillar is the primary pillar of Zespri's community investment in New Zealand and around the world. 

 

 

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Ptassium
a sustainable

Environment

 

At Zespri, sustainability is fundamental to our purpose: helping growers, communities, the environment, and consumers thrive. 

 

 

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Nutrients
a skilled and innovative

Industry

 

At Zespri we place a high priority on education and skills development, especially encouraging young people to enter the kiwifruit industry. 

 

 

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Supporting our communities

 

Zespri takes immense pride in the fact that our success is our communities’ success. Because the local communities where we grow kiwifruit have such a strong influence on our industry, we want to be a strong supporter of our people and our communities.

Good Neighbor
Good Neighbour Trust

 

Zespri is proud to be a Platinum Supporter of Good Neighbour Trust; a local charity and Bay of Plenty success story. Good Neighbour has four main areas of work: food rescue, community projects, community kitchen and establishing and maintaining community gardens. Good Neighbour Trust distributes rescued food to 35 charities in the Bay of Plenty and has been working with postharvest company Trevelyan’s to include kiwifruit in season.

 

Our sponsorship provides Good Neighbour with the funding they need to keep on supporting our community and the organisations on the frontline.

KidsCan New Zealand
KIDSCAN, ASSOCIATE PARTNER

 

In response to the impact COVID-19 has had on many of our communities, we’re pleased to have expanded our support for those in need by partnering with KidsCan. We’ve provided financial support, donated one tonne of healthy, fresh kiwifruit, and we are now delighted to officially support them as an Associate Partner.

KidsCan partner with nearly 800 low decile schools over 60 early childhood centres all over New Zealand to provide kids with some of our most basic necessities including food, clothing and health items, which are all essential to giving Kiwi kids the same opportunity to learn as everyone else, and our support goes towards funding these programmes and the wider KidsCan organisation.

We’re proud to partner with KidsCan who provide support to 254,000 of our most vulnerable Kiwis.

Surf Life Saving New Zealand
Surf Life Saving New Zealand
Eastern Region Primary Partner

 

Keeping the beaches safe for everyone to enjoy is our way of saying thank you to the communities who have helped build our company’s success. Surf Lifeguards save hundreds of lives a year in our region alone, and provide a vital service to the families who live and work in our regions. Our partnership provides free training – which lifeguards would have to otherwise fundraise for – to all lifeguards from 19 clubs in the Eastern Region, as well as providing rescue tubes and additional equipment and funding to the Zespri Clubs of Year.


The free training on offer includes inflatable rescue boat (IRB) training, Patrol Captain and Intermediate Lifeguard courses. A number of scholarships are also be available for Surf Life Saving’s National Lifeguard School and BP Leaders for Life development programmes.

Sustainable Coastlines
sustainable
coastlines

 

Clean coastlines are really important to us and we are delighted to partner with Sustainable Coastlines, a team so passionate about caring for our environment too. Complementing our community investment partners who work incredibly hard across our communities, Zespri people chose to partner with Sustainable Coastlines for 2022.


Building on our efforts to successfully divert 85 percent of our office waste from landfill, this year we’ll take part in Sustainable Coastlines’ three core community programmes by getting involved in local beach clean-ups and learning more about Litter Intelligence and how to prevent rubbish ending up on our beaches.

Search and Rescue
YOUTH SEARCH AND RESCUE

 

In the bush, we're also supporting the amazing work that's being undertaken by Youth Search And Rescue (YSAR). Their programme ensures young people can develop the skills to become active members of the community voluntary search and rescue and emergency organisations.


With New Zealand playing home to both amazing and challenging landscapes, that skill set is invaluable. It’s important that organisations like YSAR have enough community support so that even more students and instructors can benefit in the years ahead.

We see the financial support Zespri provides as an investment in young people who are willing to go above and beyond to help others. But our partnership is more than just a financial one. It’s about recognising that the more we can expose ambitious and inquisitive youth to the wealth of opportunities that exist, the more our communities will thrive.

A SUSTAINABLE Environment

 

Sustainability is a major focus for us at Zespri - it sits at the heart of our purpose to help growers, communities, the environment and our consumers thrive. Not only does Zespri have an incredibly dedicated sustainability team who strive towards our ambitious targets, but we have also identified the importance of supporting sustainable initiatives as a part of our community investment commitment. 

Sponsorship application process and timing

 

If you have a great initiative in mind and are interested in establishing a partnership with Zespri, after having checked that your application aligns with Zespri’s community investment pillars above, please email your detailed proposal to: sponsorship@zespri.com.

Important note: Due to the volume of sponsorship requests we receive, please apply in writing at least three months before your event or initiative commences.