In the community
Through our sponsorship and community partners Air New Zealand is committed to a purpose that's bigger than just our airline; that is to supercharge New Zealand's success socially, environmentally and economically.
We do this by working to inspire the next generation of leaders, share world class knowledge, invest in biodiversity conservation and scientific research, and by showcasing the best of New Zealand - iconic destinations, events, regions, and people - to the world. We are leaders in sustainable tourism, and work to champion regional development particularly in regions that need it most.
Air New Zealand formed a partnership with world-leading storytellers at the National Geographic Society to host a series of photo camps for underserved youths. The five-day camps provide opportunities for young people aged 16 - 20 years the chance to use photography to tell stories, explore the world around them and share their own perspective on what it means to be a Kiwi. With National Geographic photographers as their mentors, the camp participants are challenged to consider the difficult issues they face in their own lives, whether economic, environmental or social. Find out more about National Geographic
Department of Conservation
As a major partner of Department of Conservation (DOC) we are helping to bring back birdsong to New Zealand's Great Walks, supporting important monitoring and research around marine reserves, and enabling threatened species to be transferred to safe breeding grounds around New Zealand. Find out more about DOC
For more than 30 years Air New Zealand has partnered with Koru Care 4 NZ, providing flights for close to 2,000 children with serious and often ongoing medical conditions to experience amazing destinations like Disneyland in California or Dreamworld in the Gold Coast. These once in a lifetime trips allow the kids to enjoy themselves as all children should. Air New Zealand staff also take part to help make the overseas trips memorable for every child from the moment they arrive at the airport. Find out more about Koru Care
Airpoints™ for Schools
Air New Zealand's Airpoints for Schools programme enables Airpoints members to support communities throughout New Zealand by donating Airpoints Dollars™ to selected schools to help with their travel needs. It's an exciting programme that will inspire teachers and students nationwide. Find out more about Airpoints for Schools
While very few people will ever visit Antarctica, changes in this precious and fragile ecosystem have wide-reaching effects across the globe. That is why we've partnered with Antarctica New Zealand and the New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute to support their research to understand and connect what is happening in Antarctica with what is happening around the rest of the world. Our partnership has enabled a new ecosystems project that examines the impact of climate change on life in Antarctica. The aim of the project is to determine the adaptation or resistance potential of Antarctic species and ecosystems to environmental stressors, such as ocean warming, increased freshwater runoff in the ocean and ocean acidification, each of which are indicators of large-scale changes to the planet from increasing levels of carbon dioxide.
Queenstown Resort College
2019 saw Air New Zealand form a strategic partnership with New Zealand's premier tourism and hospitality management college, Queenstown Resort College (QRC) at its Te Tai Tokerau campus, based in Paihia. The partnership sees the airline working to help youth in the regions meet their potential by fostering clear pathways into study and employment through strategic programmes and partnerships - ultimately supporting our commitment to supercharge New Zealand's success by enabling further economic and social growth throughout regional New Zealand.
Air New Zealand has sponsored the Attitude Awards for a number of years which is a national event that acknowledges the hundreds of thousands of Kiwis who live with disability every day. Our support provides the travel component for the prize winners who are recognised annually for their achievements and successes which hopefully inspire others to follow in their footsteps. Find out more about Attitude Awards
Kea is New Zealand's Borderless Nation, connecting Kiwis with Kiwis. It creates high impact global connections for the benefit of New Zealand and our people.
Through its World Class New Zealand network, Kea works with passionate advocates for New Zealand's global success. It celebrates our tallest poppies - Kiwis who epitomise the values we hold close to our heart. Air New Zealand is proud to partner with Kea for the World Class New Zealand Awards which are New Zealand's most prestigious individual achievement awards. Find out more about Kea
Air New Zealand currently works with a range of partners to deliver community support aligned to our strategic objectives and core philanthropic focuses which include:
- Supporting the next generation. The next generation is crucial to the future of New Zealand and a key focus area for Air New Zealand's community support programme
- Sustainable tourism leadership. Tourism is the lifeblood of New Zealand's economy and we are keen to help futureproof the industry through initiatives supporting the talent pipeline and tourism as a viable career option
- Regional New Zealand. New Zealand regions and communities are not growing equally - we champion regional development particularly in regions that need it most
- On occasion we will accept philanthropic requests on a critical need basis
As one of New Zealand's largest organisations, Air New Zealand receives a significant number of requests to support many worthy causes both in New Zealand and around the world. While we would love to support all this is simply not feasible.
We are not currently accepting requests for new sponsorships or community partners.
If you wish to continue with a submission regarding a philanthropic request on a critical needs basis, please fill out the form below. Proposals will be reviewed, and a representative from Air New Zealand will be in contact directly if your request is to be progressed.
Please note Air New Zealand does not accept submissions that request direct donations or grants for:
- Individuals, groups or organisations for personal interest
- Fundraising appeals
If you are seeking support for a school, then please refer to our Airpoints for Schools programme.