We constantly strive to serve the community better. We understand the needs of our customers, and are big supporters of their local communities through various environmental and community initiatives.
Proudly supporting our community
Here are just a few of the ways we support New Zealanders
- Raising funds for the Starship Foundation
- We're a proud supporter of Fairtrade
- We sponsor free nutrition education for schools, Food for Thought
Thanks a million! Together we're helping Kiwi kids at Starship
In fact, thanks 1.3million! Because with our customers help that’s how much we’ve raised for the Starship Foundation. The funds we donate to Starship go towards the projects, programmes and equipment like those below, to care for New Zealand’s youth and their families.
New World has been a Five Star Sponsor of the Starship Foundation since 2014. The Foundation is a social-profit organisation that raises funds so that Starship Children's Health, New Zealand's only national children's hospital, can better care for the nearly 120,000 visits each year from its young patients. With our customers we’ve raised 1.3 million for the Starship Foundation. Through funds donated from New World and through the generosity of New World customers, we're able to make a real difference for many New Zealand families from around the country.
A special Cooking School
Together with Marty the Backyard Cook, New World and Starship are running special cooking classes across New Zealand for children with serious metabolic disorders that mean the body cannot process proteins. To help these kids and their families with their very restrictive diet, we created a special set of recipes, taught in a fun cooking class for the children and their parents. The new recipes mean they have more (and tastier!) variety in their daily diet.
More than 800 fruit baskets each year
Every week New World delivers crates of fresh fruit to the Starship Hospital parent kitchens, to help give family members access to free, healthy food options while they support their loved ones in hospital.
Major funding partner of the General Paediatric Ward
We’re so proud to have contributed to Starship’s all new General Paediatrics Ward, a significant refurbishment project that has made an impact on hundreds of New Zealand families. We’re particularly excited to have funded the all new family lounge and kitchen facilities on the General Paediatrics Ward – they’re now bigger, brighter and more comfortable spaces that will mean those caring for their little loved ones at Starship are better supported in their time of need too.
Life-saving equipment for the Newborn Intensive Care Unit
Starship’s New born Intensive Care Unit admits more than 1000 babies each year from all over New Zealand who require specialist care. To ensure babies receive the very best care possible, we funded vital equipment including a new wall-mounted infant warmer which provides light and warmth should a baby need resuscitation. In addition, a new high-tech ventilation monitor will allow continuous measurement of blood oxygen levels for babies who are not able to breathe on their own.
The Starship National Feeding Clinic
By supporting this special clinic you’ve helped kids like four-year-old Luca, who has been unable to eat solid food until his family received the help of this new initiative fully funded by New World.
The Feeding Clinic aims to help treat children who have severe allergies, food aversions or medical complications that affect nutrition, so ultimately they can eat and enjoy food on their own.
We're a proud supporter of Fairtrade
New World is a proud supporter of Fairtrade, we stock one of the largest selection Fairtrade products nationwide-over 100 products–from vanilla, ice cream, bananas, chocolate, tea, coffee, coconut drinks and kombucha.
In 2017, New World sold nearly 5 million Fairtrade Certified products across all our stores nationwide.
Fairtrade is about better working conditions and sustainable livelihoods for farmers and workers in developing countries. Not only does Fairtrade provide fair and stable prices, it also provides farming communities with an additional sum of money, which enables them to invest in social, business and environmental projects that are important to them and to plan for a brighter tomorrow. Last year New World, through sales of Fairtrade products New World contributed over a quarter of a million in additional funds to support farming communities.
New World were the first nationwide retailer to stock All Good Fairtrade bananas in 2010.
Over the past six years New World has sold over 34 million All Good Fairtrade bananas and have put over $500,000 back in development funding for banana growing communities in Ecuador. This includes provision of medical clinics, school teachers, a special needs school, school supplies and much more.
“We are very thankful for the support that Foodstuffs offer us by buying our All Good Fairtrade bananas. With your help we have a stable economy and our fruit is valued at the right price. Without the sale of All Good Fairtrade Bananas our economy would collapse. I have been a small banana producer for 13 years in El Guabo and I hope to continue for many more. Thank you for the support from both All Good and Foodstuffs, I am very grateful.” - Washington Torres, El Guabo Cooperative.
Over 10% of all bananas sold in New World are now Fairtrade and has been the fastest growing banana category in New World over the last five years.
This is a great outcome given no Fairtrade bananas were sold in NZ before 2010. All Good and New World aim to double this over the next five years.
We support Fairtrade because just like New World, Fairtrade embraces the cooperative model to empower farmers, which has strong synergies with how we work as a owner operator co-operative in New Zealand.
Fairtrade is also about provenance, connecting those that grow and make our food with those that consume it – both of which we are passionate about at New World. It is also great to be able to support many pioneering locally owned NZ brands from Whittakers, Wellington Chocolate Factory and Ritual Tea in Wellington, to Inca-fe Coffee in New Plymouth and Nice Blocks and All Good Bananas in Auckland who make these great products.
And when New World shoppers can buy products that support New Zealand businesses and developing world farmers it’s just another thing that makes us as New Zealanders that little bit happier still!
Find out more about Fairtrade at fairtrade.org.nz
Food For Thought
Good habits start early, that’s why we’re extremely proud to help deliver the Food for Thought Education Trust’s nutrition programme to primary schools across New Zealand.
Food for Thought is a free nutrition education programme sponsored by New World to help Year 5 and 6 primary school students (9-10 year olds) make healthier food choices.
It’s a community based initiative, designed and developed by nutritionists and teachers to align to the New Zealand Health and Physical Education curriculum.
Getting kids thinking about nutrition
Food for Thought is a one-term programme that includes a class session facilitated by a Food for Thought Nutritionist. The students then take their learning into their local New World supermarket.
With guidance from the nutritionist, the children apply their classroom learning in an interactive supermarket setting. They practice reading nutrition product labels, compare nutritional benefits of products and learn about allergy awareness.
Back in the classroom the students are given a budget and they design a healthy class lunch that they then buy, make, and enjoy a wonderful lunch together. The shared lunch is fully sponsored by New World.
Reaching for healthier choices
With parent help, a free Food for Thought Lunchbox packed with more nutritional information, a helpful food planning fridge magnet, and the hands-on activity of making a healthy lunch, this new found knowledge is taken back into the home.
This amazing programme is so successful that the Heart Foundation is also a key partner in delivering the Food for Thought Education Trust into New Zealand schools.