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Making your world a safer place, because a safer world is a better world

AMI supports many organisations and community initiatives throughout New Zealand, ranging from grassroots projects to nationwide campaigns.

We believe that connected communities are safer and stronger, and a safer world is a better world.

And we roll up our sleeves to help support organisations that share this vision. With an extensive branch network across the country, we are committed to supporting the communities that support us. We partner with a range of organisations, providing them with the support and resources they need to get on with the business of making New Zealand a safer and better place to live.

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Here’s a snapshot of things we do in your community.

AMI and Neighbourly share a mutual vision: To help cultivate safer, stronger and more resilient communities across New Zealand.

One of the most important steps in achieving this vision is helping people to connect and thrive, and it starts with getting to know the people in your neighbourhood.

This is just one of the reasons why AMI is proud to partner with Neighbourly – New Zealand’s first free and private neighbourhood website.

Sign up at neighbourly.co.nz to be part of the movement.

AMI Pasifika

Pasifika Festival is proudly presented by AMI, who has been the lead sponsor since 2016. This family-friendly event is held in Auckland each year and is a great way to experience the diverse cultures of our Pacific whanau.


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Pasifika showcases the colourful sights, sounds and tastes of the Pacific in 11 villages representing different Pacific Island nations, including Aotearoa.


The festival is held in March each year at Western Springs Park, giving Aucklanders and visitors the opportunity to experience the richness and diversity of Pacific cultures in one place.


In 2017 Pasifika celebrated its 25th birthday and with more than 220 performance groups and more than 60,000 visitors attending, it was bigger and better than ever.


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Matariki

A celebration of community, culture, people, language, spirituality and history. AMI is proud to support the Auckland Council’s annual Matariki event.


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The rising of the Matariki star cluster is an important time in the Māori calendar as it signifies the dawning of a new year. It’s a time when friends and whanau come together to give thanks, celebrate and reflect on the past as well as celebrate new beginnings, looking to the future and what lies ahead.


Today, it remains all those things; it also gives us a chance to celebrate and share the unique culture we have here in Tāmaki Makaurau expressed in our stories, mahi toi, kapa haka and kai.


You can find out more about the Council’s Matariki celebrations at aucklandcouncil.govt.nz.


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Chinese New Year Festival

The Auckland Chinese Community Centre Inc has been organising an annual Chinese New Year celebration for more than 30 years. The festival has grown in popularity and has now become a highlight of the Auckland summer events calendar attracting more than 30,000 people.


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This is a free event with over 200 specialist stalls with food, arts, crafts and advisory services AMI is a proud contributor to this annual festival supporting the diverse Auckland community.


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AMI AutoCar of the Year

Sponsoring the AMI AutoCar of the Year allows us to promote the best new cars that come in to the New Zealand market. We introduced the Safest Car of the Year award in 2015 after research found that 78% of New Zealanders identified safety as an important factor when choosing a new car. The award recognises those companies focused on reducing injury and accidents.


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To determine the winner of the safety award, judges use a mix of ANCAP [define] safety ratings data and on road reviews of new safety features that help to avoid crashes in New Zealand driving conditions. Features like autonomous emergency braking, lane keeping aids and other active safety systems all contribute to drivers avoiding road accidents – rather than just protecting vehicle occupants if an accident occurs – and are aligned with our purpose to make New Zealander a safer place.


AMI teamed up with the IAG Research Centre in Australia to create a range of short videos to showcase different vehicle safety features which you can view below.


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Dan’s Advanced Warning Signs

In October 2014, Dan Harker approached IAG, our parent company, to help support an initiative he was developing to reduce crashes at rural intersections.


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As a local Policeman for more than 30 years, Dan had witnessed more than 100 fatal accidents – a large proportion of them in the Selwyn District – and he had simply had enough.


Together with Solar Bright, Dan developed a low cost road sign that uses solar power and radar technology to flash LED lights when a car is detected to be approaching the stop sign at an intersection.


AMI stepped in to help Dan fund a trial of the innovative sign. Thanks to Dan, these advanced warning signs have the potential to significantly reduce the number and severity of crashes at rural intersections, and we look forward to the outcome of the trial later in 2017.


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Creative Living with Peter Wolfcamp

In 2016 AMI teamed up with resident builder, Peter Wolfcamp to bring the TV series Creative Living to New Zealand audiences. Throughout the series, Peter and his team guided Jo and Richard Graham through their renovation, stopping to share some DIY transformations along the way that viewers could try at home.


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Unlike other TV renovation shows, Creative Living was all about ideas – not dramas. The show offered insights into the fast changing technologies used in building today, looking at new exciting products and innovative ideas that viewers could include in their home improvement plans.


Because a house is most likely the biggest investment people will ever make, AMI saw Creative Living as a way to help people look after it.


Alongside the TV show, we put together some info on home maintenance and handy tips to make your home safer, healthier and more comfortable. This is just another way we’re helping Kiwis to prevent damage, avoid accidents, and future proof their home.


Check out all the helpful tips at our hub: creativeliving.tv/amihub/


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Walking School Buses

AMI and Auckland Transport are encouraging school children to hop on a Walking School Bus to learn how to be safer on the road and connect with their neighbours along the way.


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AMI is a proud supporter of AT’s Walking School Bus campaign and has been involved with the programme for more than nine years.


AMI and AT share a mutual vision for the programme: To make the journey to school a social and safe one.


“We see huge value in the programme,” says Eve Whitwell, Community Engagement Manager. “Teaching kids to walk to school sets them up with road safety skills from an early age, reduces traffic congestion around schools, and brings communities together.”


As part of Walking School Bus Week, AMI is a proud supporter of ‘Be bright, be seen’, a day that encourages children to wear bright clothing to ensure they’re visible when they walk to school.


There are currently more than 350 active Walking School Buses in Auckland, with about 4,000 children walking to school and more than 1,000 volunteer Walking School Bus ‘drivers’.


For more information on The Walking School Bus visit at.govt.nz/cycling-walking/school-travel/walking-school-bus/walking-school-bus-week.


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AMI Stadium

We have been proud sponsors of the AMI Stadium since 2007. Through our sponsorship we have helped to bring great sporting events, concerts, and community events to the Canterbury region.


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We believe that a community that plays together, stays together.


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Community engagement via our local branches

Community Patrols of New Zealand (CPNZ). AMI is a proud supporter of CPNZ. Our contribution helps this volunteer organisation continue to do its good work throughout New Zealand.


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A community patrol is a group of people who volunteer some of their time to help the Police make their community a safer environment. Anyone who cares about their community can offer their services.


Community patrollers act as 'eyes and ears' for Police. Patrolling their community in pairs, patrollers note anything that could be suspicious and inform Police immediately of incidents requiring urgent attention. Some patrols have a very high profile in their community with a sign-written car, while others prefer to stay covert or drive their own car. Patrollers usually patrol once a month.


While community patrols may have links to local councils and organisations sharing a similar interest in community safety, it is important they remain autonomous, which is why they are managed by a committee of members that meet regularly for training and to discuss issues and opportunities.


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2017 AMI Community Grants Winners.

  • Community organisation Grand Prize 1 x $5000.

    Kidz need Dadz Charitable Trust HB Inc.
  • Not-for-profits / community organisations 4 x $2000

    YSAR, Tauranga.
    Under the Stars, Tauranga.
    Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter Trust.
    Foster Hope Charitable Trust, Torbay, Auckland.
  • Member Grand Prize 1 x $3000.

    Surrogate Grandparents NZ, Auckland.
  • Neighbourly member community projects 4 x $1000

    Free For All – Johnsonville, Wellington.
    Murrays Bay Intermediate School, North Shore Auckland.
    Churchill Park School, Auckland.
    House of Grace Trust, Wellington.

Would you like to partner with AMI?

Our aim is to get involved and interact with the community in a positive way.

And we believe that by working together we can achieve great outcomes and a better and safer New Zealand. If you are interested in getting involved with AMI, please send your enquiry to marketing@ami.co.nz or contact your local AMI branch.