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2017 AMI Community Grants Winners

AMI and Neighbourly have joined forces to give away $20,000 to support community organisations and projects around New Zealand that are helping to make our neighbourhoods better, safer places to live.

This is the second year which AMI have partnered with Neighbourly to run the AMI Community Grants programme, and this year we received an overwhelming response with over 400 very worthy applications. The shortlist was submitted to the online community via Neighbourly and the winners were voted by the public as follows:

Regional Category

These Grants are for established organisations and not-for-profits focused on community wellbeing and/or safer communities.

Grand Prize winner, receiving $5000

Kidz need Dadz Charitable Trust HB Inc ( - Kidz need Dadz NZ supports Father and Child relationships with education and fun. They run a range of programmes specific for all Dads, and a weekly support group to support families and whānau in their local community.

Their programmes are Dad focused - being a new parent, parenting with teens, and understanding relationships are part of what they share as a group. Kidz need Dadz NZ will use the Grant to continue supporting Dads in these areas, as well as providing community events to raise awareness and connect with families in their communities.

Darren Kendall, Manager of our AMI Napier store presents the cheque to the Grand Prize Winner of the Regional category - Shayne Jeffares from Kidz need Dadz.

Community Organisations winners, receiving $2,000 each

YSAR Tauranga ( - Youth Search and Rescue Tauranga, trains young people aged 14 to 18 years old in volunteering and helping to rescue people. They learn First Aid, searching in urban and back country situations, water safety, leadership and many more amazing life changing subjects. They will be using this Grant will help train more youth to save lives.

Stephen Raeburn, Manager of our AMI Tauranga store presents cheques to Steve Campbell from YSAR Tauranga.

Under The Stars (Under the Stars - Facebook) - Under The Stars are a Charitable Trust feeding the homeless and needy in the Tauranga community. They also supply hygiene necessities, blankets, and clothing for those in need, as well as drop in services for meals and haircuts and support with the administration around receiving financial & medical aid. Under The Stars will use their Grant to go toward the continued work they do for the Tauranga Community and those in need.

Stephen Raeburn, Manager of our AMI Tauranga store presents cheques to Liz Kite from Under the Stars.

Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter Trust ( - The Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter Trust administers a free professional air rescue service throughout the Nelson, Tasman, Marlborough & Buller regions utilising a twin engine BK117 helicopter. They assist in over 450 missions throughout the region and operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days of the year. They will use their Grant to continue to save lives throughout the region.

Foster Hope Charitable Trust ( - Foster Hope believes that every child in care deserves to know that their community cares about them. They demonstrate this through providing children with a backpack to ease their way and symbolise community support for them and their carer’s. Foster Hope’s backpacks currently include a book, soft toy, toiletries, and a carry all bag. They are planning to use the extra money from the Grant to include packs of new underwear in the packs also.

Natalie McKee, Manager of our AMI Takapuna store presents cheque to Louise Allnutt from Foster Hope.

Neighbourhood Category

The Neighbourhood category recognises Neighbourly members who are working on projects that will benefit their local community – or have a project they want to get off the ground. Ideally these projects which will be focused on creating safer, more connected communities.

Grand Prize winner, receiving $3000

Jo Hayes/Surrogate Grandparents NZ ( - Surrogate Grandparents NZ aims to bring together families and "Surrogate Grandparents" to those who feel they may benefit from such a union. The founder Jo Hayes, started the organisation after moving to New Zealand from the UK and not having her own parents around to be active Grandparents in her Children’s lives.

Whatever individual’s circumstances are, Surrogate Grandparents NZ hope to help people bridge the gap, by providing support, friendship & fun through the uniting of strong family partnerships. Jo is planning to use this Grant to develop the Surrogate Grandparents NZ web presence, and help fund their first launch event.

Neighbourly member community projects winners, receiving $1,000 each

Churchill Park School ( – Churchill Park School applied for their AMI Community Grant, as they were hoping to put up an outside AED Defibrillator up at the school. They saw a need to support their local community in this way as many sport organisations use the school and large numbers of walker, joggers and cyclists use the local park and surrounding streets. They will be using their Grant to go toward the cost of the defibrillator and cabinet, which is around $3,500.

The House of Grace Trust ( - The House of Grace is a home for pregnant teens and young mothers. They believe in the potential of every young woman, and exist to provide a place for them to live, learn, prepare for childbirth and plan for a great future. They are planning to use their Grant towards updating furnishings for the home, specifically new couches and updated bedding.

Murrays Bay Intermediate School ( - Students from Murrays Bay Intermediate and Murrays Bay Primary School have been involved in assessing safe walking routes to these schools to reduce the traffic and people congestion, as over 2000 people are entering and leaving these schools each day. The students have worked with members of the New Zealand Police and Auckland Transport in an effort to encourage students to walk all/or part of the way to school.

Students from Murrays Bay Intermediate have designed a logo which Auckland Transport has made into a stencil. Murrays Bay Intermediate School plan to use this Grant to purchase the paint and brushes required to mark out the safe walking tracks with the custom designed logo, which will contribute to keeping those in their community safer.

Free For All - Free For All is a community focused initiative that promotes the sharing of resources by saving usable items from the landfill and then giving the items away free of any cost or conditions. Free For All plan to use their Grant to help with day to day running costs and advertising to help make the community aware of what is available to them.

Congratulations to all of our winners, we can’t wait to see what impact you all make in your local communities.

Thank you also, to all those who submitted an AMI Community Grants application. Keep an eye out for the next round of applications, which should be opening in January 2018.