BNZ has supported the national kiwi recovery programme since it began in 1991, contributing more than $12 million to kiwi conservation over that time.
BNZ’s director of retail banking and marketing, Craig Herbison described the decision as difficult, and said BNZ had started the transitioning process with Kiwis for kiwi some time ago, as the contract expiry neared at the end of September.
“We hold Kiwis for kiwi in high regard, and we’re immensely proud of what we’ve achieved together. BNZ customers will still be able to support Kiwis for kiwi through current kiwi EFTPOS cards, which raise more than $150,000 each year.
“A partnership of this tenure, and what it has delivered to the conservation effort, is certainly one to be respected.
“But with the agreement up for renewal, it was time to look at our partnership and how it aligned strategically with BNZ’s purpose of helping New Zealanders be good with money,” he said.
Herbison said BNZ will be focusing its community support on Plunket, a $10 million commitment to the Community Finance initiative, and Closed for Good, New Zealand’s single largest day of corporate volunteering.
Executive director of Kiwis for kiwi, Michelle Impey says the organisation is appreciative of the contribution that BNZ has made over the years to the kiwi recovery programme.
“The bank and its customers have contributed millions of dollars to kiwi conservation projects and this commitment has made a huge difference.
“The important work underway to save New Zealand’s national icon has been acknowledged and supported by the government who recently committed $11.2 million in funding over the next four years to help halt the decline of kiwi and save it from extinction,” she says.
However Ms Impey says that funding from other sources is still needed to support for Kiwis for kiwi.
“While we are disappointed to lose a major corporate sponsor, the fight to save kiwis continues, and we are hopeful there are other businesses out there that will be eager to take up the reins. There couldn’t be a more Kiwi cause than this,” she says.
Visit www.kiwisforkiwi.org to make a donation directly to Kiwis for kiwi.