Community groups get 1.5 million free envelopes

17 February 2014

New Zealand Post's Community Post programme donated around 1.5 million postage-included envelopes and other postal services this year to 2220 not-for-profit organisations across New Zealand to help support local communities.

New Zealand Post Group Brand and Sponsorship Manager Nicola Airey said the Community Post programme enabled the company to help thousands of not-for-profit community groups across New Zealand.

"Through Community Post we are able to help strengthen communities by supporting literacy, education, and health and wellness programmes, as well as helping community groups develop business partnerships. The envelopes are used to support projects such as fund-raising activities.

"Investing in the community is a key part of New Zealand Post's sustainability programme. Other community initiatives include ActivePost - to encourage physical activity, the New Zealand Post Book Awards and the New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards."

Sixteen Regional Community Post Boards made up of New Zealand Post representatives, local business and community leaders allocate envelopes and other New Zealand Post services such as ReachMedia and marketing data services based on local community needs and alignment with its sponsorship themes.

Community Post has been running for 16 years. In that time over 14 million postage-included envelopes have been donated - the equivalent of 280 tonnes of envelopes, which would fill 23 trucks and trailers, and need more than 8000 posties to get them delivered all in one day.

This year, Community Post provided postage-included envelopes and other free postal services to:

  • 261 Northland based organisations
  • 500 Auckland based organisations
  • 354 Bay of Plenty based organisations
  • 404 Waikato based organisations
  • 314 Hawkes Bay based organisations
  • 345 Taranaki - Manawatu based organisations
  • 239 Wellington based organisations
  • 220 Upper South Island based organisations
  • 242 Central South Island based organisations
  • 262 Christchurch based organisations
  • 289 Lower South Island based organisations.

These include organisations that have a national reach.

For more information on Community Post visit www.nzpost.co.nz/communitypost.