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PM visits Mazda Foundation school project

Treemendous School Makeovers, is a joint initiative between the Mazda Foundation and Project Crimson, teaches children about the importance of caring for the environment through the development of outdoor classrooms.

Four New Zealand schools are chosen each year to have an area of their grounds turned into an outdoor classroom. It might include a lizard garden, native tree planting, creating bird habitats or more. The prize is worth $10,000 and all primary and intermediate schools can apply.

The latest lucky group of kids attend Reporoa Primary School and have had their playground transformed into a by members of the local community as part of the project.

Prime Minister Bill English made a surprise visit to the school on Saturday, for some last minute campaigning and to help turn an unused paddock into an outdoor learning facility.

The PM Bill English at Reporoa Primary School.

The PM chatted with children, parents, teachers and other helpers, got up close and personal with George the Weta and planted a Hoheria Sextylosa ‘Purple Lace’ tree.

To celebrate the projects 10th year, five schools, instead of the usual four, were selected to receive $10,000 towards turning an area of its school into an interactive outdoor learning area.

More than 150 people from the school and local community, along with staff from Mazda New Zealand, the Mazda Foundation, Rotorua Mazda and Project Crimson, pitched in to transform the school grounds.

Mazda Foundation chairman David Hodge says it is inspiring to see such passion for the environment at Reporoa School from students and teachers alike.

“Reporoa School was a notable example of the passion and enthusiasm the students and the school have about the environment. It was a tremendous success and I can’t wait to hear how the students utilise the revitalised area, “ he said.

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Mazda helps kiwis fly

Mazda has announced a partnership with Kiwis for kiwi, a national conservation charity.

Kiwis for kiwi will launch a unique initiative as part of its ongoing work to save New Zealand’s national icon and flightless bird from extinction.

The Mazda Foundation has provided the charity with two Mazda CX-5 vehicles as well as funding for the project.

Kiwis for kiwi executive director, Michelle Impey, said the support of the Mazda Foundation has provided the opportunity to launch a transformational new initiative that will contribute to the task of turning around the decline in kiwi populations.

“We are thrilled to have the Mazda Foundation’s support which will see us working together on an exciting new project which we look forward to announcing next year.  They’ve very generously given us two new ‘kiwimobiles’ to help us transport our people and kiwi, safely and in style.”

David Hodge, chairman of the Mazda Foundation, said getting behind such a great initiative was an easy decision for the Foundation. 

“The Kiwi is such an important part of our national identity and if our support can help in some way to ensure its survival then that is a great outcome for everyone.”

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$250,577 raised at AHG charity dinner

John Andrew Ford dealer principal Paul Brown

Automotive Holdings Group (AHG) raised a record $250,577 at their annual charity dinner last night, with the process to be shared by the Camp Quality and Cure Kids charities.

Last night’s record-topping fundraiser, held in the John Andrew Ford and Mazda showrooms, brings the total raised by AHG to over $1.2 million.

AHG general manager Tony Salerno praised the dealerships at the black-tie dinner, including the teams at John Andrew Ford and Mazda, business partners and guests.

Representatives from both charities spoke at the event. Cure Kids staffer Tiff McLeod, whose daughter, Eva, lives with gastrointestinal failure gave an address to the guests.

John Andrew Mazda dealer principal Julian Stone

From Camp Quality, camper Kavan and co-ordinator Sarah Greenwood both spoke about the benefits of the camp to children suffering the side effects of aggressive cancer treatment.

A range of high-profile items were up for auction on the night, including a package for the 2017 NRL Grand Final and the 2019 Australian Open finals, and boxing gloves signed by Joseph Parker.

As well as a silent auction at the John Andrew Mazda showroom, AHG ran several auctions on Trade Me to contribute to proceeds. These included a 2017 Ford Ranger XLT ute, an upgraded Mazda BT-50 ute, which fetched a combined $120,000.

Guests dining in the John Andrew Mazda showroom

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AHG to hold charity dinner and auction

A black tie dinner and auction will be held at John Andrew Ford and Mazda in Grey Lynn on July 20, with the proceeds to go to two children’s charities.

It’s the eighth annual event run by Automotive Holdings Group NZ and its Auckland dealers, and beneficiaries this year include Camp Quality and the Cure Kids organisation for the first time.

Speaking of their relationship with John Andrew Mazda, Frances Benge, Cure Kids’ CEO said, “We are honoured and privileged to be part of this amazing event and are extremely proud of the partnership we’ve developed that has allowed Cure Kids to have a measurable impact in improving health outcomes for children, both in New Zealand and internationally through research.”

“We are thrilled to have been chosen, once again, as a recipient charity for the AHG black tie charity dinner and auction,” said chairman of Camp Quality New Zealand, Wayne Collie, who has been involved with the event since it began in 2010.

“It costs $3,000 per year to send a child to camp, and the continued generosity of AHG and its dealerships ensure we can provide a safe and magical experience for children living with cancer in Auckland, as well as give their families a break.”

The black-tie dinner will follow a live and silent auction in the John Andrew Mazda showroom. So far, 25 items have been confirmed, including a package to the 2017 NRL Grand Final, the 2018 Australian Open Men’s and Women’s single finals, a drifting experience with professional driver ‘Mad Mike’ Whiddett, and signed sports merchandise.

AHG will also run several auctions on Trade Me to contribute to proceeds. These include a 2017 Ford Ranger XLT ute, an upgraded Mazda BT-50 ute, and a KTM 390 Duke bike.

The three Trade Me auctions will run for 10 days, and are set to conclude live at the charity dinner.

“It’s a privilege to co-host this annual event, bringing together our customers, staff and business partners in support of two exceptional children’s charities,” said Paul Brown, dealer principal of John Andrew Ford.

“The generosity demonstrated by supporters of this event is truly exceptional and continues to represent one of the highlights of my career with Ford and AHG to date.”

“Each year we look forward to this event and continuing our commitment to contribute to the future of children in our community and across New Zealand,” added the dealer principal for John Andrew Mazda, Julian Stone.

“The addition of Cure Kids to this year’s event is particularly pleasing, as it is a charity close to our organisation’s heart.”

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Mazda foundation donates funds

More than $60,000 has been donated to 29 Kiwis, community groups and charities across New Zealand, thanks to the Mazda Foundation.

Each year the Foundation hosts three funding rounds to help Kiwis in need, having gifted over $2.6 million back to the community since its inception in 2005.

One of this year’s recipients, the Life Education Trust Rodney, received $7,940, which was used to purchase 6,300 workbooks to help children learn about self-esteem, food and nutrition and body knowledge.

“Each child takes home a workbook so that they can continue to implement the programme into their everyday lives. It helps them make informed decisions about food and beverage choices, relationships and social behaviour,” says Life Education Trust administrator, Philippa Hankin.

Meanwhile, the New Zealand Conservation Trust Kiwi Breeding Centre in Christchurch received $3,704 to replace vinyl flooring and purchase an instant hot water unit for its kiwi incubation room. The vinyl floor in the incubation room helps to maintain bio-security in the area and ensures that there are no contaminants passed onto either the kiwi eggs or chicks, while the hot water unit will be a valuable resource to make sure all equipment is sterilised.

“We are expecting approximately 60 – 80 chicks through the facility this season and thanks to the Mazda Foundation we’re able to put the best bio-security practices in place to protect the chicks and prevent any unwanted bacteria entering in the kiwi breeding area,” says resource education coordinator Janet Hellyer.

Managing director of Mazda New Zealand, David Hodge says there are many organisations doing great work but need funding. “I’m proud that the Mazda Foundation can help make a difference. It’s a fantastic initiative that allows us to reach out and support those that need it the most.”

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