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Know a primary school who'd love a $10,000 sports grant?

We all know how important sport is to Kiwi kids. It teaches fair play, team work, builds confidence and keeps them active. But getting the little ones match ready can be expensive.

Now you can help your favourite New Zealand Primary school by nominating them to win one of two $10,000 sports grants to spend on anything they like. It could be new turf for the rugby field, extra coaching sessions, bus hire to get all the kids to the game, or even new boots and bibs for all the players.

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The Prize

Win one of two $10,000 sports grants. You can spend it on whatever will help the kids tackle their sporting dreams. It could be a new turf for the rugby field, extra coaching sessions, bus hire to get all the kids to the game, or even new boots and bibs for all the players.

The lucky schools will celebrate in style with a visit to their school from rugby legend and campaign ambassador, Keven Mealamu.

How we find our winning schools

General eligibility

Primary School is located in the Auckland region, from Pukekohe to Wellsford.

Strength of nomination

Number of unique nominations the primary school receives.

How compelling and genuine the primary school's need for support is.

Value of winning

How the prize could help the primary school with their sport offering and overcome any challenges they face when organising sports activities.

Role of sport

The role that sport plays and the impact it has at the primary school.

Our judges

Picture of Keven Mealamu

Keven Mealamu

Campaign ambassador and rugby legend

Picture of staff member: Richard Park - Head of Marketing and Distribution

Richard Park

General Manager - Marketing, Portfolio & Pricing, AA Insurance

Picture of staff member Melodie Vickars - Brand and Marketing Manager

Melodie Vickars

Head of Brand and Marketing, AA Insurance

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Blair Christiansen

Turf Manager, Eden Park Stadium

Keven Mealamu

Campaign ambassador and rugby legend

Former All Black hooker, Keven Mealamu is the perfect ambassador for this campaign. Aside from being a rugby legend, he's a family man and a passionate supporter of grass roots sport, so his involvement is a perfect match. Keven is also an Eden Park ambassador and is involved in a number of community initiatives. 

Blair Christiansen

Turf Manager, Eden Park Stadium

Blair has enjoyed a 25 year career in the Turf Industry. A green-keeping apprenticeship at Mangawhai Golf Club in Northland started the journey that has included valuable time at Cornwall Cricket Club and the NZSTI as a sports turf advisor. The past 12 years have been spent at Eden Park in Auckland as its Turf Manager. The exposure to cricket at the highest level has helped Blair develop a methodology that sees quality results balancing turf management with the desired pitch performance characteristics. Blending the art of cricket pitch preparation with the science of cricket pitch performance has allowed New Zealand’s national stadium to develop a great reputation as one of the country’s best cricket surfaces.

Richard Park General Manager - Marketing, Portfolio & Pricing, AA Insurance

Richard’s responsibilities are focused on customer outcomes and ensuring that AA Insurance’s brand promise is fulfilled. Richard has over 20 years experience in the insurance industry and joined AA Insurance in 2011. Richard started playing sport at just five years old and says it's been a huge part of his life since then. He particularly enjoys rugby and cricket where he captained the 1st XI team and also played for representative teams. 

Melodie Vickars Head of Brand and Marketing, AA Insurance

Melodie holds a wealth of knowledge and experience of sponsorships, having worked on both international and local sponsorships. During her time at AA Insurance, she has worked on the sponsorship of The DreamWorks Animation Exhibition at Te Papa, a long standing partnership with youth charity, Blue Light, sponsorship of NRL referees in New Zealand and most recently, an icon partnership of Eden Park Stadium with Eden Park Trust. Melodie understands the importance of encouraging kids to get involved in sport and keeping active. She enjoys watching her twin girls have fun playing different sports, from swimming to taekwondo!

Frequently asked questions

How long is the competition running for?

Nominations are open from 12pm, Monday 29 July – 11:59pm Sunday 1 September 2019

Who can enter?

Nominations can be made by anyone. If you’re under 18 years of age, you’ll need to include the details of your parent/guardian.

What do I have to do to enter?

To nominate your chosen primary school, click on the nominate button at the top of the page. Answer all the questions and give as much detail as possible, the more information you can provide to support your nomination, the better our judges can understand the school. support your nomination, the better our judges can understand the school.

How does the judging work?

Our judges will evaluate nominations to select the winner at their sole discretion with reference to, but not limited by, the judging criteria.

When will the judging take place?

Our judges will meet on Monday 28th June 2021 to decide on the winning primary school.

When will the winning school be announced?

The announcement will be made early November, and the school will also be contacted by phone.

I have a question that hasn't been answered – what do I do?

Call us on 0800 500 231. Our Contact Centre is open from 8am – 8pm Monday to Friday and 8am – 6pm on weekends and public holidays.