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Help us free up the big dreams of little players

We’re teaming up with Eden Park to support a deserving Auckland primary school with our Big Little Sponsorship.

Entries close 1 September 2019

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2018 winners

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Help us free up the big dreams of little players

We’re teaming up with Eden Park to support a deserving Auckland primary school with our Big Little Sponsorship.

T&C's apply Entries close 1 September 2019

2018 winners

The Prize

  • $10,000 worth of sports gear
  • A field makeover by the groundies team from Eden Park
  • A VIP experience at Eden Park

Plus, the lucky school will celebrate in style with a visit to their school from judge and campaign ambassador, Keven Mealamu.

 

How we find our winning school

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.

Keven Mealamu

Campaign ambassador and rugby legend
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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
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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

Head of Marketing and Distribution, AA Insurance
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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

Brand and Marketing Manager, AA Insurance
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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!

Andy Air

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Andy is the lucky winner of our internal staff competition where one AA Insurance staff member would win a seat on our judging panel. Andy has had an extensive career at AA Insurance, spanning over 14 years! Currently an Operations Support Team Leader, Andy’s main focus is on our customers and on his team, ensuring we provide high quality service and the best possible outcomes for our customers. When it comes to sport, Andy’s been sports mad since he was a toddler. He’s particularly passionate about rugby league and the mighty Warriors, loyally keeping the faith season after season. Andy’s looking forward to sitting on the Big Little Sponsorship judging panel and helping to make a difference.


Our judges

Keven Mealamu

Campaign ambassador and rugby legend

Blair Christiansen

Turf Manager, Eden Park Stadium

Richard Park

Head of Marketing and Distribution, AA Insurance

Melodie Vickars

Brand and Marketing Manager, AA Insurance

Andy Air

Operations Support Team Leader, AA Insurance
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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
Head of Marketing and Distribution, 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
Brand and Marketing Manager, 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!

Andy Air

Andy is the lucky winner of our internal staff competition where one AA Insurance staff member would win a seat on our judging panel. Andy has had an extensive career at AA Insurance, spanning over 14 years! Currently an Operations Support Team Leader, Andy’s main focus is on our customers and on his team, ensuring we provide high quality service and the best possible outcomes for our customers. When it comes to sport, Andy’s been sports mad since he was a toddler. He’s particularly passionate about rugby league and the mighty Warriors, loyally keeping the faith season after season. Andy’s looking forward to sitting on the Big Little Sponsorship judging panel and helping to make a difference.

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