AA Insurance helping to prepare and build more resilient communities with Student Volunteer Army

AA Insurance has today announced it is partnering with Student Volunteer Army (SVA) to help prepare and build more resilient communities across Aotearoa New Zealand.

Established in 2010, New Zealand charity Student Volunteer Army mobilised 11,000 students to help with the clean-up following the 7.1 magnitude Canterbury earthquake. Since then, SVA has mobilised tens of thousands of student volunteers in local New Zealand communities and given them the skills to respond in a crisis, while empowering volunteers to build stronger communities through volunteering for generations to come.

Elissa Downey, AA Insurance Head of Corporate Affairs & Sustainability, says, “We believe stronger, more resilient communities help protect our customers and their belongings, and this is particularly important as severe weather events are becoming more frequent. Our data show that communities and households that are well-prepared and connected with each other, recover stronger, should misfortune or disaster strike.

“We are proud to be partnering with Student Volunteer Army to champion youth volunteering and inspire young people to volunteer in a way that is meaningful and enriches both them and their communities,” said Downey.

Emily Byrne, Student Volunteer Army CEO, says, “We are thrilled to have AA Insurance’s support and to work with them to continue our legacy of empowering primary, secondary, and tertiary aged young people in Aotearoa to find and create their own meaningful volunteering opportunities. AA Insurance has a great reputation for the work they do for their customers, and we are happy to help play a little part in that.”

Student Volunteer Army adds to AA Insurance’s partnerships portfolio of New Zealand organisations that are making a meaningful difference, alongside Eden Park via its Big Little Sponsorship sports grant and Variety – the Children’s Charity.

About AA Insurance

AA Insurance is an independently operated, New Zealand-based joint venture between the New Zealand Automobile Association Limited (NZAA) and Vero Insurance New Zealand Limited (VINZL). Since 1994 we have demonstrated trusted expertise in home, contents and car insurance in New Zealand, and in 2018 introduced commercial small business insurance. We underwrite our own policies and sell direct to New Zealanders. Our 1000+ employees look after 500,000+ customers with more than 1,000,000 policies.

We proudly partner with Variety New Zealand – the Children’s Charity (as the lead partner of its Beds for Kids programme), Student Volunteer Army and support grassroot school sports via our Big Little Sponsorship sports grant in partnership with Eden Park. We are consistently recognised in industry awards and honours, including being voted the Reader’s Digest Most Trusted General Insurer for 13 years running, named Canstar’s 2023 Home and Contents Insurer of the Year and Outstanding Value Award winner, and currently ranked 7th amongst 100 of New Zealand’s most successful companies in the Kantar Corporate Reputation Index (since 2015).

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