Andrew ClearwaterManaging Director,
(Chairman, Mazda Foundation NZ)
Mazda Motor of New Zealand (MMNZ) is supporting various activities through Mazda Foundation New Zealand.
Mazda Foundation New Zealand (MFNZ), established in November 2005, has been providing funds to various initiatives, including education, environmental conservation, and culture. It has contributed over NZ$1.3 million to over 350 recipients since its establishment.
To provide outdoor and environmental education
Mazda Foundation New Zealand, in a joint project with Project Crimson Trust, participates in the Treemendous School Makeovers project in 2013. Each year, four primary schools are selected from the entries, and an area of the school grounds is enhanced with native trees and other plants which should be used for the environment and outdoor educatoin.
The Treemendous School Makeover project has been responsible for the development of 23 outdoor transformations since 2004.
The Treemendous Team (MMNZ employees, dealership staff, Mazda Foundation trustees, local school communities, parants and children) all visited the four selected schools and worked together to renew outdoor areas with native planting to attract native birds and other wildlife for students, teachers and local citizens to enjoy and relax.
To support national recycling program
MFNZ provided grants to the Environmental Education for Resource Sustainability Trust for its "Paper4trees" initiative, a nationwide recycling program which provides schools and preschools with resources to set up an in-house paper and cardboard recycling system. At the end of the year, schools are rewarded with native trees based on the amount of the paper and cardboard they have recycled.
MFNZ helped by providing over 1,700 native trees to Christchurch region for their 2011 recycling efforts in situations that many schools and preschools had been unable to order their trees since 2010 due to the earthquake damange in Christchurch,. They provide the students with an attractive area to play in and attract wildlife such as birds, bugs and lizards which the students can learn about.
To protect endangered birdlife
MFNZ provides grants to The New Zealand Conservation Trust, which operates various conservation projects, for its Great Spotted Kiwi breeding program, based in Christchurch.
The fund helps the continuation of the iconic native species.The MFNZ funding allowed the trust to purchase 20 diagnostic timers which accurately monitor how long a Kiwi had been incubating an egg and indicates to the fieldworker when the egg needs to be removed.