Our teams have been lively and active over the past few months, not just with client projects and deliverables but with opportunities to give back to the community and to take part in local initiatives. We’re passionate about making a difference in the communities we live and work in and it’s rewarding to be able to come together and support those organisations doing great work around New Zealand.

In the Hamilton office, a team were up and running either 6 or 12 kms participating in the recent Around the Bridges event whilst fundraising for the Rainbow Place New Zealand’s only specialist children and young person’s Hospice service.

Movember has been in full swing across the country for 2022 with various states of facial hair creating interesting conversations with colleagues! Others have been ‘moving for Movember’ instead, aiming to walk or run 60km over the month. The team are enthusiastic about taking the time to raise funds and awareness for various men’s health projects across the country, for all the dads, brothers’ sons and workmates in our lives.

Gumboot Friday happened on a Thursday across all the KR offices to ensure we had maximum participation, as some staff take part of our 9-day compressed fortnight and are often out on a Friday.  It was awesome to see all the various gumboots across the offices – from the standard Redbands, to the more unique and colourful options. Most importantly was the drive to raise funds for free counselling services for any young person aged 25 and under, which is what Gumboot Friday was designed to support. The I AM HOPE organisation is acting to stop New Zealand’s mental health crisis by providing free counselling to Kiwi kids. We are so grateful for the work they have done, and the countless children they’ve supported.

Rose, fuchsia, salmon-pink, hot pink, blush…. If you can name it, someone across our offices wore it for our annual ‘Pink for the Day’ fundraising event supporting the Breast Cancer Foundation. Everyone enjoys Griffin’s chocolate MallowPuffs so we made sure we bought plenty of the special raspberry edition treats for the whole team, with a donation from each pack going back to Breast Cancer Awareness.

On World Car Free Day held in September, we endeavoured to find better ways to travel into our offices. The bike sheds were full, walking shoes were on and many of the car park spaces were empty. To add a little competitive spirit into the mix, a morning tea shout was up for the office that ditched the most cars, and Auckland embraced the challenge and took out the win.  We learnt that our Christchurch team had more people biking, our Auckland office had the highest uptake with people taking a bus or train and the various modes of transport included walking, running, cycling, scootering, train and buses.