Our Community

We’re the people’s car

Volkswagen are very much a part of the community in which we operate. This includes long-term support of many charities and foundations, sustainable initiatives and athletes that are dedicated to making New Zealand better for all New Zealanders.

IHC Calf & Rural Scheme

The IHC are a non-profit organisation in New Zealand who help support and educate families with children who have intellectual disabilities. The initiative was launched in New Zealand over 40 years ago and are currently supporting more than 45,000 families.

In rural New Zealand, looking out for one another is an important part of everyday life. That’s why Volkswagen New Zealand helps connect the scheme on a national level, by providing vehicles for both the North and South Island Coordinators.

‘‘Our team are out on the road in the Amarok connecting with farmers in rural communities. We personally visit and get around the back country in these ideally suited vehicles – bringing awareness and saying thank you to these generous farmers.” Says Greg Millar National Fundraising Manager

‘‘In the end, everything about the IHC Calf and Rural Scheme and the people who support it, is about having an impact on a group of people in our communities who need a helping hand. That’s it’s real impact and why we are so grateful.’’ Says Millar

Learn more about the IHC Calf and Rural Scheme >

Amarok with IHC & rural scheme branding

Surfing New Zealand

With a shared passion for the open road, community and the outdoors, Volkswagen have proudly partnered as the official vehicle provider for Surfing New Zealand.

Delivering nationwide initiatives from community projects through to domestic and international events, the team at Surfing New Zealand travel to regions far and wide. They bring together the very best of locally grown surfing talent, and most importantly, surf lifesaving education so that Kiwis can enjoy the ocean in harmony together.

Learn more about Surfing New Zealand >

VW Sponsoring NZ surfing

Great Barrier Challenge / St John

Five philanthropic individuals joined forces with the ultimate fundraising goal to help St John Ambulance raise over $500,000.

The quintet, made up of former world champion triathlete Rick Wells, former All Black Ian Jones and businessmen Richie Hart, David Mitchell and Karim Rostami, all swam relay-style from Great Barrier Island to Takapuna Beach in March.

Together through this meaningful initiative, Volkswagen and the team were able to deliver a new Volkswagen First Responder van with 4MOTION all-wheel drive to the Great Barrier community – allowing lifesaving services to become more accessible in rural, harder to reach remote locations.

Learn more about The Great Barrier 100km Challenge

Volkswagen ambulance

Our Local Community

As a Canterbury-owned and operated business, we know how important it is to get behind our community. We’re proud to be involved with a number of local organisations, initiatives, and events. Check out who we’re currently sponsoring, below.

If you’re interested in requesting sponsorship for your event or organisation, please get in touch with our Sponsorship and Events Coordinator, below.

Frontrunner Christchurch Marathon

The iconic Christchurch Marathon is a flat, fast, and extremely beautiful course through the Garden City. Renowned as New Zealand’s fastest course, there is something for everyone with a 10km, 21km, 42km, and even a kids fun run!

We provide the team with a vehicle to help them get around in the lead up to the event, and to lead the pack on the day. Be sure to look out for our team of Miles Continental runners on the course!

Learn more about the Christchurch Marathon >

Free Dive for Mental Health

An initiative led by free-diving instructor Ian Barker, Free Dive for Mental Health is a programme designed to help people struggling with their mental health. Ian has seen first-hand the benefits his techniques have, through the combination of disciplined breath work, physical exercise, and interaction with nature, makes ocean free-diving and spearfishing a uniquely powerful tool to help with a range of issues, including chronic anxiety, depression, anger management, and addiction recovery.

We’ve provided the team with a Volkswagen Multivan to drive the participants to dive locations during the trial.

Learn more about Free Dive for Mental Health >

Ranui House Bone Marrow Cancer Trust

We’re pleased to annouce our partnership with the Ranui House Bone Marrow Cancer Trust and are honoured to support them in their mission to provide a home away from home for patients and their whanau while they are undergoing lifesaving medical treatment for cancer and life-threatening illnesses as well as funding research to find a cure.

For over 30 years the Bone Marrow Cancer Trust has supported over thousands of patients and their families who have had to leave home for lifesaving medical treatment in Christchurch and continues to raise funds to purchase land for purpose-built accommodations for the families.

Learn more about the Bone Marrow Cancer Trust >

Ranui House

International Track Meet

We’re proud to support the International Track meet, established in 2009, it has become a well recognised event in the athletics world, with some of New Zealand’s best athletes competing for the top spots. We supplied Volkswagen vans and an SUV for the athletes to get around Christchurch, and love welcoming them all to our city!

Learn more about the International Track Meet>

Stroke Foundation

For over 40 years, the Stroke Foundation has been here to save lives through stroke recovery and prevention in Aotearoa. With 85% of the Stroke Foundation’s services funded by individual donors, corporates, bequests, and fundraising campaigns such as Beanie Up, they need your support to help thousands of stroke survivors and their whānau through one of the toughest times in their lives.

Just last year, 9,500 strokes were experienced in New Zealand, with that number set to rise by 40% before the end of this decade. We’re proud to support the Stroke Foundation!

Learn more about the Stroke Foundation.

How to Partner With Us

General Guidelines

We look for opportunities that benefit our community in Christchurch and partner with those that reflect the Miles Continental brand vision and values. We are particularly excited about those that benefit the environment and the wellbeing of our neighbours. Please note, we don’t sponsor political or religious groups or events.

Sponsorship Requirements

We love the opportunity to showcase our vehicles and services, so we consider this when assessing sponsorships. Depending on the sponsorship, we also like for Miles Continental to be mentioned in any press releases or media activity.

Sponsorship Process

After you submit your sponsorship application (below), our Events and Sponsorship Coordinator will assess your eligibility and present your application to our General Manager. We’ll be in touch within two weeks of receiving your submission to let you know if we’ll move ahead with your proposal.

Sponsorship Application

Get in touch with our Events and Sponsorship Coordinator by completing the form.

Please complete the form below to make a request.