The Mitre 10 Helping Hands programme is committed to creating and building better spaces for our communities across New Zealand and it’s time for our next big project:
Entries close 11.59pm, 31 October 2021. Terms and conditions apply.
Please read the section below and the terms and conditions. If you still have any questions on the submission process, please email [email protected] and we’ll aim to answer any queries within two to three business days.
Get your primary school to enter online at the link above. We want only one entry per school so please contact your school to check if they have entered. Only schools that offer primary education for years 1-6 or 1-8 are eligible.
What kind of playground will the three winning primary schools receive?
We’ve partnered up with Playground People Ltd who will work alongside us and the winning schools to design and build three epic playgrounds. They are experts at creating playgrounds for kids, check out the Playground People website to see more of their incredible work.
For the prize value please refer to the Terms and Conditions.
How will the winning schools be decided?
We have a judging panel on standby who will be looking at a number of factors to make their decision. They’ll be considering the impact the playground will have on the school and local community, but they’ll also be looking for sites that are viable as not every patch of ground is suitable to build on. Please refer to the judging criteria below. The more information a school includes in their submission the better. See submission form for information required.
The Promoter will select three (3) Schools (the Winning Schools) based on the following criteria:
When will the winning playgrounds be built?
We will start working with the winning schools as soon as we announce them and will aim to carry out the bulk of the build from March 2022 onwards. Note that factors outside of our control such as Covid alert levels and physical factors of the site may impact these dates.
Being proudly locally owned and part of the local community, we like to lend a helping hand to those in need including charities, community groups and not-for-profit organisations.
We do this with practical hands-on help - like building decks and sheds, making over gardens and playgrounds, painting walls and laying floors.
As a co-operative spread from Kaitaia to Invercargill – every year we support hundreds of community-based initiatives that help Kiwis love where they live, work and play. You can check out a few of the more recent Helping Hands projects below.
Mitre 10 MEGA New Plymouth teamed up with the Marfell Community Garden to offer an amazing community led project some much needed resources and time to deliver a thriving community garden.
The team at Mitre 10 MEGA Ferrymead helped build a 100-metre-long fence for The Bridge Hub, a soon to be community hub in New Brighton.
Thanks to the team at Mitre 10 Papamoa, the Papamoa Surf Life Saving Club have been donated a new kitchenette for their hard-working volunteer lifeguards to use.
Mitre 10 MEGA Dunedin teamed up with the South Coast Boardriders Association to build a new skate ramp, which the South Dunedin community will get to enjoy.
The Tasman township of Brightwater has a new Tardis-style library decorating the reserve, thanks to Mitre 10 MEGA Nelson, who worked with the local Menzshed to bring the concept to life.
A SHINE Refuge Centre received a helping hand from Mitre 10 to convert a run-down shed into a warm and comfortable pet shelter with dog kennels, so that women escaping domestic violence can bring their pets with them.
The Phillipstown Community in Christchurch now has a communal food pantry, thanks to a helping hand from Mitre 10 MEGA Ferrymead and their Landscape Team Leader Graeme.
The Mitre 10 national Helping Hands programme together with Mitre 10 MEGA Tauranga built an educational sensory pathway for Tauranga Special School, transforming an unused wasted space into a stunning, useful area that can be enjoyed by all the students and wider public.
With a helping hand from the team at Mitre 10 MEGA Timaru, local resident Marilyn Armstrong, who has health and eyesight issues, had her tired, worn out carpets replaced as part of a supportive neighbour’s mission to make her home warm, safe and comfortable.
Mitre 10 MEGA Nelson partnered with construction firm Gibbons Naylor and a group of local organisations to raise funds for the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter Trust (NMRHT) by building a house to be sold for charity.
A retired couple, Mr and Mrs Wootton, reached out to Mitre 10 MEGA Ferrymead asking for help with their old, rotting garden beds. Due to disabilities this was not a task that they could take on themselves, so Mitre 10 Helping Hands came to the rescue and re-did the garden beds for them.
Marton Community Garden is a valuable resource for the town’s residents. It provides free fresh food for those who need it and helps the locals feel part of the community. Anyone can gather food from the garden, without obligation, and anyone who wants to can work in it.
The Georgetown Scouts needed a helping hand to tidy up an old hall they use for meetings. With the hall in desperate need of updating, Mitre 10 MEGA Invercargill called in our builder mate Stan Scott and partnered up with the local MediaWorks radio station for a muck-in.
Athol Sanson was Rangitikei’s parks and reserves boss and the instigator of a 20-year reforestation project to improve water quality in Marton’s dams and prioritise community engagement.
With a helping hand from local tradies, apprentices, plenty of sponsorship, and a burst of support from Mitre 10 Trade Gisborne, the team that keeps rugby alive on the East Coast were finally able to move into their new office.
Mitre 10 MEGA Dunedin has long been a supporter of the Otago Community Hospice, and this year lent a helping hand to refurbish the hospice’s Memorial Walkway, a beautiful garden where people can spend quiet, quality time remembering loved ones.
Taking a stand against bullying, Mitre 10 MEGA Hornby & Papanui gave a helping hand to the students at Merrin School to paint a Friendship Seat - a seat for children to sit on if they are feeling lonely or sad.