Sponsorship with Sustainability at its Heart

Being a good neighbour and supporting local organisations and communities is important to us. By sharing our time and resources with others, we help grow and nurture the community we are a part of.

Last year, we launched a sustainability strategy and action plan (find out more here) that focuses on local, achievable initiatives where we believe we can make the biggest difference.

This year, we took the opportunity to review our Sponsorship Programme with the aim of aligning the initiatives we choose to support to the four foundational pillars of our sustainability strategy – People, Planet, Prosperity and Partnerships.

We see these four pillars as our guiding principles, with each pillar providing key focus areas which we want to influence and achieve a positive impact. Just as we are implementing initiatives that make our business economically, environmentally and socially sustainable, we are committed to partnering with and supporting organisations that are doing the same for our region, and our communities and people.


We’re proud to support a number of fantastic partners across the Hawke’s Bay region, and look forward to strengthening these partnerships over the long-term as we work together to create a thriving region.

If you would like to understand how we select the initiatives that we support, take a look at our sponsorship criteria below.

Sponsorship guidelines

As well as giving back to the people around us, we look for sponsorships that help to create a healthier and more sustainable economy, society and environment.

We attract many requests for support. So to ensure we make the most of our budget, our partnerships are strategically focused and fall within our catchment, which stretches from Wairoa in the North to Manuwatu in the South and Wanganui in the West.

Thinking globally but acting locally

To achieve our purpose of a thriving region connected to global markets, we need to deliver for our customers and the economy while protecting the environment, contributing to our community and caring for our people.

We are using our position to have a positive impact in our own ‘neighbourhood – thinking globally but acting locally.

Our sponsorships help us to meet our economic, social and environmental responsibilities and are closely aligned to the four foundational pillars of our sustainability strategy – People, Planet, Prosperity and Partnerships.

We are focused on the safety, well-being/hauora and development of our people and our community. We look to promote good health and well-being amongst our people and our community by, supporting access to quality resources and education, and promoting gender equality and diversity across our business.

Education: Napier Port will consider supporting initiatives that support and encourage the educational pathways of our rangitahi.

Water safety and recreation: Where a community group within Hawke’s Bay is undertaking an activity on or near the water, particularly with a safety focus, Napier Port will consider sponsorship.

We are focused on protecting/tiaki and enhancing the environment/taiao in which we operate. We rely on our world’s oceans so we want to protect and enhance the marine environment we operate in. We actively contribute to protecting life both above and below the water.

Coastal environment: We are interested in supporting coastal or estuarine environmental restoration projects.

We are focused on sustainable business growth and supporting the prosperity of our region. We play an active role in supporting our community and facilitating wider – industry participation through partnerships, grants and sponsorships.

Economic partner: Napier Port will consider supporting initiatives that can help grow the Hawke’s Bay economy.

Industry awards and conferences: Where a port, supply chain or customer-related industry is celebrating success, Napier Port will consider sponsorship.

We are focused on authentic partnerships with our community, stakeholders and mana whenua hapū. We recognise collaborating with our customers,
community, stakeholders, port users, government, investors and mana whenua are central to our success.

Iwi/ hapū community: We will consider partnering with an iwi or hapū group in Te Matau a Māui or mana whenua within the Te Whanganui-a-Orotū on environmental or social projects.

Maritime connection: We are proud of our maritime history and will consider sponsoring any initiative that celebrates Hawke’s Bay’s maritime activities.

When assessing a sponsorship opportunity we also look to partner with organisations, initiatives and events which provide Napier Port with a good opportunity to leverage the sponsorship.

We do not sponsor or donate to:

  • Political parties or advocacy groups
  • Private schools
  • Third parties raising funds for charity
  • Initiatives or events that promote alcohol, smoking, violence, use of firearms, harm to the environment or community, gambling/betting, illegal or high-risk activities (for example extreme sports, motor-racing and hunting).
  • Conference attendance
  • Memberships
  • Construction projects

Sponsorship application process
Please email sponsorship@napierport.co.nz for further information.

Our Sponsorship Partnerships

We’re proud to support a number of fantastic initiatives that contribute to the sustainability of our ‘neighbourhood’.

Here are just a few of our sponsorships: