2019 Community Awards in Palmerston North

We were proud to announce our community awards today in Palmerston North on April 12th. Thank you to the community groups who attended and taking the time to tell everybody about the work you do. It certainly helped the networking in the room around the lovely refreshments provided by Palmerston North City Council. 

Thank you to our guest speaker Deputy Mayor Tangi Utikere, who spoke about the importance of our community charities and the vital work they do.  Here are some of the photos taken today with our wonderful charities.


Mentors needed for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Manawatu

If you are passionate about helping Young People here is your chance.

Mentors are currently required by Big Brothers Big Sisters in Manawatu. 

Researchers found that after 18 months of spending time with their mentors, when compared with their peers Little Brothers and Sisters were:

  • 46% less likely to start using drugs
  • 27% less likely to start drinking
  • 52% less likely to skip a day of school
  • More confident in their schoolwork performance
  • Able to get along better with their families
  • One third less likely to hit someone.

In addition, a 1999 evaluation of BBBS agency school-based mentoring programs revealed that:

64% of students developed a more positive attitude toward school
58% achieved higher grades
55% were better able to express their feelings
64% had higher levels of self-confidence
62% were more likely to trust their teachers


Please contact Big Brothers Big Sister in Manawatu if you can assist



Congratulations to Just Zilch

Congratulations to Just Zilch - Food Rescue and Free Store for being one of United Way's 2018 Grant Award Recipients

Just Zilch is a free store that receives surplus goods from various suppliers and makes them available to those who determine themselves to be in need.

Just Zilch works alongside other organisations in Palmerston North to ensure that surplus food is being accessed and redistributed appropriately.

Just Zilch fills a gap in the community where surplus goods are not already being used productively.

When Just Zilch have surplus food they are able to pass it on to other community based organisations.

Manawatu, Whanganui, Horowhenua 2018 Funding Awards

United Way would like to congratulate the following charities for receiving our 2018 Grant Awards.  We would like to thank Mayor Grant Smith for being part of the celebration and all of the charities listed below for the passionate and heart felt work you do in our communities. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters Palmerston North
English Language Partners NZ Palmerston North
Horowhenua SuperGrans Incorporated
Housing Advice Centre (Palmerston North) Inc.
Legacy Centre
Literacy Feilding Inc.
Manawatu Multicultural Council Inc.
Manawatu Rural Support Service Inc
Palmerston North City Neighbourhood Support
Parentline Manawatu Inc.
Volunteer Resource Centre Manawatu & Districts
Youthline Palmerston North (Central North Island)
Fielding Community Patrol (Inc)
Manawatu Toy Library Association Inc
The Free Store Charitable Trust - Just Zilch
ShineCity Whanganui
English Language Partners Whanganui
Victim Support Whanganui