Sponsorship & Awards

​For Zespri, delivering wealth to our growers and shareholders isn’t just about money. It’s also about investing in the future of our industry by fostering the education of our young people and our industry’s future leaders, and enriching the lives of people within the communities where we live, work and play. Zespri sponsors a number of initiatives in the areas of health and nutrition, education and leadership with a focus on initiatives which:

  • Increase awareness of Zespri Kiwifruit and its significant health benefits within our target audience;
  • Increase awareness of Zespri and the kiwifruit industry as innovative and highly successful;
  • Attract young people into our industry and advance the careers of our future industry leaders;
  • Promote and encourage innovation and sustainability.

While Zespri focuses on a small number of initiatives, we’re happy to consider requests for funding as long as they fit into one of the areas listed above. Please note that it’s highly unlikely that Zespri will sponsor individuals, sports teams, hobby or personal interest groups, religious causes or political causes.

Application process and timing

If you are interested in establishing a sponsorship with Zespri and have checked that your application fits with Zespri’s sponsorship goals above, the next step is to email your written proposal to: corporate.communications@zespri.com. Due to the volume of sponsorship requests Zespri receives, please apply in writing at least three months before your event / initiative commences.


Who we support

The Zespri Horticulture Scholarship Programme aims to encourage secondary school leavers to pursue a tertiary qualification and career in horticulture. Each year, we offer up to four, one-year scholarships, valued at $3,000 each, to high-calibre secondary school students from the main kiwifruit growing regions who intend to study fulltime in a horticulture-related field at a New Zealand tertiary institute.

For more information about the Zespri Horticulture Scholarship Programme, click here and download an application form to apply.

The Zespri Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme is a scholarship aimed to help people with a rural background realise their potential as leaders and their ability to make a big difference to the future of the rural industry. It involves two weeks of full-time study at Lincoln University and 10 months of project work, followed by presentations and meetings with agribusiness leaders in Wellington.

Zespri sponsors one individual from the kiwifruit industry each year.

For more information about the Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme and to download the application form, please visit the Lincoln University website: http://www.lincoln.ac.nz/krlp

Zespri also supports the Young Fruitgrower of the Year award in the Bay of Plenty, an event in which contestants compete in a range of theoretical and practical activities followed by a speech and quiz.

The winner of the Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower competition receives cash prize of $1,500 and the opportunity to compete for the following prestigious national titles:

  • NZ Young Fruit Grower
  • Young Grower of the Year

Past winners of the Young Fruit Grower of the Year Award:

  • 2014 Patrick Malley
  • 2013 Chris Anstis
  • 2012 Joel Wanhill
  • 2011 Campbell Wood
  • 2010 Matthew Greenbank
  • 2009 Chris Anstis
  • 2008 Jim Smith
  • 2007 Robert Humphries

For more information visit: http://www.younggroweroftheyear.co.nz/regions/regions/bay-of-plenty/

The Zespri School Programme is an initiative in Europe which promotes the significant health benefits of regularly eating kiwifruit to school children and their parents. As children are the consumers of the future, the programme provides four fun ways to promote kiwifruit as an every-day fruit and encourages participation from both parents and children. Part of the programme includes a school education package which saw almost 11,000 classes reaching over 200 000 children participating in 2012.

In Belgium, the Zespri Healthfruit Award, along with prize money is awarded each year to a graduating dietician student, who has written an interesting thesis on food nutrition and health. The winning student has an opportunity to present his or her work to around 1,500 health professionals at the Brussels Conference.

Zespri is also proud to support a number of smaller, local sponsorships in the areas of innovation, leadership and environmental performance.