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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.

Ella Williams takes on the waves with Volkswagen

Surfing is synonymous with Kiwi culture, drawing on a love for the ocean and bringing people together for generations. Local legend Ella Williams has always had a passion for the beach. From splashing in the waves with her family as a child, to competing on a global stage, including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Ella’s career has taken her to incredible heights across the globe, but today she resides in her beloved hometown of Whangamatā with a close connection to the local surfing community. She recently hit the road in the Amarok to attend the Pauanui Women's Surf Festival, where we had the chance to catch up with her.

Snippy hits the road 

Thanks to the incredible generosity of animal lovers like you, we've unveiled 'Snippy,' a purpose-built SPCA Crafter mobile desexing unit, ready to make waves in Northland over the coming months. The mission of this on-the-go clinic? To protect our furry friends across the nation from unnecessary suffering. Dive into the heartwarming story and discover how Snippy is making a difference. 

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.

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.

Check out how our dealers are supporting the community

WE LOVE VW is a community brand created by the team at Ebbett Volkswagen which is all about supporting the Waikato Community. We’re dedicated to supporting those in need in our area, whether it’s a community group, small business or individuals, the WE LOVE VW team can find a way to help.

Farmer Autovillage Tauranga - Food Bank

Farmer Autovillage are proud to be driving a helping hand by supporting the Tauranga Foodbank. For many years they’ve helped more than 18,000 locals with over 6,900 food parcels.

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 had and with support of the Miles Continental Volkswagen team, is able to drive the participants to dive locations.

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