What we do in the community
At nib, our purpose is your better health and wellbeing. We exist to help Kiwis and their families to live healthier, happier lives and support a range of events, organisations, initiatives, and health programmes in the community.
We believe a strong sense of belonging, social justice, practicing tolerance and respect of differences is essential to fostering resilience in healthy communities. Our partnerships with the community help to reduce inequalities, with a special focus on preventative health, mental wellbeing and Māori health.
We've been proud sponsors of the Blues for more than a decade, becoming Principal Partners in 2015. In 2022, we became the naming rights partner of the nib Blues Women's team for their inaugural Super Rugby Aupiki competition, helping pave the way for greater representation of women and diversity in sport. As part of our sponsorship, we also dedicated funding towards the development and wellbeing of the team, so, they can focus on playing at their best and alleviate some of those external pressures as they juggle work and family life.
In 2021, nib’s charitable foundation, nib foundation, expanded their Prevention Partnerships funding program to New Zealand to support community initiatives that focus on health promotion and prevention. Our partners include Clearhead and the University of Otago.
Through our funding support, Clearhead is growing their online platform to include an interactive digital wellbeing tool to help young adults find their purpose in life.
The University of Otago will analyse data on youth drinking and experience of alcohol harm, to produce a series of resources addressing harmful drinking in young people and reducing disparities in alcohol harm.
Learn more about nib foundation’s Prevention funding.
We encourage our employees to give back to the communities where they live and work through our nib give corporate volunteering program and employee-led fundraising events. We partner with local charities to provide opportunities for our employees to come together and make a difference in their community.
Toi Ora programme
In 2018, we launched a first of its kind programme with Auckland ropū, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, to provide universal private health insurance for all members of the hapū to help improve health and wellbeing outcomes. In 2021, we launched health insurance for employees of Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou to do the same.
Since then, we’ve been working together to develop new health management programmes and additional benefits for traditional Māori treatment, such as Rongoā Māori, to support better health outcomes for their whanau (family).
These include initiatives like our Molemap program, providing free 15-minute head-to-toe skin checks as well as skin cancer education, with the aim to improve access to skin health services and encourage early diagnosis through higher screening rates.
We’ve also partnered with HealthScreening NZ to provide non-invasive screening for cardiovascular disease. Designed to identify early signs of heart disease in iwi members, the screening tool links to the Cardiaction app, offering actionable advice that reduces the risk of disease progression.
Our community ambassadors provide expert advice on Kiwis’ better health.
In 2018, we partnered with Nathan Wallis as our nib parenting expert. Nathan is a Neuroscience Educator and hosts sold-out learning events for parents, discussing different stages of child development.
In 2022, we welcomed mental health advocate Jimi Hunt as our first Mental Fitness Champion. Jimi hosts important conversations about mental health and creates accessible resources to help Kiwis be more proactive about their mental health and wellbeing in the workplace and at home.
Apply to be a partner
If you think you or your organisation or community group would align well with our sponsorships and mission of your better health and wellbeing you can send an expression of interest through the channels below.
For volunteering or community partnerships enquiries, contact nib foundation via their online enquiry form.