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Supporting Schools

Being a great company is about more than just sales 

We believe that each and every person has a responsibility to do their part to better themselves, their communities and the natural environment we all share. And that includes us as a company too.

We know quality education is a community commitment. That’s why we provide ongoing support to the Education community and those leading our schools through sponsorship and business partnerships. 

Schools can earn School Rewards for Back to School purchases, education providers can help disadvantaged students get funding for school books, stationery, uniforms and equipment, even special tuition through the Max e Grants programme. We are also proud to be an official sponsor of 0800 What’s Up – New Zealand’s free phone counselling service for 5 to 18 year olds.

Max e Grants - Small amounts make a BIG difference

OfficeMax recognises that education is one of the most important parts of a child's development but unfortunately some families struggle to equip their children with the resources required for their schooling.

Max e Grants was developed by OfficeMax in conjunction with child welfare charity Barnardos to assist disadvantaged children who require funding for school books and stationery, uniforms and equipment, special tuition or support with excursions.

Through Max e Grants, not-for-profit education providers can apply for up to NZ$5,000 per child to assist in their schooling.

In the last six years we have donated $642,000 and helped thousands of New Zealand children.

Together with OfficeMax, seven of our preferred suppliers have offered their financial support to this programme and as a result we are delighted to be able to help a large number of New Zealand children enjoy the education experience they deserve.

If you are a not-for-profit community group, school, kindergarten or day care centre and know of a disadvantaged child who you would like to nominated for a grant, of if you would like more information about Max e Grants, visit or click here for a copy of our brochure.

A big thank you to our supplier sponsors for their continued support. 

0800 WHAT'S UP Sponsorship

We’re dedicated to supporting Kiwi children beyond providing them with books and stationery for school. That’s why we’re proud to be official sponsors of 0800 What’s Up, a not-for-profit phone counselling service that has been helping children and young people across NZ for the past 12 years.

Run by child welfare charity Barnardos, 0800 What’s Up is a safe place for Kiwi kids to talk confidentially about anything. Trained counsellors are available to talk 7 days a week, 365 days a year, and answer phone calls from over 200 children every day.

Kids can call 0800 942 8787 from 1pm - 10pm Monday to Friday, and from 3pm - 10pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Additionally, this is the first kids’ helpline in NZ to offer an online chat service, open daily from 7pm - 10pm. 

To access this service, or for more details, visit You can find out how 0800 What’s Up has helped Kiwi kids by reading some case studies here.

Education Sponsorship & Business Partnerships

We are devoted to supporting businesses and organisations who contribute to the Education community.

Here is a list of the sponsorship and business partnerships we are involved in that provide ongoing support, information and training to those leading our educational programmes and organisations.