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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, and education providers can help disadvantaged students get funding for school books, stationery, uniforms and equipment, and 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

Education is recognised as an important factor in a child's healthy development, but for some families, equipping their children with the resources needed for their schooling isn’t easy.

We believe that every Kiwi kid deserves the same opportunity as the next. That’s why we developed Max e-Grants in conjunction with children’s charity Barnardos, to provide grants to individual or small groups of children so they won’t feel isolated or left out of activities due to social or economic disadvantage.

Schools and early childhood centres may nominate children aged from 4 to 18 years old for a grant of up to $5,000. The types of grants we fund are for school books and stationery, uniforms and equipment, special tuition, and subsidies enabling children to join their class on excursions and camps.

Since 2011, we’ve donated $1.4 million through the Max e-Grants programme. And together with OfficeMax, fourteen of our preferred suppliers have offered their financial support to this programme. We’re proud to say we’ve been able to assist 16,492 Kiwi kids enjoy the educational experience they deserve.

If you are a school, kindergarten or daycare centre and know of a disadvantaged child who you would like to nominate for a grant, or if you would like more information about Max e-Grants, visit

Thanks to our generous supplier sponsors:

Max e-Grants Sponsors 2023

0800 What's Up Sponsorship

We’re dedicated to supporting New Zealand 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 counselling helpline and webchat service that has been helping children and teenagers across New Zealand since 2001.

Barnardos 0800 What’s Up is a safe place for tamariki and rangatahi to talk confidentially about anything. Trained counsellors are available to chat 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

  • Call 0800 942 8787 from 11 am to 11 pm Monday – Sunday
  • Web chat at 11 am to 10.30 pm Monday – Sunday

To access the service or for more details, visit

Education Sponsorship & Business Partnerships

At OfficeMax, we know that quality education is a community commitment. That’s why we support a number of educational organisations through sponsorship and business partnerships which help provide information and training to those leading our educational programmes and schools.