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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

Education is an important part of 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 Barnardos, New Zealand’s largest kids charity, to provide grants to children so they won’t feel isolated or left out of educational activities due to social or economic disadvantage. 

Schools can apply online on behalf of children from 4 to 18 years of age for a grant of up to $5,000. This could include funding for school books and stationery, uniforms and equipment, special tuition, and subsidies to allow children to participate in class outings and camps. 

Since 2011, we’ve donated over $1.2 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 over 15,967 kiwi kids enjoy the educational experience they deserve.

If you are a school, kindergarten or day care 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:

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 counselling helpline and webchat service that has been helping children and teenagers across NZ for the past 18 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 12pm - 11pm (Mon-Fri) and 3-11pm (Sat/Sun). Additionally, this is the first kids’ helpline in NZ to offer an online chat service, open daily from 1pm - 10pm (Mon-Fri) and 3-10pm (Sat/Sun).

To access this 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.