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Giving back

Being part of the community is at the heart of all that we do.
It’s more than simply being a big employer. It’s about adding value, supporting growth and development and giving back to our communities.

We’re proudly community owned. We know your community is important to you — it’s where you choose to live, work and play — which makes it important to us as well.

Community funding Application Form

Download the application form 


Community Funding rounds

Each year we provide funding to the community.

Applications for community projects or events within our network will open 1 October 2021.

If you have any questions email us at sponsorship@thelines.co.nz

2021 Funding 

  • Applications for the second funding round open 1 October 2021 and close 31 October 2021.


how to Apply

Download the application form and send it to sponsorship@thelines.co.nz

Application form

Focus areas

Our community fund is focused on two key areas:

  1. Children, youth and families
  2. Energy efficiency


Preference will be given to projects/events that:

  • Have high visibility
  • Benefit our local communities
  • Raised funds from other sources
  • Are provided free of charge
  • Reach a large amount of people
  • Create better communities

Note, we’re unlikely to sponsor travel costs, ongoing operating expenses or individuals.

Our Inspiring Local Minds Scholarship

Supporting futures today

Our Inspiring Local Minds Scholarship recognises and provides financial support worth $2,000 each (for a maximum of three years) to three local students intending tertiary education or trade or other training.

Applications for the 2022 scholarship will open 1 August.


Application form


how to Apply

Download the application form and send it to sponsorship@thelines.co.nz



  • Live or have gone to school in our network area
  • Be graduating from high school
  • Intend to study in a profession linked to jobs with us
  • Be accepted into your chosen course or trade at a recognized institution
  • Have a proven record of achievement
  • Agree to publicity and promoting our scholarship
  • Be a fantastic representative of our values
  • Commit to paying us back if you don’t complete your studies



Maru Energy Trust

Warm homes are healthy homes.

Too many families in our community live in cold, damp houses and struggle to heat their homes.

We want to change that which is why we were the driving force behind establishing the not-for-profit community charitable trust. Maru offers practical help to keep people warm and healthy.

Maru aims to help people in our community create warmer, drier, and healthier homes. And ultimately use less energy, whether through insulation, education, access to funding sources, or practical tips.

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