The Vodafone New Zealand Foundation is run by a small team of experienced professionals (you can meet them here). On this page you will learn more about the organisations we have supported and the values, principles and policies that guide our practice.

Team values

We are a collaborative team with a shared vision and a strong focus on the following values:

  • Whakawhanaungatanga (building culturally meaningful connections with others)
  • Manaakitanga (hospitality and caring for each others mana)
  • Kindness, generosity and curiosity
  • To enhance the mana of everyone we interact with

These are aspirational goals, and while we won’t always represent them perfectly, our aim is to use them as a guide, and work towards continuous improvement.

Strategic principles

Our approach to funding is underpinned by 9 key strategy principles. These principles guide our approach to giving, partnership and learning:

  • Relationships
  • Flexibility
  • Collaboration
  • Youth-centred
  • Leadership
  • Transparency (read about it below)
  • Leveraging Vodafone
  • Leveraging partnerships
  • Reciprocity

Please visit our Strategy document for 2017-2027 for more details on each of them.


We are open and clear about our strategy, funding approaches and the way we work.

On this page we want to share relevant information about our Governance, externally facing policy documents and our past Grant recipients.

Governance and Finances

Our Governing Trust Deed, statutory and financial documents and charity details are available in the Charity Services website. You can click here to visit our page.


At the Vodafone New Zealand Foundation we are committed to responsible and ethical behavior in all of our activities and we operate the guidance of a range of policies. These policies come to us from the Vodafone Group Foundation, Vodafone New Zealand and the Vodafone New Zealand Foundation.

The following policies can be applied to all our community partners and we expect from our directors, employees and community partners to comply with all applicable laws and policies.


  • Bullying and harassment policy

As a responsible organisation and employer, we want to be inclusive and create an environment where everyone who interacts with us will have a positive experience. We all have a role to play in this and we will not tolerate bullying or harassment.

If you are concerned about any inappropriate behavior please read the Bullying and Harassment Policy and report the situation to seek help.


  • Honouring the Treaty policy

The Vodafone New Zealand Foundation recognises the role of Te Tiriti o Waitangi/The Treaty of Waitangi as a foundational document for Aotearoa New Zealand. As an organisation based in Aotearoa New Zealand, we recognise that the principles must guide and inform our practise. The purpose of the Honouring the Treaty Policy is to describe the intended, ongoing development of the Vodafone New Zealand Foundation in relation to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and outline the organisational framework for action. We acknowledge that this is an aspirational document and we expect the policy to grow and change as we do.

A Te Reo version of this (and other) policy documents will be available in the near future.


  • Safeguarding policy

The Vodafone New Zealand Foundation recognises that the welfare of all children and vulnerable adults is of paramount importance, and is committed to the welfare and safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults within all the activities we undertake.

The Safeguarding Policy extends to all Vodafone staff acting on behalf of the Vodafone NZ Foundation, including our Instant Network and Hands Up volunteers


  • Speak Up policy

Our operations are conducted according to high standards of integrity and ethical behaviour.

Our Speak Up Policy describes the procedures that our Board follow to handle complaints regarding accounting, auditing matters, legal requirements or foundation policies.


  • Sponsorship and Giveaway policy

Occasionally we are lucky to receive in-kind donations from Vodafone, such as hardware, event sponsorship opportunities and event tickets. And when we do, we are able to offer those to our community partners. But unfortunately we are unable to meet ad hoc requests.

Sponsorship and Giveaway Policy outlines how and when these things will be offered.


Past grant recipients

Our latest grants were funded through our Innovation Fund, Collaboration Fund, Extension partnership, Alumni grant, Technology Development and Alumni Development Grants.

Prior to this, World of Difference was the flagship programme of the Vodafone New Zealand Foundation. Through this grant we supported more than 80 extraordinary individuals to make a difference to young people all over Aotearoa New Zealand.

On the map below you can see a full list of our WoD recipients, their recipient organisation and the year they were awarded.

We will continue to update this website with our new policies and grant recipients. If you have any specific questions you can email us at .