Te Rourou, Vodafone Aotearoa Foundation is committed to creating an equitable Aotearoa for our rangatahi.
At the Vodafone Foundation, we have a vision of an Aotearoa New Zealand where all young people have access to the resources and opportunities they need to thrive. We want all rangatahi to have a sense of agency. We want to see each and every young person living a life they value – with a bright future ahead.
Right now, that’s not the reality.
20% of young people in Aotearoa are over-burdened and under-resourced. These young people are being locked out of opportunity by systems and experiences beyond their control, and face ongoing, complex challenges to their health, their education, and their relationships. Many of these excluded and disadvantaged young people will live with material deprivation, struggle to find employment, experience racism, and interact with the justice system and protective services.
We are partnering with community and bringing the best of digital technology to halve the number of excluded and disadvantaged young people by 2027.
The Vodafone Foundation was established in Aotearoa in 2002. Since then, we have partnered with Vodafone to invest more than $43 million, supporting more than 1,000 community organisations. We’re proud to be one of the largest corporate philanthropic funders in Aotearoa. Our Foundation draws on the resources and skills of the Vodafone New Zealand team, allowing us to blend digital investment, corporate partnerships, operational and communications support, advocacy, and mentoring with philanthropic funding to build fast-paced, sustainable, and measurable change.