Media Releases

Media Releases

There are few better ways for a charity to gain public awareness than being in the media. To do this, we tell the media our stories on a regular basis, in the form of media releases. We've picked out a selection of them below. Please feel free to share them with friends, family, colleagues and the community!

An Ecozip Adventure!

15 Jul 2022

We are so excited to get back into events again – kicking off with three  Ecozip days out! Our Mentoring Manager Mark Sanders has filed this lovely report of some of the highlights of the most recent trip to share with the rest of our Big Buddy community. Our day started with […]

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Chemist Warehouse and Super Rugby Partners come together to raise over $135k for Kiwi Charities

06 Jul 2022

New Zealand’s fastest-growing pharmacy group Chemist Warehouse have raised $140,000 in just one month for a host of deserving charities.  With the support of its suppliers and customers, Chemist Warehouse partnered with the Chiefs, Hurricanes, Highlanders, Crusaders and Blues in the fundraising drive during May. The campaign was run across all […]

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We’re on the hunt for a new place to call home!

06 Aug 2021

Big Buddy Mentoring Trust – Auckland Head Office Big Buddy is a registered charity that exists to make a positive difference for 7 – 14 year old boys who don’t have their dads in their lives. Courageous, brave mums and caregivers bring their precious boys to us to help fill […]

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Still time to help a boy without a dad – even while running Vodafone Warriors

07 May 2020

To most people, Dave Curran would have his hands pretty full heading the operations and finances for The Vodafone Warriors, and being a husband and a father to three school-age children. But driving along one day mid 2019, he heard an ad on the radio that awoke a long held […]

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Wellington 30-somethings make great Big Buddies!

21 Nov 2019

Anyone who saw some of our youngest Auckland Big Buddies on TV3’s The Project in September will know that younger men are stepping up to make a big difference in the lives of boys who don’t have a dad around. These men are at the lower end of the Millennial […]

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The force forms solid foundation for mentoring

30 Oct 2018

Ken Turner may have left the police force to study engineering like so many other men in his family, but he still fosters a strong care of duty towards others. Ken is now a Big Buddy mentor to 11-year-old ‘fatherless’ Wellington boy, Ollie. The impetus came when the ex-sergeant moved […]

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Pete’s wisdom of years perfect for mentoring Sean

20 Sep 2018

Kapiti local and mentor Pete Hobbs, 72, is testament to the more recent wave of thinking that suggests one should put the concept of retirement on the backburner and keep on keeping busy.   Pete works full time as a painter-decorator and spends a few hours each week mentoring 9 […]

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From teaching men’s anger management to finding mentors for boys

05 Sep 2018

While finding kind-hearted male mentors to improve the lives of boys whose fathers are not around is a beautifully simple proposition, staffing and operating such a charity in Auckland, Wellington and Waikato requires a great deal of thought and coordination. South and East Auckland is no exception – areas that […]

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Businesses help boy develop resilience and independence

07 Jun 2018

This May, Waikato boy Morgan Glover was sponsored by Go Rentals and Barworks to attend Outward Bound for a week. The 14 year-old Little Buddy trained hard to get match-fit for a course that is known to develop the very things that Big Buddies look to bring out in these […]

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Big Buddy welcomes partnership model

28 Feb 2018

A charity that finds good-hearted mentors to enhance the lives of 7-14-year-old fatherless boys is realising staff and expansion plans at an accelerated rate, thanks to a new business relationship model. Big Buddy has always received far more requests to find Big Buddies than there are available men. But the […]

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