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Backing Local

Supporting community rugby clubs across Aotearoa

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Applications are now open for Bunnings Rugby Assist.

Bunnings knows the important role local rugby clubs play in bringing communities together and over the past three years we have worked shoulder-to-shoulder with clubs from across the country who are making a positive difference to their local rugby community.

This year, Bunnings will help shine a brighter light on rugby clubs who are making a meaningful impact in their local community. Ten clubs will be selected to each receive $30,000 worth of Bunnings products and materials and labour support to upgrade their club.

Support from Bunnings Rugby Assist will focus on helping clubs to build on the service they provide for their rugby community – by helping them to improve, upgrade or renovate their facilities to enhance the support they provide throughout the season. 

Facility upgrades could include:

  • Upgrading the kitchen, lounge or outdoor areas to optimise club hosting.
  • Ensuring clubs are inclusive and accessible for all by creating female changing rooms or disability access.
  • Providing a safe play zone for tamariki so that families with young children feel supported and welcome.
  • Security systems and outdoor lighting so that club members feel safe and secure to use the facilities.

Applications close at 11.59pm, Sunday 4 August, 2024.

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Bunnings Rugby Assist is an annual program designed, in partnership with New Zealand Rugby, to help community rugby clubs upgrade facilities that are vital to their operation.

Since its first year, Bunnings Rugby Assist has supported 40 clubs with a share of $900,000 to upgrade their facilities.

Achieving change requires commitment from many and as a proud partner of provincial and community rugby in New Zealand, it’s just a small way that Bunnings can lend a hand to the communities in which we operate.

Since 2021, Bunnings Warehouse has been the primary partner and naming rights sponsor of the Bunnings National Provincial Championship (NPC), Farah Palmer Cup (FPC), Bunnings Heartland Championships.

Nz Bunnings rugby assist for 2023 winners

If you’re looking for inspiration on upgrades for your club, check out these stories from our previous Bunnings Rugby Assist winners.

Previous Bunnings Rugby Assist winners

Bunnings Local Rugby Fund

The Local Rugby Fund provides local rugby clubs with Bunnings products and materials to help with club maintenance.

Each club across Aotearoa can redeem a $250 Bunnings gift card from their local Bunnings store until June 30, 2025.

How do you redeem your Bunnings gift card?

Requests for a $250 Bunnings gift card can be made in writing on a registered local rugby club’s official letterhead, and sent to your nearest Bunnings store, to the attention of the Activities Organiser.The Activities Organiser will arrange a date for a club representative to meet at the Bunnings store to introduce themselves and handover the gift card. Our preference at Bunnings is to support local community groups by providing hands-on assistance with their projects. Wherever possible, our teams take the opportunity to get out into the community and help with grassroots projects, providing D.I.Y. support. We also regularly donate products for community activities including raffles and fundraising events. If your club is needing hands-on assistance with a project, please speak to the Activities Organiser to see what support is available. If you don’t have a Bunnings Warehouse store local to your club, you can apply for an e-gift card from the closest Bunnings store.