Partnering with charities and aiming to make New Zealand a better place, Kiwi brands Mitre 10 and Ketz-ke are showing other retailers how it’s done.
Known for its continuous social projects, Mitre 10 has recently lent a helping hand to several organisations and charities, following a nationwide call which attracted over 250 nominations.
One winner of the competition was Tauranga Special School which teaches students aged five to 21 who have intellectual disabilities, physical or sensory impairments, or are on the autistic spectrum. Mitre 10 assisted with a new sensory pathway which will provide students with a stimulating experience built with a variety of surfaces for wheelchair access, tactile panels along the fence to reflect stories and a sensory dark room with switches to activate sounds.
“The sensory pathway is unique and exciting because it gives viable options for multi-level learning. Educationally, it reflects the current and ongoing needs of all our students and addresses their engagement levels in new and exciting ways,” says Tauranga Special School teacher, Jo Crean.
Next in line for Mitre 10 is helping emergency shelter SHINE create a pet-friendly space so women escaping domestic violence can bring their dogs with them. An old shed at one of SHINE’s refuges will be transformed into kennels for this purpose.
“Our clients say that their pets are an important part of the family, as well as their emotional support and many will stay in an unsafe situation because they cannot leave their pets behind. This project means that they don’t have to,” says SHINE’s acting general manager, Sally Ward.
At a time where supporting local is more important than ever, designer of urban fashion label Ketz-ke, Jenny Drury, has decided to champion hero styles of collections gone by while supporting The Tania Dalton Foundation.
Supporting other businesses and innovation, Jenny had seven NZ netball all-stars, including Tania Dalton Foundation scholarship recipient Vika Koloto, model the collection and donated the standard model fees to the foundation.
Keeping Kiwi women in mind, the collection is a tale of fun yet functional fashion and features two limited-edition Tania Dalton Foundation t-shirts, the proceeds of which will go towards the various initiatives of the foundation.