Local community involvement

Local community involvement

At KPMG, our engagement with communities across the country is locally-driven through partnership with low decile schools.

KPMG's local involvement is driven through partnership with low decile schools.

At KPMG, our engagement with communities across the country is locally-driven. The cornerstone of our local community involvement is our partnership with low decile schools in each of our office locations. Read about our local stories below.

Centre for Social Impact

In March 2014 we signed a Memorandum of Understanding with ASBCT to collaborate on their newly formed Centre for Social Impact – formed to support philanthropic, community and government initiatives to address complex social issues. ASBCT and KPMG are working together to provide services and resources to support selected beneficiary organisations to achieve their goals and objectives with the intention of helping to advance the objectives of the Centre for Social Impact.

Congratulations to Foundation North and CSI on the launch of their first Social Impact Report, as a key partner for their innovative Catalysts for Change organisations, we look forward to continuing to support their positive community impacts.

For more information: Centre for Social Impact
 

Merivale School

A decile 1 school, based in Merivale, Tauranga with a roll of 140, the school caters for children in Years 1-6. The language of instruction in five of the classrooms is English and they work together as the Aratika team. The other two classrooms form a Maori medium unit, Nga Hau e Wha. One of these classrooms teaches in 81-100% Te Reo Maori and is a rumaki (immersion) rooms. The second class which makes up this team teaches in 51-80% Te Reo Maori.

The Schools Mission Statement is to be a school that is admired for leading the way in its own unique learning models that focus on the development of the unlimited potential of its students.

Our KPMG Tauranga team have been working with Merivale since mid-2013 and are loving helping out with a roster system for breakfast club 2 days a week, donations for Christmas gifts for every child, along with resources for classrooms and sports equipment. We work with the schools staff each year to find other ways we can help out by creating a wish list and working through it. Our Tauranga people are loving the opportunity to be a part of the school’s extended whanau.

Edmund Hillary School

Our relationship with the Papakura decile 1 school stretches back to 2007, when KPMG joined an Auckland Council initiative to connect corporates with local schools. (Originally intended as only a 3-year term, we were keen to keep going).Along with providing the Board with financial guidance, the entire firm – and several of our clients – also provide support in various ways.

Originally opened by Sir Edmund Hillary in 1963, the 158-roll decile 1 school has a motto of ‘Be Determined, Aim High’. School principal Kataraina Nock says the school is “on the cusp of a huge turnaround”, thanks to those with a vision to help realise the school’s potential. “We’ve gone from no children achieving at national standards 7 years ago; to more than 70% for Maths and Reading and 60% for Writing in 2014. We’re now aiming for 95%.”

When you learn more about Edmund Hillary School, it’s easy to see why KPMG people and EHS’s staff are passionate about helping to make a difference. Here are some of the stats:

  • 52% of the children are in CYFs care, or are at high-risk.
  • Only one family owns their own home, and few families own their own computer.
  • Many of the children come to school having had no breakfast and with no lunch.

The school provides a safe and caring sanctuary for the children – with an inspirational principal and staff, who do a wonderful job to help them aim high.

Rhode Street School

Rhode Street School is located in Dinsdale, Hamilton. It provides education for years 0 – 8 and was established in 1959. Rhode Street School prides itself on been innovative and leading edge in the education and experiences it provides to its students. The community and environment are also of huge importance to the school culture and this is experienced when you visit the school and take a tour of their grounds including all the produce grown for the school kitchen on site and the newly created ecological island containing a new science block. Rhode Street School provides a multicultural experience for its students and has families from many ethnic backgrounds.

Rhode Street School’s vision is RESPECT, LEARN, GROW and FAMILY

KPMG Hamilton and Rhode Street School formed a relationship in 2014 and the school has been really generous in letting our people to get involved with the School. Our team have spent time working around the school grounds and at Christmas time we fundraised as an office to purchase board games, chess sets and basketball hoops for the School. This year, we are excited about continuing our relationship with Rhode Street School. Their volunteer calendar is full of events which we look forward to being involved with.

Te Kura Whakapumau I te Reo Tuturu ki Waitaha

KPMG Christchurch began building a relationship with local Opawa decile 1 school Te Kura Whakapumau in early 2013. The 80-roll decile 1 school which encompasses the primary school (kura tuatahi) right through to high school (whare kura) is a full immersion Te Reo Maori school, meaning a full Maori speaking environment. The Kura is a close knit community which believes in whanau (family) first and has a strong purpose. The main aspiration of the school is to strive for Tino Rangatiratanga – Self Determination, align with a strong focus on:

  • We assert that the teaching and learning environment is a happy and stimulating experience for, children, whanau and all other participants.
  • We aim to maintain a high quality Te Aho Matua educational programme for primary and wharekura students.
  • We strive to expose students to a board and balanced education through the medium of Matauranga Maori, te reo me ona tikanga.
  • We strive to become independent lifelong learners.
  • To foster achievement and success for all students at all levels.
  • We encourage students to: Whai Koha – Respect, Manaaki Tangata – Care for others, Maramatanga – Understanding.

The Kura is involved in the food in schools program and is supported by KidsCan with clothing for the children. KPMG Christchurch have a fund with over $3,000 raised in December 2013 at a fundraising event, which is to be used for the Kura’s benefit in the future as the Christchurch office looks to strengthen their relationship and understand the needs of the children and their whanau.

We have also supported the school with funding for a school trip, Easter treats, provided computers, desks and various equipment to assist in the running and administration of The Kura. In December 2014 the KPMG Christchurch team wrapped a gift for each of the children at the Kura as part of KPMG’s National Christmas giving, the gifts were purchased out of fundraising efforts of our people throughout the year.

Hutt Schools Initiative

In September 2014 we joined an initiative with the Hutt City Council to partner with a cluster of low decile schools in the Hutt Valley area. The partnership aims to support some of New Zealand’s most vulnerable kids by giving them the opportunities and access to services that that vast majority of New Zealander’s may take for granted.

This is a pioneering opportunity for KPMG Wellington to make a real difference to those in need and it goes hand in hand with our purpose of Fuelling New Zealand’s Prosperity. Our relationships with Pomare Primary, Avalon Intermediate, Taita College, St Michaels Primary and Taita Central School are well underway and everyone we involve in this (10 year) project is excited to help, including clients.

During the short time since we established this partnership, we donated 20 used laptops to Pomare Primary and their feedback on just how we can make a difference is clear: "This is a stunning opportunity for us and already there have been positives with regards to 1 to 1 devices for our students. The opportunities are endless and we are excited and looking forward to working with KPMG over the next 10 years."

Wellington Free Ambulance

Wellington Free Ambulance are the ones providing emergency ambulance services in Greater Wellington and Wairarapa. They are the ones who offer patient transfer services to and from hospitals, trained paramedics in homes, and volunteers at sporting events and community fairs. They help 1 in 10 of your friends and family every year, and attend around 140 incidents every day. They are the only paramedic service in the greater Wellington region and the Wairarapa, and they are free.

We have supported Wellington Free Ambulance’s essential work by supplying a 4 wheel drive rescue vehicle and being one of four corporate partners in a new ambulance (No. 440), raising money at our Client Golf Days and collecting one dollar for every cup of coffee, tea, muffin & scone sold at our Wellington on-site cafe. More recently our people helped with Wellington Free’s annual street appeal.

KPMG has also invested in a defibrillator to provide community support as well as training for our people. For more information about defibrillator locations in Wellington visit www.wfa.org.nz/operationheartbeat