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Beyond the milk – a local hero: Celebrating James Walker’s service to the community

Edendale Process Manager and Chief of Wyndham Volunteer Fire Brigade, James Walker, has been protecting and supporting the people of the small South Island town Wyndham for over 40 years.

July 01, 2024


Shining a light on our Fire and Emergency volunteers 

This week is Te Wiki Tūao ā-Motu – National Volunteer Week and we’re shining a light on some of our 130 employees who volunteer for Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) across the country.

June 20, 2024

Our Whānau

Meet Haylee – Director of Māori Strategy, Fonterra

Growing up in the heart of Te Nehenehenui, King Country, Fonterra’s Director of Māori Strategy, Haylee Putaranui, has always had a strong sense of home.

May 30, 2024


Building a Brighter Future in STEM: Fonterra and Pūhoro Partner to Empower Māori Rangatahi

In a significant move towards fostering diversity and inclusivity in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields, Fonterra, Aotearoa, New Zealand's largest dairy Co-operative, and Pūhoro, a national Charitable Trust dedicated to increasing Māori participation in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Mātauranga Māori), have joined forces in a new partnership.

April 11, 2024


Surfing for Farmers makes waves with biggest season yet

Farming is right up there when it comes to the most rewarding jobs in the world, but it can also be one of the most demanding.

February 28, 2024


Hawke’s Bay farmers grateful for support a year on from cyclone

When the full force of Cyclone Gabrielle struck last February, it brought a range of emotions for Hawke’s Bay farmers Nick and Nicky Dawson.

February 27, 2024


International Volunteer Day 2023

Each year on the 5th of December, International Volunteer Day provides volunteers and organisations the opportunity to celebrate their efforts, to share their values, and to promote their work among their communities. Learn more below about how our amazing teams across the globe are supporting their communities.

December 05, 2023


Fonterra’s Edgecumbe Site Turns 100

Surviving an earthquake and two major floods have made hitting the 100-year milestone all that sweeter for our Edgecumbe site.

September 15, 2023


Fonterra boosts support for Trees for Survival 

Following last year’s success, we’re ramping up our support for Trees for Survival, to provide seedlings and resources to 22 schools so students can plant native trees.

July 28, 2023