Closed for Good: BNZ shuts up shop for community projects in Kāpiti

On 4 September, nearly 5,500 BNZ employees will be getting stuck into some of the thousands of odd jobs that need doing around New Zealand while the bank is “Closed for Good”.

Closed for Good sees BNZ stores and offices around New Zealand close their doors for a whole day so that staff can help out community and not-for-profit groups with projects that support the wider community.

BNZ is calling for community groups to submit projects in what is easily New Zealand’s biggest day of corporate volunteering.

“Whether it’s a fence to paint, a garden to weed or even writing a financial plan, thousands of our staff are available on 4 September to help your organisation be good with money,” says BNZ CEO, Andrew Thorburn.

This is the fourth time BNZ has undertaken Closed for Good and Mr Thorburn is determined to make this year’s the best yet.

“It’s crucial that large organisations such as ours give back to the communities that help New Zealand grow,” says Mr Thorburn. “We can offer resources to assist with financial planning, HR and marketing advice, building an app or even just being there to lend a hand to a big job.

“I’m personally looking forward to getting out there and helping out on a worthy project,” he says.

Last year in Kāpiti BNZers helped a number of organisations includiong the Waikanae Estuary Care Group who they to help weed and plant natives on Te Araroa Walkway. They also helped out Parkwood Lodge and the Kāpiti Rest Home by sharing some recreation time with elderly residents.

Projects will be undertaken all around the country, with community and volunteer organisations able to submit their projects by visiting

Submissions for this year’s projects are due by the 26 July 2013.