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Countdown Sponsorship
21st December 2016

Kia Ora everyone,

As you may already know, we unfortunately had to cancel our White Ribbon Relay event today due to the weather. However, you may have noticed that Countdown have made changes to their policies on how they deal with family violence as employees. They kindly donated $500 to Taranaki Safe Families Trust today in support of family violence prevention and awareness.

Countdown Media Release:

“As one of the country’s largest employers, Countdown wants to make sure our team have the support to lead a family violence free life.  Our policy aims to help any team member who is impacted by family violence so they can take the time needed to attend court and meet with medical and support services, without being impacted financially at work,”

“We recognise that people experiencing family violence feel vulnerable.  Our store locations and trading hours are by their very nature easily accessible to the public, and in smaller communities it’s not uncommon for many members of the same family to work in a store.  It’s important that our team can ask for help in the strictest of confidence, and that we have practical support in place when it’s most needed,”


Shaun Wall

Store Manager, Countdown NP Central

Taranaki Safe Families Trust

We want to congratulate Countdown for taking up the initiative to stand against family violence.

It’s great that one of New Zealand largest employers are willing to change their policies and provide their staff with support when they are struggling with this issue.

Countdown have supported Taranaki Safe Families for several years now. We are grateful to have them on board in the challenge to make Taranaki free of family violence. We are also grateful of their kind donation, this will go a long way to helping out the community over the next year. We recommend that other employers follow Countdown’s lead and aim to support staff experiencing family violence in their workplace.


We look forward to working with Countdown in the future.