Why we support KidsCan

We believe every child deserves a decent start in life. Education is a child’s ticket out of poverty. It is how we will break the cycle of hardship, and it is at the core of everything KidsCan does. KidsCan are levelling the playing field, giving children whose families are struggling the same opportunity to learn as anyone else.

We have partnered with KidsCan to provide thousands of Kiwi kids with the basics they need to remove barriers to learning. They are doing this by:

  • Working in partnership with hundreds of low decile schools throughout New Zealand, delivering essential items such as; food, raincoats, shoes and socks and basic healthcare. Learn more
  • Working with 99 early childhood centres. KidsCan’s Early Childhood Programme is helping to get more Kiwi kids under five into preschool. Empowering our most vulnerable children through education today, will give them the best opportunity to succeed tomorrow. Learn more

There's so much more to do, but we need your help to do it.

Join Meridian and KidsCan to help get kids ready for school

We all know that kids use up an incredible amount of energy to grow, learn and play. They need a few things to keep them fuelled up – like nutritious meals, clothing and health products. But the summer holidays are almost over, and heaps of Kiwi kids are heading back to school without the essential items they need to get them through the day.

KidsCan is looking to change the story and have put together a list of essentials to give these kids a leg up. As always, Meridian stands right next to KidsCan. That’s why we’re doing our bit to provide 25,000 hot meals to help our tamariki fuel their bodies and their minds.

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ElectricAir - KidsCan school field trip

We invited a bunch of kids along to Rangiora Airfield to get up close and personal with the electric plane and an electric car. They got to sit in the cockpit while an instructor taught them how the plane worked, and showed them what all the knobs, dials and pedals were for! Being an active airfield, the kids were able to hear the difference between various planes and how much quieter the electric one really is – about 70% quieter in fact! They also had an opportunity to talk to an expert about the ins and outs of how electric transport works. Needless to say, there are now a few kids who want to be pilots when they grow up. New experiences on a Friday? Can’t argue with that.  

“I want to be a plane driver when I grow up” - KidsCan future pilot, 20 November 2020 


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