Care and Collaboration

Our Community

Connecting with each other is vital to all of us, and at Ford Sumner our community’s central to who we are. Care and collaboration are part of our values. So when we see an opportunity to invest in the health and well-being of both our team and our community, and support others who are doing the same, we leap at it! 

We’ve supported many people, organisations, and activities over the years, and we’re looking forward to continuing this.


New Zealand Ocean Swim Series - Major Sponsorship

Ford Sumner are proud supporters of the New Zealand Ocean Swim Series. Founded in 2006, the series is all about getting people moving and enjoying swimming, and positively impacting the natural environments in which we live.

We were very excited to have the opportunity to become a sponsor of the New Zealand Ocean Swim Series in 2018 – especially as their values align with our own – Innovative, Genuine, Fun, Professional, Inclusive, Challenging. We continue our support into the 2020/2021 season and beyond.

Part of being a great employer is encouraging our team to get out and have a go, so you’ll often spot our team in the pool or out in the open water. We even have a swim coach to help us prepare!

Check out the New Zealand Ocean Swim Series and come and give it a go with us. To help you even more, talk to one of our team about getting an entry discount code, or even a training programme.


The Whitireia Foundation - Scholarship

We have a long-standing relationship with the Whitireia Community Polytechnic and we enjoy supporting the Whitireia student community. Every year we fund a Whitireia Foundation scholarship for one or more students studying community-related degrees, such as social work.   

Whitireia Foundation Scholarships help New Zealand students studying at Whitireia’s Porirua and Wellington campuses. Over the years, scholarship applicants have been of an impressive calibre, demonstrating a genuine desire to succeed, and provide real support to our communities.

We have also offered employment opportunities to graduates – another show of our support.



Ford Sumner is also proud to support many other charities and community organisations, including: