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Subsidised Healthcare

Fully subsidised contribution to Marram Community Trust. This contribution allows you and your whānau to be reimbursed for your health bills along with having access to affordable holidays. This contribution includes your partner and children under 18 years of age, all at no additional cost. Pre-existing conditions are also covered - T&Cs apply.

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Volunteering Days

You can apply for a day of paid leave to volunteer for an initiative important to you. Past volunteering days included:

  • Restoration of local parks 
  • Planting days
  • Beach clean-ups
  • Helping at a soup kitchen 

Flexible Working

Depending on your role, we offer a range of flexible work options including:

  • Flexible hours
  • Part-time arrangements
  • Flexible locations
  • Remote working


We understand how important health and well-being are to a balanced lifestyle. Here’s what you get access to:

  • Our national mental health first aid officers
  • Our Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) for you, and your immediate family
  • An annual free health check-up, flu shot and workplace assessment

Deals and discounts from local and national retailers

Access to more than 40 discount offers including:

  • Healthcare
  • Travel
  • Technology
  • Home renovations
  • Insurance, and much, much more

Whānau Scholarships

This initiative gives the children and grandchildren of Downer employees the opportunity to be granted with a scholarship of $5,000 for a year of tertiary study. Regardless of the area of study, the whānau scholarships are an opportunity to lend a hand and help grow the next generation of leaders, by supporting our people’s people.

Enhanced Parental Leave

We offer comprehensive return-to-work benefits for those returning from parental leave. When returning to work after parental leave, we’ll help you Ease Back to Work. You can choose for the first 12 weeks of your return to work 4 days a week and be paid for 5.

Development and Career Opportunities

Our range of more than 50 learning and development programmes include:

  • Mentoring and Coaching 
  • Leadership and Front-line Management 
  • Support to gain trade licences, endorsements, and accreditations 

Our Tikanga | Our values

Tuituia ngātahi matou ki te mana o te Whānau, te Manaaki te Kairangatira me te Ngākau Pono. Tuituia hei korowai tikanga tuku iho mo tatou.

O rite ki ngā rakau nui tupu ai te wao nui o Tāne ko te Kauri i whakawhiwhi haumaru, ko te Rimu i whakawhiwhi taonga, ko te Tōtara i whakawhiwhi whanaungatanga, ko te Kahikatea i whakawhiwhi whakaaro matakite. Ngā pou e wha i aumangea ai te whakataukī te whanaungatanga ka angitū”.

Hui e! Taiki e!
Stitching us together as one are family and relationships, care & respect, excellence and integrity as our cloak of values.

The same as the great trees growing in the great forest of Tāne is the Kauri which connects us to Safety, the Rimu which connects us to Delivery, the Tōtara which connects us to Relationships and the Kahikatea which connects us to Thought Leadership. 

These are the four pillars upon which we build “Relationship creating success”. United and ready to move forward!

Find out more about our Tikanga and what they mean to our people below!

Ngākau Pono

Downer Donate | Supporting Communities

Downer Donate is a way for our people to nominate local causes and charities that are close to their hearts and require much-needed funds and support. Every month we donate up to $15,000 to a selection of charities and causes that have been recently nominated, presenting them with monetary prizes in the form of a cheque or vouchers.

We want to make a difference in our local communities and reward those who are helping to make a difference - you can start nominating causes as soon as you join our whānau. Take a look at some of our recent winners below and find out more about the causes on their websites or Facebook pages!