Flying Start

Jetstar helps Kiwis get where they need to go

Jetstar's Flying Start Programme invites community groups and organisations to apply for a grant for $30,000, made up of $15,000 cash and $15,000 worth of travel with Jetstar, to fund a project that will enrich the lives of people in their local community.

Entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges, who will select an appropriate community group each quarter.

If you are a community group or organisation that could do with a flying start with Jetstar, we invite you apply.

  • Jetstar helping New Zealand

    Every day Jetstar flies thousands of people up and down New Zealand and across the Tasman, helping unite family and friends to share special holiday experiences with their accessible and affordable fares.

    Jetstar's 500 New Zealand staff do their very best, every day to get you where you want to go, and to ensure every Jetstar experience you have is as enjoyable as possible.

    But there are some people who need more from Jetstar than just low fares.

    • Charity

    • Educational
      and Health

    • Arts group or

    • Sporting group
      or organisation

    Entry is open to New Zealand based not-for-profit community groups and organisations of any size, who are seeking funding to help enhance the lives of people in their local community; and can be classified into one of the following categories.

    The community group or organisation should have a specific project in mind for how the grant will be used to benefit their local community.

    • 1 Jan 2015
      31 Mar 2015

      Grant #13

    • 1 Apr 2015
      30 Jun 2015

      Grant #14

    • 1 Jul 2015
      30 Sep 2015

      Grant #15

    • 1 Oct 2015
      31 Dec 2015

      Grant #16

    Grants will be awarded quarterly.

    Judges will gather in the week after the closing date for quarterly grant applications and select a community group or organisation to be the grant recipient.

    All applicants will be notified within 30 days of the applications close date each quarter and told whether or not they have been successful.

    • $15,000 Cash

    • $15,000 worth of travel
      with Jetstar anywhere
      on the Jetstar network

    • Promotion of their community group or organisation on Jetstar's website and Facebook page

    • National and local level
      media leverage to be
      facilitated by Jetstar
      PR agency partner

    Each quarterly grant will consist of the same elements, to ensure fairness and transparency.

    Each grant will be worth $30,000, comprising $15,000 cash and $15,000 worth of Jetstar travel.

    • 1

      The extent to which the community group or organisation is seeking funding to help enhance the lives of people in their local community in the areas of charity, health, sport, education or the arts;

    • 2

      the extent to which the community group or organisation can maximise their local community benefits with the Jetstar Flying Start Programme funding (e.g. the extent to which they have a tangible project or activity in mind to utilise the grant); and

    • 3

      the extent to which the project or activity will celebrate and highlight the work of the community group or organisation and help boost the profile and strength of the group for the future within twelve months of the grant being awarded.

  • Discovery Foundation

    The Discovery Foundation is our 12th recipient of the Jetstar Flying Start grant, receiving $15,000 cash and $15,000 in travel to expand into Christchurch and deliver programmes that will help the youth of Canterbury and the South Island.

    The Discovery Foundation was established by New Zealand parents in Auckland in 1991 to give young people skills and strategies to enable them to deal with challenges and get the best out of life.

    The Flying Start grant will fund a seven-day teen residential camp (ages 14-18) and a children’s non-residential weekend programme (ages 8-12), designed to promote self-esteem and encourage young people to reach their potential.

    To connect with Discovery Foundation click here.

  • Crohn’s & Colitis New Zealand

    The Crohn’s and Colitis New Zealand Charitable Trust (CCNZ) is our 11th recipient of the Jetstar Flying Start grant, receiving $15,000 cash and $15,000 in travel to host the first NZ-based camp for children and teenagers living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).

    The one-week summer CCNZ Children and Teen's camp will be held in late January 2015 at Auckland’s YMCA Camp Adair, attended by 48 young people aged 10-19 from all over New Zealand who live with IBD.

    New Zealand has the world’s highest incidence rate of IBD with an estimated 20,000 people living with the disease.

    CCNZ was established in early 2010 to respond to the needs of patients across New Zealand by funding research to find better therapies and work towards an eventual cure.

    To connect with CCNZ click here.

  • Hand In Hand

    Hand in Hand is the 10th Flying Start Programme recipient, receiving $15,000 in cash and $15,000 in travel to extend its operations to potentially hundreds more Kiwi women.

    Hand in Hand is an Auckland-based women’s health charity providing women living with cancer a safe and private environment to enjoy a manicure and pedicure using organic products.

    The Jetstar Flying Start Grant is assisting with the revamp of the Hand in Hand studio. The grant will also fund the travel of women living with cancer outside of Auckland to visit Hand in Hand for a day of treatment and pampering.

  • Dunstanza

    Dunstan High School’s ‘Dunstanza’ choir is the ninth Flying Start Programme grant recipient, receiving $15,000 cash and $15,000 in travel, enabling the 52-strong Otago performance troupe to travel to the Melbourne International Singers Festival in June.

    The Dunstanza choir will have their talents on show at two concerts while attending the Festival as well as participating in contemporary and gospel music workshops with Choral Directors from America.

    The Jetstar Flying Start Grant helped supplement the fundraising carried out by the Alexandra community allowing school group to make the trip memorable for all choir members and reducing the financial burden on families.

  • MenzShed of Kaiapoi

    MenzShed is the eighth Flying Start Programme grant recipient, receiving $15,000 cash and $15,000 in travel, to help build a much-needed metal working shed to support the people of Kaiapoi in Canterbury.

    MenzShed brings men together in a community space to share their skills, have a laugh, and work on practical tasks individually (personal projects) or as a group (for the Shed or community). Over 50 Sheds exist around New Zealand with the aim of nurturing the mental health and wellbeing of all the members of the group, within a friendly environment.

    Projects already undertaken out of the Kaiapoi MenzShed include constructing and installing planter boxes in Kaiapoi’s main street, fixing fences for the elderly, installing raised gardens, and building public benches and bird houses.

  • Big Buddy

    Big Buddy is our sixth Jetstar Flying Start Programme grant recipient, receiving $15,000 cash and $15,000 in travel.

    With growing waiting lists for trusted male mentors for young boys in the Wellington region, the grant will be used to expand Big Buddy’s services in the Capital, boosting its infrastructure and recruiting much-needed Big Buddies.

    Offering a free mentoring service run by dedicated professionals, nearly 500 Kiwi boys have been matched with hand-picked mentors since the service started in 1997.

  • Safekids New Zealand

    Safekids New Zealand, a service established to help reduce the high rates of preventable injury to children, is the latest recipient of a Jetstar Flying Start Programme grant.

    The $30,000 grant - evenly split between flights and cash - will be used to raise awareness of scooter safety amongst Kiwi kids.

  • The New Zealand Festival

    The New Zealand Festival is the seventh Flying Start Programme grant recipient, receiving $15,000 cash and $15,000 in travel, to be used for a ground-breaking performance by 500 Kiwis, titled 'The Big Bang'.

    The grant will be used to help facilitate flights and ground costs for hundreds of young people from Christchurch and Auckland to Wellington where they will join a 500-strong group made-up of Strike Percussion, Kora, Wellington community choirs and the 200 young drummers who will perform a unique drumming and vocal performance to open the bi-annual three-week New Zealand Festival on Friday 21 February, 2014.

    In preparation for this special event, 200 young people from Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland have been training with professional musicians from Strike Percussion, a ground-breaking programme for children which not only teaches valuable musical skills but also harnesses the transformative power of collaboration and working towards a common goal.

  • Clown Doctors

    It’s smiles all round as Clown Doctors New Zealand is announced as the fourth Jetstar Flying Start Programme grant recipient.

    Over 50,000 hospital patients and family members have been entertained in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch hospitals since the Clown Doctors organisation started in New Zealand in 2009. Using laughter as an aid to encourage and motivate, the 24 Clown Doctors give psychological support and complement the therapy of the sick or suffering in hospitals and relief centers. The funny chaos created by Clown Doctors brings smiles not only to the faces of the patients and their family members, but also to hospital staff and visitors.

    The $15,000 cash and $15,000 travel grant will enable the Clown Doctors to run a specialist ‘Medical Clowning’ training course and expand their work nationwide during the annual Smile Days campaign in late May.

  • Deaf Aotearoa

    Deaf Aotearoa is the latest recipient of a Jetstar Flying Start Programme grant. Kiwi families with deaf or hearing impaired parents will be able to participate in a special conference in Christchurch next year, made possible by the $30,000 grant.

    The second annual NZ Deaf and Hearing Impaired Parents Conference and Children’s Camp in January 2013 will give families the chance to learn how to tackle their unique challenges, hear from expert speakers, share their experiences and make new friends.

  • Arthritis New Zealand

    Kiwi kids suffering from arthritis will have the chance to attend a unique camp after Arthritis NZ received a $30,000 grant through the Jetstar Flying Start Programme.

    More than 1,000 New Zealand children, from toddlers to teenagers, suffer from arthritis. The annual camp run by Arthritis New Zealand for the past two years offers young sufferers a chance to meet, to learn new skills and to build their confidence.

    The Jetstar Flying Start Programme grant of $15,000 in flights and $15,000 in cash means 50 children from around the country will be able to attend the camp in 2013 - 25% more than ever before.

  • Bellyful

    Bellyful is the first New Zealand group to receive a $30,000 grant through the Jetstar Flying Start Programme and will use these funds to help enrich the lives of New Zealanders.

    Bellyful is a New Zealand-based charity organisation which provides free, home-cooked meals to families who have newborns, are struggling with the illness of a parent or child, or are new to a community.

    Bellyful launched in May 2009 with the first branch in Pukekohe, New Zealand. In April 2012, Bellyful had 12 branches throughout the North and South Island of New Zealand.

    The organisation is run by a network of more than 300 volunteers who cook and deliver frozen, precooked meals to families who are short of a support network close-by.

    People in towns all over New Zealand have been contacting Bellyful with interest to start Bellyful branches in their local towns. The demand for Bellyful services is rapidly growing so the Jetstar Flying Start grant (made up of $15,000 cash and $15,000 worth of flights) will enable Bellyful to expand and start up additional branches to help more families.

    Bellyful is aiming to use the Jetstar grant to double its size with another 12 branches to open within 12 months; taking the total to 24 Bellyful branches across New Zealand.

    Funds raised by the volunteers and public donations cover the costs of running the Bellyful branches. Expenses include food, containers and communication material. There are currently no paid positions in Bellyful, even in Head Office.

  • Success of Bellyful

    Success of the Bellyful opening in Christchurch

    In early August Bellyful - the Kiwi charity providing free, home cooked meals to new families- opened its first ever Christchurch branch with the help of a $30,000 grant received from the Jetstar Flying Start Programme.

    Bellyful is run by a network of volunteers who cook and deliver the frozen, precooked meals to families who have newborns, are struggling with the illness of a parent or child, or are new to a community.

    Bellyful was the first New Zealand group to receive the grant of $15,000 in cash and $15,000 in Jetstar flights which been used to help fund the travel and costs associated with opening new branches around the country.   

    On Saturday 4 August Bellyful volunteers were joined by Jetstar Australia and New Zealand CEO David Hall, Jetstar Flying Start Programme Judge Steve Price and Jetstar crew members for a 'cook off' event. Over 80 meals including macaroni cheese were cooked and packaged, ready to be delivered to new mums in Christchurch.

Meet the Panel

  • Grant Kerr

    Jetstar Head of New Zealand

    Grant Kerr - Jetstar Head of New Zealand

    Grant was appointed Head of New Zealand for Jetstar in August 2013, having worked in the aviation industry in New Zealand for the previous eight years. Originally from Queensland, Grant’s executive history also includes many years with the electricity distribution sector in both Australia and NZ. Grant has lived in Hamilton and Nelson with previous airline roles and is now based with Jetstar in Auckland.

  • Mike Cox

    Jetstar Pilot

    Mike Cox - Jetstar Pilot

    Mike is our Manager Flying Operations here in New Zealand and joined Jetstar New Zealand in 2010. Mike comes from Christchurch and started flying at the age of 17. His flying career now spans 30 years from flight instructor in aero clubs to working for major airlines in New Zealand and the around the world. Mike has a wife and two young children and is based in Auckland.

  • Nikki Ashton

    Jetstar Cabin Crew

    Nikki Ashton - Jetstar Cabin Crew

    Nikki has been in the aviation industry since 2004. She started with Jetstar when our Christchurch base opened in 2005 and was employed as a Customer Service Manager. While in that role, as Jetstar has grown to include domestic services, Nikki’s career has also mirrored that growth. In 2011 Nikki was appointed the role of Star Development Manager. Nikki was born in Christchurch and after leaving to travel has settled back in Christchurch, where she and her partner are raising their young family.

  • Miriyana Alexander

    Editor, Herald on Sunday

    Miriyana Alexander - Editor, Herald on Sunday

    Miriyana joined the Herald on Sunday as editor in November 2013. She has had a 25-year career as a journalist, much of it in the competitive Sunday newspaper market. She grew up in the Mackenzie Country, but has called Auckland home for more than 15 years now. She is married with a young son. Miriyana is looking forward to the Herald on Sunday’s ongoing relationship with the Jetstar Flying Start Programme and has been impressed with the difference it makes to many extraordinary community groups.

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