By , Published 06th December, 2018.
A charity that provides practical support to foster children to assist their transition to new homes has another 150-plus new toys to
provide this Christmas, thanks to the generosity of the staff at AIA and
The toys were handed over at the AIA/Sovereign offices this morning.
"AIA and Sovereign have been amazing collecting and wrapping all these Christmas
gifts alongside social workers who know what their children will love. We
really appreciate your support and would love other local businesses to follow
your lead. Thank you for helping us for another year," says Louise
Allnutt, Auckland Co-ordinator and Chairperson of Foster Hope.
"Sadly, Christmas is a stressful time
of the year, where child protection agencies around the country see a big
increase in child abuse and crisis management cases."
"We want to ensure that if a child is
suddenly placed in a new home at this time, that the foster family is not
caught short with nothing under the tree for this child," Louise Allnutt says.
Chief Executive Officer AIA New Zealand, Nick Stanhope, says a sporting theme was chosen for
the gift drive, in line with the company’s ambitions for New Zealand, and New
"We want all Kiwi kids to think about health and
wellness early in their lives, so that they form the sort of habits that will
help them live healthier, longer, better lives."
"I’m really struck by the generosity of our combined
AIA and Sovereign team, which the companies are backing up with a $2000
"I’d implore anyone else who wants to help foster
children get the best start in life to either donate a toy before December 10,
or to make a cash donation," Nick Stanhope says.
Foster Hope’s gift donation guidelines, and the
details on how to make cash donations, are on their website.
"Lastly, I hope that all Kiwi children – whether they
be in foster care or not – as well as our customers and partners, have a happy
holiday, and a positive start to the New Year," Nick Stanhope says.
For images from
the handover of the presents, please contact Jay Harkness, Senior
Communications Adviser, on 027 836 2533, or at email@example.com.
A scene from the handover of the gifts this morning (6 December 2018).
About AIA and Sovereign:
In New Zealand
AIA and Sovereign together employ almost 900 people. Since AIA arrived in New
Zealand in 1981, it has consistently provided the market with innovative
personal and business insurance products that suit the Kiwi way of life. In
July 2018, the AIA Group acquired Sovereign, becoming the largest life insurer
in New Zealand. AIA and Sovereign offer a complete range of risk management
products that focus on the needs of customers. The companies are both based in
Auckland, with regional offices in Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch. Both
companies are members of the Insurance and Financial Services Ombudsman Scheme
and the Health Funds Association of New Zealand. AIA has an insurer financial
strength rating from Standard and Poor’s of AA-. Sovereign has a rating of A+,
from AM Best.
About AIA Group
AIA Group Limited and its subsidiaries
(collectively “AIA” or the “Group”) comprise the largest independent publicly
listed pan-Asian life insurance group. It has a presence in 18 markets in
Asia-Pacific – wholly-owned branches and subsidiaries in Hong Kong, Thailand,
Singapore, Malaysia, China, Korea, the Philippines, Australia, Indonesia,
Taiwan, Vietnam, New Zealand, Macau, Brunei, Cambodia, a 97 per cent subsidiary
in Sri Lanka, a 49 per cent joint venture in India and a representative office
The business that is now AIA was first
established in Shanghai almost a century ago in 1919. It is a market leader in
the Asia-Pacific region (ex-Japan) based on life insurance premiums and holds
leading positions across the majority of its markets. It had total assets of
US$221 billion as of 30 June 2018.
AIA meets the long-term savings and protection
needs of individuals by offering a range of products and services including
life insurance, accident and health insurance and savings plans. The Group also
provides employee benefits, credit life and pension services to corporate
clients. Through an extensive network of agents, partners and employees across
Asia-Pacific, AIA serves the holders of 32 million individual policies and over
16 million participating members of group insurance schemes.
AIA Group Limited is listed on the Main Board
of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited under the stock code “1299” with
American Depositary Receipts (Level 1) traded on the over-the-counter market
(ticker symbol: “AAGIY”).