Urban Partners in the Community

Urban Partners supports a number of projects in the community.  Some of the larger projects we are involved in include programmes to assist the disadvantaged to achieve their potential. We also support player funding and piano education programmes for the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.

Staples Education FoundatioN

Dilworth has been educating boys from challenging backgrounds for over a hundred years. Urban Partners co-founder Haydn Staples’ affinity for Dilworth has led him to establish the Staples Education Foundation (SEF) to provide additional support for the students from ‘beyond the green gates’ of Dilworth. The SEF is dedicated to enabling high achieving Dilworth student graduates achieve a tertiary education, a job and to give back to Dilworth.

The SEF currently funds eight students, four are funded for fees, halls of residence, a buddy (to help and to facilitate choices at University) and a mentor for the duration of their course. An additional four students are provided with buddies and mentors. The Foundation will grant eight similar Scholarships each year so that within three years there will be twenty four Scholarship winners plus their buddies and mentors for the duration of their degrees, approximately fifty people in all to engage with for the students benefit.

“It is a privilege to give a hand to deserving young students. The feedback from participants in the SEF for this our pilot year has been outstanding and I am committed to ensuring the SEF is set up to endure and stand the test of time” Haydn Staples



Movember is all about bringing the moustache back to the workplace. It is a fantastic way to unite a workplace, from a small business to global corporations. Movember guarantees fun while doing good - raising funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health.


A group of Urban Partners’ team members formed Urban Mo’taches in support of Men’s health in November 2014.  For a small group they packed a big punch, raising the most funds out of any team in New Zealand of 10 or less. Their efforts to grow healthy moustaches resulted in fundraising over $8,810.

The prize, $2,500 worth of adidas kit, was donated to the For Everyone Foundation, a New Zealand charity set up by Ali Williams, Dan Carter and Richie McCaw.  We’re pleased to announce that the winner of the $2,500 prize was Waithohi JAB - Waitohi Rugby Club Juniors - based in Picton. Many of the club’s junior players come from families of limited means and the club will use the prize to provide them with shorts, socks and balls. 

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