About us

Community partnerships

We’re proud to be a Kiwi business, and love to find ways our people, and our platform, can help.

Supporting Kiwi

At Trade Me, community is at the heart of what we do. We’re proud to be a Kiwi company, committed to using our platform to give back to Aotearoa, and make it easier for our members to help each other.

The Trade Me Kindness Store

Since 2018, we’ve been operating the Kindness Store - a virtual store on Trade Me where our members can easily purchase items sold on behalf of charities, which are in turn gifted directly to Kiwi in need.

We’ve opened the store at different times throughout the year. Over Christmas, to help those doing it tough during a would-be happy time, or during winter to give a little extra support to Kiwi who need it. We’ve also opened it in response to significant events impacting Aotearoa, like the Christchurch mosque attack, COVID-19 lockdown and Cyclone Gabrielle.

Protecting our taonga

We’re a Kiwi company, and our world famous-in-New Zealand mascot is Kev the kiwi so supporting our feathered friends is a no-brainer.

We work with Save the Kiwi, a national charity raising funds and awareness to support kiwi conservation projects across New Zealand.

There’s even a real-life, Kevin the kiwi. In 2017, a team of Trade Me staff embarked on an epic road trip to transport a kiwi chick from Rotorua to his new home in Rotokare Scenic Reserve in South Taranaki. Rotokare Scenic Reserve Trust is a community-led trust focussing on bringing the highest level of restoration, protection, and enhancement to Rotokare's indigenous ecosystem. We’ve continued to follow Kevin’s journey over the years and in 2022 our CEO visited Rotokare to help rangers change Kevin’s transponder (a tag that stores his location). Kevin is now a father, and happily settled in the heart of the Taranaki.

If you’re keen to help out Kev and his whānau, you can choose to round up your success fees to the nearest dollar and donate the difference to Save the Kiwi.

Kevin, the little brown kiwi that Trade Me sponsors.

Supporting te reo Māori

We’re passionate about protecting and promoting te reo Māori. To help our members use more te reo in their day-to-day lives, they can switch the language in our iOS and Android apps. Our app learned its first words in te reo in 2017, and now has more than 100 phrases – and we’re adding more. Making the switch is easy.

The Trade Me team talk about the process of adding te reo to the Trade Me app.

Trade Me charity auctions

There are many ways we can support charities, whether it’s discounting success fees or promoting charity auctions on Trade Me. Find out more about how we might be able to help with charities and fundraising.

In 2018, we introduced the ‘Donate Now’ button for charity listings which means members can support a good cause without needing to win the auction.

Trade Me is a Shielded Site

As a Women's Refuge Shielded Site, victims of domestic violence can access information and help without any trace showing in their search history. The shield is on the bottom of every Trade Me listing.

The shield is located in the Trade Me footer.