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 Kiwis

We want to use our platform to do good things, and make it easier for our members to help each other.

The Trade Me Kindness Store

When our country is going through a tough time, our members are amazing at supporting those in need.

For Christmas 2018, we launched the first Trade Me Kindness Store – a place where members could buy gifts for Kiwis in need via selected charities.

Since then we've run the store for Christmas in 2019 and 2020.

We have also opened up the store to support people following the Christchurch attacks in 2019, and during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Protecting our taonga

As a New Zealand company we are committed to protecting the things that are an intrinsic part of our country. This includes helping out real life kiwis (the relatives of our mascot Kev) and support for te reo Māori.

Kiwis for kiwi

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

We work with Kiwis for kiwi, a national charity raising funds and awareness to support kiwi conservation projects across New Zealand. It carries on more than two decades of work by BNZ Save the Kiwi Trust helping protect kiwi and the places they live.

There’s even a real life, Kevin the kiwi. In November 2018, a team of Trade Me staff embarked on an epic road trip, to transport a two-week-old kiwi chick from Rotorua to his new home in Rotokare Scenic Reserve in South Taranaki.

If you’re keen to help our feathered friends, you can choose to round up your success fees to the nearest dollar and donate the difference to Kiwis for 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.

New Zealand Innovator of the Year

As a company built by innovators, we know what Kiwis are capable of, so we’re proud to sponsor the Innovation category of the New Zealander of the Year Awards.

The award recognises inspiring Kiwis whose game-changing discoveries, research or inventions are driving our country forward.

We also support up-and-coming talent through Summer of Tech and those doing awesome work in the technology industry through WebStock.

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.