Sponsorship overview

Proudly celebrating farmers leading the way in sustainable land management


We believe that a thriving agricultural community can only exist with the support of all who live and work in it, and as a result, we invest both time and money to help secure the future of New Zealand farmers.

Our involvement in the rural community occurs on many fronts. One of the most prominent is our support of the Ballance Farm Environment Awards. Aimed at recognising the achievements of those who farm with respect for the environment, these awards started in 1993, and have grown every year since. Ballance has been the naming rights sponsor since 2002, and many of the company's employees are involved in the judging process.

Ballance also sponsors a variety of regional activities and events with a farming focus. We support a number of industry conferences and monitor and research farms around the country. Conferences offer an excellent opportunity for information sharing, between scientists, industry representatives and farmers. Monitor farms and research farms help generate advances in practical farming knowledge that has the potential to benefit the wider community.

Regional Sponsorships

We recognise the diversity across the country and the need and value in supporting our local communities. Regional sponsorship activities are selected with consideration for local connections and customer benefits. Applications can be forwarded directly to your regional Area Sales Manager.

Apply for a Ballance Sponsorship

Do you have an event that you would like Ballance to sponsor? While Ballance's sponsorship budget for the current financial year is fully committed, we welcome approaches from key agricultural interests.  

To apply for sponsorship, please fill out our Sponsorship Request Form. Note that requests must be lodged by 1 February to be considered for the following financial year (commences 1 June).

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Who we sponsor

Ballance Farm Environment Awards
The Ballance Farm Environment Awards recognises and celebrates good farm practices which promotes sustainable land management through an annual awards programme which is now run in 11 regions throughout New Zealand.
Dairy Women's Network - Prime Network Partner
Ballance is proud to align with Dairy Women’s Network’s clear purpose of giving unlimited opportunities to women in dairy through providing leadership, inspiration, learning and connection. Our enduring partnership enables us to better understand the challenges, goals and aspirations of our customers while we work to add value and develop solutions to achieve sustainable and enriching outcomes, together.
Ahuwhenua Trophy - Excellence in Māori Farming Award
Ahuwhenua Trophy - Excellence in Māori Farming Award acknowledges and celebrates business excellence in New Zealand's important pastoral sector. This competition is held annually, alternating each year between dairy and sheep & beef, and now also horticulture. Ballance has been aligned as a silver sponsor since 2004 providing both financial and practical support to assist in the smooth running of the event.
Owl Farm - St Peter's School/ Lincoln University Demonstration Dairy Farm
Through Owl Farm; a dynamic joint venture demonstration dairy farm between St Peter's School and Lincoln University, farmers will have access to world class resources, information and on-farm practices. Our involvement helps Owl Farm to build and demonstrate best practice solutions for the Waikato based farm and share these learnings with the local community, students and more widely across New Zealand.
Young Grower of the Year National Awards
Young Grower of the Year is an annual competition run by Horticulture New Zealand to find the best young fruit or vegetable grower in the country. The focus of the competition is to give young people working in the industry recognition, develop their skills and foster young grower leadership. Ballance is proud be a Gold sponsor of the event and play a part in encouraging and promoting New Zealand’s up and coming horticultural talent.
Beef + Lamb New Zealand Awards
Ballance is the Science & Research Award partner for the Beef + Lamb New Zealand Awards. The inaugural awards are a significant event for the red meat sector and the Science & Research Award recognises an individual or team's contribution to the profitability, productivity, and sustainability of the sector. The awards shine a light on the innovation,technologies and management systems that make New Zealand’s grass based red meat industry world leading.
New Zealand Groundspread Fertiliser Association's Conference
Independent groundspreaders are key stakeholders in the wider agricultural industry. Ballance has supported the New Zealand Groundspread Association's national conference since its inception back in 1956. The conference is traditionally held over four days and provides a valuable and leading forum in which relevant issues can be highlighted and discussed.
Surfing for Farmers
Surfing for Farmers was founded by Stephen Thompson of Bayleys Real Estate in 2018. It is an initiative that brings farmers and growers together, off farm and into the surf to enhance wellbeing. Surfing for Farmers runs throughout summer in 22 locations all over New Zealand. The weekly surf sessions consist of a laidback lesson, followed by a BBQ and yarn.
Bay Conservation Alliance
Bay Conservation Alliance (BCA) supports conservation member groups across the Bay of Plenty, who work to restore and preserve natural ecosystems and indigenous biodiversity in the area. As a proud contributor to the community, we value the opportunity to help them thrive. We support BCA’s Environmental Education and Monitoring Programme, while our Mt Maunganui staff participate in their pest trap setting activities, to protect native species in the area.