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Supporting Communities

Kia Ora,

Interislander appreciates the importance of community and is actively involved in supporting numerous events and activities with travel vouchers. Whilst we are unable to support every request, we endeavour to make a positive influence in our community. We are pleased to say that on average we support our communities to a value of over $250,000 a year.

We have a straight-forward online application process and guidelines to help us manage and administer all the requests. This process and these guidelines have been implemented to ensure our efforts reach as many people as we can.

Please continue reading to find out about our application process for applying for community support. Terms and conditions apply. Your privacy is important to us; please see here and the Interislander privacy policy here.

Loan the Interislander Marquee 
Interislander Marquee

Marquee for Loan

Whether you apply for Community Support or not, our marquee is another practical way we can support the community by making it available for you to use at no cost. Spanning 6.83m wide, 5m deep and 4.3m high, it is suitable for most community events.

Based in Picton, the marquee requires pick up and drop off to either the Picton or Wellington Interislander Terminal’s.

To apply for use of the marquee at your upcoming event please download the application form and send a complete and signed copy to

Download application form: Marquee Application Form.pdf

Community Support Guidelines

KiwiRail Limited (trading as Interislander) supports local communities that bring people together and aims to make a positive difference now and in the future. Our focus is on supporting the communities in and around where we operate. Priority not exclusivity is given to applications geographically located near Interislander terminals. These include the following areas:

  • Greater Wellington Region
  • Manawatu Region
  • Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough Region

We cannot consider applications which are:

  • for an individual and/or any one family
  • for political, advocacy or religiously affiliated organisations
  • for organisations that are deemed to be controversial or potentially controversial by Interislander (in our sole discretion)
  • for organisations whose programmes, policies, activities, goals or causes may reflect negatively on our brands
  • for any organisation that has already received a travel voucher during the current financial year (1st July to 30th June)
  • submitted by a person(s) who is not authorised by the organisation to represent it
  • for support of an event, activity or fundraiser which involves danger or risk
  • for overseas organisations, projects or activities
  • for groups that do not reach the wider community
  • for operational or salary costs for organisations
  • for organisations associated with tobacco, drug or alcohol or other harmful or detrimental products or substances
  • for organisations who qualify for nationally funded social programmes
  • In addition to the above, Interislander may exclude any application from consideration for any reason it considers relevant, in its sole discretion.

How to apply

If your organisation is eligible to apply for support, you may submit an application during one of our support rounds throughout the year. The table below sets out these rounds.

Events date:  The date your event falls on any time after the 1st of the month for that round

Closing date for applications: the last day you can submit for that round

Response period: the period during which we will inform you either way whether or not your application has been successful via email. If successful, your Interislander travel voucher will be sent to you by email


Support Round

Events date

Closing date for applications

Response period


After 1 March 2017

1 February 2017

1 to 28 February 2017


After 1 April 2017

28 February 2017

1 to 14 March 2017


After 1 May 2017

31 March 2017

3 to 14 April 2017


After 1 June 2017

30 April 2017

1 May to 12 May 2017


After 1 July 2017

15 June 2017

1  June to 23 June 2017


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