Cigna has a range of partnerships that reflect our commitment to supporting the health and wellbeing of New Zealanders, from non-profit and community organisations to local events.
Achilles International NZ
Our official charity partner Achilles New Zealand helps New Zealanders of all abilities take part in mainstream running events.
Both in New Zealand, and around the world, Cigna is a key supporter of Achilles International.
A 100% volunteer organisation, Achilles New Zealand aims to give Kiwis with disabilities the opportunity to participate alongside able-bodied athletes in mainstream events – helping them to experience the sense of achievement taking part provides.
Each year we offer financial support to help Achilles grow its New Zealand presence, and help more Kiwis with disabilities to achieve their physical achievement goals. Each year we donate $10,000
With eight chapters around New Zealand you too can get involved – either as a guide or if you have a disability as an Achilles athlete yourself. Find out more on the Achilles website.
One day each year our whole company takes a day to volunteer and do something meaningful to help better our communities.
In previous years we’ve helped the Wellington City Council build a walking track in Gilberd Bush Reserve. Our work from home staff around the regions have chosen this day to volunteer, for example, at their local SPCA, Hospice, Community Patrols and Salvation Army.
Nobody likes being caught short, so our female employees can rest safe knowing we have them covered, by providing sanitary items onsite in our female and gender neutral bathrooms in Wellington, Takapuna and Christchurch. By partnering with Dignity, we’re helping provide free sanitary items to local school girls at the same time.
Find out more here.
Our sponsorship of iconic sports teams such as the Cigna Saints, and marathons such as Wellington Round the Bays (2015-2018), and Air New Zealand’s Hawkes Bay and Queenstown courses, has seen us encourage everyone to get out and get active – whether it be to push a buggy, walk or run.
Air New Zealand Marathons
We are a keen sponsor of the 10 kilometre leg of the Air New Zealand Hawke’s Bay Marathon in May, and the Queenstown marathon in November. The 10km distance is achievable for most people whether walking or running, and what better motivation than these amazing destination events!
We are proud to be the main naming sponsor of the Cigna Saints – 10x NBL champions!
Cigna and the Saints share values in motivating the communities to be active, fit, healthy, and inspired through their in school training programme, where each season the Saints visit and mentor a number of schools in the Wellington region.
Alongside the school visits, the Cigna Saints, in conjunction with Cigna, Pak ‘n Save and Mother Earth, provide all children, and the teachers who participate in the coaching in Schools initiative, tickets to the team’s home games at Wellington’s TSB Arena along with team merchandise gifts.
In addition, each year at the Saints opening season game, kids from the audience have the chance to win $5,000 worth of sports gear for their school – donated by Cigna and delivered by the Saints!
The annual New Zealand Attitude Awards is an event which highlights the talents of inspirational New Zealanders who live with disability or chronic health conditions.
Becoming a sponsor in 2017, Cigna are big supporters of the Attitude Awards as they are an incredible way to recognise the un-sung heroes and role-models of our community, and collectively change people’s views of what is achievable when someone lives with a disability.
Find out more here
Life Education Trust
Life Education is a charity that educates and empowers children to make healthy choices so they can live full and healthy lives. Every year they teach over 250,000 children about their body, friendships, their identity, food and nutrition and helpful and harmful substances.
Teaching these life lessons, along with mental health awareness in schools are initiatives close to our hearts, which is why we’ve partnered with The Life Education Trust.
We are passionate about getting behind the Life Education’s in school activities, and supporting them in their development and launch of new programmes - such as the Small Changes Whānau Challenge.
Rainbow Tick certification
We wear our Rainbow Tick with pride! This certification shows that Cigna is safe, welcoming and inclusive for everyone regardless of their gender identity and sexual orientation.
Internal staff wellbeing
We’re proud to offer our people a comprehensive, targeted health and wellbeing programme. We believe that by prioritising health and wellbeing and promoting an environment where happy, healthy employees thrive, we’re making the world a better place!
One way we take care of our people is by offering a wide variety of benefits. These include:
- Flu jabs, eye exams, subsidised gym memberships and health store discounts to help you take care of your physical wellbeing
- Flexible working and multiple leave entitlement options including long-service leave
- Emotional wellbeing is something we value and protect fiercely. We offer access to the Employee Assistance Programme to support emotional wellbeing
- Discounted products and services with chosen banks, Southern Cross and Cigna to make it easy for you to take care of your own finances and insurance.