55,000 nappies donated with The Nappy Drive

November 1, 2017 / New Zealand

On 3-4 November 2017, the people of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch came together to support the Nappy Drive – a collaboration between Uber, Plunket, and The Baby Bag.

Together, we collected over 55,000 nappies!

Your nappy donations will go towards supporting the daily needs, health, and wellbeing of  around 1,300  families across New Zealand who are living in low income or disadvantaged households.  

Uber General Manager Richard Menzies says the response was huge, with more than double the anticipated number of nappies donated.

“Some households had hundreds of unused nappies lying around that would have otherwise have ended up in landfills.  People were relieved they would instead go to families who needed them.”

“The Nappy Drive was a really simple idea, bringing together three complementary organisations to collect, sort and distribute an essential item to local families. There was some pretty complex technology behind it, but it the end it was old fashioned Kiwi community spirit that made it successful,” he added.

Donations by city

  • Wellingtonians proved to have the most unused nappies at home, with an average donation of 230 nappies.
  • The average Auckland donation was 90 nappies per Uber pick-up
  • Christchurch followed closely behind, donating 80 nappies per household.
  • Local businesses donated too, with Huggies contributing a huge 20 pallets worth of nappies. We also collected donations from PAKnSAVE, Treasures and Rascal+Friends.

Plunket Sponsorship Manager Nin Roberts says the drive showed how one idea could make a difference in the lives of families.

“It was great to see the campaign come to life, from the UBER driver-partners delivering the nappies through to the sorting and then finally seeing the reaction of the Plunket nurses when the nappies were dropped off so they could give them to families,” she said.  

It’s not too late to show your support

Donate $3 to Plunket by sending an SMS of the word ‘Nappy’ to their donation number 2448.

Richard Menzies, Jessie Jarvie, Chelsea Andrews, Uvani Appanna, and Georgia Hogarty


About Plunket

Plunket is the largest provider of free support services for the development, health and wellbeing of children under five in New Zealand. Plunket see more than 90% of newborns in New Zealand each year, offering vital parenting information and support as well as developmental assessments for children.

About The Baby Bag

The Baby Bag is an online service that’s been offering quick, reliable, and cost effective delivery of a wide range of baby supplies to thousands of New Zealand families since 2015.