Become a supporter

We love our community; the support of individuals and businesses keeps us sailing all year around. You can join us too. There are several ways to join the Tucker whānau and support us.

Thank you for your interest in supporting our kaupapa. Our supporters are made up of a wonderfully generous group of businesses, individuals, community groups and whanau. When you support us, you become part of our Tucker whanau. We invite you on board our waka.

1. Sponsor a voyage

Your voyage sponsorship will go towards the costs of a full 7-day youth voyage for 12 trainees. You are able to specify criteria, type of students, area of benefit, or specific school; we will work with teachers, iwi and schools to get the trainees on board.

2. Sponsor a trainee

Your support can change the life of one young person from Northland. You may have someone in mind or you can specify your requirements, area of benefit or the specific school you would like to support. Sponsoring a Trainee is rewarding.

If you are interested in sponsoring a voyage or trainee please contact us

3. Make a donation

We have a wonderful whānau of supporters who donate time, money and goods. Donations of all shapes and sizes help our cause. We appreciate all contributions to our kaupapa. Small donations make a big difference! Give a little to support a young person.

Sponsor as a Business or Group

Get your friends, club or organisation together and sponsor a Voyage, a Trainee or make a donation. We have some incredible businesses who have supported us for several years. We are able to promote our partnership on our website and communications, and host you and your team on board to support our kaupapa.

Sponsor as an individual

We have a loyal group of supporters who sponsor one child or several placements on a voyage each year. These individuals sometimes give per week, or provide an annual sum to the youth training programme. Each sponsor receives information about the trainee they have supported.


“I am very impressed with the way that this has been presented to sponsors. Fantastic to read the feedback from the trainees. The crew clearly does an outstanding job in working with these young people. Well done to you and the team. It is not often that one receives such feedback in respect of Donations made. This makes it all worthwhile from my perspective. I will sign on for another year primarily based on this feedback!!

— Sponsor 

How to give

Sponsor a trainee and change the life of one young person from Northland. You may have someone in mind or you can specify your requirements, area of benefit or the specific school you would like to support. We will work with the schools, iwi, kura and teachers to find the right fit. Sponsorship costs start from $2570.

Sponsor a Trainee

You can make a one-off payment, or setup a weekly or monthly amount to go towards your Trainee sponsorship. We can provide you an invoice and receipt. Your donation is tax deductible. If you want to make a one-time payment, you can donate online.

If you want to set up a payroll donation, you can setup an automatic bank payment.

Name: R. Tucker Thompson Sail Training Trust

Charity Number: CC22076

Account number: Mates of the Tucker 12-3102-0064244-51

When you sail with us your ticket purchase goes towards our Youth Development Programme. Book a sail here or purchase a gift voucher to sail with us.

We have Tucker shirts and many other branded products for sale. Head to our main website and check out our shop here.

We gratefully accept equipment for the Trainees; we appreciate donations of wetsuits, snorkels and dive equipment.
Each year we invite people from the community who are interested in being part of our whānau to come and sail, and work with our guests or rangatahi.

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Direct bank credit

Donations by direct credit do not incur fees, so if you wish to make a donation by direct credit our bank account details are:

Mates Donations Account,
ASB Bank, Paihia Branch,
37 Williams Road, Paihia 0200
Bank account: 12-3102-0064244-51
ABN: 123102 Account: 0064244-51
SWIFT (routing code): ASBBNZ2A

Please email us to confirm your details so that we may receipt this for tax purposes.

Credit Card

If you wish to make a donation using a credit card, then you can do this through Paypal, or for international bank transfers or credit card donations, we recommend the use of Transferwise as there are no transaction costs for us.