News and media releases

The latest news and media releases.

Countdown is hoping to encourage Kiwi kids to start the new school year with an environmental project at their school or early childhood centre, with its Growing for Good grant funding doubled to $50,000 for the 2021 round.

Pōkeno locals will no longer have to traverse the Bombay Hills for their groceries - or risk being cut off again from much needed supplies during a lockdown - with the opening of the brand new, long-awaited, Countdown Pōkeno store.

Countdown is sharing the love this Pride Month, which also happens to coincide with the most romantic month of the year.  The company has kickstarted its fundraising drive for RainbowYOUTH with a $25,000 donation, and is encouraging customers to donate as well to support queer, gender-diverse and intersex young people in Aotearoa.

Countdown has unveiled the next generation of online shopping in New Zealand, with brand new technology that sorts and moves products directly to its team of 200 personal shoppers in Countdown’s Penrose eStore in Auckland.

A combination of heavy customer demand and international shipping delays have seen Countdown announce a one week extension to the redemption period for its popular glass container programme.

Resource consent has been granted for Countdown’s latest Metro store in Herne Bay, Auckland.

Nestled in the heart of Herne Bay on the corner of Kelmarna Ave and Jervois Rd, the new 1600m2 Metro store will provide an exciting new shopping experience for the local Herne Bay community.

Last December, Countdown provided Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to all of its 183 supermarkets across New Zealand with little idea that four Kiwi families would be able to see their loved ones again as a result.

Countdown is recalling Macro Almond, Brazil and Cashew Spread 250g due to the presence of an undeclared allergen, peanuts. 

After an unprecedented year, most of us are looking forward to 2020 being a distant memory.  Despite this - or because of it - new research from Countdown identifies that Kiwis are getting into the festive spirit early, and only a few of us are feeling worried about the potential of a Christmas lockdown.

Countdown is enlisting the services of Santa Claus to help raise $100,000 to support families in need this Christmas.

From today, as part of its Merry Moments fundraising drive for The Salvation Army, Countdown is asking Kiwis to take a selfie with its augmented reality Santa and post the merry moment on social media. For every Santa snap shared, Countdown will donate $5 to The Salvation Army to support thousands of families in need of food assistance.