About the Programme

Helping kiwi kids grow strong

From the farm to the class, Fonterra Farmers across the country are working together to bring healthy, nutritious milk to kids across New Zealand through Fonterra Milk for Schools. It's free, and it's for all Kiwi kids in any primary school that would like to take part. 

We’re now in around 70% of New Zealand primary schools, but if your local school hasn’t signed up yet, they can contact us and we’ll be in touch.

Around 140,000 Kiwi kids across New Zealand are drinking nutritious Anchor Milk every school day!


Cartons of milk delivered to kiwi kids.

1 Apr 2019

Back to School 2019

Our 3 winners from our 2019 Back to School Campaign are: Rangikura School, Mossburn School and Willowbank School!  Throughout the campaign we heard and read about so many “good sorts” all across NZ and the fantastic work they do in their communities. Selecting only 3 winners wasn’t an easy task, but it was great to meet these local heroes, and to share a special milk moment with them and All Blacks legend Richie McCaw. Read more

5 Dec 2018

Xmas Tanker 2018


We hope you had as much fun drawing or colouring in as we did receiving all your amazing works of art! While selecting the winning designs was not an easy tasks - there were so many fantastic entries from all over the country - click here to find out our winners!

24 Sep 2018

New look for Fonterra Milk for Schools

Fonterra Milk for Schools rolls our new packaging with fun facts, new designs and a healthy serving of te reo Māori.

23 Aug 2018

Anchor Milk team of the the year

Our 2018 winners are Anchor Milk Hawkes Bay! Congratulations Rick & Fay, and thank you so much for all of your hard work.

3 May 2018

100 Million Serves of Fonterra Milk for Schools

On May 3 our milk serve counter ticked over to 100,000,000! To share the celebrations with our farmers, we invited St. Josephs's School (Grey Lynn) to our Fanshawe Street office for the countdown and a slice of cake. The kids treated our Fonterra farmers & staff to a song before exploring our Dairy for Life hub to learn more about dairy nutrition, where milk comes from and the history of Fonterra.

Feb 2018

Richie's Milk Run

To celebrate Fonterra Milk for Schools turning 5 our Fonterra Ambassador, Richie McCaw, made 5 very special milk deliveries by helicopter! The lucky winning schools who enjoyed a flying visit and a morning full of fun activities were Okaihau Primary School (Northland), Eltham Primary School (Taranaki), Kimi Ora Community School (Hastings), Fairfield School in Dunedin and Brightwater School (Tasman).

17 Oct 2017

Franchisee of the Year 2017

Our 2017 winners are OT Milk Distributors Limited.

1 Aug 2017

Bone Study Results

We held a Breakfast launch event at our Fanshawe Street office to share our Bone study results. Read more about it here.

16 Mar 2017

2017 Back to School Campaign - Overnight Farmstays

We kicked off the 2017 school year by giving our schools the opportunity to win an amazing overnight farmstay on a beautiful Fonterra Farm! Our winning schools - Te Aroha Primary and Gore Main School - both had a fantastic time.
Check it out here!

18 Oct 2016

Fonterra Milk for Schools is changing milk drinking habits

New research by the University of Auckland shows that 12 per cent more kiwi kids are meeting recommended daily dairy consumption guidelines since the introduction of the Fonterra Milk for Schools programme. Read more

18 Aug 2016

Anchor Milkman of the Year 2016

This year’s winner is Chris Lucas of C Lucas Ltd in Auckland! The trophy was presented by Fonterra Farmer Shareholders David and Cathy Yates, owners of Heritage Farm. Chris is a big fan of Fonterra Milk for Schools, which brings back another great tradition in supplying free milk to primary schools across the country. Congratulations, Chris!

12 Feb 2016

Programme Celebrates Another Major Milestone

Fonterra has delivered more than 50 million packs of milk to Kiwi Kids since the programme began – that’s more than 10 million litres of milk! Read more

26 Aug 2015

Anchor Milkman of the Year 2015

This year’s winners are Grant and Ariella Wilson of Cool Runners NZ Ltd in Wellington. Congratulations!

28 Apr 2015

Fonterra Milk for Schools Packs Are Growing Up

We changed to a new milk pack, along with a move to a new factory where the milk is produced – Waitoa, in the Waikato, the heart of dairy country. Read more

27 Apr 2015

Programme recognised with BACS Good Business Egg Award

Fonterra Farmers are delighted with winning the BACS Good Business Egg Award for Health at the CQ Hotels in Wellington. Read more

14 Aug 2014

Anchor Milkman of the Year Awards Ceremony

And the winner is…. Anchor Milk Southland – our Fonterra Milk for School Milkman of the Year! Thanks to all our Milkmen who deliver the milk for Fonterra Milk for Schools, we couldn’t do it without you.

Our Winner: Anchor Milk Southland

2 May 2014

One-year anniversary

The first of many more to come. One year into the programme and we’ve delivered more than 14 million milk packs to over 1450 schools participating nationwide.

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17 Apr 2014

We celebrate completion of the nationwide rollout

We headed to Maungaturoto School, star of the Fonterra Milk for Schools instructional DVD, to celebrate the end of the rollout. All schools that applied were now drinking their daily milk.

11 Mar 2014

No school misses out! Chatham, Great Barrier and Stewart Islands schools are on board

We were determined that every school would have the opportunity to join the programme – even if it meant delivering by boat or plane to an island.


Dec 2013

10 Million Cartons delivered nationwide!

26 Nov 2013

1st National Recycling Excellence Award handed out

Rangitaiki School, on the Napier-Taupo road, won the first Fonterra National recycling award – their milkman said their recycling is always folded flat and tidy.
We set up National Recycling Excellence Awards to celebrate schools that put the most effort into their recycling throughout the year.

Learn more about our first winners: Rangitaiki School

14 Nov 2013

Government accreditation for Fonterra Milk for Schools

We’re officially recognised by the Ministry of Environment as an Accredited Product Stewardship Scheme, for responsible management of our impact on the environment through recycling.

Learn more about the Product Stewardship Scheme

6 May 2013

Official Nationwide Launch!

It was official – Fonterra Milk for Schools was now nationwide. Starting at the very bottom of the South Island in Invercargill, we rolled out region by region.
At signed-up schools in the south, milk packs arrived and were stacked in fridges, getting nice and cool ready for drinking.

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Rolling out Nationwide

Mar 2012


Northland schools pilot the programme.

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Otago schools join the programme.

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Southland schools join the programme.

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Canterbury schools join the programme.

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Tasman, Marlborough and Nelson

Tasman, Marlborough and Nelson schools join the programme.

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West Coast

West Coast schools join the programme.

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Waikato schools join the programme.

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Bay of Plenty

Bay of Plenty schools join the programme.

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Bay of Plenty and Gisborne

Bay of Plenty and Gisborne schools join the programme.

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Manawatu and Wanganui

Manawatu and Wanganui schools join the programme.

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Hawkes Bay

Hawkes Bay schools join the programme.

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Auckland schools join the programme.

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Stewart and Chatham Islands

Stewart and Chatham Islands schools joins the programme.

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Taranaki schools join the programme.

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Wellington schools join the programme with 80% of them interested to know more, 55% signed up to start and 46% ready to drink!

10,200 Farmers

Contribute to the Fonterra Milk for Schools programme every year.

30 Apr 2013

First Delivery of Milk Packs Head to the South Island

In preparation for our nationwide launch, cartons of milk began shipping by the truckload, ready to start satisfying thirsty kids at the South Island schools that had already signed up.

2 Mar 2013

We discovered that the perfect amount of milk to give kids is 200mL

After the Pilot we found that 200mL of milk is just the right amount for kids to drink – but there was no such thing as a 200mL pack! No worries, we designed a special milk pack to use moving forward.

25 Feb 2013

Talented teachers hired to introduce schools to the programme

When you need something done, ask an expert! We hired ex-teachers to act as the school liaison team, hitting the road to bring each newly signed-up school on board.

17 Dec 2012

Primary schools nationwide invited to join Fonterra Milk for Schools

After the success of the Northland pilot programme, schools around New Zealand were invited to express their interest in joining Fonterra Milk for Schools.

Watch the Northland Pilot Highlights

1 Apr 2012

University of Auckland study into the effects of daily milk drinking

An Auckland Uni study was launched to look into the effects of daily milk drinking on the diet of primary school students.

19 Mar 2012

Pilot programme launched with its first day of milk drinking

It was an exciting day – with the launch of the pilot programme, the kids of Manaia View School in Northland became the first to benefit from their daily dose of nutritious, delicious milk.

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13 Mar 2012

Official supporters joined the programme

Our friends from some well-known brands came on board, supporting us with their expert services from supplying fridges, bins and packaging to transport and distribution.

Learn more about our supporters

17 Feb 2012

Practicalities of delivering the programme worked out

The Takanini recycling depot was taken over by the Anchor Milkmen as they tested the logistics of the programme – working out hygiene, transport and other practicalities.

26 Jan 2012

Northland primary schools invited to pilot the programme

We invited all interested primary schools in Northland to apply for the Fonterra Milk for Schools programme. These pioneers helped us to test the programme and get the details right.

17 Jan 2012

Recycling facility for the milk packs found

Fonterra and Tetra Pak flew to Thailand to visit a promising tetra pak recycling facility. Sites in both Thailand and Malaysia became the official recycling facilities for the programme.

17 Dec 2011

In school recycling programmes investigated

We began looking for a solution to make sure that all the milk packs delivered to schools were collected and recycled, Fonterra Milk for Schools couldn’t go ahead without knowing our packs would be recycled responsibly. 

16 Dec 2011

Fonterra Milk for Schools pilot programme announced

Fonterra announced the creation of the Fonterra Milk for Schools pilot programme, to roll out in the new year. The programme is planned to go nationwide.

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