USave and Project Kiwi Trust Help Endangered Kiwi

(, a new Kiwi-owned shopping and auction site that helps charities, clubs and schools fundraise, will be stationed at Café Melba on the corner of Queen and Wyndham streets with Boots, the life size green kiwi mascot this Monday July 2nd from 11am to 1pm. USave and Boots will be raising awareness of the precarious existence of New Zealand’s iconic kiwi population, and Project Kiwi Trust’s efforts to safeguard and nurture native kiwi species on the Coromandel Peninsula.

USave, launched last year, is the brainchild of Kiwi sales people Mark Brown and Steve Harris. Their vision is to bring Kiwi ingenuity and unprecedented corporate social responsibility to the world. USave, which sells name brand new items in its “New Items” section and pre-loved goods by auction in its “Garage Sale” section, is the online equivalent of the classic Kiwi sausage sizzle – a way for New Zealand charities large and small to generate donations each time a supporter sells or buys an item on the site. USave gives 50% of its sales commissions back to the shopper’s chosen charity.

In addition to half of the sales commissions, charities can also earn a $5 donation when a supporter signs on to become a seller, as well as $1 on every purchase over $40 in the new items section.

To date, USave has over 200 well known charities registered to receive donations and is actively signing up schools.

USave also has over 100 merchants listing close to 30,000 products, most at discounted prices. Although USave gives back 50% of their sales commissions, commissions are priced well below their biggest competitor (TradeMe). The founders are also planning to offer Cars, Real Estate, Services and more which will also generate funds for worthy New Zealand causes. The company is looking for investment capital and is poised to capture a percentage of the New Zealand online retail market, currently valued at over $2.9 billion.

Media Release on 29 June 2012 from USave.

Media Contact:
Lora Keyes, USave Money Ltd.
Phone: (09) 818 8255