Teacher excellence

Educational Leadership

Manaiakalani Outreach

Manaiakalani Outreach is expanding on the proven approach of the Manaiakalani programme in the Tamaki Auckland region to initially support five clusters of predominantly decile 1 and 2 schools in Hornby in Christchurch, the West Coast of the South Island, Papakura and Mt Roskill in Auckland, and Kaikohe in Northland. Manaiakalani Outreach is making it possible for over 8,500 learners throughout New Zealand to experience accelerated learning outcomes. Click to read more.

Ngā Pūmanawa e Waru and Manaiakalani Outreach have much in common, and important differences. Both are using collaborative learning pedagogies enhanced by digital learning environments, integrated with strong family, whanau and community engagement, to accelerate student learning outcomes; and are working in communities with large Maori or Pasifika populations - Manaiakalani in predominantly lower decile schools, Ngā Pūmanawa e Waru across all deciles.


Teacher excellence

Educational Leadership

Ngā Pūmanawa e Waru

This is a Rotorua district-wide initiative that will use best practice e-learning teaching methodologies and collaboration between schools to transform educational outcomes for learners and whanau across all of Rotorua’s schools and kura. The Excel Rotorua Education Trust is in the early stages of enabling Ngā Pūmanawa e Waru, which will have 18 early adopter schools in its first year. Click to read more.


Educational Leadership

Springboard Trust

Springboard Trust enhances leadership and strategic planning skills of school principals, leading to more effective management of schools and most importantly better learning outcomes for students. Led by Ian Narev, Chair of Springboard Trust and a passionate Kiwi advocate for education for all New Zealanders, the Trust’s ‘Strategic Leadership for Principals’ programme has been completed by 90 school principals in New Zealand and with NEXT Foundation support plans to expand significantly over the next few years. Click to read more.

Talking Matters

The first 1,000 days

Talking Matters

Talking Matters is an early years education initiative promoting the importance of communicating with babies in their first 1000 days. NEXT is seed funding this project - promoting the value of talking with babies and young children to set them up for success at school and beyond. Click to read more.

Teach First

Teacher excellence

Educational Leadership

Teach First NZ Ako Mātātupu

Teach First NZ Ako Mātātupu is an independent charitable trust working to address educational inequality and achieve the vision of an Aotearoa New Zealand, in which all children fulfil their potential.
The organisation supports high-achieving people to enter the education system. Specifically, they develop people into teachers and leaders, helping them to have a far-reaching impact--in the classroom, in the school, and at the system-level. 

Through its unique flagship, employment-based teaching and leadership programme, Teach First NZ Ako Mātātupu selects high performing graduates and career-changing professionals to teach in schools serving low-income communities.

The Mind Lab

Teacher excellence

The Mind Lab by Unitec

The Mind Lab by Unitec is dedicated to enhancing digital and collaborative learning skills for teachers in New Zealand. Technology has fundamentally changed how we communicate, share and learn. Frances Valintine, Founder and Chair of The Mind Lab by Unitec, has pioneered a postgraduate qualification for educators that is up-skilling teachers to implement new digital and collaborative learning practices. So far, 3000 teachers have enrolled in the post graduate course in over 30+ locations throughout New Zealand - from Kaitaia to Invercargill. Click to read more.


In addition to supporting the establishment of the NEXT Foundation, Annette and Neal Plowman have initiated or supported several other major philanthropic projects, through their benefaction of a charitable trust. These include:



These scholarships enable students in the Bachelor of Business to undertake international exchanges at business schools in the USA, Canada, UK and France. They offer assistance to students when financial circumstances make it difficult for them to undertake the exchange.

Auckland Uni Business School


Following the establishment of a Chair in Entrepreneurship in 2003, $10 million was contributed to the University of Auckland Business School Endowment Fund, which is focused on fostering a culture of innovation and enterprise in New Zealand. Funds are used to help students become outstanding business leaders and entrepreneurs, to contribute to the creation of wealth through business education, and to help the School become more attractive and competitive on a global scale.