The NEXT Foundation has confirmed the areas it is most interested in regarding its strategy to improve New Zealand’s environment and education. 

The areas of most interest are: 


   A Predator Free New Zealand

   Healthy rivers

   Environmental education


   The first 1,000 days

   Teacher excellence

   Educational leadership

NEXT invests in projects (within these focus areas) that can catalyse momentum for change on a national scale. We support initiatives that are transformational, inspirational and business-like. Our investments have strong leaders with a bold vision, commitment to excellence and an inclusive partnership approach.

Explaining this further NEXT CEO Bill Kermode says “We want clear definition of a problem or need, and a clear plan to address that. We want to see inspirational leadership, and excellent project management and execution skills. And we want our projects to have wide impact and a plan for long term sustainability - not just financially but also in regard to their resources, capabilities and partnerships. Ultimately we are focusing on supporting a small number of large scale initiatives with these characteristics that can transform their area of interest in New Zealand, to make our country a better place for our land and our people.” 

In the environment, existing initiatives like Taranaki Mounga, ZIP, Project Janszoon, Rotoroa Island, and NEXT Predator Free Community Champion Kelvin Hastie all fit within the Predator Free focus area. NEXT is still seeking initiatives in the healthy rivers and environmental education space to support.

In education, Springboard Trust, The Mind Lab by Unitec, Manaiakalani Outreach and Teach First are all NEXT supported projects that promote teacher and principal excellence. Nga Pumanawa e Waru, Springboard Trust, and Manaiakalani Outreach and The Mind Lab by Unitec come within the NEXT digital and collaborative learning focus area. Talking Matters is our first investment in "The first 1,000 days" early education.