This is NEXT in 60 seconds – who we are, what we do in a one minute video.

Education

By supporting and investing in aspirational education projects, we aim to empower young people today and the leaders of tomorrow. Education opens the door to personal development, economic opportunity and innovation for society as a whole. New Zealand has an excellent education system, but there are a wide range of initiatives that can drive higher achievement and outcomes, including innovative projects at the edges of traditional systems.

We invest in projects that strive for educational excellence to provide all New Zealanders with the opportunity to fulfil their potential and develop into talented individuals with the skills and confidence to confront the challenges and embrace the opportunities of a globalised world.

Environment

New Zealand’s natural environment is the foundation of not only our economy but also our sense of identity.

Our vision is to ensure our natural environment remains healthy so that it will continue to provide us with the essential resources that underpin a thriving and prosperous New Zealand. Focussing principally on conservation, there are many threats to be managed or overcome such as habitat loss, introduced predators, urbanisation and water use.

In doing so, we aim to preserve New Zealand for tomorrow’s generations. Where kiwi and other iconic native birds still exist in the wild, not just in online image galleries. Where our native forests welcome the day with a chorus of bird song. Where our children and their children can safely swim in clean lakes and rivers. Where our natural heritage and culture are preserved for all.

How We Work

NEXT administers an up to 10-year, $100 million programme of strategic philanthropy.

Education projects supported are those that contribute to New Zealand’s long-term knowledge capital and performance through research, teaching, leadership training, skills and values development, technology adaption, and institutional and methodological innovation that ultimately underpin our country’s economic strength.

Environment projects supported are those that significantly protect and sustain New Zealand’s natural elements, habitats and species, including research and innovation, conservation and community participation in ways that enhance the relationship between people and nature.

Projects supported have demonstrated that they:

  • have the potential to be significant in scale and impact
  • overcome a specific problem, address a current need, or create a future opportunity
  • are well supported by research and analysis
  • have good management and governance
  • have measurable outcomes at various stages of the project

 

 

OUR TEAM

Our People

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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Bill Kermode

Bill has been NEXT’s Chief Executive since its launch in 2014, leading its environmental and educational investments to date, as well as providing oversight of the previous philanthropic commitments made by Neal and Annette Plowman. He had for the previous two decades been a founding Director of Direct Capital, New Zealand’s most experienced private company investor, and Director of a number of private companies, including Ryman Healthcare, PF Olsen, NZ Pharmaceuticals, and EziBuy. He is a Director of the Edmund Hillary Fellowship, offering global social change-makers a path to New Zealand citizenship through New Zealand’s new Global Impact Visa, and is Chairman of the Palmerston North BHS Educational Foundation Trust and a graduate of Massey and Oxford Universities.

INVESTMENT DIRECTOR

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Ewen Anderson

Ewen has a 25 year background in the private sector working across a broad range of industries and geographies, initially as an investment banker for Credit Suisse First Boston, followed by senior management roles at major New Zealand corporates Carter Holt Harvey and Fletcher Building, and most recently as a Director in startup logistics business Netlogix. He is passionate about New Zealand environmental and education causes, was involved in initiatives in both these sectors prior to joining NEXT Foundation as Investment Director, and is a Director of The Rotoroa Island Trust. Ewen hails from a Northland farming family and retains a close affinity both with the land and with the Northland community. He is a commerce and science graduate of Auckland University and lives in Grey Lynn, Auckland with his young family.

ENVIRONMENT DIRECTOR

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Jan Hania

Jan Hania joined NEXT in 2014 as environmental director and is of Ngati Tuwharetoa and Ngati Raukawa-ki-te-Tonga descent. Prior to his position at NEXT, Jan spent six years with the Department of Conservation building partnerships and developing large scale collaborative impact projects focused on people, biodiversity and water. His background is in Natural Resources Engineering where he consulted in hazard mitigation, water resource protection and environmental restoration; as well as a 10 year stint with the New Zealand Airforce, as an electronics and systems engineer. In his position at NEXT Jan has been an integral part of setting up the Taranaki Mounga Project, Te Manahuna Aoraki and Predator Free Wellington and provides leadership and oversight across NEXT’s environmental portfolio. Jan has a passion for the outdoors and the environment, enjoys climbing, diving, and mountain biking and just being.

Communications Director

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Polly Hudson

Polly Hudson is communications director of NEXT Foundation. Prior to this position she was Senior Communication advisor to the National Science Challenge, High-Value Nutrition. Polly’s background is in the media. She was a journalist at TVNZ, working as a reporter for TVNZ news and current affairs. She was the TVNZ Australian correspondent and a presenter on 60 Minutes. Polly also worked as newspaper journalist, writing for the Dominion and some London publications.

Office Manager

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Katherine Platt

Katherine works as the Practice Manager for The Business Advisory Group Ltd, a boutique chartered accounting firm in Auckland and also assists NEXT as Office Manager. Katherine has previously worked in the United Kingdom and lived for a number of years in the Republic of Ireland where she worked in one of the top three law firms in Dublin as the Personal Assistant for a Senior Partner. During her career, Katherine has developed skills essential when working within high profile and demanding job environments, including attention to detail and the ability to manage a range of different tasks to meet deadlines.

Board

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Barrie Brown - Chairperson

Barrie Brown has been a director on the board of NEXT Foundation since its inception in March 2014 and was appointed Chair in February 2017. Barrie is an experienced company director. Since retiring from PwC in 2001, he has held several board positions including the NEXT environmental initiatives Project Janszoon and the Rotoroa Island Trust, and was Chair of the Auckland City Mission Capital Foundation. He is currently Chair of private equity investor Waterman Capital, an independent trustee of the WA Stevenson Memorial Trust and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand.

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Carol Campbell

Carol has extensive financial experience and a sound understanding of board governance. Carol holds a number of directorships across a spectrum of companies including NZME, Kiwibank, T&G Global, New Zealand Post, and the Fisher listed investment companies – Kingfish, Barramundi and Marlin Global where she is also Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. She holds a number of private company directorships and trusteeships. Carol was a director of The Business Advisory Group for 11 years, a chartered accountancy practice, and prior to that a partner at Ernst & Young for more than 25 years. Carol is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered member of the Institute of Directors.

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Scott St John

Scott St John joined NEXT as a director in February 2017. Scott had been Chief Executive of First NZ Capital for 15 years before stepping down in early 2017. Scott is Chancellor of the University of Auckland, a director of Fonterra, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare, Mercury NZ and a former Chair or member of a number of government appointed and financial industry bodies.

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Chris Liddell CNZM Founding Chair

Chris Liddell is the Founding Chair of NEXT Foundation and was instrumental in setting the vision and agenda for NEXT when it launched in March 2014. He stood down in 2017 to take up a position with the United States Government administration and was promoted to Deputy Chief of Staff at the White House in 2018. Based in the United States, Chris is a Kiwi passionate about education, the environment and philanthropy. He has been a Director on NEXT supported environmental initiatives Project Janszoon and the Rotoroa Island Trust. He has been Chairman of Project Crimson and a Patron of the University of Auckland fundraising campaign. He was previously Chairman of the Board of Xero Corporation; Vice Chair of General Motors; CFO of Microsoft Corporation and International Paper and CEO of Carter Holt Harvey. He has been a Director of the New Zealand Rugby Union and amongst other achievements named Businessman of the Year in 2011. He is a graduate of Auckland and Oxford Universities. 

Education Kaihautū

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Mika Austin

Mika is our kaihautū for the Summer learning Journey, an online digital literacy programme which encourages primary and intermediate school students to continue their literacy learning over the summer holidays and avoid the “summer slump” in learning.  In her other life she is General Manager of Human Resources for the NZ Super Fund, prior to which she worked as a lawyer specialising in commercial litigation. She has also worked for the Financial Services Authority in London.

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Bridget Best

Bridget is a former tax and corporate lawyer with experience in Government, professional services and corporates and has been part of NEXT’s predecessor Trust since 2013.  In that time she has held a number of roles including CEO of the Rotoroa Island Trust and as NEXT’s representative on a Government steering committee on environmental education.  Bridget is now one of the education kaihautū and is NEXT’s partner with Ako Mātātupu: Teach First NZ, providing governance, strategic and management support.  Through her work with NEXT and Ako Mātātupu, and her mentoring and management roles during her legal career, Bridget has developed a strong interest in career development and the future of work and is currently studying in this area with RMIT in Melbourne.

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Mike Ferrand

Mike is our kaihautū for two of our first 1,000 days education initiatives – Talking Matters and Space.  He brings to these roles the benefit of a wide range of career and life experience, bringing to bear fresh perspectives that provide an invaluable perspective for these organisations.  Mike believes listening is at the heart of success, as well as understanding what is not working.  He came to New Zealand from England in 1989 and is an experienced chief executive who has run organisations across New Zealand, Australia and Asia.  In recent years his commercial experience and leadership style has seen him involved as an independent chairman/director, including currently as independent Chairman of Babbage and Executive Chairman of Greenstone Group.  Outside of work, Mike served six years as a volunteer telephone counsellor and trainer at Lifeline.

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Frank Janssen

Frank has many years executive experience working with private companies in New Zealand. He is the chair of a number of boards and holds executive roles within a number of high net worth family entities. He has a strong interest in improving New Zealand’s educational performance and has spent the last five years working with NEXT’s investments in Manaiakalani and The Mind Lab, as well as driving thinking about impact and measurement of the wider NEXT education investments.

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Marion Heppner

Marion’s role with NEXT focuses on the first 1,000 days of a child’s life, including working as our kaihautū with social innovation agency The Southern Initiative. She is engaged in this work because she is passionate about equity. Marion builds partnerships between NEXT and the inspirational people who are contributing to an ecosystem that equitably enables all whānau in Aotearoa to support their babies’ healthy development and lay strong foundations for learning.  Before her work with NEXT, Marion held governance and management roles with for-purpose organisation Great Potentials Foundation. Marion is also a lawyer with over 25 years’ experience in the legal services, sports and media sectors in New Zealand, Hong Kong, the UK and Europe.

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Andrew Poole

Andrew has long experience in the law profession and is currently the Chief Executive of major New Zealand law firm MinterEllisonRuddWatts, having previously served for a decade in a similar role for Chapman Tripp.  Andrew is a keen outdoorsman with interests in both education and the environment, managing to combine his busy career with serving as NEXT’s kaihautū for The Education Hub and as Executive Chairman of the Rotoroa Island Trust. 

Advisory Panel

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Margaret Bendall CNZM

Margaret is a former principal of Epsom Girls Grammar School and board member of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. Since 2005 she has held a number of leadership and management roles in the Faculty of Education at the University of Auckland. Much of her recent work has been focused on the implementation of the New Zealand Curriculum and professional learning for principals and other school leaders. On behalf of the University of Auckland, she was actively involved in the establishment phase of Ako Mātātupu: Teach First NZ. She is currently a mentor and adviser to school principals and school leaders and an adviser to the Cognition Education Trust. In 2005, Margaret was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) for services to education.

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Shelley Campbell MNZM

Shelley Campbell is Chief Executive of the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Cancer Society after previously serving as CEO of Sir Peter Blake Trust, responsible for its leadership development and environmental programmes. She is on the boards of the Halberg Foundation, Sustainable Seas, Te Pou and Le Va and is a member of the Expert Review Panel tasked with a review of the New Zealand health and disability system. She also mentors young emerging CEOs and business leaders across the country. Previously Shelley was on the Cancer Council of New Zealand and chaired the National Bowel Cancer Screening Taskforce. She is a former Chief Executive of Waikato Primary Health, was a member of the New Zealand delegation to the World Health Assembly in 2008 and has examined health systems in Canada, the US and the UK. In 2007 Shelley was awarded a Sir Peter Blake Emerging Leader award – the first Māori recipient. In 2015 she was awarded an Honorary Captain’s rank in the Royal New Zealand Navy and in 2016 was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to health and people with disabilities.

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Sir Rob Fenwick KNZM KSTJ

Sir Rob is co-founder and Director of Living Earth and co-founder of the NZ Business Council for Sustainable Development. He was a key advisor to the Department of Conservation in developing its new partnership model, has been a driving force behind the New Zealand predator free movement and chairs the Predator Free NZ Trust, Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge and Kiwis for Kiwi.  Sir Rob is a Director of Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei’s commercial holdings arm, as well as being a Trustee of Predator Free 2050 Ltd, Sir Peter Blake Trust and Air NZ Environment Trust.  He is a panel member on Air NZ’s Sustainability Advisory Group and former chair of numerous organisations including Antarctica NZ (where the Fenwick Ice Piemont is named for him) and numerous other business and environmental organisations. Sir Rob was awarded Knight of Justice, Order of St John in 2006, and in 2008 was honoured for services to conservation and community.  In 2015 he was awarded the Blake Medal, being acknowledged by Sir Peter Blake Trust as New Zealand’s “foremost statesman of sustainability and the environment” and “an exceptional [business] leader”. In 2016 he was inducted into the NZ Business Hall of Fame and in 2017 was named a KEA World Class NZ Award winner. In 2016 Sir Rob became the first New Zealander to be knighted for services to both conservation and business.

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Roger France

Roger is a professional company director. He trained as a chartered accountant and is former Managing Partner of Coopers & Lybrand Auckland, subsequently leading the Corporate Value Consulting Practice for PwC in the Asia Pacific region. Roger is Chair of the Deep South National Science Challenge and Tappenden Holdings, and is on the boards of the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge and Southern Cross Health Society. He has been a director of a number of major New Zealand companies including Fonterra, Air New Zealand, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare, Blue Star Group and Orion Health, and is also a former board member of Team New Zealand. Roger was a Member of the Council of The University of Auckland for twelve years, serving as Chancellor of the University from 2009 to 2012. He is a trustee of the University of Auckland Foundation and a member of the New Zealand Treasury’s Commercial Operations Advisory Board. In 2016 Roger was appointed an Officer of The New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to business and education.

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Edward Krishna

Edward is a solicitor in the corporate team at law firm DLA Piper. Originally from Palmerston North where he was Deputy Head Boy at Palmerston North Boys High School, Edward is involved in a range of different areas including leading groups focusing on equity and diversity issues and helping co-ordinate the local pro bono practice at his workplace. He is a passionate musician singing with community choir Stellar Singers and playing in various bands and groups. He is also involved with the youth arm of Philanthropy NZ, exploring ways to get more young people meaningfully engaged in philanthropy.

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Devon McLean QSM

Over a 30 year career in the New Zealand forest industry Devon held a number of executive management positions including COO of Carter Holt Harvey. He was also Chair of the NZ Forest Industries Council and a Director of the Forest Research Institute (Scion). In 1990 Devon helped set up Project Crimson, a trust devoted to the protection of New Zealand’s pōhutukawa and rātā trees, and later served as a Trustee of the Rotoroa Island Trust. His involvement in these and many other biodiversity projects saw him awarded a Queen’s Service Medal in 2015. Devon is currently Chair of Zero Invasive Predators (ZIP) and a Director of Project Janszoon, Predator Free Wellington, Taranaki Mounga Project and Te Manahuna Aoraki.  He also serves as a Director of the state-owned Predator Free 2050 Ltd and is a Governance board member of the Biological Heritage National Science Challenge.

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Alistair Nicholson

Alistair’s career has taken a ‘random walk’ through the education and finance industries, on the journey taking in many of the leading financial centres of the world. Alistair has been a school teacher, corporate treasurer, investment banker and hedge fund investor. He returned to New Zealand with his family in 2007, was Chair of Wakatipu High School for six years, and served on the board of Ako Matatupu:Teach First NZ.  He is a Director of Kiwi Wealth Limited, New Zealand Avocado Council and a Singapore family office (Vulpes Investment Management), and oversees a portfolio of horticultural assets in New Zealand. He is strongly committed to seeing young people in New Zealand get the very best out of their educational opportunities.

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Geoff Ricketts CNZM

Geoff is a company director and investor. He is Chair of Todd Corporation, Heartland Group and Suncorp Group New Zealand as well as a director of a number of other private companies. He was formerly Chair of Lion Nathan. In 2008 he was named the Deloitte NZ Management Magazine Chairperson of the Year. Geoff is Chair of the University of Auckland Foundation, a member of the Auckland Catholic Diocese Advisory Board and is a former Chair of law firm Russell McVeagh where he was a partner for over 25 years. In 2013 Geoff was awarded the Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) for services to education, the arts and business, and in 2015 received an Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) from The University of Auckland.

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John Taylor MNZM

John is currently Senior Advancement Consultant to The University of Auckland, having retired as Director of Alumni Relations and Development after directing the University’s ‘Leading the Way’ campaign which raised over $200 million. He was previously Headmaster of Rathkeale College (1979–87) and King’s College (1988–2002).  John’s current educational activities include chairmanship of the New Zealand Education and Scholarship Trust, of the Selection Committees for the Sir Douglas Myers Scholarship and the Robertson Scholarship, and membership of The New Zealand Initiative. He is a Trustee of the Mike Cormack Foundation and of the John Drake Memorial Scholarship Trust. He was awarded an MNZM for services to education in 2016.

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Jamie Tuuta

Jamie Tuuta is the independent Chair of Taranaki Mounga Project and was the Māori Trustee and CEO of Te Tumu Paeroa. He is a Director of Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd, Te Ohu Kaimoana Trustee Ltd, Wools of New Zealand, Taranaki Investment Management Ltd and is Chair of Māori Television and a Chairman of Tourism New Zealand. He is the former Chair of Parininihi ki Waitōtara Incorporation, Te Runanga o Ngāti Mutunga and the Ngati Mutunga ki Wharekauri Asset Holding Company. He is a former Director of Port Nicholson Fisheries Ltd and was a member of the Investment Advisory Panel for the Primary Growth Partnership. Jamie is also a recipient of the Sir Peter Blake Emerging Leadership Award.

Friends of NEXT

NEXT values the partnership and support these people and organisations are providing to help us transform environment and education in New Zealand.

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ANNETTE CULPAN

Annette is a pioneer, storyteller and strategist, with a background in philanthropy, business and the not-for-profit sector. She is a trustee of Philanthropy New Zealand (2013 to present); the GIFT Trust; and was a trustee with the Grief Centre (2015 to 2018). Annette managed the Vodafone NZ Foundation for nine years (leading the development of the high engagement approach) and was on the design working group for the 2017 Social Enterprise World Forum. She volunteered at Youthline for ten years, is a trained level one iRest meditation teacher and believes in the ability of ordinary people to achieve extraordinary outcomes through insight, generosity and action. Annette is the Founder of Torokaha – a for-purpose business that works with philanthropic organisations, charitable trusts and all who care deeply about social change. Annette is the author of several NEXT publications, including NEXT Stories.

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PWC NEW ZEALAND

PwC New Zealand and NEXT collaborate to provide a unique opportunity for a young graduate, under the PwC NEXT Young Leader programme . The PwC NEXT Young Leader is a second or third year employee of PWC who is seconded to work in the NEXT team for up to 2/3 of their time. Through this secondment and other PwC support, NEXT receives access to PwC’s vast expertise, capabilities and networks. PwC’s support for NEXT is invaluable. In particular, NEXT would like to thank PwC Financial Advisory Services partner David Lamb for his leadership of the NEXT relationship. NEXT Foundation CEO Bill Kermode said “PwC’s unconditional support for NEXT is invaluable. The PwC NEXT Young Leader provides us with capability and resource that we could not access otherwise, and an entrée into the PwC network that has opened many doors for us.”

Hear more from the PwC NEXT Young Leaders

See their website here: https://www.pwc.co.nz/

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CHAPMAN TRIPP

Chapman Tripp provides high quality legal services to the NEXT team on a pro bono basis, and makes its networks and capabilities available to NEXT. In particular, NEXT would like to thank John Strowger and Phillippa Wilkie for their leadership of the NEXT relationship. NEXT Foundation CEO Bill Kermode said “Having the highest quality legal advice available to NEXT has a hugely positive impact for us and our investee organisations as we look to support them. We are privileged to have such a supportive partner in such an important discipline.”

See their website here: https://www.chapmantripp.com

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PLAY IT STRANGE

Play It Strange spotlights the great songs that are written in New Zealand schools. NEXT chooses songs from Play It Strange artists to back its project videos. NEXT loves having the opportunity to showcase the song writing talent in our high schools. We thank Mike Chunn for his leadership of Play It Strange, and collaboration with NEXT Foundation.

See their website here: http://playitstrange.org.nz

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SOAR PRINT

NEXT thanks Soar Print for sponsoring the publication of the NEXT Foundation Review. NEXT Foundation CEO Bill Kermode said “We are delighted with the quality of the NEXT Review. Soar Print put in a huge effort to achieve this , and we benefited enormously from their expertise and commitment to doing a professional job.” Special thanks to Soar Print Managing Director Fred Soar.

See their website here: https://www.soarprint.co.nz/

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NATURAL HISTORY NEW ZEALAND

NEXT would like to acknowledge and thank Natural History New Zealand for their generosity in allowing NEXT to use some of its spectacular environmental footage in of our storytelling.

See their website here: http://www.nhnz.tv/

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RAINGER AND ROLFE

Rainger and Rolfe have provided strategic marketing, communication and design advice to the NEXT team. NEXT would like to thank them, in particular Ant Rainger, Jen Rolfe and Lauren Plumb for their continued support in telling the wonderful stories NEXT is proud to be part of.

See their website here: http://raingerandrolfe.co.nz/

Our charter

  1. NEXT Foundation has been established with a vision “to create a legacy of environmental and educational excellence for the benefit of future generations of New Zealanders”.
  2. This Charter sets out the basis upon which the Foundation will conduct itself in seeking to achieve its vision.
  3. Projects will need to be in the general areas of education and environment and be able to prove that they achieve a lasting impact and contribution to New Zealand.
  4. Education projects are defined as ones that contribute to New Zealand’s long-term knowledge capital and performance through research, teaching, leadership training, and institutional and methodological innovation that ultimately underpin our country’s economic strength.
  5. Environment projects are defined as ones that significantly protect and sustain New Zealand’s natural elements, habitats and species, including research and innovation, conservation and community participation in ways that enhance the relationship between people and nature.
  6. Projects will need to demonstrate that they:
    a. are significant in scale and impact
    b. overcome a specific problem, address a current need, or create a future opportunity
    c. are well supported by research and analysis
    d. provide evidence of good management and governance
    e. have measurable outcomes at defined stages of the project
  7. The Foundation will be governed by a Board of Directors who will decide on the projects to be funded. All decisions by the Board are full and final.
  8. In making this decision the Directors will be assisted by an Advisory Panel.
  9. The Advisory Panel will be selected by the Directors and shall consist of both experts in the areas of education and environment and generalists who can assist in the assessment of projects.
  10. Neither any of the Directors nor any of the Advisory Panel shall assess the selection of a project that they have any direct involvement with or benefit from. A Conflicts of Interest policy will be implemented to ensure that and potential conflicts are identified.
  11. NEXT Foundation is a division of Hutton Wilson Charitable Trust. The Board shall consist of between three to five Directors, all to be appointed by Hutton Wilson Nominees Limited, which shall also appoint a Chairman and Auditor for the Foundation. PwC is the current auditor.
  12. The Board shall appoint a full time CEO for the Foundation who shall administer and lead the activities of the organisation.