Conservation as a catalyst for wellbeing

In this edition of NEXT Outlook, Predator Free 2050 Limited CEO Abbie Reynolds discusses how the predator free movement’s benefits go far beyond saving more than 25 million birds a year and helping pr...

Te Manahuna Aoraki monitoring endangered lizards

Do you know how important lizards are to protecting the biodiversity of the South Island High Country? This TVOne News story explains why - and why its important to monitor the endangered species i...

Rotoroa Island celebrates 10 years

Rotoroa Island is celebrating10 years as a wildlife sanctuary - and visitors over Easter were treated to a kiwi release. The island was closed to the public for 100 years as The Salvation Army’s dr...

NEXT environmental initiatives reflect on 2020

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NEXT education initiatives reflect on 2020

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Protecting the Environment from Mounga to Moana

Taranaki Mounga DOC Ranger Tama Blackburn loves his Waitara community. He describes his connection to Koro Taranaki, and his community volunteering efforts with Waitara taiao (natural environment) and...

Taiohi Enhance their Connection to Koro Taranaki

Tiki Toa, is a fabulous programme for intermediate children of Taranaki - focussing on their connection to to Taranaki Mounga, the taiao (natural environment) and Te Ao Māori (Maori world view) to sup...

South Taranaki Students Sound Off on Stoats

Students from Auroa School in South Taranaki are helping provide a safe haven for endangered species on Taranaki Mounga. They have developed a solar powered audio system to lure stoats into traps - an...

Making a START Toward a Rewarding Future

Trevor Walker - Trevor is from START Taranaki, a programme that supports young men in the youth justice system. Trev has found a new happy place - on the Mounga, where he is building traps and cutting...

Project Janszoon – Saving Rare Native Snails

The Abel Tasman National Park is home to two rare native snails - including a critically endangered species. In this video NEXT supported environmental initiative Project Janszoon looks at the intense...

The Power of Early Talk
From Talking Matters

Te Amio-whenua (almost 3) is living proof of the power of early talk. She and her whānau share their experience of applying the Talking Matters kaupapa in the first thousand days of a baby’s life, in ...

How does change happen?

System change is a critical part of the challenge of strategic philanthropy - and a big part of NEXT’s agenda in New Zealand. So how does it happen? Co-impact is a global collaborative focused on syst...

NEXT – Reflecting on our first five years

NEXT is celebrating its halfway mark - we are five years into our 10 year project. NEXT is privileged to work with some of New Zealand’s most inspiring people and projects - who are transforming our e...

NEXT – Celebrating our first 5 years

More than 200 guests – philanthropists, educationalists, environmentalists – even a former Prime Minister – gathered at the Auckland War Memorial Museum to celebrate NEXT’s first five years. “When Ne...

NEXT showcases education investments

NEXT invests in education initiatives that focus on the first 1,000 days of life, teacher excellence and leadership in education. This video showcases the portfolio of our education investments.

Taranaki Region Receives $11m from PFNZ 2050 Ltd to Become First Predator Free Region

A large-scale predator project, the biggest of its kind in New Zealand, was launched in Taranaki today supported by more than $11 million from the Government.
Taranaki aims to be the first predator-free region in the country under the project, called Taranaki Taku Tūranga – Our Place, Towards a Predator-Free Taranaki and is led by the Taranaki Regional Council.


The Power of Two: ZIP Chief Executive, Al Bramley, on the DOC/NEXT Collaboration

Zero Invasive Predators Chief Executive, Al Bramley, shares his insights on the Power of Two – the collaboration
between the Department of Conservation and NEXT
to form ZIP.

Al details the journey of ZIP as it
develops tools and techniques to remove predators
from the mainland – and shares his belief that the PFNZ 2050 will
happen – but it will take the power of many.


WHIO Census at Taranaki Mounga

Department of Conservation rangers and their conservation dogs
Tai and Marti have been conducting their own census – counting
endangered whio ducklings at the NEXT supported environmental
initiative Taranaki Mounga.


Seven Sharp Profiles The Summer Learning Journey

More than 500 primary and
intermediate schoolchildren from
low decile Manaiakalani schools have
been blogging over the holidays under
the NEXT supported Summer Learning
Journey. Seven Sharp journalist Michael Holland caught
up with two girls from St Pius X school in
Auckland to check out what the programme and
the “summer slump” is all
about.


NEXT and Play it Strange – travelling side by side for a better NZ

“I learnt classical music so I could get out of study and hide in the music rooms…” Mike Chunn – friend of NEXT, music mentor and Play it Strange Trust CEO
takes us back to where his passion for music began – how Split Enz was born –
and how NEXT and his music charity are travelling side by side
for a better New Zealand.


Project Janszoon Celebrates Five Years

Project Janszoon – a NEXT environmental
initiative is celebrating its fifth anniversary.
The project is a collaboration between the
Department of Conservation; The Abel Tasman Birdsong Trust
iwi and community to restore the Abel Tasman National
Park.


Summer Learning Journey investment

NEXT is delighted to announce it is investing in The Summer Learning Journey - a digital literacy programme to support students over the summer holiday period. Summer Learning Journey is an online ...

NEXT announces new education investment in SPACE

NEXT Foundation has announced it is investing in an educational support programme for new parents and their babies – SPACE.SPACE for you and your baby is a programme run through early childhood education and community organisations offering parent education, parent support and community connectedness.


Rotoroa Island at the Vanguard of Conservation – Philippe Cousteau

NEXT environmental initiative Rotoroa
Island has been praised by visiting filmmaker
and conservationist Philippe Cousteau as being
at “the vanguard of conservation”.
Cousteau – grandson of environmental icon
Jacques Cousteau – was visiting the island
to film a programme for Xploration Station.


Ngā Pūmanawa e Waru recognised as finalist in Rotorua Westpac Business Excellence Awards

The NEXT supported education initiative
Ngā Pūmanawa e Waru was recently
selected as a finalist for the prestigious
Rotorua Westpac Business Excellence Awards.

The Rotorua district-wide initiative brings together the best of teacher practice coupled with an appropriate future focused learning pedagogy with the endorsement and support from parents, caregivers, community, business and iwi.


Kiwi release and monitoring on Taranaki Mounga

Taranaki Mounga and Taranaki Kiwi Trust have teamed
up to give kiwis released onto the Mounga a better
chance of survival.
As this video shows, some of the kiwis released onto the Mounga this month have been fitted with transmitters
for better protection.


Springboard celebrates ten years.

One of the education initiatives NEXT
Invests in – Springboard Trust – is celebrating its 10th birthday.
Springboard offers strategic leadership advice to school principals and in the video below its Chairman Ian Narev outlines its success over the past decade.


Meet the Musicians : Play it Strangers Troy Scott and Katie Miller

Play it Strange songwriters Troy Scott and Katie Miller found music therapeutic during the trauma of the Christchurch earthquakes. In this Meet the Musicians profile,they discuss what songwriting means to them – and the story behind their single “Turn to Me” which they kindly allow NEXT to use on our video about education initiative The Springboard Trust.


Talking Matters Trials Technology

Could technology help tune parents into the importance of rich communication with their babies in their first 1000 days?
Talking Matters, a NEXT early years(0-3) education initiative has been testing cutting edge technology with a group of parents – as a tool for promoting richer language.


NEXT Foundation and ZIP Invest in Cacophony Project

Could sound lures and artificial intelligence be key tools in New Zealand becoming Predator Free? NEXT Foundation and Zero Invasive Predators is delighted to announce it is investing in the Cacophony Project – a research and development open sourced initiative using information technology in conservation.


Meet the Musicians – Teia Kennedy

NEXT would like to introduce you to one of the talented young Play it Strange musicians Teia Kennedy.
Teia’s wonderful single “Armani’s Song” backs the video for the Rotorua education initiative
Nga Pumanawa e Waru, that NEXT invests in.


Toutouwai release at Taranaki Mounga Project

A milestone for Taranaki Mounga project, one of the environmental initiatives NEXT invests in.

The Mounga has some new residents … following a successful relocation of the toutouwai or New Zealand robin from Pureora Forest Park to Mt Taranaki.


Vision for a Predator Free NZ 2050 – NEXT Outlook by Sir Rob Fenwick

NEXT environmental advisor Sir Rob Fenwick has declared a call to arms to protect our country – in a national battle against invasive predators.

In a speech for NEXT Outlook Sir Robert says toxins and genetics should be part of the weaponry – but with the right careful but bold strategy a Predator Free New Zealand can be a reality.


Education Futurist Frances Valintine Advice to NEXT Generation

Educational futurist and The Mind Lab founder Frances Valintine questions whether Kiwi millennials are ready for the changes technology is bringing.

Her talk was part of the speakers series organised by NEXT Generation – a group of 18-30 year olds interested in social investment who are being supported by the NEXT Foundation.


Meet the Musicians – Josie Hick

Josie Hick drew the inspiration for her song “Dream Come True” sitting on her couch one day taking in the spectacular view of Mount Taranaki. Her song now backs NEXT’s video of the Taranaki Mounga project – a groundbreaking collaboration to restore the iconic mountain and National Park.


NEXT Chairman Chris Liddell’s Advice to NEXT Generation

How does a twenty-something Kiwi prepare for the challenges of the modern world?
That’s the question pitched to NEXT Foundation Chairman Chris Liddell by a group of
young New Zealanders called NEXT Generation who are on a journey of discovery about
philanthropy.


Can New Zealand be predator free by 2050?

That’s the bold vision of the Government, which announced
$28 million investment over the next four years to kick start this
campaign… inspired by projects like NEXT’s Rotoroa Island and
Mount Taranaki Mounga.


NEXT Foundation / Play it Strange – Meeting Our Musicians series

The Next Foundation values its relationship with Play It Strange, a Trust which encourages young New Zealanders to develop their song writing and musical skills.
Play it Strange has generously granted NEXT access to its artists – whose music appears on our project videos, on our website.


The Ambitious Project Taranaki Mounga

An ambitious new conservation project has been the latest recipient of NEXT Foundation support: Project Taranaki Mounga aims to make Egmont National Park the first predator-free national park, creating a haven for native wildlife.


Addressing Equity in Education

Chair of Manaiakalani, Pat Snedden believes living in a low socio economic community should not determine your education outcomes.

“Manaiakalani schools in Auckland have parents with an average adult income of $19,000 per annum.


Improving engagement and achievement for Rotorua’s learners

Tēnei te mihi ki a koutou.Haere mai ki te waka o Te Arawa.Haere mai ki te kaupapa o Ngā Pūmanawa e Waru

Leith Comer, Executive Chairman of Excel Rotorua Education Trust sits on the mahau of his ancestral house Tamatekapua, the captain of the Arawa waka.


Expressions of Interest Open May 18!

To help guide your application, we have outlined what we are looking for in Expressions of Interest this year. We know we’ll be inspired by your submissions again!


Making Schools Better

Reflecting our philosophy of strategic philanthropy and measuring the impact of initiatives, NEXT Foundation is delighted to announce an additional investment to SpringBoard Trust (SBT) to enable robust and rigorous evaluation of their programmes.SBT has commissioned New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) to research learning outcomes from the SBT programmes and we’re thrilled to have their depth of expertise to lead this work.


Preparing For Tomorrow’s World

Frances Valintine, Founder and Chair of The Mind Lab by Unitec advocates teachers are the answer to preparing our students for a super charged world.

Award winning The Mind Lab by Unitec is a learning facility fundamentally designed to enable children to get excited about technology.


NEXT announces first four investments

NEXT Foundation Chair Chris Liddell is delighted to announce the foundation’s first four investments in the fields of the environment and education.

From regenerating New Zealand’s native birdlife and improving the quality of our rivers, to strengthening school leadership and improving our teachers’ digital literacy – the first four initiatives to receive NEXT Foundation investment have the potential for large-scale transformation.


Transforming Predator Management

Al Bramley CEO of ZIP talks about an innovative partnership to transform the way invasive predators are managed on the mainland of New Zealand.

Zero Invasive Predators (ZIP) Ltd is an innovative partnership between NEXT Foundation, the Department of Conservation and philanthropists Gareth Morgan and Sam Morgan to dramatically transform the way invasive predators are managed on mainland New Zealand.


Taking Care of our Rivers

Dame Anne Salmond, Patron of Te Awaroa, believes New Zealand’s challenge is to bring everyone together to ensure our rivers thrive.

Dame Anne Salmond is Patron of Te Awaroa, A Thousand Rivers.