NEXT Foundation is pleased to be supporting eight New Zealand environment and education organisations, in addition to the five Foundation initiatives that the trustees had committed to before NEXT’s 2014 launch.

We have clarified our focus within environment on a predator-free New Zealand, healthy rivers, and environmental education; and in education on principal and teacher excellence, digital and collaborative learning, and 0-3yrs education. The number and the quality of the projects we have supported have been better than we expected, and we are conscious that there are further ways, many non-financial, we can support system change in those areas.

We have therefore decided to focus our resource in 2017 again on doing that, and will not run an EOI process this year. We remain interested in any opportunity that can play a part in system change in our areas of interest.

Bill Kermode