Why NEXT Invests in The First 1,000 Days

The first 1,000 days of a child’s life (or more accurately, from conception to their third birthday) form a period of intense brain development, laying down the foundational architecture for lifelong ...

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...

Why a limited life foundation

From the outset of NEXT Foundation the intent was clear - to deliver a 10-year $100 million spend down programme, be strategic in approach, focus in the areas of education and the environment and inve...

Mount Aspiring College Teacher Wins Bright Spots Award

The Education Hub has announced Mount
Aspiring College teacher Chris Waugh has
won one of its Bright Spots Awards for innovative
teaching practice. The Wanaka Sun reports
on the details of the award – which NEXT funds.

Gisborne Boys High Teacher Wins NEXT Funded Bright Spots Award

Gisborne Boys High School Head of
Science Darcy Fawcett has been named
one of the winners of The Education Hub’s
Bright Spots Awards. Darcy has developed
a data interpretation tool to determine if teachers improvements
in practice are effective.

Omata School Children Help Locate Predators At Taranaki Mounga Project

A group of school children from Omaha
School west of New Plymouth are playing
detectives to help the Taranaki Mounga project. They are
trawling through hours of video footage to help
locate where the predators are – so the
Taranaki Mounga team know where
to target their trapping efforts.

NEXT Funded Bright Spots Awards for Innovative Teaching Announced

A group of Taupo teachers developing a programme to encourage young Māori women to enrol in STEM subjects and a Christchurch primary school designing an oral language programme for new entrants are among the winners of The Education Hub’s inaugural Bright Spots Awards, funded by NEXT Foundation, announced today.

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.

NEXT/ The Mind Lab Collaboration to Upskill Teachers in Technology

“It’s a privilege to be able to support
teachers who want to better prepare our
future generations of New Zealanders –
there’s no more impactful place to invest in
education,” NEXT CEO Bill Kermode reflects
on the foundation’s investment in upskilling
teachers in technology through The Mind Lab.

Plowman Medal Awarded to NEXT Champion Frank Janssen

NEXT champion Frank Janssen has been awarded the Plowman medal for his
generous contribution to NEXT’s education
investments. Thank you Frank for your valuable
insights – straight talking – and your philosophy
of giving back.

NEXT Expert Teacher Awards Announced

Two teachers have been selected as the
winners of the NEXT Expert Teacher Award
at the Mind Lab by Unitec Postgraduate Certificate
in Applied Practice graduation held this week.

NEXT Supports Bright Spots Awards for Teachers

“The Bright Spots Awards are another opportunity for us to support examples of excellence in practice in New Zealand education. We are delighted to be able to partner with The Education Hub in them,” NEXT CEO Bill Kermode commenting on the new awards for teacher innovation, supported by NEXT.

NEXT Celebrates Four Years – Update on EOI Process

NEXT Foundation is celebrating four years since its launch in 2014 – and now supports sixteen environmental and education initiatives.

Thirteen of those investments have been made since the foundation’s inception – and three are continuing support for projects started before NEXT’s launch.

The Mind Lab launches Digital Passport for Teachers with NEXT Support

The Mind Lab by Unitec has launched a new
education platform today to enable teachers to develop the skills and understanding to
deliver the new digital technologies curriculum. NEXT is supporting the new
Digital Passport initiative as a natural progression from its investment in sponsoring
teachers to undertake The Mind Lab’s postgraduate technology qualification.

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

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.

Summer Learning Journey Boosted by NEXT Foundation

“Summer Learning Journey is an excellent example of a well structured education innovation with robust evidence and a scalable model,” – NEXT CEO Bill Kermode in the NZ Herald, in a report about NEXT’s latest education investment.

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 Summer Learning Journey

A blogging programme for school children – to help them maintain academic grades over the summer holidays – is to expand significantly with support from NEXT Foundation.

The Summer Learning Journey has been developed through a partnership with Manaiakalani teachers and the Woolf Fisher Research Centre at the University of Auckland to counter the “Summer Slump” – where school students can lose a year or more of their academic progress in writing when they break for the six-week summer holiday.

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.

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.

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.

NEXT Expert Teacher Award winners announced

Sandy Bornholdt from Mt Manganui’s Te Kura o Matapihi has been recognised as the country’s top digital teacher, winning the prestigious NEXT Expert Teacher Award at The Mind Lab by Unitec’s graduation in Auckland last week.

September 2017

In the NEXT September Newsletter we highlight our education investment in the First 1000 days
with an opinion piece from the Children’s Commissioner; and some technology trials in Talking Matters.
We also bring you an environmental update from Project Janszoon and introduce some young Canterbury songwriters
in our Meet the Musicians series.

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.

End of an Era for Rotoroa Island Trust Chair Barrie Brown

NEXT environmental initiative the Rotoroa Island Trust has farewelled its Chairman Barrie Brown.
Barrie has stepped down after a decade at the helm – and oversaw the transition from being
a former Salvation Army drug and rehabilitation centre to the conservation park and wildlife
sanctuary it is today.

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.

NEXT Foundation Board Update

NEXT Foundation has today confirmed its Chairman Chris Liddell is stepping down as non-executive Chairman. Chris’ resignation follows his appointment as Assistant to the President and Director of Strategic Initiatives in the United States Administration.

NEXT EOI Process Deferred

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.

NEXT Review

NEXT is pleased to present its inaugural Review – documenting the NEXT journey over its first two and a half years.

The Review updates all the NEXT and Foundation initiatives in our focus areas of the environment and education – plus
comments from the NEXT leadership team.

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.

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

Data Sharing for Better Decision Making – An Introduction

NEXT supports projects that are transformational, inspirational and business-like. Part of “business-like” is using evidence to support actions and decision-making. “Big data” is widening the breadth of that evidence, and technology is making it potentially much more widely available.

NEXT Foundation Confirms Areas of Particular Interest

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

The guidelines have been released as it reaches its two year milestone and in advance of the next round of funding applications in 2017.

PRESS RELEASE: Two New Investments in Education

NEXT Foundation today announced a further two investments in education from the many excellent submissions to its 2014 application process.

Ngā Pūmanawa e Waru 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.

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.

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.

So What Makes a Great Teacher?

Doug Lemov writes in The Guardian about the revolution that could change the way your child is taught. He believes great teachers are made, not born – and his ideas are transforming education.

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.

The Mind Lab opens in Gisborne and Wellington

The Mind Lab is expanding! We are delighted to partner with them to offer 800 NEXT Generation Teacher scholarships to their Postgraduate Programme and even more delighted that they now extend to Gisborne and Wellington public school teachers.

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.

Making Principals Successful

The Springboard Trust Chair Ian Narev believes it is a critical right for young kiwis to have access to a great education regardless of their circumstance.

The Springboard Trust (SBT) is a unique charitable trust within New Zealand’s education sector working to improve student outcomes by assisting educational leaders and their communities grow in strategic, structured and scalable ways.

NEXT Foundation receives outstanding response to initial grant process

NEXT Foundation is pleased to announce that it has received an outstanding response to its initial grant process.

Chairman Chris Liddell said that the Foundation had received 280 Expressions of Interest totaling more than $1.8billion, split evenly between the areas of Environment and Education.

Minister of Conservation and NEXT Foundation sign Tomorrow Accord

The Government and NEXT Foundation will today sign a conservation Accord that will secure the ecological gains made by qualifying privately funded conservation projects.

The Tomorrow Accord commits the New Zealand Government to maintain long term results for parts of the conservation estate where philanthropic investment has delivered significant, measurable enhancement of the ecological prospects of those ecosystems.

NEXT Foundation Profile

The NEXT Foundation has been established
to create a legacy of environmental and
educational excellence for the benefit of
future generations of New Zealanders.


$100m foundation to support NZ environment and education

A $100 million philanthropic foundation, established to support and invest in high impact New Zealand-based environmental and education projects, was launched in Auckland today.

The NEXT Foundation is funded through the benefaction of New Zealanders Annette and Neal Plowman, who have already supported a number of significant philanthropic projects, including the Rotoroa Island Trust in the Hauraki Gulf, Project Janzsoon in the Abel Tasman National Park and Teach First NZ which aims to tackle educational inequality.