NEXT Newsletter – August 2020

Kia ora friend of NEXT He rangi tā matawhāiti, he rangi tā matawhānui A person with narrow vision has a restricted horizon, a person with wide vision has plenty of opportunities. Looking for...

Elliot Bay saved from development

Iconic national surf beach Elliot Bay has been saved from development - with the Ipipiri Nature Conservancy Trust managing to secure a deal in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis. NEXT is one of many ...

NEXT Newsletter – April 2020

Kia ora friend of NEXT. Welcome to the NEXT newsletter “Lockdown edition” - we hope you and your families are safe and well during these challenging times. Just as Aotearoa New Zealand was enter...

High tech mainland predator control success

Zero Invasive Predators - a NEXT environmental investment - has just completed a successful predator eradication operation on mainland New Zealand. The Perth River Valley project is groundbreaking - ...

Humanitix: Charity for the Tech Generation

Humanitix - which has recently launched in New Zealand with support from NEXT, has been described as a “charity for the tech generation” in a profile published in Idealog magazine. The not for prof...


Residents in the Miramar Peninsula in Wellington might be getting their best christmas present ever - after a huge eradication project by Predator Free Wellington - one of NEXT’s environmental investm...

Giving while Living

Kea has profiled Neal and Annette Plowman and NEXT foundation in their end of year newsletter as part of a feature on a Giving in New Zealand. Read more here.

Taranaki Mounga Annual Report 2019

Taranaki Mounga - one of NEXT’s environmental investments, has published its annual report highlighting progress in this project which is restoring the biodiversity on the Mounga and its surrounds. ...

Te Manahuna Aoraki publishes Annual Report 2019

Te Manahuna Aoraki - one of NEXT’s environmental investments, has published its inaugural annual report. In its first year it has focused on providing a safer environment for the birds that live in th...

Storytelling as a tool for reflection

NEXT turned five earlier this year, which represents the half way point of it’s ten year life as a spend down foundation. Since then I’ve been reflecting on the NEXT journey, and in particular the imp...

NEXT Governance

NEXT’s approach to governance NEXT founders Neal and Annette Plowman wanted a board that was small, flexible and philosophically aligned, with people they knew and trusted The thinking in the ...

Humanitix receives NEXT Foundation support

Humanitix has been launched in New Zealand, with some support from the  strategic philanthropic foundation NEXT . Humanitix is a not for profit  online ticketing platform, that channels profits from b...

NEXT supports Humanitix launch in NZ
from Humanitix

Humanitix, a not for profit ticketing platform that channels booking fee profits into education, has launched in New Zealand. Humanitix is already operating in Australia, and has launched in New Zeal...

Humanitix launched in NZ

Humanitix, a not-for-profit ticketing platform that channels profits from booking fees into education initiatives, has launched in New Zealand. NEXT is supporting Humanitix, which has selected one of ...

Predator free Wellington impact report

Do you know how many Wellingtonians support a Predator Free Wellington , how many communities have set up predator free groups and how many rodents have been caught? All these details and more in the...

NZ Philanthropy Landscape

How is the philanthropic landscape in NZ changing and where does strategic philanthropy and NEXT fit into the picture? Margie Clooney reports on the current trends in this article for Denizen magazine...

NEXT Expert Teacher Award announced

Rauhina Cooper, who teaches te reo matatini and te reo Māori in Hamilton was named winner of a prestigious national award that recognises contemporary teaching practice in New Zealand. Rauhina is 2...

Kākā returned to Abel Tasman

Twelve kākā have been released into the Abel Tasman National Park, where NEXT invests in Project Janszoon. The kākā have been released into an area with intensive trapping, in the hope they will surv...

Postcard from NEXT CEO
by Bill Kermode

NEXT CEO Bill Kermode is currently on sabbatical. It is giving him time to write the occasional blog - and in this edition Bill shares some reading he has been doing, including one that is providing s...

A lens on our fifth celebrations

A lens on our fifth celebrations

NEXT was privileged to have some of New Zealand’s top educationalists, environmentalists and philanthropists among over 200 guests at the Auckland War Memorial Museum to celebrate our first five years...

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’s 10 year challenge by NEXT CEO Bill Kermode

NEXT was created with the advantage of having a fixed life. And it was given the challenge of making a sustainable difference to complex problems that will likely not be fully solved in that lifetime....

Partnerships & Collaboration – Te Manahuna Aoraki

Te Manahuna Aoraki is a collaboration between government, iwi, private landowners, philanthropists and community to restore the biodiversity of the upper Mackenzie Basin and Aoraki/Mount Cook National...

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...

Strategic practices in philanthropy

Strategic Philanthropy Different foundations have different tools in their philanthropy kete or baskets - money is just one of these tools Being strategic and thoughtful in approach can magn...

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...

The pre-NEXT story and getting started

To understand the NEXT story, it is necessary to first look back. Annette and Neal Plowman have always been generous. Their philanthropy pre-dates NEXT and is a marker of their lives together. They b...

NBR Puts Spotlight on NZ Philanthropy Sector

Philanthropy plays a crucial part in improving New Zealand society, with private funds stepping in to ease the country’s shortfalls. But what entices people to give away large chunks of their money, and how is the sector evolving?

Kea World Class NZ – Full List of Winners

Philanthropy, arts, science and technology – Kea has published it’s full list
of winners of the 2018 World Class NZ awards – where NEXT founders
Neal and Annette Plowman took out the Supreme Award.

NEXT Executive Pay Tribute to Neal and Annette Plowman

NEXT Founding Chair Chris Liddell, CEO Bill Kermode, the Board and the Plowman family
have paid tribute to NEXT founders Neal and Annette Plowman, upon the announcement
they are joint recipients of the 2018 Kea World Class New Zealand Supreme Award.

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.

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

Project Janszoon Annual Report

Project Janszoon; a NEXT supported environmental initiative
restoring Abel Tasman National Park, has
published its 2017 annual report.

Click here to read the report.

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.

Zero Invasive Predators Trial in South Westland

NEXT supported environmental
initiative ZIP has had some great
success in a predator eradication
trial in South Westland.
The aim was to rid the area completely
of rats and possums using a modified
method of aerial predator control.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.