I have pleasure in writing our first Annual Report of the Trust.  The year has been one of establishing the Trust, and building on the very good work of the Middlemore Foundation and Manaiakalani Education Trust in establishing the programme for Papakura schools.

I wish to start by thanking the many people and organisations for beginning the journey.  As mentioned, the Middlemore Foundation has been a key player in developing and supporting the programme and importantly securing much of the funding for the four strands (Education, Health, Homes and Research).  The Chair Nick Main, and Pam Tregonning have been critical to our success to date.

The second key player has been the vision of Manaiakalani to develop out reaches across New Zealand of the highly successful programme in Tamaki and Glen Innes schools.  Pat Snedden, Rangimarie Hunia, Jenny Oxley, Russell and Dorothy Burt and others have been hugely important in our establishment.

The next critical players have been the six schools involved in the programme, Redhill Primary, Edmund Hillary Primary, Papakura Central Primary, Kereru Campus, Park Estate Primary and Papakura High School.  I want to express my admiration for the leadership and collaborative work of the principals, ably led by the Principal Convenor Raina Nock.  The energy and workload has been huge.

Alongside the Education Strand, which has been the primary focus of the Trust, has been the Health Strand contracted to the National Hauora Coalition by the Middlemore Foundation.  Their work is a key part of the Kootuitui programme, and critical to its success.

None of the work, including that of the research being undertaken by the Woolf Fisher Trust and the Victoria University, would be possible without the enormous support of the sponsors.  I want to especially acknowledge Westpac as a Foundation Partner for their generous monetary and organisational support for Papakura, the schools and the pupils who are the ultimate recipients of the generosity.  Thank you.

I likewise wish to thank Foundation North for their considerable support, financially but also for their counsel and advice.  They play a huge part supporting the communities of Auckland and Northland, and in our case Papakura.

To the other key community partners, I thank you also.  You are the

  • Southern Trust

  • SkyCity Auckland Community Trust

  • Perpetual Guardian

Other Partner supporters in kind I salute you. Saatchi and Saatchi, thank you for bringing the experience of learning alive.  Our IT providers and loan supporters, we appreciate your input and confidence in us.

I wish to thank the Southern Initiative for coming on board to assist us with the Trust’s strategic journey and with the Homes Strand.  You provide our primary  contact to the Auckland Council and government departments, but most importantly you provide us with your skills, competencies and vision for southern Auckland.

The Trust was formed in late 2015.  I want to acknowledge the original Trustees

  • Grant Barnes

  • Dennis Kirkwood

  • Moira Rowlands

  • Vanessa Taft

  • Paul van Etten

  • Becky Lloyd

You have all made a huge contribution.  Becky resigned from the Trust during the year, and has recently been replaced by Ranjna Patel.  Becky and Ranjna are nominees of the Middlemore Foundation.  I want to also express my thanks to Tony Kake from the Papakura Marae and Peter Goldsmith (Board Chair Forum) for their roles as advisors to the Trust.  These roles are important to our journey.

After registration as a Charitable Trust, the Trust registered as a Financial Services Provider, engaged Fairways as our Dispute Resolution Service Provider, registered for GST, and importantly engaged Chester Grey  as our accountancy provider.  I want to thank Stephen Grey, Shannon Corbett and Michael Cheng of Chester Grey for their considerable support to the Trust.  EY was recently engaged as our Auditors.

During the year we engaged Angela Gattung as our Education Programme Leader, and more recently as our part time Executive Officer.  We also engaged Jan Piahana as our Administrator and Whānau Engagement Facilitator.  I note that the Administrator role was previously undertaken by Jenny Oxley from Manaiakalani.  Jenny’s input has been awesome.

The programme ahead is enormously exciting but also challenging.  Educational outcomes through digital learning, health outcomes through in school clinical services and home support are critical to our success.  I believe we are working on something special.

Finally, in thanking all of the participants on the programme, I want to especially acknowledge the special contribution of Rangimarie Hunia. Rangimarie has left the programme (largely) to focus on new roles.  Your drive and vision have been hugely instrumental in our success to date. Thank you.

The next year promises to be one of continued consolidation . We will be investing in the roll out of another 600 digital devices (approximately) , adding to around that number already contracted by parents and guardians of pupils in the schools. This involves the Trust taking out further loan commitments , and individual contract for payments by parents and guardians. I note that the Papakura office of Work and Income has been hugely supportive of our programme and helpful to parents and guardians in payments for the digital devices.

The trust will complete its Homes strategy during this financial year, engaging closely with whānau, and will be rolling out the agreed actions of this strategy. This will be a big step forward for the Trust and the programme. The Trust will continue to work closely with the providers engaged in the health strand, and looks forward in particular with working with the National Hauora Coalition and the Papakura Marae in this respect.

Ngā mihi nui

Leigh Auton

Trust Chair