From Our Chair

Chair's Report


Prepared by Leigh Auton

It is with pleasure that I present my third Annual Report for the Papakura Kootuitui Trust.

The 2017-18 financial year has been one of challenge, opportunity and achievement.

The challenge for the Trust has been to position the organisation to be financially sustainable beyond the three year commitment by the Middlemore Foundation for Health Innovation. I record our thanks to the Foundation in assisting the Trust through this transition, as I do in acknowledging the exceptional support the Foundation has given the Trust over the last three years. While we have yet to fully achieve our funding needs, we are hopeful of achieving them.

The year has been full of opportunity. The Trust has grown its organisational capacity. We completed our Strategic Plan 2018-2021. We have enhanced our administrative capability, and have continued to develop our relationships and networks with the community, with partners in the provision of our services, and with existing and new funders. I wish to acknowledge our dedicated and committed staff in passionately developing and driving these opportunities. I acknowledge the significant leadership provided by Angela Gattung, as our Executive Officer, alongside the skills and commitment of Jan Piahana, Robin (Bini) Vimal and Freda Piahana to our organisational success.

Our achievements in the three strands of Education, Health and Homes have been significant. I acknowledge the work and commitment of the six schools in the Kootuitui Cluster. The Principals, School Boards and staff do a tremendous job in driving the educational achievement of students. I thank the Principal Educational Convenor, Raina Nock, for her leadership of the Principals’ group. I acknowledge the exceptional results being delivered through the Health strand, both at Papakura High School and the five primary schools. Thank you to the health providers, the Counties Manukau DHB, National Hauora Coalition and the Papakura Marae. Not least I wish to acknowledge the innovative and pioneering work, based on a genuine community development model, in the Homes strand. A very big thank you to our partners, The Southern Initiative for their inspirational leadership and Habitat for Humanity (Auckland) for their practical and organisational support. And a special thank you to the ‘Kootuitui Whaanau” who have committed their time, energy and passion to the delivery of a unique approach to our Homes strand.

I thank our many sponsors, both those through the Middlemore Foundation, and those who support the Trust directly. Combined these funders are Westpac, Hugo Charitable Trust, Southern Trust, Sky City Community Trust, Perpetual Guardian, Foundation North, the Auckland Council through The Southern Initiative (TSI) and the Papakura Local Board, the Papakura and Drury Rotary Clubs, the Lottery Grants Board, the Lion Foundation, the Sir John Logan Campbell Residuary Estate and the One Foundation. Your support has been central to the delivery of enhanced educational outcomes for the 1700 plus pupils in our six cluster schools.

I wish to acknowledge and thank my fellow Trustees. Your contribution as Trustees to the success of Kootuitui ki Papakura cannot be underestimated.

And two final acknowledgements. A big thank you goes to the Manaiakalani Education Trust for their ongoing support. We are pleased to be part of the growing Outreach programme, now eleven in total across New Zealand, and are appreciative of Manaiakalani’s ongoing support. The last, but not least, a special thanks and tribute to Pam Tregonning who recently left her role at the Middlemore Foundation. Your leadership and contribution to Kootuitui ki Papakura has been absolutely instrumental in our success.

Nga mihi nui

Leigh Auton