Teach First NZ was delighted to attend the launch of the NEXT Foundation, which was officially launched on Friday, 14 March at the Viaduct Events Centre in Auckland.
The NEXT Foundation has been established, from the generosity of Neal and Annette Plowman, to create a legacy of environmental and educational excellence for the benefit of future generations of New Zealanders.
To achieve this vision, the Foundation will invest up to $100 million over the next 10 years in education and environmental projects. The projects supported will be aspirational, ambitious, large in scale and wide in impact.
The launch was attended by over 300 guests, including the Prime Minister, John Key, who told the launch that the Government couldn't do everything and the private sector and philanthropy filled important gaps. He told the Plowmans: "We are lucky to have people like you who not only have immense generosity but a vision for what they want New Zealand to be."
One of Teach First NZ's generous donors is Hutton Wilson Nominees, which is the parent funder of the NEXT Foundation.
Prime Minister John Key giving his speech at the NEXT Foundation launch.