The Graeme Dingle Foundation News


Welcome to November's Graeme Dingle Foundation update.

This month we celebrate our local heroes, spotlight an amazing team member from Rotorua, give thanks to a wonderful supporter and promote an upcoming event, The Great NZ Santa Run

Thank you for being part of our Graeme Dingle Foundation whanau, together we're empowering young people to overcome life's obstacles. 

Nga mihi nui, 

The Graeme Dingle Foundation.  




Our Local Heroes!

A huge congratulations to two members of our Graeme Dingle Foundation whanau who recently received New Zealander Local Hero of the Year Awards.

Jess Collins is a Project K alumni from Graeme Dingle Foundation Bay of Plenty who always goes above and beyond to support others around her. She also received the Prime Minister’s Exemplar Award earlier this year.

Tony Yuretich is the Lead Programme Coordinator for Graeme Dingle Foundation Auckland who does amazing work to support our Rangatahi through our programmes Stars, Project K and Career Navigator. Tony has been a part of the Graeme Dingle Foundation whanau for over 10 years and he continues to inspire our students to be the best version of themselves.

Ka mau te wehi korua! Both very well deserved!




Cori Maroroa - Teaching young Children values right from the start

Cori Maroroa knows first hand just how good the Kiwi Can programme is for kids. After all, Maroroa loved it when she went through it at primary school as a student. Now she is helping new generations of primary school students benefit from the same programme as one of its senior leaders.

Coming from a sporting background, Maroroa began working for Kiwi Can in Rotorua a year ago and remembered the experience she had as a child.

“I remember this programme, it was fun, exciting, we learnt about respect and values, so it was a positive experience for me.”

Kiwi Can is a primary school programme, supported by the Graeme Dingle Foundation, helping kids understand each other, establish respect and learn valuable life skills. Maroroa says the programme is about forming values at a young age, to resolve issues both now and later on in life when they encounter difficulties.

“It is all about giving dedicated time to teaching kids life values and skills, helping them, or teaching our kids that the core values and qualities that they have can help them through any challenge.”

Respect is a theme that is constantly built on throughout Kiwi Can’s programme all through a child’s primary school years, says Maroroa.

“It’s that establishment of values at quite a young age, and over the years they start to develop and have an understanding of what these values are.

“I feel like quite often people tell someone ‘you’re disrespectful’ and, really, they don’t have an understanding of what that word is that they keep saying,” she says.

She says the kids look forward to the activities each week, asking teachers when the next session is, and she is always met with smiling faces at the primary schools, because Kiwi Can “delivers life values and skills in a fun and engaging way.”

Further than the programme, she says just having the team in and around the school as positive role models helps the kids.

“Out in the playground, participating in any sport, I come from a big sporting background so sport’s my go-to.”

After a year of being a senior leader, she is being promoted to assistant coordinator next term. She has been integral in getting Kiwi Can off the ground and building a good reputation with schools in Rotorua.




Sponsor Spotlight

We want to say a huge thank you to Foundation North who have supported the Kiwi Tahi programme - benefiting young people in South Auckland.
Their support has been instrumental in the continued delivery of this programme and will enable Stephen Boxer and his team to reach even more young people in 2020!

Foundation North Trustee Romy Uganda attended our Excellence awards, presenting Taati with the Kiwi Tahi award, after the event Romy told us “I am hopeful that with people like you and groups like yours providing support and options for our young people, the future of our society will be rosier.  Thank you again for giving Foundation North an opportunity to serve and help uplift our people, and for extending that to me. “

Without the generosity of organisations like Foundation North we would not be able to change the outcomes for these young tamariki. 




The Great NZ Santa Run is taking place across the country next week. We're delighted to be the charity partner of the event and can't wait to see everyone there. Get a group together and join in on the christmas fun!

Find out more and enter here











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