We are privileged to have the support of the NEXT Foundation whose vision is to create a legacy of environmental and educational excellence for the benefit of future generations of New Zealanders. Their aim is to empower the young people of today and the leaders of tomorrow by supporting and investing in aspirational education projects that open the door to personal development, economic opportunity and innovation for society as a whole.
The NEXT Foundation works hard to provide all New Zealanders with the opportunity to fulfil their potential and develop into talented individuals with the skills and confidence to confront the challenges and embrace the opportunities of a globalised world economy.
Ewen is the Investment Director at NEXT Foundation, a large philanthropic organisation dedicated to educational and environmental causes in New Zealand. Prior to joining NEXT, Ewen spent 25 years in the private sector, initially as an investment banker followed by senior management roles at major New Zealand corporates Carter Holt Harvey and Fletcher Building, before more recently spending two years as part of a startup logistics business. His career has given him exposure across a wide range of industries and geographies, not only in New Zealand but also into regions such as Australia, Asia and North America. Ewen originally hails from a Northland farming family and retains a close affinity both with the land and with the Northland community. He is the father of two young girls and now firmly part of Auckland’s Grey Lynn community, where he serves on the Board of Trustees for Grey Lynn Primary School. Ewen is passionate about educational and environmental causes that provide for the betterment of New Zealand, and to that end is thrilled to be associated with Ngā Pūmanawa e Waru in Rotorua.
Margret has had a long and varied life in education. She led the design of the national English curriculum (1993) and worked on the development and implementation of the national Qualifications Framework, of which NCEA is a part, serving two terms on the Board of NZQA, before returning to work again in schools, first as DP and then as Principal of Epsom Girls Grammar School. Most recently, Margaret has been a member of the professional staff at the University of Auckland, advising school on the implementation of the New Zealand Curriculum and designing and delivering professional learning for school leaders. Margaret had a leadership role in the establishment phase of the Teach First NZ programme, an alternative pathway into secondary teaching with a focus on educational equity. She is currently a mentor in the First-Time Principals programme, an adviser and critical friend to experienced principals, Deputy Chair of the Cognition Education Trust and an education adviser to the Next Foundation. In 2005 she was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to education.