Let's Play- Autism NZ
Stewart Germann Grant 

Lets Play is a parent programme to bridge the gap between an autism diagnosis and the start of Early Intervention Services teaching parents, to engage joyously with their children through playful interactions, focusing on their child’s interests and in everyday activities. Parents report that when they learn to play and respond to their child,  everything else, like language “falls into place”.

Contact: Thecla Moffatt  Thecla.Moffat@autismnz.org.nz

Brave Learning-Maia Centre for Social Justice

Brave Learning- helps young Pasifika(16-21)  failed by the education system because of their socio-cultural responsibilities  such as contributing financially, caring for whānau etc Programme supports them develop clear plan so they are  to be future-focussed and agentic about what they can achieve. 

Contact: Jay Allnutt    jay@maiacentre.org

Reading Intensive Practice-Manaiakalani Trust

The  Reading Intensive Practice programme  supports a network of 120 schools in low socio-economic and challenged communities. The well researched programme, is designed is to lift learner literacy achievement through increasing the effectiveness of teacher reading practice and learner engagement.

Contact: Jenny Oxley jenny.oxley@manaiakalani.org

Belong and Dream-Taupo a Nui Kahui Ako

Each year 50-100  learners at risk when transitioning to high school. Wrap around and special support to them and whanāu. Unexpected  outcomes from year 1 included  2 students gaining  the  self-confidence to change their gender identity.

Contact: Martyn Howie


Rising Rangatahi-Westland High School

programme  to reengage 41  most at risk rangatahi into learning and attending school through two dedicated, structured literacy classes and a programme that is resourced with a full-time teacher aide and part-time teacher that will focus on positive behaviour, social and emotional skill development and structured literacy within a safe and inclusive learning environment.

Contact: Amy Cunningham amycunningham@westlandhigh.school.nz

Multi year grants

Storytime Foundation-First 1000 Days

After a very successful pilot, TRP has provided 3 year funding which is benefitting up to 5000 families in South Auckland and Northland.  

The programme focusses on encouraging and teaching parents to bond, read, talk, sing and fully engage with their children. They were given books, resources, support and information to develop confidence and parenting skills critical in the child’s early years, to provide a better future for their children and reduce disparities in social outcomes. 

The Foundation works collaboratively with Talking Matters, Plunket, Family Start, midwives, Ministry of Education, Corrections and others.

Contact: Tony  Culliney tony@storytime.org.nz

Talking Matters Trust-Korerotia Mai

Talking Matters is a model that build language rich environments in the home, early learning settings and the community. The team works with ECEs, iwi, community-based and professional services to adapt the model to local needs.