Positive outlook, positive future

Remember when you were a kid. Life seemed full of possibilities. So why should that attitude change? Young people today need to be encouraged to stay positive, aim high, go for their dreams, and make the most of their unique talents.

That’s us right there, cheering them on.

The Graeme Dingle Foundation is a child and youth charity founded by Sir Graeme Dingle and Jo-anne Wilkinson in 1995 as the Project K Trust. The Graeme Dingle Foundation is a leader in the field of child and youth development, running several successful proven programmes – Kiwi Can, Stars, Career Navigator, Project K and MYND.

Graeme Dingle Foundation programmes use elements of the great outdoors, inspirational classroom leaders and world-class mentors to help kids, from age 5 to 18, keep on track, develop confidence, build resilience and self-belief, set goals for the future, and contribute positively to society.

With New Zealand’s stunning outdoors and close-knit communities as the backdrop, Graeme Dingle Foundation’s programmes build on young people’s talents through physical and mental challenges; developing core life skills and helping them achieve their potential.

The ‘Growing Great Futures – Whakatipu Tamariki Ora’ report prepared by Infometrics, showed that every dollar invested in Graeme Dingle Foundation’s programmes is expected to result in a long-term benefit to New Zealand of $7.80.  Graeme Dingle Foundation’s programmes change lives and are informed by best-practice research.

The Graeme Dingle Foundation has been successfully partnering with communities and schools for over 20 years.  Our programmes are delivered across New Zealand by licensed community trusts, this year we’ve already helped over 28,000 Kiwi kids.

Making a difference

Doing good is one thing. Being able to track the difference we make is another. Through extensive, ongoing research we know for a fact that Graeme Dingle Foundation programmes;

  • Improve attitudes and behaviour
  • Improve academic results
  • Help young people set and achieve their goals
  • Boost self-confidence
  • Reduce truancy rates and at risk behaviours (eg substance abuse)
  • Help young people feel more positive about the future


Off to an awesome start

Kiwi Can is our energy-packed primary school programme, aimed at children aged 5 to 12 years. It teaches values such as integrity and respect, and delivers fun-filled learning to schools all around the country.

Visit Kiwi Can

Helping to support Kiwi kids stay stronger together

Our Stars programme strengthens young people for that often-tricky transition into high school, through training and supporting older students to mentor and walk alongside the new year 9’s.

Visit Stars

Shaping the future

Project K kicks in at a time when some kids need it most. Designed for Year 10's, this programme builds confidence, teaches life skills, promotes good health and encourages a positive attitude. What's not to love.

Visit Project K

The sky's the limit

"What are you going to do when you grow up?" Not a lot of teens know the answer to that old chestnut! Career Navigator helps by assisting NZ's youth with valuable information, options and guidance around work and life choices, support with achieving goals, and aiming high.

Visit Career Navigator

Back on Track

Teenage years can be a tough time for many. But if problem situations are caught early and given a chance - given the right support - lives can be tuned around. That's what MYND is all about.

Visit MYND
  • Strategic Plan
  • Annual Review 2020
  • Child Protection Policy

Strategic Plan


Learn more about the Graeme Dingle Foundation’s Transformational Strategy Plan 2019-2021.

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Annual Review 2020

Child Protection Policy

Graeme Dingle Foundation is committed to ensuring the wellbeing and safety of children and young people, including prevention of child/young person abuse or maltreatment. This policy provides guidance to Graeme Dingle Foundation staff (including contractors and volunteers) on how to identify and respond to concerns about possible abuse or neglect of a child or young person.

Browse the policy here