Graeme Dingle Foundation Southern’s mission is to deliver programmes that are proven to bring positive changes to the lives of young people at the bottom of the south.

Presently we have three transformational programmes in Southern:

Kiwi Can: Our energy-packed, primary school programme, teaching positive relationships, values of respect, integrity and resilience, and developing the soft skills needed for our communities and workplaces of the future.

Stars: Currently run in Wakatipu High School, Stars is a 12-month mentoring programme that supports, motivates and positively reinforces Year 9 students during their first year in secondary school.

Career Navigator: Our unique ready-for-work programme helping our secondary school students find appropriate career pathways, and developing strong connections between our young people and industries.

Our children need to learn skills and strategies to develop into resilient people who can cope and thrive in our fast-paced world. They need to learn how to work together, understand other perspectives, collaborate for mutual success, and how to bounce back from setbacks.

Our programmes support the development of these skills and values, so our youth are able to overcome the challenges they will inevitably face in life. We want every Southern young person to know what they have inside is greater than any obstacle.  

You can contact the Southern regional office on:

Phone: 022 639 0191


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Anna Gaitt - Southern General Manager

I firmly believe in the Foundation's mission to empower and inspire young individuals, and I am committed to building upon its legacy of success. Together with our dedicated team and our valued community partners, we will forge a path of growth, ensuring that every young person in the Southern region has the opportunity to thrive.

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Southland Kiwi Can Students Daffodil Planting
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Student and leader planting a daffodil seed together