Graeme Dingle Foundation Southland’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 two transformational programmes in Southland:

  • 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.
  • 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 Southland young person to know what they have inside is greater than any obstacle.  


Dave Gibbs - Southland Regional Manager

Phone: 0226390191

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Ramari Paul - Career Navigator Coordinator

Originally from Kawerau, Eastern Bay of Plenty, Ramari has called Southland home for over 10 years now. 2021 is Ramari's first year with us and she is really looking forward to getting to know some really awesome young people within our Southland community.

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Jennifer Jacques - Kiwi Can Coordinator

Ruth Prattley - Kiwi Can Leader

Born and raised here in Southland, Ruth has been working with the Graeme Dingle Foundation since 2020. Ruth's favourite thing about being a Kiwi Can leader is that she "gets to work with awesome teammates and meet the next generation of awesome young people and help them build those important skills they can take with them throughout their lives." Outside of work you will find Ruth in the garden growing Kai.

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Nikia Upson - Kiwi Can Leader

Originally from Timaru, Nikia has made Southland her home. Since joining the Kiwi Can programme in February 2020 Nikia has enjoyed being able to "be a role model and make an impact on our youth." Outside of work you will find Nikia exploring what our backyard has to offer and finding anyone adrenaline activity she can.

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Jessica Agate - Kiwi Can Leader

Jessica originally hails from the North Island, she now makes Southland her home and joined the Graeme Dingle Foundation Southland family mid 2019. Jessica's favourite thing about Kiwi Can is that "The kids at the schools are awesome, they truly brighten my day everyday." Outside of work you will find Jessica letting her creative juices flow and out looking at the stars.

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Bella Phillips - Kiwi Can Leader

Bella is originally from Dunedin but went to school here in Southland. When asking Bella what her favourite part of her job is she replied "100% The kids, making sure they have a good role model to look up to and to confide in if they ever need to. Making sure kids feel empowered and heard in our lessons." Outside of work you might find Bella at her favourite place in Dansys past or watching a bit of greys anatomy.

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