A group of exceptional young Kiwis, mentors, volunteers and leaders will take the spotlight for their resilience,
self-belief and contribution to society at the annual Graeme Dingle Foundation’s 2019 Excellence Awards being held on
Over 200 people will gather at the AUT Sir Paul Reeves Building in Auckland, including Governor General Dame Patsy
Reddy, GNZM, QSO, in a celebration of the 27,000 children and young people who go through the Foundation’s programmes
each year, helping them to be stronger, healthier and happier individuals
The Graeme Dingle Foundation believes that every society owes every child the conditions to thrive, belong and
contribute meaningfully. Its contribution to NZ society is to help Kiwi children and young people develop mental fitness
and resilience through self-belief, so that ultimately all of our young people believe that ‘what they have inside is
greater than any obstacle’.
Since 1995 more than a quarter of a million young people have passed through the six programmes – Kiwi Can, Stars,
Career Navigator, Project K, MYND and Kiwi Tahi. Many of these amazing young people have bounced back from hardship and
conquered immense challenges to chart a positive course through life.
The Excellence Awards are a celebration of these young people, their achievements and successes. It is a prestigious
event where people from across all the programmes gather in Auckland for an evening with special guests, key sponsors,
their parents and caregivers to acknowledge how they have achieved overcoming their obstacle, fears and personal
While the Excellence Awards focus mainly on the young people, they also celebrate the achievements of Foundation staff,
Programme Coordinators and volunteers from across the country.