About Our Team

Our vision is success for extraordinary young New Zealanders on the national and international stage.

The Adastra Foundation was established in 2007 to provide financial and mentoring support to extraordinary young New Zealanders in their pursuit of excellence.

To date, the Adastra Foundation has awarded over 1000 scholarships and totalling over $2,000,000.

Trustees

Graeme Maw - Chair

Graeme Maw - Chair

After an enthusiastic but innocuous career in junior soccer, badminton and rugby union, Graeme has accrued over 20 years’ experience leading international sports programmes, and developing successful athlete and coach pathways.

These include stints with Queensland Swimming, British and NZ Triathlon, Welsh Rugby Union, UK coaching and Millfield School in England.

Graeme has the distinction of having represented three different nations in support at summer Olympic Games, and been Chef de Mission for Great Britain at the World University Games.

When not supporting others, Graeme can be found riding various bicycles, hiking up or skiing down mountains, or exasperating his family and livestock on their Waikato lifestyle block at Tamahere.

Kevin Burgess

Kevin Burgess

Kevin Burgess has been a community pharmacist in Cambridge since 1981 and had a long and active involvement within the Cambridge community, serving on both sporting and community organisations, including past chair of the Adastra Foundation.

He has been involved in sports administration since the mid-1980s and became a life member of Hautapu Rugby Club in 2012.

Kevin has been a judge at the Waipa and Waikato secondary Sports Awards for 15 years and is a passionate supporter of rugby, rowing, netball, cricket and lately, cycling.

He has also mentored/sponsored numerous athletes over the years.

A joint founder of Perago Trust for promising athletes in Cambridge, Kevin is also a partner of Inside Running, a sports management company.

Jennifer Palmer

Jennifer Palmer

After six years as National Grants Manager for the Perry Foundation, Jennifer became the General Manager of the Brian Perry Charitable Trust in 2010.

In this role she has overseen the development of the Te Awa River Ride – a cycleway alongside the Waikato River – and played a key role in the development of the Home of Cycling’s Avantidrome.

She also managed the development of Podium Lodge, a Cambridge facility aimed at supporting the sports and recreation market.

Jennifer is also a trustee of Sport Waikato, the Home of Cycling Charitable Trust and a former trustee of the Skycity Hamilton Community Trust and the Waikato Institute of Leisure and Sports Studies.

Originally from Ottawa, Canada, Jennifer is married to Craig and together they have twin daughters.

Jenna Keane

Jenna Keane

Jenna was born and raised in Central Otago but has been in the Waikato/Bay of Plenty region for the past 7 years. After 4 years in the event industry as the Secondary School Tough Guy & Gal Challenge she transitioned to roles in both Women and Girls and Youth Engagement at Sport Waikato.

A new opportunity now sees Jenna employed by the NZ Police as the Waikato Physical Education Officer, continuing her passion of both physical activity and community work.

Understanding some of the pressures and expectations youth face in the ever-evolving world of social media and their online image, puts her in a good place to support our youth as they pursue their passions.

Physical activity and sport is an important part of her lifestyle and she continues to play social sport and do CrossFit. Although not musically trained herself, some of her family have followed this pathway and Jenna is excited to be more engaged in the music and arts scene.

Alison Wieringa

Alison Wieringa

Alison, born and raised on a family farm in Walton, has played, coached, and mentored NZ netballers finest.

Coach of New Zealand A, Magic, Northern Force, provincial and age group teams, following a playing career that saw her reach the top level, she has a passion for helping young people strive to achieve.  Add in her experience leading Welsh Netball as their National Performance Director, Netball NZ selector, mentoring for Tania Dalton Foundation and judge on the BOP Sports awards panel for 10 years, and she brings a huge range of experience to the Trust.

Having worked in health and sports management roles, she’s well practiced in managing teams, developing leaders, and looking at opportunities for growth.

Music has been part of her life and this role provides the chance to engage in the performing arts arena alongside the sporting scene.

New challenges for Alison see her managing the Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service, enjoying playing golf alongside her husband, and keeping a track on their two children who live in Sydney and Wanaka.

David Sidwell

David Sidwell

David is heavily involved in music education throughout NZ at both secondary and tertiary levels, currently managing the Department of Music & Performing Arts and postgraduate studies in the School of Media Arts at Wintec. He holds a Masters Degree in Arts Management from Central Queensland University and is currently completing a PhD.

David’s involvement in music, education and theatre as director, musical director, composer, orchestrator/arranger and pianist include many successful productions in NZ and Australia; The Rocky Horror Show, Cats, Les Misérables, Oliver starring Richard O’Brien as Fagin, The Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia!, Evita, Starlight Express, Mary Poppins, Miss Saigon, Sister Act, Bonnie & Clyde, We Will Rock You, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Chicago.

As an accomplished pianist, David has worked with numerous New Zealand singers, performers, recording artists and featured as the pianist for the New Zealand Film Archive touring road shows.

David has been awarded an honorary institutional medal from Wintec for his forty-year contribution to the arts, as well as a Merit Award from Musical Theatre New Zealand. In 2014 he was honoured with the prestigious ‘Freedom of the City’ award, an accolade bestowed by Hamilton City recognizing David’s services to the arts and culture in the city over the past thirty-five years.

Honey Hireme-Smiler

Honey Hireme-Smiler

Honey Hireme-Smiler, Ngati Raukawa, Ngati Haua, Ngati Whakaue. Honey is a dual rugby league / rugby union international who has been an exceptional flag bearer for New Zealand women’s rugby and rugby league.

As a former Black Fern and Kiwi Fern, she brings a career spanning 18 years at international level. Her commitment, passion and dedication to her sports saw her appointed as a Member of the NZ Order of Merit for Services to Sport.

Honey has 10 years experience working within the health and disability sector previously as a community programme manager, and a senior disability sport advisor with the Halberg Foundation. She currently works as a Sky Sport presenter/commentator and has recently been appointed the role of cultural advisor at Hospice Waikato. Honey continues to give back via coaching, mentoring, governance and various ambassador roles, ranging from school and community to representative and international level. Her values for family are strong; she believes that sport has the power to bring people together and create strong foundations for families, teams and communities to grow.

Advisors

Mike Chunn

Mike Chunn

Mike Chunn is CEO of the Play It Strange Trust which implements music programmes – songwriting, recording and stage performance – across New Zealand schools.

After graduating Bachelor of Engineering – Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (Auckland University), he started out on his professional musical career as bassist with Split Enz and Citizen Band between 1972 and 1980.

Then he ran Mushroom Records and Sony Music Publishing from 1981 through to 1991.

From 1992 to 2003 he was Director of New Zealand Operations for the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA).

Mike was appointed CEO of Play It Strange in November 2003.

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Sponsors

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Meet @hannah_.mason ! Another recipient from the atāhua city of Tauranga. Hannah attends Otumoetai College and lives by being Determined, Diligent and Competitive! She lives by her top 3 values of Dedication, Loyalty and Perseverance which is super relevant in her sport of Bmx Racing!

Something that fills Hannah’s cup is Reading! It’s a place that makes her feel safe and calm, it provides her with an escape from the real world as it gets rid of stress and fears that can arise from Sports or everyday life.

Hannah is most proud of making her first amateur UCI BMX World Championship final in the 16 year girls last year in Glasgow and most recently being selected for this years UCI BMX World Championships as a Junior Women and competing in Rock Hill, SC - USA!!

In five years time Hannah would like to be studying plant ecology at University, hopefully attending Otago or possibly transfer to the UK to study! Hannah wants to ensure that she finds a good balance which allows her to continue to participate in her chosen Sport and enjoy it!
 
Hannah says the support that Adastra and all the funders provide allows her to gain her full potential for her sport and has helped her further improve her mental skills thanks to the sports psychologist at our recent workshop! She’s really looking forward to some nutrition work in our up and coming session! A massive thank you to @tectnz for supporting Hannah on her journey!!
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Meet @hannah_.mason ! Another recipient from the atāhua city of Tauranga. Hannah attends Otumoetai College and lives by being Determined, Diligent and Competitive! She lives by her top 3 values of Dedication, Loyalty and Perseverance which is super relevant in her sport of Bmx Racing! 

Something that fills Hannah’s cup is Reading! It’s a place that makes her feel safe and calm, it provides her with an escape from the real world as it gets rid of stress and fears that can arise from Sports or everyday life.

Hannah is most proud of making her first amateur UCI BMX World Championship final in the 16 year girls last year in Glasgow and most recently being selected for this years UCI BMX World Championships as a Junior Women and competing in Rock Hill, SC - USA!! 

In five years time Hannah would like to be studying plant ecology at University, hopefully attending Otago or possibly transfer to the UK to study! Hannah wants to ensure that she finds a good balance which allows her to continue to participate in her chosen Sport and enjoy it! 
 
Hannah says the support that Adastra and all the funders provide allows her to gain her full potential for her sport and has helped her further improve her mental skills thanks to the sports psychologist at our recent workshop! She’s really looking forward to some nutrition work in our up and coming session! A massive thank you to @tectnz for supporting Hannah on her journey!!Image attachmentImage attachment

Introducing @thomasc_winter !! Born in Auckland and raised in the beautiful city of Tauranga which provides the perfect climate for his training and also offer diverse locations which is perfect for a cyclist! Thomas can best describe himself as energetic, driven and passionate.
 
Thomas attends Tauranga Boys College where he recently placed 3rd in his last race of the North Island schools cross country event back in March! His most important values are loyalty, commitment and having a growth mindset which is something we support highly! His proudest achievement to date is placing 2nd overall in the MTB NZ Nationals Series XCO, placing 7th at the National Championship XCO and gaining Selection for NZ FIBA international Scorebench Team! 
 
When Thomas was 10 he wanted to be a pilot and little to no idea what the life of mountain biking was, that soon changed and his new goals are to chase Gold for the 2024 overall school National Championships U20 which combines 3 cycling codes, XC, Enduro and Downhill. Thomas aims to take it day by day, be willing to adapt and change his goals depending on where his life is tracking, whether that is competing overseas on his XC bike or challenging himself in the great outdoors! We can’t wait to see what you can achieve later this season! A massive thank you to @tectnz for the incredible support 👏🏼
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Introducing @thomasc_winter !! Born in Auckland and raised in the beautiful city of Tauranga which provides the perfect climate for his training and also offer diverse locations which is perfect for a cyclist! Thomas can best describe himself as energetic, driven and passionate. 
 
Thomas attends Tauranga Boys College where he recently placed 3rd in his last race of the North Island schools cross country event back in March! His most important values are loyalty, commitment and having a growth mindset which is something we support highly! His proudest achievement to date is placing 2nd overall in the MTB NZ Nationals Series XCO, placing 7th at the National Championship XCO and gaining Selection for NZ FIBA international Scorebench Team! 
 
When Thomas was 10 he wanted to be a pilot and little to no idea what the life of mountain biking was, that soon changed and his new goals are to chase Gold for the 2024 overall school National Championships U20 which combines 3 cycling codes, XC, Enduro and Downhill. Thomas aims to take it day by day, be willing to adapt and change his goals depending on where his life is tracking, whether that is competing overseas on his XC bike or challenging himself in the great outdoors! We can’t wait to see what you can achieve later this season! A massive thank you to @tectnz for the incredible support 👏🏼Image attachmentImage attachment+2Image attachment

Over the coming weeks we will be highlighting our epic 2024 recipients starting with @elisee_carr ✨

Born and raised is Cambridge, Elise can best describe herself as creative, artistic and trustworthy!! A special place that fills her cup and keeps her ticking is none other than a stage to dance on💃🏼

She’s currently attending Cambridge High School whilst continuously pushing the boundaries with her dancing!

Her proudest achievements were placing 3rd as a national soloist and being awarded the junior arts person of the year award at her school!!

In five years time Elise hopes to have gone to Sydney to study the art of dancing and then continue to dance all around the world whilst showcasing her skills!

We are super stoked to be supporting this incredibly talented young lady! Proudly sponsored by construction advantage limited!
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Over the coming weeks we will be highlighting our epic 2024 recipients starting with @elisee_carr ✨

Born and raised is Cambridge, Elise can best describe herself as creative, artistic and trustworthy!! A special place that fills her cup and keeps her ticking is none other than a stage to dance on💃🏼

She’s currently attending Cambridge High School whilst continuously pushing the boundaries with her dancing! 

Her proudest achievements were placing 3rd as a national soloist and being awarded the junior arts person of the year award at her school!! 

In five years time Elise hopes to have gone to Sydney to study the art of dancing and then continue to dance all around the world whilst showcasing her skills! 

We are super stoked to be supporting this incredibly talented young lady! Proudly sponsored by construction advantage limited!Image attachmentImage attachment+2Image attachment

Elliot Pugh and George Wyllie on the start line tonight. Let’s go lads!!The first ever 😲 Novotel Lakefront Mile takes place in Rotorua later today with the national road mile championship titles up for grabs 🤩

The men’s race starts at 8pm followed by a mouthwatering clash in the women’s race from 8.10pm.

Follow the results here - www.sportsplits.com/races/novotel-lakefront-mile-2024
Entries here - athletics.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/Championship-entries-Mile.pdf

#athleticsnz #trackandfield #athletics #rotoruamarathon
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Elliot Pugh and George Wyllie on the start line tonight. Let’s go lads!!

Adastra is thrilled to also have on board as a new sponsor in 2024, Construction Advantage Limited.

Construction Advantage is a Cambridge based construction firm that delivers innovative construction projects, design and build, feasibility studies and management of commercial projects.

Their interest in providing opportunity for Cambridge recipients through their support of the Adastra programme means Elise Carr and Rosie Davis have a connection with a sponsor for the year.

We hugely appreciate this sponsorship. Thank you Construction Advantage!!🙏
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Adastra is thrilled to also have on board as a new sponsor in 2024, Construction Advantage Limited.

Construction Advantage is a Cambridge based construction firm that delivers innovative construction projects, design and build, feasibility studies and management of commercial projects. 

Their interest in providing opportunity for Cambridge recipients through their support of the Adastra programme means Elise Carr and Rosie Davis have a connection with a sponsor for the year.

We hugely appreciate this sponsorship. Thank you Construction Advantage!!🙏Image attachmentImage attachment

New to our Adastra partnerships for 2024 is BDO, Tauranga.

BDO has offices throughout New Zealand and delivers leading accounting, advisory, tax and assurance services to it’s clients.
The local Tauranga office has selected Erin Wyllie as their Adastra recipient to support for 2024.
We welcome BDO to our family of sponsors and look forward to our relationship throughout the year.

Thank you BDO!!
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New to our Adastra partnerships for 2024 is BDO, Tauranga. 

BDO has offices throughout New Zealand and delivers leading accounting, advisory, tax and assurance services to it’s clients.
The local Tauranga office has selected Erin Wyllie as their Adastra recipient to support for 2024.
We welcome BDO to our family of sponsors and look forward to our relationship throughout the year.

Thank you BDO!!Image attachment

Another of our programme sponsors, Craigs Investment Partners, selects Adastra recipients representing each of the 3 offices in Hamilton, Tauranga and Rotorua.
This provides an opportunity for the recipients to connect with Craigs, offer something back to the sponsor and develop a relationship with their funder.
Craigs Investment Partners has this year selected the following recipients to benefit from this professional relationship.
Craigs Hamilton - Caitlin Nabb and Dominic Pearce
Craigs Rotorua - Sami Conrad and Will Skipper
Craigs Tauranga - Ben Pilbrow and Medea Jones

Thank you Craigs for your ongoing support!!🙏
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Another of our programme sponsors, Craigs Investment Partners,  selects Adastra recipients representing each of the 3 offices in Hamilton, Tauranga and Rotorua.
This provides an opportunity for the recipients to connect with Craigs, offer something back to the sponsor and develop a relationship with their funder.
Craigs Investment Partners has this year selected the following recipients to benefit from this professional relationship.
Craigs Hamilton - Caitlin Nabb and Dominic Pearce
Craigs Rotorua - Sami Conrad and Will Skipper
Craigs Tauranga - Ben Pilbrow and Medea Jones

Thank you Craigs for your ongoing support!!🙏Image attachmentImage attachment+4Image attachment

Our first workshop for 2024 is all done for the day.
We are incredibly privileged to have had the input from some epic individuals with immense knowledge and experience.

⭐️Julian Dean
⭐️Dom Vettise with Erik Panzer
⭐️Niwa Milroy
⭐️Jessie Smith
… you are all awesome!!!

Thank you to all our programme sponsors including special drop-in visits from past recipient, Sarah Young at TECT and Michael Lim of BDO.
Finally a huge thank you to Papamoa Surf Life Saving Club for a magic venue!

The Lion Foundation
Grassroots Trust
Craigs Investment Partners
Brian Perry Charitable Trust
Codi Merito
Construction Advantage
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Our first workshop for 2024 is all done for the day.
We are incredibly privileged to have had the input from some epic individuals with immense knowledge and experience.

⭐️Julian Dean
⭐️Dom Vettise with Erik Panzer
⭐️Niwa Milroy
⭐️Jessie Smith
… you are all awesome!!!

Thank you to all our programme sponsors including special drop-in visits from past recipient, Sarah Young at TECT and Michael Lim of BDO.
Finally a huge thank you to Papamoa Surf Life Saving Club for a magic venue!

The Lion Foundation
Grassroots Trust
Craigs Investment Partners
Brian Perry Charitable Trust
Codi Merito
Construction AdvantageImage attachmentImage attachment+4Image attachment
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The Adastra Foundation

A bit of recipient action from the workshop. Some awesome interaction and sharing of experiences.

The room was bursting with talent!!
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A bit of recipient action from the workshop. Some awesome interaction and sharing of experiences.

The room was bursting with talent!!
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