Newsletter for supporters of Manurewa High School

Supporters Update

December 2016

Another successful year has passed, and the support of alumni, the community and businesses has been integral. We would like to thank you for your time and resources to help our students this year. It helps to prepare students for the world outside school and Manurewa. We also believe it helps to connect the outside world with future leaders of incredible potential.
Here are just a few examples of the ways supporters have enriched learning and school life.

Creating relevance, as guest speakers and facilitators. Some of our guests this year:

  • Michelle Dickinson, aka Nano Girl
  • Kirstin Patterson, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
  • Mark Gilbert, United States Ambassador to New Zealand
  • Diane Foreman, entrepreneur
  • David Irving, former CEO of Watties, founder of the Icehouse
  • Ken Brophy, co-founder of Joy Business Academy
  • Richard Thomson, general manager - networks, Air New Zealand
  • Jordan Ikitule, alumnus in the Science classroom
  • Raymond Sagapolutele, alumnus in the Art classroom
  • Daniel Burgess, alumnus in the Science classroom
  • Anne Todd, alumnus inspiring careers in the law
  • For the Year 9 and 10 Big Day In – a “growth mindset” experience - we had input from 25 professionals in 16 workshops.
Providing food and support for horticultural projects:
  • Fonterra / Sanitarium Kickstart programme
  • Nestle
  • Caltex
Building knowledge and networks with the corporate workplace:

  • Fonterra
  • Air New Zealand Engineering
  • Downer
  • EY
  • Vodafone
  • Waste Management
Getting a taste of work through the Gateway programme, for instance at:
  • New World Clendon
  • McDonalds
  • The Warehouse
  • ANZ
  • NZ School of Tourism
  • Chorus Telecommunications
  • Bethesda Care
  • Configure Express Manukau
  • NZ Institute of Sport
  • Rainbows End
  • The Gardens Early Childhood Centre
  • Gate Gourmet
Creating access to tertiary scholarships. This includes:

  • John and Leonie Hynds (alumni)
  • Mike Bennetts (alumnus) and Karen Bennetts
  • Sam Halse (alumnus)
  • The Trusts Community Foundation
  • University of Auckland
  • University of Auckland Business School
  • University of Waikato
  • Massey University
  • Victoria University
  • University of Otago
  • MIT
  • AUT
Providing support to attend conferences, and participate in competitions and events. Students supported include:

  • Henry A’pe and Wanyae Suafoa – representing NZ at an international volleyball event
  • A group of 12 who attended the launch event for the 2016 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. Two students also attended the awards dinner.
  • Alumnus Jacinta Talia’uli – Stanford University ASES programme
  • Michael Chopra, Naomi Mackinnon, Luke Orbell, Adrianne Nordstrand, Teagan Pukeroa and Fa’apaia Folasa – attending the Singularity U Summit in Christchurch, along with two parents and two members of staff.
  • John Chen, Aimee Lew, Aaron Lew, and Okesene Fatu – attending the Future Problemsolving Internationals in Michigan, 2016, and with coach Glenis Martin, winning the opportunity to once again represent New Zealand at the international event in 2017.

Sharing their knowledge, resources and passion to help develop future pathways. Some of these initiatives are:

  • Ryan King, Crystal Harvey and Hayden Simson – alumni who have created an opportunity for Maori students to connect with corporate culture, and understand the world of work at Vodafone.
  • Governance of the Business Academy with a board that has huge experience, and a strong desire to connect students to the possibilities of private enterprise.
  • Development of the "3+2" model for senior students. This included a pilot at Waste Management, where three final-year students spent two days of the week working within the company. All three have been offered permanent positions.
  • There are a range of initiatives to connect students with pathways into engineering and construction. 
  • Darren Rawnsley - alumnus who has opened up a pathway to refrigeration engineering careers with Macalpine Hussmann.
Inspiring the next generation of scientists and technologists:

  • A multi-partner Science project that built on research into mould in homes. Through a Design Thinking process, students developed a prototype of a bathroom fan with sensor and timer that switches off at the preset moisture level. 
  • With the support of Curious Minds, partnering with the Liggins Institute (University of Auckland) on a project that looks at exercise for reducing diabetes risk.
  • Opportunities to participate in Rotary's National Science Programme and the Royal Society's Powering Potential programme.
If you would like to discuss ways to be involved in 2017, please contact Leanne Gibson, 021 610 071,

Thank You for creating opportunities!


Message from supporter Bill Bain, WJ Consulting

In March 2017, The Growth Faculty is hosting Simon Sinek supported by Pete Docker in Auckland.

Described as “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect,” Sinek teaches leaders and organisations how to inspire people. He is best known for popularising the concept of “Why” and for his Ted Talk that became the third most watched talk of all time on 


As a fan of Simon Sinek and someone who believes in the “why” philosophy I couldn’t miss out on the opportunity to share this event to local youth leaders who would truly value the experience. 
The Growth Faculty agreed that if  I promote the event, as a reward for tickets sold I would receive complimentary tickets to the event. 
I am pleased to say that as part of a collaboration between myself, The Growth Faculty and MHS Business Academy; It is agreed that for every ten tickets sold (to ‘Start With Why’ Leadership Forum) through my network a young leader at MHS will receive a complimentary attendance. 
This is a great opportunity to host valued clients or reward key staff members and help make a valued difference to a future leader at the same time. 
Ticket pricing
16 Dec
16 Dec
Non Member Rate $895 $995
Bill’s Network Rate $795 $895
Group Rate ( 4 or more) $750 $850
Group Rate (10 or more) $695 $795
Event details
Date:                      9 March 2017
Venue:                   The Langham Hotel – Auckland

Event Website: Click here
Book Here: Click here
VIP tickets: Click here




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