From Dame Lesley: A tribute to Gordon Dryden, co-founder of our Foundation

Gordon was a self-made man of exceptional capability and energy. In the years we worked together, I marvelled at his capacity for research, writing, strategic planning, promotion and execution... Read more

Announcement of a New Contract- Whanau In Home Learning Programme

We are pleased to announce that we have recently been awarded a new Ministry of Education contract to establish a Whanau In Home Learning Programme for 2–5-years-old, based on our highly successful HIPPY programme... Read more

Our People, Our Stories

What is the most important thing in the world? It is the people, it is the people, it is the people. Read more

Great Potentials Annual Report 2020-2021

For over 30 years our purpose has been helping children, young people, and families towards brighter futures. This year we continued to run three life-changing programmes in our communities and are proud to have achieved amazing results. Report available now… Read more

Programme restrictions under the COVID Protection Framework and our Christmas closedown dates

As with the rest of the country, our services are required to follow the guidelines in the COVID Protection Framework. How our programmes and services have been impacted is outlined below, as well as the days our programmes will be closed over the Christmas break. Read more

HIPPY delivers $2.50 of social value for every $1 spent

Evaluating the impact of our programmes is an integral part of Great Potentials Foundation. We have been working with Impact Lab for the past few months so we can gain a deeper understanding of the social value and measurable good HIPPY brings to New Zealand society. Read more

Celebrating cultural diversity in our Early Learning Centre

With Maori tamariki making up 63% of the children in our Early Learning Centre, and a further 15% of children from the Pacific Islands, we always strive to celebrate all the different cultures that make up our Early Learning Centre whānau. Read more

How our programmes have been running during Level Four lockdown

We have been working tirelessly to ensure we are doing everything we can to help children, young people, and families towards brighter futures, whilst we stay safe in our bubbles. Our programmes have been able to transition to supporting people in our communities remotely, similarly to how people connect with their family and friends. Read more

Latest Annual Report is OUT NOW

Our 2019-2020 Annual Report is hot off the press! After a year that threw many challenges our way, our amazing teams were able to respond quickly and adapt to the circumstances. Report available now... Read more

New Zealand is back at Level Four

The Government has announced another COVID lockdown. Our sites are therefore closed until further notice. But our staff are working from home and continuing to support our families and programmes. We will keep the website updated, along with our Facebook pages when the situation changes. Read more

Celebrating 30 Years of Great Potentials Foundation

Great Potentials Foundation has just celebrated its 30th anniversary since its founding, with a function at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tamaki, attended by some 150 supporters. Founder, Dame Lesley Max addressed the attendees... Read more

We are Open at Alert Level 2

The Government has announced that Auckland is moving to Alert Level 2 from midnight Wednesday. This means that from tomorrow (Thursday 18 February) our office, Takanini Family Service Centre, Papakura Family Service Centre and Papakura Early Learning Centre will be open as normal, with social distancing in place. Read more

Auckland is at Level 3 again

The Government has just announced our third Covid lockdown here in Auckland - initially for three days. We will keep the website updated, along with our Facebook pages. Our Auckland sites are closed but our staff are working from home to continue to support our families and programmes. Read more

Weathering the Covid Storm

After more than 100 days without any community transmission, life in NZ had pretty much returned to normal – until a second community outbreak hit Auckland and we found ourselves back in lockdown. We are thankful that Great Potentials has remained on course through the Covid storm... Read more

We’ll get through this again, together.

As Auckland continues our second Covid lockdown, our thoughts are particularly with our vulnerable families and communities... Kia Kaha, New Zealand. Stay calm, be kind. Read more

Our Work: Purpose and Proof

For almost 30 years Great Potentials has been focused on breaking cycles of disadvantage and unleashing the potential of our most at-risk families and youth. Research and Evaluation is an integral part of our work, and after years of quality research and evaluation, we have the numbers to prove the value of what we do... Read more

Our Latest Annual Report is Out

Our latest Annual Report is out, sharing inspiring stories of the difference we are making. "Our Foundation has a strong foundation; we have robust theories of change, we seek the evidence and we look to intentionally improve," says CEO Jacki RIchardson Read more

Uniting Against Covid-19

As we enter what we hope is our final week at Level 3, we want to recognise and thank those who are continuing to work to maintain essential services and support our communities, including our Great Potentials team who have kept working from home to deliver our programmes to those who need them.. Read more

The Culture of Poverty

New Zealand needs to revisit ‘the culture of poverty’ in order to understand just why so many people are experiencing educational failure, low income, crime, poor health, and the abuse and neglect of children in this country... Read more