News Archive


Scholarships and Awards Programme Expands

In 2021 the Sumner Ferrymead Foundation successfully launched its scholarships and awards programme, and this year the programme has expanded to provide additional support with an apprentice award and an academic scholarship that includes a paid internship.

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Recognising kids who’ve flourished in Year 8

Last year the Sumner Ferrymead Foundation introduced the Puawai Award to recognise students who have flourished in the final year of primary school. The $500 award is to help with expenses such as uniforms and technology associated with starting at a new school.

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KidsFirst Kindergartens Playground Equipment

The happy sounds of children playing together on their latest piece of outdoor equipement is the first thing you notice as you walk into KidsFirst Kindergartens Sumner. Thanks to fundrasing and grants, the Kindergarten is redeveloping and upgrading their outdoor playground.

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Predator Free Redcliffs: Making it a Reality

Back in 2015, the then Prime Minister announced a goal of eradicating all non-native predators – primarily rats, possums and stoats as they inflict the worst damage - by 2050 in order to protect the country’s indigenous wildlife. Predator Free Redcliffs is proud to be part of achieving that goal!

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Our 2021 Scholarships. The future's in good hands!

Meet this year’s winners of the Sumner Ferrymead Foundation’s three academic scholarships – for university students studying the sciences, health sciences and the humanities. Despite the challenges facing not just NZ but the world in general, you are left feeling the future is in good hands.

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Sumner's Enthusiastic Community Gardeners

Every Tuesday morning local residents meet at the Sumner Community Garden to plant, cultivate and harvest produce. A small group of enthusiastic gardeners meet at Ko Taku Reo (formerly van Asch School for the Deaf where they work on a number of different community gardens.

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Locals helping Locals … It's been a big year!

It's been a big year for the Sumner Ferrymead Foundation in so many ways. The Trustees wanted to raise the profile of the Foundation to increase the number of requests for funding and the number of donations, so they worked with local creative Stephen McCarthy to revamp the look of the brand.

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AED's now accessible 24/7 on the Sumner Esplanade

Auto external defibrillators – or AEDs – are found on many premises, but what happens when they are closed? Heart attacks happen at any time of the day. Sumner resident Dave Passmore, of Passmore First Aid, was concerned about the lack of AEDs accessible any time of the day along the Esplanade..

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Primary School Awards for Year 8 Students

The Sumner Ferrymead Foundation worked with Redcliffs School to introduce the Te Raekuru Puawai (flourish) Awards. Three Year 8 students received an award to be used for educational purposes: Luke Jansen, Lotta Bennett and Maddison Parker where the fortunate recipients.

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Redcliffs School - Learning to Read using MSL

It's an exciting day for Ryleigh, today she gets to take home one of Redcliffs School’s new reading books for the first time. As a first year student, Ryleigh is lucky to be learning to read using MSL – or multisensory structured language – which teaches a child to read using phonetics.

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Amelia Sykes - NZ U17 track-cycling champion

Amelia Sykes, from Sumner, is the fastest national track-cycling rider for her age. Recently, the Sumner Ferrymead Foundation presented the year 11 Avonside Girls’ High School pupil, with a grant to help purchase expensive cycle equipment necessary for her to compete at the highest level.

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