Recipients

Sophie Millar

I first represented New Zealand at the Pacific School Games in 2008 as a 13 year old competing in the 100m, 200m, and 400m. This was an amazing experience that inspired me to work even harder and set goals to reach the highest level in the sport. I continued to run as well as play […]

Annabelle Holmes

When I was 11 years old, I began Scouts as I’d always loved adventures. There I had the opportunity to have so many amazing experiences with the friends I made. I loved kayaking, tramping, swimming, biking and so much more at Scouts. Once I turned 14 I was excited to finally move up to Venturers, […]

Daisy Eaglesome

I grew up playing sport through primary school. I loved being in a team with my friends and running as fast as I possibly could. But as I got older, my disability, Spina Bifida made sport really difficult. My legs couldn’t keep up anymore and it was beginning to get into the too hard basket. […]

Jackson Ephraims

From the beginning of my childhood being active through sport was always a huge part of my life. Whether it is playing Basketball, Football or Rugby I constantly was the most competitive person on every team I played in. Being born in Australia and moving to New Zealand at the age of six, I was […]

James Preston

Based out of Wellington I am a 21-year-old middle distance runner, aiming to reach the highest level of the sport. Throughout my childhood sport was a massive part of my life whether it was hockey, cycling or running. During college I always played several sports, but It wasn’t until 2016 that I realised I wanted […]

Annabelle Rennie-Younger

In February 2014 I began competitive sailing, it was during this time that I discovered my love for spending time on the water with my friends learning how to make our boats go fast and in the right direction. At my first nationals 10 weeks later, I came 109th and came away eager to improve […]

Live for More Charitable Trust

Live for More Charitable Trust is based in Tauranga in the beautiful Bay of Plenty. Live for More uses surf therapy to engage troubled young people/rangatahi who are caught up in lifestyles of crime and drug/alcohol abuse. These young people need someone to believe in them so they can learn to believe in themselves. Live […]

Mitchell Dance

Ko Mitchell Dance ahau. Ko Rangipoua te maunga. Ko Haparapara te awa. Ko Te whanau a Rutaia a te hapu. Ko Te whanau a Apanui to iwi. Thank you for the tremendous support for a sport that I am truly dedicated and passionate about. I started playing basketball when I was 10. I was a […]

Tracey Lambrechs

I never grew up watching the Olympics or the Commonwealth games, growing up I just played sports I loved. Always encouraged by my parents, always supported. Somehow on the path to a netball career or doing athletics I became involved in Olympic weightlifting. Over the years I fell in love with weightlifting, retired from all […]

Young Ocean Explorers

Our aim is to get kids the world over enthused about the beauty and diversity of our marine life. We want to inspire kids to enjoy and care for the world’s oceans. We’d like to thank the Bobby Stafford-Bush Foundation for their massive help in enabling us to achieve our goal. They have been incredibly […]

Taine Murray

Firstly, thank you so much for taking the time to meet with me and for helping towards sponsoring me financially, you have given me the opportunity to fulfill a goal of mine through your generous support. My journey began by being invited to attend a trial for New Zealand Under 16 Basketball Team back in […]

Zoe Hobbs

Over 15 years ago I was introduced to athletics where I first discovered my real passion for the sport. Right from a young age it had always been evident I had potential to pursue the sport further into my adolescent years which saw me eventually give up all other sport in the attempt to pursue […]

Karl McMurtrie

When I was 7 years old, Dad and I were watching the Athens Olympics when we came across a women’s K1 500m race. I watched the race and thought to myself “I can do that”, even though I didn’t know what the sport was called and had no idea how to get into it. I […]

Joseph Millar – Athletics

I was lucky enough to be supported by the foundation to chase my dream of sprinting at the Olympics games and although I did not succeed in getting to the Olympics I had an amazing journey where I experienced a whole new world and gained knowledge unobtainable on New Zealand shores. A last minute opportunity […]

Experiencing Marine Reserves

EMR is a national programme of experiential learning about marine conservation. As an extension of EMR’s programme with schools, EMR developed the free Community Guided Snorkel Days. Support from the Bobby Stafford-Bush Foundation has allowed EMR to expand the Community Guided Snorkel Day events into new areas in Auckland such as Matheson’s Bay and Long […]

Emily Scott

My name is Emily Scott. I am 25 and I am currently a Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artist with New Zealand Opera. I feel very privileged that the foundation is supporting my journey, this means a great deal to me. In 2014 I graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in Classical Voice Performance from […]

Cinzah Merkens

Cinzah is a visual artist, creative problem solver, and a commercial illustrator. He has been working within the creative industry for the past 8 years, and has decided to dedicate the rest of his life to avoiding working within the ‘real job’ stratosphere. He is currently in the early stages of establishing a long term […]

Sea Cleaners

The vision of Sea Cleaners, is to preserve New Zealand’s Coastline for the benefit of the marine life and for the enjoyment of all users. Our long term strategy is to educate people, particularly our young people, to dispose of their rubbish in eco-friendly ways, including recycling, and so not to harm the environment. We […]

Houston

Houston is a teenager with a serious passion for dance. Her recent success at the World Hip Hop International Championships in Las Vegas, America, was the culmination of hundreds of hours of training and preparation. Representing New Zealand at the World Championships was a dream come true for Houston and her crew ‘Duchesses’ finishing 2nd […]

Project Jonah

Project Jonah is an animal welfare charity that provides emergency response to stranded whales and dolphins Throughout New Zealand. They empower local communities by training members of the public to become Marine Mammal Medics and help save lives. Project Jonah campaigns for greater protection of marine mammals and presents to schools and colleges to grow […]

Young Ocean Explorers

Young Ocean Explorers actually came about through Riley’s school project! She produced, well…..actually “we” produced!! an interview with a turtle expert about the issue of sea turtles eating plastic. Using my underwater footage cut together with her interview, everyone at her school loved it! Seeing the response of so many kids, my mind started reeling […]

Isla Norman-Bell

To Paddy, Brian and Shaun, Thank you so much for sponsoring me. It would have been very difficult without your financial support. I had the most amazing time in the Gold Coast. I wish I could have stayed much much longer. While I was over in Australia with my team we trained every single day […]

Experiencing Marine Reserves – 2015 competition

Since 2002, programme uptake has continued to increase throughout the country and EMR has held an annual competition trip to the Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve for representative students from each school that participates in the EMR programme (for Northland and Auckland Schools only). Support from the Bobby Stafford-Bush Foundation has allowed participation in 2015 […]

THE WISHING TREE PROJECT

Brazilian professor Paulo Teles had his wish fulfilled during October when he got the opportunity to bring his extraordinary arts and multimedia Wishing Tree project to New Zealand. Dr Teles, who is with the Multimedia, Media and Social Communication Department in the Art Institute at the University of Campinas, Sao Paulo, had already taken his […]

Jordan Bollard

I am an up and coming New Zealand track and field athlete specialising in the 100m & 200m. At the start of this year I was privileged enough to have the Bobby Stafford-Bush Foundation support me to help further my athletics career. Without their support I wouldn’t have been able to compete in a number […]

Alex Jordan

I am currently pursuing my goals in the sport of athletics. The start of this process begins later this year and a large chunk in 2017. I am beginning my plans early however as I want to be highly prepared and leave no stone turned from here on out as I begin to try and […]

Hattie Jones

I arrived home this morning from my trip away to Chile for the Junior World Cup with the New Zealand U21 team. I had an incredible time and have made memories that will last a lifetime. I just want to say a huge thank you again for making the incredible opportunity a reality, it was […]

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