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 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 […]


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 […]

Remarkables Adaptive Snow Sports Programme

Good news our legs survived!! Thank you so much for pledging your support for Adaptive Snow sports up at the Remarkables. We ended up doing a total of 35 laps skiing on one ski in 3 hours! Meaning we raised around $2500 which is an amazing effort!!! These funds are going to be used to […]

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 […]