School youth leadership in action

Unique Covid Response

At our meeting in May 2020 we discussed ways to support children and young people in the Hawkes Bay while in the midst of the Covid 19 pandemic. After a lot of brainstorming we decided one easy way was to offer the youth leadership group in each public high school a one-off grant of $2000 to use in a way that they believed would support the young people at their school. We were happy to accept the decision of the youth leadership group under the guise that they were more in tune with the needs of young people. As a general rule we do not fund schools (leaving this to the Ministry of Education), but the circumstances that unfolded in 2020 were unique.

Below are photos of some youth leadership groups who took responsibility to ensure that the funding was allocated in a way that would best meet the needs of the young people in their school communities.

Havelock North High School Hawkes Bay Childrens Holding Trust

Sue Burns (Trustee) with Amy Culham (Head Girl) and Liam O’Reilly (Head Boy)
Havelock North High School

School youth leadership in action

Sue Burns with Senior Leadership Bernadette Dykes, Ashleigh Poi (Head Girl) Olivia Zuiderwyk
Napier Girls High School


Hastings Girls High School

Maraea is the Head girl’, Teala, ( Student) Catherine Bentley (Headmistress), Anna (Deputy Head), Piper (student).

 Learning support  of life skills  e.g. obtaining an IRD No., passport, public transport, event organising etc  was the decision by senior students of the grant they received.

Hastings Girls High School


Hawkes Bay Childrens Holding Trust Kura

Ngatainui Ratu pictured with our Trustee Sue Burns

Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngāti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga

Central Hawke's Bay College

Trish Giddens (Trustee) with (back) Rhys Baker, Toby Ward (Head Boy), William Musson, Johanna Nieuwenhuis (Head Girl), Mr. Lance Christiansen (Principal)and  Catlin Jenkins. (front) Savannah Williams and Holly Giddens
Central Hawke’s Bay College

Hawkes Bay Childrens Holding Trust. Sue presenting grant

Sue Burns (Trustee) with Patisepa Tuua and Vaasa Fatialofa.
William Colenso College

Hastings Boys High School

Joseph Thomas (deputy Head Boy), Daemon Brough (Head Boy) and Rob Sturch (Head Master). 

Hastings Boys High School

Napier Girls High School

Outdoor games purchased by the girls with their donation.

Napier Girls High School

Hawkes Bay Childrens Holding Trust - Sue presenting a grant

Students Bailee Carr, Monique Kirwan, Cameron Spence receiving their Grant from Sue Burns (Hawke’s Bay Childrens Holding Trust).

Wairoa College