Supporting our students for 30 years

Join us as we celebrate 30 years in 2024!  We share some special alumni stories, acknowledge those who have supported us along the way, and welcome you to join us at our Gala Dinner in October.

It’s our 30th birthday!

Where have the years gone?! Thinking back to 1994 when the founding trustees signed the Trust Deed, little did they know they would be celebrating 30 years of creating future leaders for our industry; 30 years of providing over 300 scholarships around the motu and 30 years of helping industry develop broader outcomes that make a difference to their communities.

Here you will find not just stories of success over the last 30 years as we celebrate throughout the year, but also event details as we lead up to our big birthday party!

2002 Trustees at awards dinner, from left: Paul Duffy, John Whitehead, Binty Bringans, Mike Higgins, Gregory Shanahan, John Bayley, Dallas Pendergrast, Mike Hutcheson, Bruce Sanderson (absent:  Deborah Kelland, David Kennedy, Ann Robertson).

Keystone Trustee Binty Bringans
“Graeme loved supporting young people along their life and career journeys. Keystone Trust has continued his work and I know he would be so proud to see the impact we’ve made.

I feel very fortunate to have followed the progress of many students over the years and watched them move into leadership roles. After 30 years, I still enjoy being involved in the trust and continuing to meet such deserving and positive young people.”

Binty Bringans – Founding Trustee

Our 30th Birthday Gala Dinner

Dust off the glad rags and book the baby-sitter now, as this is one party you don’t want to miss!  Put a circle around Thursday 24 October because Keystone Trust is celebrating its 30th birthday!

Date: Thursday 24 October
Time: 6pm
Location: Viaduct Events Centre, Auckland

For more information, please contact Ailsa Rinakama – Keystone Trust Marketing and Events Manager.

A registration link open will be open soon.

30 Stories for 30 Years

Alumni with a “cool job in an even cooler climate”

The former Christchurch Girls’ High School student has a cool job in an even cooler climate: she is the Construction Manager for Antarctica New Zealand.

Keystone Scholar Carves Career Path with Alumni Support

Armed with a resourcefulness that belies her age, and a proactive approach to her education, Jamie Merrick has always been a masterclass in the growth mindset.

Ultra marathon runner reflects on adventures and time at Keystone Trust

Supermarket worker, chemist delivery cyclist, department store salesperson, neighbourhood lawn mower, and paper boy: as a Timaru teenager, Dale Henderson did it all. Little did he know what those schoolboy skills would eventually lead to.

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From Keystone Trust interviewee to interviewer

From Keystone Trust interviewee to interviewer

Corrina Gibbons-Hurinui knows the Keystone scholarship interview process from both sides of the table. As a teenaged applicant, she found the selection panel encounter “pretty terrifying”, she now laughingly admits. Later, she became a panel member herself, and while still trying to keep prospective recipients on their toes: “I didn’t go out of my way to make it terrifying.”

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New Zealand Institute of Architects’ Award winner – premium peer recognition reflects on Keystone Trust journey

New Zealand Institute of Architects’ Award winner – premium peer recognition reflects on Keystone Trust journey

Thao Nguyen’s journey of achievement began long before her introduction to Keystone. Just 13 years prior to receiving her study award, Thao, together with her mother and sibling, arrived in New Zealand as refugees from Vietnam. They could not speak any English. That meant a fast learning curve for Thao in particular, who had to immerse herself in English as a second language and assume the role as both lead family interpreter and teacher.

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1997 Study Award recipient “I don’t regret the path I have taken”

1997 Study Award recipient “I don’t regret the path I have taken”

Lee Matheson gave indication of his drive in his original Keystone application letter, where, as a 17-year-old,  he wrote: “I aim to get the most out of my life by doing everything positive to make it enjoyable and satisfying. A country boy at heart, my interests reflect this.  I get great pleasure out of everything I do, and plan to continue, wherever life may take me.”

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Alumni’s Academic Triumph Set to Reshape Housing Futures in Aotearoa-New Zealand

Alumni’s Academic Triumph Set to Reshape Housing Futures in Aotearoa-New Zealand

She was seventeen years old and in her final year of high school, juggling responsibilities few navigate successfully, even in adulthood. However, humble beginnings have never held Jacqueline Paul from achievement, nor have they seen her steadfast social consciousness wane. Jacqueline’s story is an amazing story of Wāhine Toa as we celebrate International Women’s Day this year.

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