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For every high I experience working with our tutors and students, there are lows. It breaks my heart when a child needs help but their family isn't able to financially or emotionally support them. Or when a child has struggled with learning and they've become highly stressed and anxious. The targeted tuition we provide makes a difference but that's not enough for me. Mathematics for a Lifetime Trust was setup to remove the cost barrier. Through the generosity of everyday people we can change t...

February 12, 2021

Wind Warriors and Mathematics for a Lifetime Video

In this video interview Jean McKenzie talks about the book Return of the Wind Warriors by Craig Grant and about Mathematics for a Lifetime Charitable Trust....

February 1, 2021

Ally-Jane McDonald - Illustrator

Ally-Jane McDonald is a young New Zealand Artist who grew up in small Waikato town,Matamata. She is currently a student at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technologywhere she is studying a Bachelor of Creative Industries, majoring in VisualArts. Ally-Jane is particularly interested in making art which entices andencourages the involvement of people, believing that participation createsdeeper connections with participants and richer experiences. Since starting herjourney as an artist, Ally-Jane has creat...

January 5, 2021

Donation with a bonus!

Return of the Windwarriors Chapter book ALL funds from the sale of this book goes directly to support a Kiwi kid in need.A perfect Xmas present, a chapter book aimed at established readers from upper Primary right through to adults. 'Avian, a world without humans, where birds are the highest life form. A world of fantasy and science fiction.  Elwin, an eagle, is hatched in the wild lands and has a prophecy to fulfil to overcome evil with leadership and empathy for others. Life is excit...

December 20, 2020

Craig Grant | Craig Grant Tutoring

I love passing on what I know and seeing the reaction of my students as they gain knowledge.  I believe MFAL is a way of reaching out to kids who would otherwise not have the opportunity. ...

December 1, 2020

Garry Rose | mathZwise

Garry Rose at mathZwise Manawatu "As a tutor, you find personally and professionally there is a deep level of satisfaction watching a child grow in confidence and ability because they have been able to access tutoring." Website:

December 1, 2020

Arbana Levande

“When children help each other and numbers start to become fun, kids open up to learning Mathematics. Mathematical problems suddenly make sense and become manageable.”...

December 1, 2020

Lesley Ashman | Mathz+

Lesley Ashman at Mathz+ "So many parents tell me that our tutoring makes such a positive difference to their child’s attitude to all learning and to life. Confidence leads to success."Website:

December 1, 2020

Anna Barry | Wayfinder Maths

My experience has taught me that all students, no matter their mathematical ability, receive immense benefit from one-to-one (or two-to-one) mathematics tutoring. This is why I am proud to work with Mathematics for a Lifetime....

December 1, 2020

Jean McKenzie | Impact Tutoring

Jean McKenzie at Impact Tutoring "I see first-hand the dramatic difference that tuition and increased self-esteem can have. Our students are able to believe in themselves, ensuring everyone gets equal opportunities for growth."Website:

December 1, 2020

Jeff Marshall | mathZwiseTaupo

Jeff Marshall at mathZwiseTaupo covers all aspects of maths,in all cases we follow the NZ Curriculum and prepare students for NCEA.Website:

December 1, 2020

Claire Howarth | Mindful Tutoring

Claire Howarth at Mindfull Tutoring "Giving students a boost mathematically has a dramatic impact on their future. It opens up more options for them at school and ultimately increases their career choices."Website:

December 1, 2020

Maria Heslop | Board member

I joined MFAL as children and their education are super important to me.  Coming from an investment adviser background and having a husband as a builder I realise that maths is an important foundation in any career no matter what that might be or what background you come from. Its also a basic foundation of life in anything from money and budgeting to working out how many of something you will need for a task. I love the way that MFAL gives kiwi kids the support they need to not be disadvan...

November 20, 2020

Ben van Rooy | Board member

I believe every person should have the opportunity to learn maths as it is an essential skill that is needed in our personal and professional lives. Mathematics for a Lifetime provides that very opportunity to kiwi kids who need math skills but don't have the means to access it. I joined the board of MFAL to support the work of the charity and it's tutors....

November 20, 2020


How are students selected for this opportunity? There are currently two ways that students can be selected:Individual application using the application form available onlineCollaboration with one or all of the following: IWI groups /Individuals / Businesses / School Mathematical leaders / Whanau / MFAL. This provides direct support for identified kiwi youth.  Collaboration is key to selection. What are the criteria? Financial needMathematical need Whanau support to attend weekly lesson...

November 15, 2020

Jay Ballantyne | Board Member

I am passionate about helping to break down the barriers that prevent young kiwis from achieving their full potential in life.By teaching kids the skills required to succeed and grow, they gain self-confidence that can be applied to many areas in life.There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the changes that it can make in their lives and the role it plays in building communities. The flow-on effects are enormous....

November 15, 2020

Shelley Greer | Board Member

Mathematics is such an integral part of all of our lives. Helping children and young adults improve their maths skills builds their confidence not only in maths but in other areas of learning and life in general. It also means they can consider a wider range of career options and opportunities. I am excited to be part of the Mathematics for a Lifetime Charitable Trust and to help children and their families’ access learning resources that they otherwise may not be able to. “Investing in...

November 15, 2020

Rochelle Old - Secretary

I am a mother of 3 children and have seen firsthand how having a better understanding of maths has created confidence, not only in school but in life. There are many children who struggle with maths and, together, I believe we can support our next generation to achieve great goals....

November 15, 2020

A parents role in helping children be confident with maths

Parents are bombarded with messages to read with their children, but it’s rare to hear about the importance of doing maths with them. Here are some helpful tips on why and how to instil a love of maths in your children. Early maths matters We can take for granted that our children will inevitably learn how to add, subtract, multiply and divide. But early maths lessons establish the base for the rest of their thinking lives. And that’s why it’s important to help children love maths while th...

October 30, 2020

Foundation Modules

A Te Awamutu-based education provider is on the cusp of launching a set of new learning modules developed as a direct result of the Covid-19 lockdown. Impact Tutoring, which is headed by former Pirongia School deputy principal and volunteer firefighter Jean McKenzie, is just weeks away from launching a new platform type of tutoring aimed at targeting specific areas of learning. Ten percent of what comes in from the sale of the modules will go towards a unique award-winning programme that support...

August 10, 2020

Susan Brennan - Treasurer

I believe education is fundamental for supporting future career options with mathematics an integral part of all careers.I am personally saddened to see students limiting their future by thinking they "can't do maths" because they don't understand some basic concepts. I am excited at the opportunity of providing students with additional resources that can potentially enable them to overcome barriers and reach their full potential....

November 11, 2019

Leader of the Year Award Scoop Article

Jean McKenzie, the woman who has carved out an unconventional career path, said she is really thrilled to clinch the award – ‘Leader of the Year' at the Waipa Excellence in Business Awards, the premier business event in Waipa that recognizes sustainable growth, development and excellence......

September 16, 2019

Chairperson’s Report, AGM 2019

Please download the attached document to view the report....

August 25, 2019

Collaboration creates new Website

Three local businesses came together to give Mathematics for a Lifetime an amazing gift and we couldn’t be happier!We’re proud to have launched a brand new website, thanks to the combined efforts of three very generous local businesses. We were recently the lucky winners of an incredible spot prize: a free Rocketspark website for one year, but when co-founder Grant Johnson learned more about what we do, he decided to provide the website to Mathematics for a Lifetime, for a lifetime! Gra...

June 18, 2019

MFAL in the News


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