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July 5, 2021

Long term Board member Susan

It’s said that it takes a village to raise a child and the same could be said aboutbusinesses and organisations. No one person can do it on their own. So when Idecided to set up Mathematics for a Lifetime Trust, I knew I’d need help! Susan Brennan joined the Trust at the very beginning of the journey and has been ahuge asset. Not only has she contributed to the development of the Trust, she’shad the role of treasury the whole time. One of the reasons Susan was so keen to be involved was sh...

June 17, 2021

Ben Van Rooy - Board member

As any business owner knows, there's a lot to do and you can't do it all on your own,especially if your mission involves positively impacting the lives of others.So it's important to me that the Mathematics For A Lifetime (MFAL) board iscomprised of people who are skilled, committed and passionate. And Ben van Rooy is definitely all of that and more. Ben believes every person should have the opportunity to learn maths because it's an essentialskill needed in our personal and professional lives...

May 12, 2021

Mindset makes all the difference

Mindset is the way we think about things every day.  This can change so much even within a day or week. I see examples all the time with the kids we tutor who have settled into a mindset of anxiousness, fear and in some cases a loss of hope. This loss of hope not only involves the specific student but the surrounding family too. Let me tell you about a solo Dad in Kerikeri who is raising two girls alone.  His daughter is a Yr 8 this year.  His mindset is he is struggling to mainta...

May 11, 2021

Shelley Greer - Board member

“Investing in knowledge pays the best interest” it’s a quote from Benjamin Franklin and for Mathematics for a Lifetime (MFAL) Trust board member, Shelley Greer, it sums up why she wanted to get involved. Shelley, a mum, lawyer and Gallie Miles director, is a keen learner herself and believes being confident about learning is key to gaining knowledge and in turn, having access to a wide range of career options and opportunities. Choosing to get involved with MFAL was an easy “yes” for ...

May 5, 2021

Report on effectiveness of MFAL tutoring

Julia Gasston and Lynette Flowers have created a report on the effectiveness of Mathematics for a Lifetime tutoring.  You can download a copy below....

March 25, 2021

MFAL Bingo Night | Thursday 1st July

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March 7, 2021

Are you ready to step forward with me?

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


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...

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