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Winston Churchill Memorial Trust 2015 Fellows and their research reports

  • Tim Andersen will travel to Canada and the USA and gather information about youth suicide prevention that can be applied in the New Zealand context and particularly to Māori youth suicide prevention.

  • Fiona Douglas will travel to Hawaii, Japan, the UK and the USA to visit El Sistema (no-cost classical music education that promotes opportunity and development for impoverished children) inspired programmes that work with disadvantaged children in orchestra programmes. Fiona will learn how the programmes integrate local culture in their orchestras and transition El Sistema children into community youth orchestras.

  • Nick Edgar will examine local food system initiatives in Connecticut and Vermont, USA that are creating economic and environmental improvement opportunities for farmers, producers and consumers. The potential and the feasibility of applying these local food system initiatives in New Zealand will also be explored.

  • Lani Evans will travel to the UK and the USA to meet and learn from organisations that are involved with devolved decision-making in the philanthropic sector. Lani aims to explore what happens when decision-making is handed to communities. The study will include examining the effectiveness of the practices used and New Zealand’s appetite for implementing this decision-making model.

  • Maree Goh will travel to Australia, Canada, and the UK and visit centres of excellence in the delivery of hospice and palliative care. Maree will observe and learn about the innovation and interventions that have been effective in the delivery of culturally responsive care. Maree intends her research to assist healthcare providers face the challenge of providing culturally appropriate care to New Zealand’s ethnically diverse community.

  • Courtney Johnston will travel to the USA and visit museums and galleries to research strategies related to using technology to connect visitors to museum collections, emerging museum membership programmes, and techniques for improving access to cultural institutions for members of the community who might feel uncomfortable in museums and galleries. Courtney will gain insights into how programmes in these areas were developed and the organisational philosophy that surrounded them.

  • Benjamin Leonard aims to increase understanding about how other indigenous peoples choose to interact with their mainstream media. The research findings will offer different options and perspectives to Māori interacting with mainstream media in Aotearoa New Zealand. Ben’s research is based in Canada.

  • Samuel Newton will visit the headquarters of the major national alpine clubs of Europe and the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation. Samuel will study how national climbing and mountaineering bodies are responding to common issues such as risk management, overcrowding and infrastructure pressure, and equality of participation.

  • John Prendergast focuses on the leadership of philanthropic trusts and the development and use of social finance such social loans or bonds in the UK.

  • Max Rashbrooke will travel to the UK to examine methods used to convey the reality of poverty and articulate the voices of those who experience it. Max will meet with practitioners in a variety of fields including journalists, academia, research and publishing. The research aims to understand how poverty can been portrayed in a compelling way that captures the attention of mainstream audiences and is conducted sensitively and respectfully towards people living in poverty.

  • William Samuel will travel to China and the USA to research economic development initiatives in provincial locations. The research outcomes will be of use to New Zealand provincial areas in assisting to maintain employment and sustain growth.

  • Alison Sutton will travel to the UK and the USA and investigate how city-wide literacy campaigns are being developed. A greater understanding about how literacy action is organised and how stakeholders collaborate will strengthen literacy action for Auckland and the emerging Cradle to Career Collective Impact initiative.

  • Nicola Taylor will explore different ways of responding to the acute social problems faced by children, specifically indigenous children, relating to child poverty and family violence. Nicola will examine Canadian responses to these problems and learn different ways of responding such as collective impact or community engagement models.

  • Jane Tolerton will visit historians and research institutions in the UK to gather information for a book on New Zealand women’s work in the First World War. The research and subsequent book will ensure the work of these women is included in the historiography of the war.