Background

TANIA DALTON - NEVER ON THE SIDELINE, ALWAYS IN THE ACTION.

Tania Dalton Foundation, created in honour of the sporting legend whose presence would fill the room, has been established to make a meaningful impact on the lives of budding young New Zealanders, guiding them to lead their biggest life - as Tania did. The Foundation supports young New Zealanders, from all circumstances and stages of development, to unlock their talent and their best selves. The goal is to engage with thousands of young New Zealanders across the country through a range of programmes aimed at making a positive and measurable impact on the youth of New Zealand.

News

There’s always plenty of action going on. Keep up to date with our latest news here or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Scroll ↓

Scholarship

The three year scholarship programme provides financial support, mentoring, and personal development workshops to 12 talented and deserving young sports women each year.

View

Get Involved

We are in awe of our supporters and their support of our work. There are many ways that you can get involved; Become a scholarship partner by funding a scholarship, sponsorship of the foundation, mentoring, volunteering, donating. Join the team today.

Enquire

News

‘Hot August Night’ is the theme for this years Gala Dinner

Get in quickly to secure your ticket to the hottest event of the year – the TDF Gala Dinner. Always a fun night, this years Gala Dinner is shaping up to be better than ever. Get your group together now to ensure 12 August 2021 is a night to remember.

Buy tickets now

Holly Stewart passes tennis racquet to a new generation

Young tennis star Holly Stewart’s first year at a US college was cut short by the global pandemic, but she’s making the most of her time back home in NZ, giving back to young women with less opportunity.

Read More

Kiwi netball stars Ketz-ke fashion turn to support TDF

The hoop at the end of the netball court isn’t the only goal Vika Koloto’s shooting for.

The 18-year-old Aucklander of Tongan heritage, who is part of the New Zealand 2021 Netball World Youth Cup squad with hopes of one day playing for the Silver Ferns, is also studying to be a primary school teacher.

Read More

Amy Rule one of Canterbury Rugby Rising Stars guiding girls to the field

Some of Canterbury’s champion rugby players are giving back to the game early – coaching teams on top of their work and playing commitments, so young girls have the chance to play.

Read More

The Anatomy of a Comeback: Netball Prodigy Rebounds

One distressing knee injury after another would be enough to crush most young athletes, but not Ainsleyana Puleiata. The rising netball and sevens star tells Suzanne McFadden how she twice overcame the mental and physical torment – and now the black dress beckons.

Read More

The future is looking bright for Junior Tall Fern Leah Mafua

Leah is pursuing a US college scholarship in basketball, and a business degree that’s focused on the sea. The Junior Tall Fern is happy in her new life at Otero Junior College in Colorado, USA – playing basketball and studying business, her two great passions.

Read more

Holmes aims for black jersey in fourth NZ sport

Renee Holmes has already represented New Zealand in three sports. After a “disheartening” incident in her soccer career, she switched to rugby – and now aims to make that four.

Read more

Teen Khiarna puts in the miles to make Magic

Talented teenage shooter Khiarna Williams is committed to travelling 18 hours a week – after school – to realise her netball dreams.

Read more

Poletti sisters moving mountains for late dad

Rivals on the rugby field, sisters Nina and Caterina Poletti will race together in the Coast to Coast – and in both, their late dad will be alongside them.

Read more

Jenny-May sits down with Duane and Tayla Dalton and foundation scholarship recipient Maama Vaipulu

The late Tania Dalton’s husband Duane and daughter Tayla talk of carrying on her legacy through the Tania Dalton Foundation alongside scholarship recipient Maama Vaipulu.

Watch

Hundreds of touch and netballs handed out to Whangārei schools

Whangārei’s Tara Turner, 16, is one of 12 young female athletes chosen in this year’s cohort of the Tania Dalton Foundation scholarship programme. Taylor was scheduled to be at the presentation of balls to Whangārei Intermediate, where she was a former student.

Read more

Samalulu Clifton on an unexpected lockdown challenge

Samalulu Clifton is no stranger to paddling her way through rough water, but the aspiring surf lifesaver and kayaker has had to brave a completely different storm in the past two months – with her parents stranded 8500km away during lockdown.

Read more

Home Advantage: From star athlete to essential worker for Tara Lee Turner-Beazley

Touch Black Tara Lee Turner-Beazley would have been battling it out for the inaugural trans-Tasman Touch Series last week but instead finds herself on the frontline as an essential worker.

Read more

Second intake of athletes named

Last night 12 young women were named in the second-year intake of the Tania Dalton Foundation’s scholarship programme.

Read More

‘Hot August Night’ is the theme for this years Gala Dinner

Get in quickly to secure your ticket to the hottest event of the year – the TDF Gala Dinner. Always a fun night, this years Gala Dinner is shaping up to be better than ever. Get your group together now to ensure 12 August 2021 is a night to remember.

Buy tickets now

Holly Stewart passes tennis racquet to a new generation

Young tennis star Holly Stewart’s first year at a US college was cut short by the global pandemic, but she’s making the most of her time back home in NZ, giving back to young women with less opportunity.

Read More

Kiwi netball stars Ketz-ke fashion turn to support TDF

The hoop at the end of the netball court isn’t the only goal Vika Koloto’s shooting for.

The 18-year-old Aucklander of Tongan heritage, who is part of the New Zealand 2021 Netball World Youth Cup squad with hopes of one day playing for the Silver Ferns, is also studying to be a primary school teacher.

Read More

Amy Rule one of Canterbury Rugby Rising Stars guiding girls to the field

Some of Canterbury’s champion rugby players are giving back to the game early – coaching teams on top of their work and playing commitments, so young girls have the chance to play.

Read More

The Anatomy of a Comeback: Netball Prodigy Rebounds

One distressing knee injury after another would be enough to crush most young athletes, but not Ainsleyana Puleiata. The rising netball and sevens star tells Suzanne McFadden how she twice overcame the mental and physical torment – and now the black dress beckons.

Read More

The future is looking bright for Junior Tall Fern Leah Mafua

Leah is pursuing a US college scholarship in basketball, and a business degree that’s focused on the sea. The Junior Tall Fern is happy in her new life at Otero Junior College in Colorado, USA – playing basketball and studying business, her two great passions.

Read more

Holmes aims for black jersey in fourth NZ sport

Renee Holmes has already represented New Zealand in three sports. After a “disheartening” incident in her soccer career, she switched to rugby – and now aims to make that four.

Read more

Teen Khiarna puts in the miles to make Magic

Talented teenage shooter Khiarna Williams is committed to travelling 18 hours a week – after school – to realise her netball dreams.

Read more

Poletti sisters moving mountains for late dad

Rivals on the rugby field, sisters Nina and Caterina Poletti will race together in the Coast to Coast – and in both, their late dad will be alongside them.

Read more

Jenny-May sits down with Duane and Tayla Dalton and foundation scholarship recipient Maama Vaipulu

The late Tania Dalton’s husband Duane and daughter Tayla talk of carrying on her legacy through the Tania Dalton Foundation alongside scholarship recipient Maama Vaipulu.

Watch

Hundreds of touch and netballs handed out to Whangārei schools

Whangārei’s Tara Turner, 16, is one of 12 young female athletes chosen in this year’s cohort of the Tania Dalton Foundation scholarship programme. Taylor was scheduled to be at the presentation of balls to Whangārei Intermediate, where she was a former student.

Read more

Samalulu Clifton on an unexpected lockdown challenge

Samalulu Clifton is no stranger to paddling her way through rough water, but the aspiring surf lifesaver and kayaker has had to brave a completely different storm in the past two months – with her parents stranded 8500km away during lockdown.

Read more

Home Advantage: From star athlete to essential worker for Tara Lee Turner-Beazley

Touch Black Tara Lee Turner-Beazley would have been battling it out for the inaugural trans-Tasman Touch Series last week but instead finds herself on the frontline as an essential worker.

Read more

Second intake of athletes named

Last night 12 young women were named in the second-year intake of the Tania Dalton Foundation’s scholarship programme.

Read More

"Helping young people was a passion of Tania's and through the work of the Foundation, we honour her memory"

- DUANE DALTON

My Story – Holly Stewart

To be selected for a scholarship from the Tania Dalton foundation means so much to me. Tania was an amazing sportswoman and it is an honour to be part of the first group of scholarship recipients for the foundation. The scholarship has been a huge help for me and my family to help with the costs of tennis. Most importantly I have also been given the tools to learn to be the best you can be. Having my mentor Adine Wilson by my side has been amazing.
Read more …

My Story – Theresa Ngata

Having the opportunity to be a part of the Tania Dalton Foundation has shown me the gift of giving without the intention of receiving anything in return. As a daughter of parents and grandparents who migrated to NZ from the Islands with almost nothing, it humbles me and drives me to try and make the most of my opportunities. Especially the opportunities that this foundation has offered me.
Read more …

My Story – Ainsleyana Puleiata

Talofa my name is Ainsleyana Puleiata and I had the utmost privilege to be Tania Dalton Foundation scholarship recipient of class 2018. The TDF scholarship to me is a “golden opportunity”. And the reason why is because they allowed me to participate and strive in my Netball Career as a young woman athlete from Wellington by financially supporting me with financial burdens.
Read more …

My Story – Isla Norman-Bell

“Without the financial support from the Tania Dalton Foundation I wouldn’t be able to compete at the elite level of my sport. Being from a single parent family has been difficult and the scholarship means the financial burden has been lifted”.

- Isla Norman-Bell.