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December 5, 2023

2024 Scholarship Recipients Announced

Scholar cohort grows to 14 in 2024

December 5, 2023

Zoe Crawford 2023 Trustee Award Winner

Class of 2021

2023 Gala Dinner

2023 6th annual Jarden Presents TDF Gala Dinner - Shine on and it's a wrap!

The 2023 TDF Annual Gala Dinner shone!

June 6, 2023

Pass it Forward out in the community

May 23, 2023

Heartland Bank and The Resilience Project NZ driving better mental health in schools

Heartland Bank and The Resilience Project NZ driving better mental health in schools

March 15, 2023

Jeanette Paine appointed General Manager for Tania Dalton Foundation

The Tania Dalton Foundation Board is delighted to announce the appointment of Jeanette Paine as its new General Manager.


2024 Scholarship Recipients Announced

Scholar cohort grows to 14 in 2024

Zoe Crawford 2023 Trustee Award Winner

Class of 2021

Safari Group Golf Day

$45,000 raised!

Renee Holmes spent a long time on the road on her way to becoming a Black Fern

Renee Holmes travelled a long way to get to where she is with the Black Ferns – often with her dad, Laurie, behind the wheel of a car.

Sylvia Brunt right at home as youngest member of Black Ferns' Rugby World Cup squad

Sylvia Brunt claims she never would have imagined being part of the Black Ferns’ Rugby World Cup squad as recently as five months ago.

Could Parris Mason be our next dual-international sports star?

"It was definitely a surprise," Mason told 1News.

Zoe Crawford making waves in the pool and on the beach

Zoe Crawford is one of our epic Tania Dalton Foundation scholarship recipients

Tara Turner flourishing in northland kauri set up

Tara Turner is a quick-stepping outside back who, in common with Black Ferns' Amy Rule and Patricia Maliepo, is a recipient of the Taina Dalton Scholarship.

Southern Steel defender stops playing netball to do missionary work

One of the ANZ Premiership’s leading defenders is embarking on overseas missionary work.

Netball: Paris Lokotui takes leap to elite level like a duck to water

In the face of it water polo and netball might seem like two sports that have very little in common but multi-talented Pulse midcourter Paris Lokotui knows otherwise.

Fifita credits those in front for success

The Southern Steel has to shut down one of the ANZ Premiership’s best attacks tomorrow.

Melika Samia and Jyordanna Davey named Tania Dalton Foundation Scholarships

The Tania Dalton Foundation (TDF), created in honour of the sporting legend

My Story – Theresa Ngata

It humbles me and drives me to try and make the most of my opportunities.

My Story – Holly Stewart

To be selected for a scholarship from the Tania Dalton foundation means so much to me.

My Story – Ainsleyana Puleiata

The TDF scholarship to me is a “golden opportunity”.

A first for Renee Holmes

GISBORNE sportswoman Renee Holmes is the first recipient of the Tania Dalton Foundation Trustees Award

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.

Canterbury rugby 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.

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.

Young basketballer eyes future far offshore

The future's looking bright for Junior Tall Fern Leah Mafua - pursuing a US college scholarship in basketball, and a business degree that's focused on the sea.

Teri MacDonald: Tania Dalton Scholarship

Blue Diamond Teri MacDonald has been named as a 2020 scholarship recipient for the Tania Dalton Foundation

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.

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.

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.

Samalulu steers through unforeseen seas

One of three athletic siblings, Samalulu Clifton is edging towards her dream of representing New Zealand in two water sports. But lockdown has whipped up an unexpected family challenge.

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.

Young touch star helped by Tania Dalton’s legacy

A fledgling touch rugby international is one of 12 new scholarship recipients as the Tania Dalton Foundation reaches a milestone.

Seven question with Mahina Paul

We catch up with Black Ferns Sevens player Mahina Paul ahead of the first ever HSBC Women's World Sevens tournament on home soil.

The rugby Princess kicking up a storm

Princess Elliot's family moved from small-town Kawerau to the big smoke, so the young teen could make her name in netball. But now she's bewitched by rugby, with the very real dream of becoming a Black Fern Sevens star.

Silver Ferns icon caught in Paris’ spell

Irene van Dyk reckons she “hit the jackpot” when she was asked to mentor Paris Lokotui

Tania Dalton Foundation helping Farah Palmer Cup's youngest stars

A foundation created in the memory of one of our top netballers is lending a helping hand to a group of rugby players who are making waves in the Farah Palmer Cup.

Lifesaver Lucy stays true to her Niuean roots

Had Ray Makaea not been washed out to sea off Auckland’s wild west coast, his daughter Lucy would not be telling this story.

Young baller driven by the love of her sister

A leader on and off the court, Rotorua teenager Waiata Jennings is well on the way to realising her dream of wearing the silver fern in two different sports.

Princess by name, princess by ability

TDF scholarship recipient, Princess Elliott is one of the young guns in the Open Women's Touch Blacks team heading off to the Touch World Cup next week in Malaysia.

Tania Dalton's legacy lives on in scholarships, geared to change lives of young sportswomen

Silver Ferns legend Tania Dalton's legacy is living on through her foundation

Tania Dalton Foundation names second-year intake of scholarship recipients

12 scholarship recipients named for personal mentoring and fiscal support included rising talent from Grey Lynn, Zaaliyah Kalaihi-Fulu.


TDF scholarship recipient Isla Norman-Bell is named in Ignite7 programme

Tania Dalton Foundation - don't just support it, use it, southerners urged

20th anniversary game at Stadium Southland raises money for the Foundation

Young Māori sportswomen awarded Tania Dalton scholarship

Isla Norman-Bell and Mahina Paul have received inaugural scholarships

Foundation honouring Dalton’s memory to a T

Tania Dalton's legacy lives on, with the help of some Silver Ferns legends, and a strong dose of her fun and humour. Suzanne McFadden reports.

Unleashing Epic Potential through Epic Support

12 months on from her passing, the Tania Dalton Foundation names their first scholarship recipients

Tania Dalton's legacy honoured through new scholarship programme

On Monday, the foundation announced its first initiative by awarding scholarships to 11 athletes from challenging circumstances.

The sporting scholarship helping promising women

Tania Dalton Foundation Founder Duane Dalton speaks to Duncan Garner

Pass it Forward out in the community

Pass It Forward visits New Plymouth schools

The Foundation and scholarship recipient, Parris Mason visited and delivered Pass it Forward balls to schools in her community, New Plymouth

Pass it Forward balls delivered to schools in Hamilton

The Foundation and scholarship recipient, Teri Macdonald visited and delivered Pass it Forward balls to schools in her community, Hamilton.

Hundreds of touch and netballs handed out to Whangārei schools

Whangārei students have hundreds of new touch and netballs at their fingertips thanks to Rebel Sports and the Tania Dalton Foundation.

Heartland Bank and The Resilience Project NZ driving better mental health in schools

Heartland Bank and The Resilience Project NZ driving better mental health in schools

The Resilience Project's curriculum in schools

As 2022 dawned, bringing with it an optimism for a gradual release from the restrictions of covid,

NZ Youth Resilience Profile

Well over 1 in 4 of primary and intermediate school students are anxious.

Jack Gavin joins the TRP NZ team

Jack is Head Coach at Red Beach Surf Life Saving Club and amongst his many skills

The Resilience Project launches in New Zealand

The official launch of The Resilience Project into New Zealand schools



31 July 2017

The Tania Dalton Foundation is registered as a charity!


1 March 2018

1 year from Tania’s passing

11 March 2018

First scholarship workshop

12 March 2018

Class of 2018 Scholarship Ceremony

26 November 2018

Tania’s birthday


11 March 2019

Class of 2019 Scholarship Ceremony

29 August 2019

Gala Dinner 2019


2 March 2020

Class of 2020 Scholarship Ceremony

1st March 2020

The Resilience Project Schools Programme launched into NZ (four North Shore Shore based schools)

6-7 July 2020

1st 'all in' workshop for all 36 scholarship recipients

July 2020

Pass It Forward delivery with Izzy Dagg

31 October 2020

Gala Dinner 2020

November 2020

New TDF offices at The Strand
Class of 2018 Completion Ceremony
2018 Trustees Award - Renee Holmes


12 April 2021

Class of 2021 Scholarship Ceremony

November 2021

Pass It Forward Auckland Blitz

May 2021

Ainsleyana Puleiata appointed TDF’s first Alumni Trustee

28 February 2022

Fifth scholarship awards ceremony

June 2022

Caterina Poletti appointed TDF’s second Alumni Trustee

12 August 2021

Gala Dinner 2021 – Hot August Night

25-26 July 2021

2nd 'all in' workshop for all 36 scholarship recipients


16 May 2022

Class of 2019 completion ceremony

August 2022

Gala Dinner 2022: Everyone’s a star

16 August 2018

TDF’s inaugural Gala Dinner

August 2023

Gala Dinner Shine On

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