Tania believed in the power of sport to teach young people how to be their best.

The Tania Dalton Foundation has been established in her honour and aims to make a meaningful difference to young New Zealanders. It supports young people, from all circumstances and stages of development, to unlock their talent and be their best selves.


Tania will be remembered for an incredible sporting legacy. She was a naturally talented athlete who backed it up with guts and heart as a player and team mate. She will be remembered for how she lived every day - never on the sideline, always in the action…with a big heart and an easy smile, sucking the juice out of life.”

Duane Dalton
Tania’s Husband

Our People


The Tania Dalton Foundation is a registered charitable trust (CC54705) that is run by an accomplished group of dedicated trustees who all have a special connection to Tania. They have a strong enthusiasm for equality, sports, and young people.

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Duane Dalton

  • Established the Foundation to honour the memory of his adored wife Tania
  • Co CEO Pita Pit NZ
  • Represented NZ in Surf Life Saving and Sprint Kayak
  • Dad to sporting children

Adine Wilson

  • Former Silver Fern Netball captain
  • Sky Sport Commentator
  • New Zealand Netball Players Association Chair
  • Solicitor
  • Mother of two active children

Scott Pritchard

  • CEO precinct Properties
  • Trustee Keystone Trust
  • National Councillor for the Property Council of NZ
  • Married with two teenage children

Tayla Dalton

  • Eldest daughter of Tania & Duane
  • Member of Tall Ferns wider squad
  • Head girl at Carmel College 2019
  • US Scholarship to St Mary’s College

Steve Jurkovich

  • CEO of Kiwibank
  • Law degree and MBA (with distinction) from Sydney University
  • Extensive board experience
  • Married with two teenage daughters

Vikki Maclean

Tony Nicholson

  • Older brother of Tania
  • Partner at Burton Partners
  • Commerce and law degree
  • Dad of 3 boys

Caterina Poletti

  • Class of 2019 scholarship recipient. Now alumni
  • Attending Massey University, studying Veterinary Medicine
  • Manawatu Farah Palmer Cup squad member
  • Taranaki born and former head girl at New Plymouth Girls High School

Ainsleyana Puleiata

  • Class of 2018 scholarship recipient. Now TDF alumni
  • Attending Victoria University
  • Central Manawa national netball league team member
  • Member of NZU21 netball team in 2020

Our Team

The Tania Dalton Foundation team is an epic group of individuals that all bring their own unique flare to the foundation. Each team member has a connection to Tania and helps to grow and continue her legacy.

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Jeanette Paine

General Manager

Joined TDF in March 2023

Worked with Tania at Netball NZ

Masters in Creative Writing

Mother of two adult sons

Kerry Quin

Gala Dinner Director supported by Jarden

Event Manager extraordinaire!

Passionate about the great outdoors

Mother to two girls

Jacqui Scheib

Administration & Finance Support

  • Joined TDF in 2019
  • Love all sports and the whole TDF philosophy of supporting NZ Youth
  • Involved in Surf Lifesaving for 30+ years
  • Background in Rugby Administration
  • Married to Mark and Mum to Izaak & Kade


Scholarship Manager

  • Former Programme Manager for The Resilience Project NZ
  • Mental Health & Wellbeing advocate
  • Former England Rugby Captain
  • Parent to my gorgeous twins