Our History

The foundation is the culmination of years making a difference in the lives of children

For 20 years, Chloe and Wayne Wright have built New Zealand’s largest privately owned early learning childcare organisation, BestStart.

Through BestStart they make a positive difference in New Zealand society by helping to promote and demonstrate to our youngest members the values of collaboration, sharing, and kindness.

In the earliest years of a child’s life, relationships rather than skills are what’s most important to create confident and able adults.

In January 2015 Best Start was transferred to the ownership of the Wright Family Foundation, a charitable trust. It marked the beginning of the foundation.

The foundation supports educational initiatives through New Zealand Spelling Bee, Kids’ Lit Quiz and House of Science.

The Wright Family Foundation is registered under the Charitable Trust Act.

By advancing education and spreading knowledge, the objectives of the Wright Family Foundation are:

  • To enable individuals to achieve their full potential through education in its widest and most varied forms across New Zealand.
  • To benefit New Zealand communities and youth.
  • To promote family wellbeing and relief from hardship in New Zealand.

Activities include:

  • Services and support to better the education, health, and wellbeing of children, young people and families.
  • Support and assistance to organisations that work with children, young persons and their families.
  • Support for other such charitable initiatives, which provide benefit to the community in which children, young people and their families live.

Distributions by the Foundation shall be limited to New Zealand and any distribution shall be made within New Zealand.