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Colliers backs talented netballer through Tania Dalton Foundation

Theresa and Mark Synnott

Student's scholarship sponsored by the Michael Synnott Charitable Trust

Colliers International is helping to support New Zealand’s next generation of top female athletes through a partnership with the Tania Dalton Foundation.

The foundation, created in honour of the sporting legend whose presence would light up a room, named its first 11 scholarship recipients at its inaugural event in Auckland this week.

Talented young netballer Theresa Ngata, 17, was among the recipients. Her scholarship was sponsored by the Michael Synnott Charitable Trust in conjunction with Colliers International.

Theresa attends Aorere College and lives with her family of eight in Papatoetoe, Auckland.

She was a member of last year’s New Zealand Secondary Schools Netball team and travelled to Fiji to play with the New Zealand U21 squad.

The Michael Synnott Charitable Trust was set up by Colliers International New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Mark Synnott and his wife Sally in memory of Mark’s brother, Michael.

It aims to support young people from South Auckland to achieve their potential.

Mark Synnott says he is thrilled to be able to support Theresa and the Tania Dalton Foundation, at the same time as fulfilling the vision of the Michael Synnott Charitable Trust.

“Theresa is remarkable young South Auckland sportswoman, and I was immensely impressed with her maturity, focus and drive,” he says.

“I look forward to following Theresa’s progress over the course of her three-year Tania Dalton Foundation scholarship, and I have no doubt she will seize this opportunity to accelerate her success.” 

The Tania Dalton Foundation aims to make a positive and measurable impact on young New Zealanders, from all kinds of circumstances.

Founder and husband, Duane Dalton, says the scholarship programme will provide financial, mentorship and personal development support to young women from challenging circumstances to unlock their talent.

“Helping young people was a passion of Tania’s and through the work of the foundation, we have the ability to honour her memory in a way she would have been proud of,” Duane Dalton says.

Find out more about the Tania Dalton Foundation here. To donate, visit the foundation's Givealittle page here.

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Mark Synnott

Chief Executive Officer | New Zealand

Auckland CBD

Mark joined Colliers International in 1989, when the company was first established in New Zealand. He assisted in establishing the leasing and agency side of the business in Auckland.
In 1994 Mark was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Colliers in New Zealand. Since then, he has grown the Colliers team in New Zealand from 65 to 650 staff.

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