In 2009 in the midst of the GFC Ben Preston and Mark Todd jointly founded Ockham Residential and the Ockham Foundation, an education based registered charity, with the firm belief that a new reality was possible. Eight years later, Ockham Residential has completed in excess of $100MM of market leading residential developments on the Auckland Isthmus and has a further $300M under construction or in planning. Hypatia forms part of that new reality and, uniquely, was jointly developed by Ockham Residential and The Ockham Foundation.
Ockham Foundation Mission Statement:
We will support educational initiatives that encourage critical thought, independent thinking and the fostering of a sense of social justice amongst students of all ages.
To date the Ockham Foundation has:
- Gifted US$200,000 to the University of Auckland to fund First Foundation Scholars studying in the Science Faculty.
- Funded an outdoor classroom and Nature trail at the Grey Lynn Primary School
- Funded two post graduate scholarships in Statistics each at the University of Auckland.
- Become a long term sponsor to Nga Rangatahi Toa, a transformative organisation working with excluded rangatahi (youth) to enable them to re-enter educational and training pathways.