Sponsorship and support for important initiatives
In 2009, in the midst of the Global Financial Crisis, Benjamin Preston and Mark Todd jointly founded Ockham Residential and Ockham Collective. Both Ockham organisations undertake a range of sponsorship and support initiatives in education, arts and culture.
Since 2016, Ockham Residential has been lead sponsor of the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards, Aotearoa's pre-eminent book awards programme. We are also lead partner with Objectspace in Ponsonby, a gallery providing a much-needed space for exhibitions and discourse around architecture, creativity and the visual arts.
Ockham also supports educational initiatives that encourage critical and independent thinking and foster a sense of social justice among students of all ages. To this end, we have gifted US$200,000 to the Unversity of Auckland to fund First Foundation Scholars studying in the Science Faculty, funded an outdoor classroom and nature trail at Grey Lynn Primary School, funded two post-graduate scholarships in Statistics, each at the University of Auckland; and have become a long-term sponsor of Nga Rangatahi Toa, a transformative organisation working with excluded rangatahi (youth) to enable them to re-enter educational and training pathways.