The Newton Wickham Auckland Dental Association Trust (NWADAT) was set up over 13 years ago having recognised the need for charitable dental aid to assist in the care of the underprivileged in overseas countries, especially the Pacisfic Island nations.
Since it's inception in 2018 the ADA have contributed over $28,000 to this partnership which has seen over 123 subsidised drinking-water fountains installed in 43 schools and early childhood centres in Auckland
After receiving a request from a primary school for funding of a drinking-water fountain, the ADA decided to explore how we could provide drinking-water fountains to not just one school, but to many and to include early childhood centres in the mix. ‘Switch to water, switch off tooth decay’ is the result – a partnership with Mountain Fresh that sees both the ADA and Mountain Fresh provide a financial contribution towards the purchase and installation of drinking-water fountains in any Auckland primary school and early childhood centre.
The ADA has an ongoing relationship with Otago University, especialy with the final years students at the University's Auckland Campus. Final year students are able to attend our monthly branch meetings free of charge and this provides students with great learning and networking opportunities. The ADA also makes a financial contribution to student's end-of-year graduation dinner. This small investment now is a great investment for the future.
The ADA is a regular sponsor of the NIWA Auckland Science and Technology Fair. In 2022 the ADA sponsored the Award for Human Biology across three different age groups. Congratulations to this year's recipients:
Senior: Maria Gong from St Cuthbert's College for her project Cancer and Cellular Respiration
Year 9 &10: Kate Robinson & Harriet Johnston from Baradene College of the Sacred Heart for their project Toothbrush Terror!
Year 7 & 8: Sean Doherty from St Kentigern Boys’ School for his project To clean or to not clean?
Simple education that's made to be fun!
Family Teeth Matters is a group of dentists, hygienists, psychologists, dental therapists and professionals committed to providing free Dental Helath Education for both parents and children.
We encourage you to become a 'Family Teeth Matters' school. FTM will provide you with the necessary resources and a 'Free' Dental Health Project Box that can rotate through your school classrooms.