When Thu, 18 July

The leaders in the making award is for rangatahi standing up and showing leadership for a zero-waste world. As rangatahi they bring a unique perspective on climate change, taking owners their future and for the future of Tāmaki Makaurau.



  • Christina Sieberhagen; 14 yeard old

Christina is leading the ambitious goal of making Northcote College a zero-waste school with a zero-carbon footprint by 2022. She’s doing this by working alongside others to reduce food waste and plastic pollution; challenging the school tuck shop to reduce and eventually eliminate plastic wrapping. Christina also promotes zero waste concepts using art as a communication medium.

  • Khushee Jain

Khushee Jain is a zero waste leader at Western Springs College. Working alongside her peers and implementing bokashi, worm farm and upcycling initiatives, she’s led the way to a 70% diversion of waste from landfill. Khushee runs a Youth Sustainability Conference and has run Green Jam for all Auckland secondary schools for the 2nd time this year.

  • Lalita Venkataiah

Lalita has driven the journey towards waste minimization Kelston Girls’ College. She has deeply held, passionate views about protecting our planet, especially with regards to waste and climate change. She has involved herself in several community programmes and events and has made connections at these that have allowed her to bring the kaupapa from these events back into our school. She is inclusive of others, especially younger students, and has a maturity that helps her to work effectively with adults within the school and from community groups.

  • Madison Keesing

Madison Keesing or Madz is a constant advocate for Papatuanuku leading by example to inspire her peers and whanau. Madison has started her own business making sustainable toys. Madison has led clean ups with her cousins at the local beach and parks, promotes plastic free lunches with her peers and works with her mum in community gardens.




  • Mereana Wairua Lowe

Mereana kaupapa is unique, and wide reaching. She upcycles tyre tubes destined for landfill and use them to create beautiful jewellery. She uses their creations as a way of starting conversations about saving Papatuanuku connecting with people and encouraging them to make changes in they way she lives.




  • Kate McLoughlin

Kate is an active member of the Young Leaders Sustainability Programme who is always willing to lead the way in hands-on action. Starting her own Instagram to raise awareness about rubbish, Kate leads by example through litter and beach clean-ups. Kate lead a ‘take 3 for the sea’ campaign around local beaches. Facilitated a korero with rangatahi at Green Bay to build action competence. As part of the Green Impact group at Green Bay High, Kate took up the challenge to audit her schools waste resulting 43.5% of the school’s waste being composted and used by local farmers and 39% of the waste being actively recycled.

Runner up – Lalita Venkataiah

Winner – Kate McLoughlin