When Thu, 18 July


For an innovative, creative and unique upcycled product.




  • Roger Van Kuylenberg

As a member of Men’s Shed Auckland East (MSAE), Roger took the lead on several of MSAE’s community projects. Roger uses up-cycled materials and products to design things, such as the Water Wall, Mount Richmond Special Needs school. The special needs kids can have a lot of fun with their water walls at several schools, and everyone who sees the wall can learn how fun and creative it can be to design items with up-cycled materials.


  • Tipping Point

The product in this case is the ‘Trashed As’ Art Exhibition hosted by the Tipping Point, a community recycling centre in West Auckland. The Exhibition featured upcycled art pieces created by six local artists who participated in New Zealand’s first artist residency program located at a transfer station. While each individual artist merits their own nomination for their extraordinary work, this nomination is for the organization behind the residency and exhibition.

Over a two-month period, these six artists created almost 100 individual artistic works, made from a wide range of waste materials destined for landfill or destruction at the transfer station. The exhibition itself attracted over 400 people over the weekend and artists received almost $4,000 for the pieces that sold. Remaining artistic works will be donated to community organizations or presented at future exhibitions.

  • O Te Motu Creations – Mereana Wairua & Haley Lowe

Mereana and Haley’s kaupapa is unique, and wide reaching. They upcycle tyre tubes destined for landfill and use them to create beautiful jewellery. They use their creations as a way of starting conversations about saving Papatuanuku connecting with people and encouraging them to make changes in they way they live.




  • Resource Rescue

Resource Rescue is a social enterprise founded by Envision on behalf of a charitable trust, which recovers whiteware from Auckland’s Inorganic Recovery Project, either repairing appliances for reuse, or recovering parts to be used in the repair of other appliances.

Aside from diverting over 28 tonnes of appliances from scrap metal, the business is focused on creating local employment opportunities in Tamaki, and is returning dividends to its owners – the Glen Innes Family Centre.

  • Anis Khan

Anis upcycles old clothes into children clothing She came in without knowing anything about upcycling and has embraced it passionately. She struggles to sell her fabulous made kids clothes but

hoping this will change as the business grows. Anis has been described as loyal and always helpful to those around her.


  • Juwairiyah Alam

Juwairiyah incorporates recycled materials into usable items A self-taught artisan and craftswoman who explores her creativity in a unique range of techniques such as calligraphy, fabric and glass painting, dot art, candle making, quilling, zentangling, origami and kirigami, jewellery making and DIY home décor. Her work is representative of the environment and diversity.

  • Alexander

Alexander is an artist who uses household waste to create art and useful items for daily life. Alexander uses his work to raise awareness and start conversations about the environment and waste.




  • Flourish

Flourish is a social enterprise diverting waste from landfill through the Auckland Inorganic Project. Henry is an amazing carpenter, taking the old beaten up furniture from the Auckland Inorganic collections using his skills and love for the planet to give un-wanted furniture a new life. With the income they have created, they are now in the position where they are able to open their own shop.

Runner Up – O Te Motu Creations

Winner – Flourish