When Thu, 18 July

Te Moana Nui a Kiwa Indigeneity- Maori and Pasifika


Te Moana Nui a Kiwa is an award for activators that have created a kaupapa with their cultural teachings to educate, inspire and manāki their community.




  • Pacifica Mama’s

The Pacifica Mama’s are a dynamic collective of Pacific heritage artists based in West Auckland committed to passing on their knowledge to the next generation. They do this through storytelling, workshops, art and exhibitions, and are experts at using their traditional skills to turn rubbish into objects of beauty. The Pacifica Mama’s have always been at the forefront of conversations on how to create solutions to help with Auckland’s waste problem.

  • Enuamanu Eco Warriors

These mapu or young people from the beautiful island of Atiu in the Cook Islands have been ‘lifting the lid’ on their rubbish at the Atiu Hall in Mangere. This started last year with ‘Project Recycling’ on one of their biggest day of celebrations – Gospel Day. They encouraged the Mama’s and Papa’s to sort out their rubbish, and composted all the food scraps at the Mangere Community House.

Since then they have set up water refill stations, used real mugs and cutlery at fundraisers while sending all their food scraps to a local piggery. They embrace opportunities to learn more through visiting the Zero Waste Zone in Henderson and helping refurbish their vaka Marumaruatua. The journey has not been easy, but they have been persisting with baby steps knowing that small changes lead to big impact!

  • Swanie Nelson

Swanie Nelson is an innovative wahine who founded and continues to support the Pataka Kai open street pantry movement. Her continual support of this involves educating kaitiaki hosting the pataka, educating schools, and supporting them to build their own pataka kai.

In addition, Swanie in the process of setting up a social supermarket for Otara, which rescues kai and re-distributes back to the community at minimal cost. She is also about to release the Kai nation app, which consolidates individuals and organisations working in the food rescue space, and also provides a way for people to share kai.

  • Te Puawai – Mahi Toi

E Puawai Mahi toi is a collective of aunties coordinated by Beronia Scott. They are passionate advocates for our Taiao, marae and mahi raranga. Beronia actively volunteers to support groups of weavers to share the traditional knowledge and skills of mahi raranga for generations to come. Beronia along with the taumata of aunties and kaumatua actively encourages the whanau of the Marae and community of Tamaki Makaurau to be doing our part for Papatuanuku. She does this by sharing traditional knowledge and skills through workshops and mentoring; teaching Para Kore (Zero Waste) practices on Orakei Marae.

Beronia also coordinates the weekly weaving wananga held every weekend over the Matariki period. She is actively advocating for and sharing her knowledge around mahi raranga, as ancestral artform and practice that sustains our connection to the whenua.

  • Tara Moala

Tara is a community focussed wahine working in waste minimisation, suicide prevention, youth empowerment, and women’s empowerment. She has poured her passion and energy into Hub Zero, which aims to build up Waste Based Social Enterprises in Central-East Auckland, and has maintained an enduring commitment through ups and downs. Tara also founded Rakau Tautoko, an Auckland-based social enterprise undertaking community-related projects, community research and development advice, facilitation and leadership.

  • 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 the way they live.


  • Weymouth Primary School

Weymouth Primary has created a living, regenerative Maara Kai where they grow their own kai, teach sustainable tikanga and matauranga Maori. Weymouth Primary’s waste management system include the Maara Kai so food scraps are diverted from landfill and returned to Paptuanuku. They have created an environment that inspires tamariki to take part an active role in caring for Papatuanuku.

  • Therese Mangos

Therese is a leader in the Zero Waste community using her passion, skill and determination to preserve Papatuanuku to inspire those around her. Therese is a central figure in Pacific Vision Aotearoa, the Zero Waste Guardians, the Compost Collective and many other organisations. Therese lead the zero waste kaupapa at Polyfest working with organisers and community groups to run the bottle deposit station and create a sculture highlighting the issue of plastic pollution.




  • Waiata Rameka

Waiata is a leader to the rangatahi of Tāmaki Makaurau inspiring through her work at Pare Kore ki Tāmaki. Waiata believes in the principal of kaitiakitanga for Papatuanuku. She empowers rangatahi and Whanau to look toward making a better Aotearoa.

In schools Waiata teaches a zero waste message, educates on climate change and focuses how we can all make a difference. She is a member of Climate Conscious which advocated for Auckland council declare a climate emergency which they did in June of this year.

The runner up – Weymouth Primary school

The winner – Enuamanu Eco Warriors