When Thu, 18 July


An award for a group, community organisation or school that has demonstrated commitment, effort and leadership in the zero waste journey.



  • Western springs

Western Springs College has two passionate group of rangatahi who have become environmental champions; Kaitiaki and Waste-wise ropu. They help take care of the school worm farms and garden, actively monitor bins and educate their peers on correct waste separation. They actively take opportunities outside of school to gain knowledge and apply their own spin to fit their own mana, and bring energy to motivate the school’s atmosphere around waste reduction

  • Talking Trash Manurewa

Talking Trash Manurewa engage and educate their community on waste minimisation, composting, reusing and up-cycling items destined for landfill. As active collaborators, they mobilise and support residents of Manurewa to care for Papatuanuku. They design their own flyers and signs which reflect the identity of Manurewa, with the community designed signs in illegal dumping hot spots led to a *** reduction in illegal dumping. They continue to create pride of place and increased wellbeing in their community, while empowering people to care for the environment and each other.

  • Kaitiaki Sisters:

Kaitiaki Sisters are leaders in their South Auckland community, educating people on how to save money while living sustainably and well. They get in amongst it and have an infectious attitude, offering relatable and life changing tips through workshops on everything from vege gardens and upcycling to how to make beeswax wraps and harakeke bags. Knowing, understanding and meeting their community on their own level, they are laying the foundations for change in an inclusive manner.

  • Onehunga Primary School Enviro team

The Onehunga Primary Enviro team focus on waste reduction in a variety of ways within the school. Recently they removed all soy sauce ‘fish’ from lunches and reduced the use of single use containers, introducing reusable environmentally friendly alternatives. 36% of students now order with their reusable container. They are looking at sponsorship or ‘prize’ containers to increase uptake and hopefully get reusable container usage over 50% by the end of 2019. The long term goal is to shift to a new sushi system, where reusable containers are the norm.



  • The ReCreators

The ReCreators is a Social Enterprise based in Auckland, New Zealand, which promotes Upcycling either through purchasing products pre-made, custom-made or by learning to do it yourself (DIY) through workshops. Provide the community with DIY workshops which encourage and inspire all ages and nationalities in New Zealand.By seeing a need, responding to the need and providing a service that is enabling people to connect with self and others through upcycling. Keep pivoting to the needs of the community, society and nature.

  • Sustainable Papakura

Sustainable Papakura engage and activate the Papakura community to minimise waste. They run a regular sustainability market, a sustainable art competition, as well as a range of community workshops which teach people ways of living waste free. They also support community events to minimise their waste and provide connection among community members, activating them to protect papatuanuku. They have a quiet but powerful perserverance which is having a ripple effect in the Papakura community.

  • Good Seed Trust

Good Seed Trust has been steadily working to educate themselves and the families they work with on the need to care for creation through everyday actions. They have implemented a range of innovative and creative strategies across their 4 centres in Mangere, Riverside, and Glendene to reduce waste through gardening, upcycling, recycling and systems change and have championed the Love Food Hate Waste movement in these communities.


  • Pataka Kai Open Street Pantry

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.

  • Hope N Help Charitable Trust

Using the three 3R’s (Recycle, Reduce and Reuse), Hope N Help Charitable Trust engage communities to minimise their waste. With a whanau-centric approach, they help local residents create backyards for healthy eating under the name ‘Apna Vatika’. In 2012, they ran the ‘Fashion with Passion’, with models showcasing dresses made from recycled and reused clothes. Growspace

Morningside Urban Market Garden MUMG is a social enterprise project within the Grow Space based in Morningside. They have partnered with the Food Waste Fairy (Leilani Tamu) to create a regenerative localised food system, which provides jobs to former refugee and migrant women (the gardeners), food for local cafes (reducing packaging waste). In November 2018 MUMG began transforming old bowling greens into a lush urban market garden. They have created the foundation for a business model that teaches and shares skills and profits as it grows produce for market.

  • Para kore

Para Kore delivers education and training on marae to create behavior change that aligns with the principles of a circular economy. They are grounded in relationships with and whakapapa to Papatuanuku, Ranginui me o raua uri. Their programme supports marae, kohanga reo, kura and community organizations to reduce waste through eliminating and sorting waste streams, and educating whanau about reducing and recycling.

  • Devonport Recycling Centre/Global Action Plan Oceania

GAPO is working extremely hard to achieve the goal of zero waste. They are engaging in community education with schools and ECEs, running a community recycling centre, offering innovative eco-friendly options for landscaping supplies, supporting community groups/initiatives such as Belmont Zero Waste, Repair Cafe, Tinkering Kids, Junky Monkeys (Educational Loose Parts play programmes run in conjunction with Conscious Kids) and a Community Food Pantry. The fruit fly biosecurity scare hit them hard, and just recently they were broken into and the repair cafe equipment was stolen. Despite these challenges they continue to do amazing work, and should be acknowledged for this.

  • Trash to Trade:

Trash to Trade is the upcycling project of Grey Lynn 2030 Transition Community. This year, participants transformed ordinary common waste materials such as plastic bags, bottles and wooden pallets into high quality upcycled art. As well as running workshops to inspire the community and offer ideas for becoming more resourceful and reducing consumption, they held their first upcycling auction and formed connections with businesses for ongoing collaboration

  • My Backyard Garden Project

My Backyard Garden Project has a passion for teaching people to feed themselves through their own soil. Since May 2016 they have created over 1,000 organic gardens and almost 1,400 compost systems diverting countless tones of organic waste away from landfill.

They share skills, knowledge and materials with all who go on the green thumb journey with them. They live by “TEAM” which means Together Everyone Achieves More.


Runner up – Talking trash Manurewa

Winner – Hope n Help Charitable Trust