The Tiaki programme reinforces the importance of STEM subjects and presents a project-based learning opportunity which attracted student’s attention across South Auckland.  The programme was not only applicable to youth, but also relevant to our educators, families, friends and future employers.
10 Schools are paired with an industry expert mentor provided by Engineering New Zealand, to explore a solution for their chosen environmental-themed project over Term 2. Students have gained a great insight of working on a real-world project and into these industries. 

1000 visitors turned out to the Tiaki Expo 2018 to watch Tiaki students present their projects for judging on Friday 10 August 2018 at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau. The expo hosted 25+ environmental and STEM industry organisations, each with hands-on activities and information about green careers, plus local tertiary education providers. 

Congratulations to our 2018 Winnings Schools:

1st Place Juniors- Mission Heights Junior College (Top left)
2nd Place Juniors- Aorere College (Bottom left)
1st Place Seniors- Southern Cross Campus (Top right)
2nd Place Seniors- Manurewa High School (Bottom right)

People's Choice: Aorere College (Bottom left)

Congratulations to our 2017 Winning Schools:

1st Place Juniors- Papatoetoe High School (Top left)
2nd Place Juniors- Te Wharekura O Manurewa ( Bottom left)
1st Place Seniors- Waiuku College (Top right)
2nd Place Seniors- Manurewa High School (Bottom right)

Check out more great photos from our Tiaki Expo here:

Tiaki 2018 Image Gallery

Tiaki 2017 Image Gallery

Tiaki 2016 Image Gallery


Tiaki 2017 and 2018  follows on from the successful 2016 pilot project ‘Sink or Swim’.  


Throughout 2016 we have run 'Sink Or Swim' - a pilot programme to pave the way for the full Tiaki programme in 2017.  Sink or Swim culminated in an expo and awards ceremony on 2 August at the Vodafone Events Centre.  The SOS pilot has been a resounding success, with students from four South Auckland schools partnering with local businesses to conceptualise and develop environmental solutions.

Congratulations to our Tiaki 2016 Winning School:

Manurewa High School Boys Group.

Manurewa High School boys' team won our SOS expo competition for best project for their work with Aeroqual.  Their project addressed the health hazards associated with excess moisture in damp, mouldy homes by 3D-printing an extrator fan with a built in timer and humidity sensor.  The aim of the project was to produce a cost effective solution for rental or Housing NZ homes where moisture is a problem. 


For the third year, our talented South Auckland winning students have walked away from the Tiaki Expo with a trophy which reflects the Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths (STEM) and Environmental programme they have been a part of.

These trophies have once again been upcycled from contaminated shopping trolleys that were pulled from the Puhinui Stream at our NZ Largest Clean-up in 2016.

See images of the creative process from the trolleys to the trophies!



The core focus of the initiative is to bring together environmental disciplines and new innovations to develop youth to become community achievers and leaders who are able to help facilitate a sustainable and safe environment.

We believe that the only sustainable road to building tomorrow’s future is through today’s youth. That’s why we are committed to enabling young South Aucklanders to become custodians of their environment, by equipping them with the knowledge, passion and opportunity to take the lead in caring for their environment, now and into the future.

Our exceptional track record of working with South Auckland schools means we are well placed to deliver innovative environmental education programmes. On the back of our award-winning ‘Eye on Nature’ primary school initiative, we now seek to inspire, recognise and celebrate senior students.  Our Tiaki awards present an exciting opportunity to unite South Auckland communities, schools, environmental organisations and industry, by igniting an environmental flame of passion in our young people.


Involvement in our Tiaki programme will give your organisation a range of exciting benefits and opportunities, including (but not limited to):

  • Direct access to schools and students
  • Access to future talent pool
  • Ease of access with the Trust as intermediary between your organisation and school
  • Access to innovative, left-field thinking of our youth
  • Potential commercialisation of student innovations
  • Brand exposure
  • Staff mentoring opportunities
  • Enhanced community relations
  • Platform for developing ongoing, meaningful relationships with students and school
  • Industry kudos
  • Increased staff satisfaction opportunities
  • Collaboration and networking opportunities

 If your organisation is  interested in participating as a sponsor, please contact us at Tiaki@mbct.org.nz or 09 269 4080 for further information.

We recognise the need for some flexibility, given that our partnering organisations will have different needs and objectives. We welcome the opportunity to discuss your organisation’s objectives, so we can work with you to adapt our sponsorship packages to best suit your needs.

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