Do you know someone who is incredible at lifting the vibe in their local community and making a real difference for people & the planet?

This person likely doesn’t make a big song and dance about it – they just get on with the mahi, achieving amazing results through their persistence and enthusiasm.

Well, we want to recognise and support these people.

These are our local legends here in Aotearoa; people who make things a little bit better each day with their efforts, and we think they deserve a bit of a song & dance.

Nominate a Vibe Lifter from your community

They’ll go in the running to win a $2,500 grant (plus a year’s supply of our delicious products!) to support their initiative – it could be something they’re doing to support local bird & wildlife, or their work with young tamariki, getting a local shared garden started, helping reduce waste, caring for the elderly or those with special needs, or maybe pioneering an innovative technology.

It doesn’t matter if their project is big or small, if it’s lifting the vibe in your community then we want to know about it!

Previous Winners

Murray Grant

Originally a lawyer with his own firm, Raglan local Murray now helps rehabilitate waterways compromised by human activity through the Kaitiakitanga Charitable Trust. Through this he also offers work opportunities for young people to develop attributes, skills and resources to overcome past circumstances, and to create a different future for themselves and their whanau. The $2,500 grant will go towards their planned project with Taku Wairua to trap the Nau Mai Business Park catchment from the farms above to the main Whaingaroa Harbour.

Wendy Zhou

Wendy is the superwoman behind Perfectly Imperfect, the initiative helping reduce the 122,000 tonnes of fruit & vegetables that go to waste each year in New Zealand. Wendy & her Perfectly Imperfect team have helped serve over 1.6 million meals to the community from produce they’ve saved! The $2,500 grant will give Wendy a helping hand so she can continue to expand on the amazing work she’s doing for New Zealand; like the opening of more community shops in areas that families need it the most – “nourishing the world, one imperfect bite at a time”.

Harita Gandhi-Kashyap

Harita dedicates all her free time (outside of her full-time job) to multiple volunteer roles like the Chip Packet Project Nz, and fundraising for women related organisations. She’s also the treasurer of the National Council of Women New Zealand and started their radio show called Conversations with Wahine. Harita has said part of the grant money “will go into advertising the show and sending their co-hosts to seminars and training to help us all upskill and become better interviewers and radio hosts”. Last but not least, Harita and a few friends started the Coconut Chat podcast back in 2020, interviewing inspirational Indian people from all over the world about their lives, what makes them inspirational, and things that the Indian community often push under the rug.

Nominate Someone for the Vibe Lifter Award Here!

We will be selecting a new person every three months to receive this award. And to thank you for your recommendation, as their nominator, you will also be in the running to win a year’s supply of Raglan Food Co products.

Terms & Conditions: Nominees must be permanently based in New Zealand. Nominees must consent to having their photo & project shared on our social media channels if selected as a winner.

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