Earth Action Trust – Nuku Nuku A Papatuanuku was set up as the outcome of “Growing Confident Communities Together” engagement in Puketapapa from 2011 to 2014, which was organised Migrant Action Trust.
36 migrant groups including resettled communities participated to find local solutions to local issues.
Of the 8 issues, unemployment was at the top. So, it was decided to develop a social enterprise in the waste industry for the purpose of community empowerment and job creation.
Continuing the story of ‘Growing Confident Communities Together’, the Trust was born on 11 December 2013.
Following the “Growing Confident Communities Together” engagement, a working group was formed to prepare a new environmental organisation. The working group visited Xtreme Waste in Raglan, CBEC in Kaitaia, Trash Palace in Porirua and Waitakere Transfer Station
2014 – 2015
Earth Action Trust embarked on a number of activities- operated a community recycling centre, the ‘Don’t Trash It Donate It’ programme was launched, presentations like ‘Sort Your Waste from Source’ on waste minimisation were conducted and we participated in major conservation projects like The Native Tree Nursery and the Puketapapa Education, Transition and Employment Readiness (P.E.T.E.R.) Project.
Earth Action Trust participated in the Three Kings Recovery and Salvage project. Also, it organised two major events: shipping of relief goods to Fiji and free community distribution of new clothes.
Led a community recycling trial project RePurpose Community Recycling Centre in Onehunga in partnership with Grey Lynn 2030 Transition Community.
Continuing our momentum of the trial project, we started the ReUsable Goods Bank.
Holistic Fabric Upcycling programme brought to Paremoremo prison to include our brothers in the Corrections to participate in sustainability.
In January 2020, Earth Action Trust started the Anti-littering Campaign, as supported by the Auckland Council.
The campaign is to raise awareness around how litter pollutes land, air and water. It may seem small, but littering contributes to spoiling the richness and variety of life on earth.
After being briefly interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the campaign re-started in June.
After 8 years, the Earth Action Trust lost its premises at 766 Sandringham Road Ext, Mt Roskill.
In this regard, two programmes – ReUsable Goods Bank and Fabric Upcycling – were put on hold.
The staff presently have hot desks at the Gribblehirst Community Hub, Sandringham.
Despite the minor disruption, the TeamUp 2 CleanUp was launched.