Lena was formerly a chair of the Chinese Action Network Bridging Trust (CAN-B Trust) and currently holds the position in CAN-B as coordinator. Her full-time employment is that of a Sales Manager at Neway Marketing Development Co. Ltd. She knows how important it is to look after our environment and sees her involvement in Earth Action Trust as a way of doing “her bit”.
Malvinder Pal Singh
With over 10 years’ experience in project development, management and evaluation, he has joined us as he wants to be part of an organisation that uses waste resources to create job opportunities especially for young migrants and refugees.
The coordinator of Earth Action Trust, Granada is a self-appointed Basurera (female garbage collector in her native language of Tagalog). She migrated to New Zealand from Philippines in 1988. She is a life member of the Auckland University Students Association, where she worked in the finance department for 11 years. Her time at the University turned to be a catalyst in her involvement with non-profit organisations. In 2002, she co-founded Migrant Action Trust and became a community advocate and worker. Later in 2014, she started Earth Action Trust.
She believes that environmental issues should be given equal consideration as social, cultural, economic and political issues, to find solutions to social injustice in New Zealand.
Sajedul a.k.a. Johnny, is a doctoral researcher at the School of Social Work, at Massey University, New Zealand. He is conducting a research project on community based social networking in waste management to encourage zero waste production. He is passionate about waste management policies and environmental health issues with a particular focus on sustainability.
He sees himself as a successful social garbologist in the future, developing relevant programs that ensure a positive change.
Vina is originally from China but has lived in New Zealand for over 15 years. She has a wealth of experience in project management and financial administration in non-profit setting. Always willing to learn about the migrant sector and the indigenous people of New Zealand, Vina managed migrant focused projects whilst in Migrant Action Trust and treasurer of Tangata Tiriti in volunteer capacity. Started off as volunteer, she’s a great addition to the pool of dedicated and committed team of the Earth Action Trust, who are serious to make a difference in caring for the environment.
where one must be open to wear various hats.
The Basurera and the Earth Action Trust are indebted to Kiran for he always fills in the gap at the right time and at the right place.
IT qualified and now owns his own driving school. He’s also knowledgeable in a wide variety of practical stuff which is handy to the mahi of Earth Action Trust.
The Working Group
In May 2013 a working group was created to investigate the creation of a social enterprise in community recycling. The group met between June and October 2013. In this time they visited Xtreme Waste Raglan, Trash Palace Porirua, Waitakere Transfer Station and Community Business and Environment Centre Kaitaia. Earth Action Trust was launched in November 2013.
We acknowledge the voluntary work of the members of the working group and the members of the group are listed below.