Our people

Trustees

Lena Yang

Lena Yang

Chair

Lena is from China and was an English teacher. Her skills and interests focus on community and social enterprise. and she has a passion for communicating with different groups. She continues to teach in English and in Mandarin.
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

Malvinder Pal Singh

Treasurer

Malvinder has a background in project management, from his home country India and in New Zealand. He is one of the founding members of the Sukhmani Charitable Trust and Sri Guru Harkrishan Sahib Charitable Trust. He was also part of the team who successfully set up the Sikh Temple in New Lynn. He has a passion for community work and encourages people to volunteer as well. He has joined Earth Action Trust because he wants to participate in programmes that help combat habitat destruction and global warming. He also sees it as an opportunity to help create jobs for needy migrants and refugees.
Joel Umali

Joel Umali

Trustee

Joel is from Philippines and is actively involved in the community as a trustee in Youth Excel Trust and a member of Christ Commission Fellowship. He currently works for Auckland Council as Project Leader (Strategic Community Initiatives).
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.
Rene Angeles

Rene Angeles

Trustee

Rene is a veterinarian and a registered nurse, originally from Philippines. Apart from being in the medical field, he’s also a strong advocate of human rights, animal welfare and environment. As a president of the Partners in Progress Incorporated from 1999 to 2001, he led the development of strategic initiatives and programs including urban resiliency and disaster risk reduction and management. He also managed income generating programs to recover from disaster losses. We are honoured to have his support.

Staff

Agnes Granada

Agnes Granada

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.
Vina Chen

Vina Chen

Operation Support

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 settings. Always willing to learn about the migrant sector and the indigenous, she’s managed a few projects whilst working with Migrant Action Trust. She is also the treasurer of the Tangata Tiriti – Treaty People Inc. Currently, she runs an accounting practice to help non-profits with their financial concerns as well as helps migrants who want to start their business.
Sindy Xian

Sindy Xian

Program Lead

Sindy migrated with family from China at the age of 14. She has a vast experience in understanding peoples’ mindset and the engagement within various ethnic communities. She has been actively involved in many environmental programs from 2019. Her wish is to make an impact by living a sustainable life.
Johnny Khan

Johnny Khan

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.

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.

Alvin Yung

Alvin Yung

Fukiko Otsuka

Fukiko Otsuka

Liban Ahmed

Liban Ahmed

Rebecca Mcilwraith

Rebecca Mcilwraith

Arjeet Baweja

Arjeet Baweja

George Misa

George Misa

Malabika Bhaduri

Malabika Bhaduri

Tatsuo Nishimura

Tatsuo Nishimura

Haruko Tabuchi

Haruko Tabuchi

Jane Mueke

Jane Mueke

Mohammad Ousman

Mohammad Ousman

Thin Myat

Thin Myat

Hajime Otsuka

Hajime Otsuka

Lena Yang

Lena Yang

Mussa Evans

Mussa Evans

Zena Wringley

Zena Wringley

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