Congratulations to Tamahau Hicks, our September Tidy Kiwi Volunteer of the Month

The Tidy Kiwi of the Month winner for September is Tamahau Hicks, a young lad from Waihi who is heavily into foraging, zero food waste and serving his community. Nice!

Tamahau got interested in foraging during the first COVID-19 lock down when there were food shortages locally. He started posting his foraging adventures on social media and it wasn’t long until people were suggesting he create a page of his own. He showed people how to have fun outdoor adventures while caring for the environment, reducing household waste and managing mental health.

He then started collecting vegetable seeds to create a small seed library, and with the help of other volunteers set up Waihi’s first organic community gardens.

Tamahau also led the charge in distributing donated and collected food to 10 extra community groups after taking part in a local food drive with his family, and realising some of the food was going to waste. Tamahau and his family enjoyed doing the deliveries so much they offered to do them permanently as a part of the Neighborhood Project (Waihi). Now locals donate meat, hygiene packs and a variety of other resources for Tamahau and his family to distribute to the most vulnerable people in our community.

Tamahau has a friendly nature that makes it easy for people to chat with him, taking the time to chat with every volunteer, community group and vulnerable person he works with. What an amazing lad!

Whakamihi  – congratulations! As this month’s Tidy Kiwi Volunteer of the Month, Tamahau will receive a Keep New Zealand Beautiful merchandise pack and also, thanks to our friends at Resene, a paint voucher to beautify his little piece of Aotearoa. Plus, thanks to Stand Desk we have four desks to give away this year to our Tidy Kiwi Volunteer of the Month winners – we’ll draw a winner for this every three months.

Nominate a Tidy Kiwi here.

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