We are looking for young people who are passionate and visionary.

These people will be dedicated to making a difference in their chosen sphere and have the discipline to follow through with their ideas. They will have or want to have a sense of purpose.



We are looking for people who are clearly exceptional and will make a significant impact; either to the environment, society or both.


Environmental projects

Projects that will make a significant difference to our environment


Social impact projects

Projects that will make a significant difference to our society

Case Studies

Read about the young people the Kāmahi Trust is supporting.

Pippa Sussex and Ysabella Abel

Haere Mai Bags helps former refugee students adjust to their new schools

Pictured: Pippa Sussex and Ysabella Abel About four years ago, our year 9 social studies class decided to create welcome packs for former refugee students at our school as part of our migration topic. This was a class effort, one-off project, funded by each class member.  We saw the potential in the project and the…

The Kamahi Trust

An update from Kāmahi recipient Jessie Cross

My last week of coaching marks nearly 12 months since my husband and I moved to Nelson, and over 6 months since I started my coaching scholarship with Rebecca. Looking back over this time of massive change, I’m filled with gratitude for the opportunity to dive deep into what makes me tick, and perhaps more…

Sophie Smith Kamahi Trust Nelson

EcoGirlNZ making a difference in the community

I am Sophie Weenink Smith and I am 15 years old. I have a passion for helping people and our environment. I aim to show people that no matter what someone’s age is, we can all make a difference in the world.  I feel so honoured to be the Youth Advocate for The Kāmahi Trust, providing…

Jessie Cross Kamahi Trust Nelson

Jessie Cross, the Trust’s first scholarship recipient

Kia ora, I’m Jessie Cross. I’m 28 years old, and for as long as I can remember I’ve had one goal simmering away at the back of my mind: make the greatest positive impact that I can with the time that I have. Since finishing University in 2015, I’ve been on a winding path that…

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