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Enspire - Youth Video Challenge

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Enspire 2016 is now closed

Young people aged 12-24 that live in Tauranga City or Western Bay of Plenty were invited to create a 5 minute video to win fame, fortune and a fabulous future.

The videos were judged on their ability to inform and inspire people to care for the environment, based on one of three themes:

  • Profiling an environmental community group
  • Protecting the Tauranga harbour and waterways
  • Climate change and sustainability

2016 winners were announced at a public screening and awards event held at Tauranga Art Gallery on 19 April 2016.  See their videos below.

The Enspire competition was a joint project by Tauranga City Council, Western Bay of Plenty District Council and Bay of Plenty Regional Council that encourages young people to share their concerns and ideas for keeping local land, water and wildlife healthy.

For competition details and to see all entries, visit the Enspire web page or  Enspire 2016 YouTube playlist.

Winning videos Enspire 2016 

Overall Winner and First Place: Climate Change and sustainability category

Christine Khor

First Place: Protecting Tauranga Harbour and waterways category 

James Jefferies-Thorne

First Place: Enviro-Challenge Schools category

Tauranga Girls College Environmental Committee


Watch entries from Enspire 2015

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12-24 year old residents of Tauranga City and Western Bay of Plenty District were invited to create a short (no more than 5 minutes) TED* style video presentation that inspires people to:

  • think about what the natural environment means to their work, life or play
  • take action to care for your local land, air, water or wildlife

View entries below or 'like' them at 

Ten entries were received. Winners were announced at a special screening at Rialto Cinema on 9 April 2015.


First place and project grant winner: There's a problem in our Backyard

By Rebekah Richards. She shows that we live in such a beautiful place but sometimes it seems that we are not looking after it. Our natural environment is struggling to cope and we all need to lend a hand where we can so it may continue to dazzle us.


Second place: Aquinas College Enspire TED Remix

Team entry from Aquinas College Enspire. Their video aims to highlight the importance of preserving our environment. From students, for students, our video shows that the smallest act can make the biggest change.


Third place: Human vs Earth

A team entry from GW Crew. It's about how we are individually contributing to global warming and what we can all do to reduce carbon emissions and build a strong economy.


Fourth place: Omokoroa Land Slips

A team entry from Omokoroa Point Enspirers. Their aim is to raise awareness of the Omokoroa land slips and educate others on how to prevent future land slips and erosion.


Fifth runner-up: Enspire Katikati

A team entry from Solid Impact. They interviewed the locals to find out what Katikati's flora and fauna means to them and how we can keep the natural world around us as beautiful as it is.


Sixth runner-up: The Waikareao Estuary

Team entry from Bloopers. They took a look at what's special about Waikareao Estuary and what needs improving.

Project grant winner: Environmental Leadership and Mentoring

By Amber Tognazzao. To show the opportunity we have to tap into the enthusiasm of students and help them produce great environmental projects.


Project grant winner: The Bethlehem College Green Initiative

Team entry from the Bethlehem College Green Initiative. They say that one of the biggest problems creating damage to the environment and its wildlife especially, is litter, especially of plastics which are the most harmful.

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Come Together

A team entry from MAC. Their focus is on litter and the effect it has on business in Tauranga.


Super Stew Cleans Tauranga

By Stewart McGregor. His focus is on keeping our beautiful country clean and green.


 *TED is a global non-profit movement that spreads inspiring ideas through short, powerful talks; live and on YouTube. Check out