New Zealand’s a country of innovators, with a proud history of Kiwis taking a big idea and making it happen. We’re getting behind Kiwis like this and funding concepts which will solve problems and have an impact for the good of New Zealand communities.
TSB Good Stuff! grants are a kick-starter fund to help Kiwis realise their big ideas. It could be anything from developing a new product, service or app, to creating new employment opportunities in the community.
TSB Good Stuff Grants Winners
We received thousands of applications from across New Zealand, with so many great ideas to solve a range of problems. Including the People’s Choice Winner – as chosen by the NZ Public, we’re awarding nine TSB Good Stuff grants and are excited to help these Kiwi’s bring their ideas to life.
Congratulations to our TSB Good Stuff grant recipients. Learn more about their ideas below.
Dean Brown – Canterbury Triage Plus app
Dean Brown, our People’s Choice Winner, is a paramedic who worked during both the Christchurch earthquake and mosque shooting events and recognised a need for better patient information management during mass casualty incidents.
The Triage Plus app would be used by frontline emergency services workers to improve the flow of information from the pre-hospital environment into the hospital system.
Providing all the information about a patient’s status in one place for all emergency services and agencies who need to know, to ensure that everyone can prepare and do the best for patients.
Dr Angela Lim and Michael Connolly – Auckland Clearhead mental health app chatbot
Clearhead runs a mental health support platform, designed by NZ doctors, to empower New Zealanders to find the help they need using an artificial intelligence chatbot.
Since March 2020, Clearhead has seen record usage of its free online mental health platform, with a massive spike in anxiety-based concerns related to COVID-19 infection, domestic violence, difficulties, juggling life demands, and unemployment.
One of the key groups that reached out to Clearhead has been friends and family looking for advice on supporting their loved ones.
The TSB Good Stuff grant will support an extension of Clearhead’s current website and app, with the introduction of a new chatbot to support people caring for loved ones suffering mental distress with a step by step guide.
Benji Pritchard and Conor Doherty-Craig – Manawatu Techne
Techne is a digital curriculum and platform which will assist New Zealand schools to teach students coding skills to set them up for the technological world of the future.
Techne will walk students through the basics of coding, assessed by their teacher in line with NCEA learning objectives and the targets of the Revised Technology Learning Area coming into place at the end of the year.
Techne will grow a presence across all primary and intermediate schools in New Zealand, as a foundation to promote new standards of STEMIE learning and support existing NCEA objectives.
The TSB Good Stuff grant will cover the start-up costs to get the programme up and running.
Mikayla and Amelia are young New Zealanders passionate about helping to solve the lack of tech access and education for their generation and improve overall diversity in the STEM sector.
With the support of their mentor, Dr Michelle Dickinson (Nanogirl), they are launching a STEM Box online learning platform to help kids learn coding and electronics remotely, without location, socio-economic background, gender or race being a barrier.
The TSB Good Stuff grant will go towards providing free equipment for children unable to afford the gear, to complete the learning programme.
Dave Letele, Ulalei Letele, Judith Loane and Anele Bamber – Auckland BBM Kai
Former professional boxer Dave Letele founded BBM Motivation in 2014 across the Auckland region to help people lose weight in a healthy sustainable way.
Its vision statement is to “Reduce obesity amongst Maori and Pacific People in New Zealand through education thereby enabling them to choose a healthy and active life-style for the duration of their lives, their children, their wider family and the community”.
The TSB Good Stuff grant will support BBM to launch ‘BBM Kai’, a programme in South Auckland which will provide free weekly community educational workshops, teaching people how to cook healthy meals for themselves and their families.
Nick and Emma Jones – Taranaki Predator Trap
Newly designed and patented predator trap which has proven in trials with conservation groups to be more effective and safer to use than current products.
Taranaki Kiwi Trust has carried out in-depth field testing with prototype which has proven very successful.
Founders have developed well established relationships with key agencies needed for rollout and are currently working through IP processes.
Tim Young – Waikato Smart Access
Accessibility advocate Tim Young has designed the Smart Access app to give people with different ability levels easy access to all the information they need to plan a safe trip.
Tim has recognised that the majority of public infrastructure isn’t accessible. Councils don’t collect and freely distribute data on accessibility features within cities, which means that ahead of a job interview or date, people with accessibility challenges need to visit the place ﬁrst to scope it out, or take a risk if they don’t have time to do due diligence.
Tim is carrying out an accessibility audit of Hamilton city, and will be using TSB Good Stuff funding to launch a pilot of the app for users in this region.
He believes this app will allow community members to participate more easily in the job market, economy, health system, and wider community. It will provide community members conﬁdence and self-efﬁcacy to leave the house, which will translate into increased conﬁdence in other areas of their life.
Stephen Lyon – Auckand SeaSafe app
A marine safety app that provides position reporting to search and rescue organisations in case of emergency, plus other features.
Seasafe will help to keep boaties safer on the water and assist emergency services in emergency situations.
Stephen is currently working through IP processes and the TSB Good Stuff grant will go towards development of the app.
Dr Yvonne Anderson and Gregory Lynne – Taranaki Tamariki Pakari Healthy Lifesyle Check app
Tamariki Pakari Child Health and Wellbeing Trust was set up to enable further clinical research in Taranaki into childhood obesity and enable greater reach and engagement across communities
Dr Yvonne Anderson, a paediatrician at Taranaki Base Hospital, has won a best doctoral thesis award for her work with the Trust and is now looking to take their acclaimed programme a step further by launching an app to improve child and adolescent obesity.
The Healthy Lifestyle Check application will replace paper-based questionnaires currently used by Healthy Lifestyle Coordinators, to provide a fast understanding of a child’s weight-related health indicators, physical activity, eating behaviour and dietary intake, and quality of life and wellbeing.
TSB Good Stuff grant funding enable app software development and website creation.