TSB Good Stuff puts $250,000 behind nine brilliant ideas to benefit New Zealand communities

TSB has awarded nine grants totalling $250,000 to New Zealanders with great ideas to do good in our communities.

TSB Good Stuff provides kickstarter funds of up to $30,000 to New Zealanders with a great idea that will solve problems and create benefits for our country.

“TSB was overwhelmed with thousands of applications pitching fantastic ideas to help New Zealand get back on its feet,” says CEO Donna Cooper.

“It was really encouraging to see New Zealanders positive focus when our country is in the middle of a challenging time because of COVID-19. 

“Choosing our winners was a hard task, with Kiwis putting forward so many amazing concepts which we’d be proud to support as a Bank that exists to use our profit for purpose to generate community good. 

“Our TSB Good Stuff grant recipients are going to make a real difference across many different parts of our communities with their work.”

A number of the TSB Good Stuff grants will help successful applicants to develop innovative apps. These include helping to keep boaties safe on the water, improving child and adolescent health and wellbeing, helping people with disabilities to easily find accessibility information and actively supporting and educating people caring for loved ones suffering mental distress.

The grants will also give New Zealand kids in lower decile areas access to STEM learning kits with online tutorials and fund an in-school education programme to teach coding. 

As well as this, the grants will enable the launch of community cooking workshops to promote healthy eating and reduce obesity in Māori and Pasifika families, and the development of a new predator trap to support the Government’s Predator Free 2050 vision.

Cantabrian Dean Brown has also been voted People’s Choice winner by New Zealand and will now make his app Triage-Plus a reality, to help emergency services manage mass casualty incidents more effectively.

“These projects will support a range of key health initiatives, educate our tamariki in growth industries, protect our environment, and generate jobs and income right throughout New Zealand,” says Ms Cooper.

“TSB is incredibly proud to enable these New Zealanders to bring their ideas to life for the benefit of our communities.”

You can learn more about all the TSB Good Stuff winners at tsbgoodstuff.co.nz.


More information on the nine TSB Good Stuff grants winners and their ideas:

Dr Angela Lim and Michael Connolly

Clearhead mental health app chatbot (Auckland)
  • 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

Dave Letele, Ulalei Letele, Judith Ioane and Anele Bamber

BBM Kai (Auckland)
  • 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    

Dr Michelle Dickinson, Amelia Lockley, Mikayla Stokes

STEM Box (Auckland)
  • Mikayla (19) and Amelia (15) 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

Nick Jones and Emma Boyd

Predator Trap (Taranaki)
  • 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 is carrying out in-depth field testing with a number of prototypes which has allowed ongoing refinements to the trap to be trialled
  • Founders have developed well established relationships with key agencies needed for rollout and are currently working through IP processes 
  • TSB Good Stuff funding will provide salary support for Nick to progress with this work fulltime

Stephen Lyon

SeaSafe app (Auckand)
  • 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

Benji Pritchard and Conor Doherty-Craig

Techne (Manawatu)
  • Techne is a digital curriculum and platform which will assist New Zealand schools to teach students coding skills to empower them 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

Tim Young

Smart Access (Waikato)
  • 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

Dr Yvonne Anderson and Gregory Lynne

Tamariki Pakari Healthy Lifesyle Check app
  • Tamariki Pakari Child Health and Wellbeing Trust was set up to enable further health and wellbeing research in Taranaki for children, youth and their whānau, working to enable greater reach and engagement across communities 
  • Dr Yvonne Anderson, a Taranaki-based paediatrician and researcher with the University of Auckland, has won numerous awards for her research, and with a team is now looking to take a proven healthy lifestyle programme for children and youth a step further by launching an app
  • The Healthy Lifestyle Check application will replace paper-based questionnaires currently used by Healthy Lifestyle Coordinators, and will provide a rapid understanding of a child’s weight-related health indicators, physical activity, eating behaviour, dietary intake, and quality of life
  • TSB Good Stuff grant funding will enable Greg to continue with app software development to a stage where piloting becomes a reality

Dean Brown

Triage Plus app (Canterbury)
  • Dean Brown 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

For more information and interview requests, contact:

Philippa Walker
TSB Media & Communications Manager


027 378 3759 / philippa.walker@tsb.co.nz