Maha Fier

Jane Goodall Trailblazer for championing climate through activism, robotics, and wearable art


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Maha Fier attends Paraparaumu College in the Kāpiti Coast and at 17 has been leading the Societal, Environmental and Animal Rights Action Group (SEAR) within her college for 4 years. She has not only developed a passion for environmental issues occurring on our planet but has become acutely aware of how intertwined animals, the environment and people really are.

Curious about the use of technology to solve global sustainability issues and to spread awareness, Maha now project manages SEARbot, a beach cleaning robot currently being developed by the Paraparaumu College Robotics Team. She is also a keen Wearable Artist, creating garments which express the beauty of our earth and how we are harming it.  Alongside her work within her college, she recently helped create a new primary after school programme known as Project Kaitiaki for students between the ages of 8-12 to work on environmental projects within their school. She is also one of the National Coordinators for the School Strike 4 Climate NZ Movement, co-founded the Kāpiti Enviro Youth Summit, is a member of the Kāpiti Coast Youth Council and was a Young Blake Expeditioner to the Kermadec Islands in 2018. 

Maha recently toured with Dr. Jane Goodall around New Zealand for the Rewind the Future tour as a youth voice discussing the importance of animals, the environment and people on this planet and is also a recipient of the Jane Goodall Institute of New Zealand Trailblazer Award.