Thank You Donors

Thank you so much for supporting Click Happy



Everyone there is so kind with great positive feedback also to help improve, and i've learnt so much about photography since the beginning

Ariana - 12 - Chilton St. James


I am more confident in my photography skills and less afraid to step out of my comfort zone, to make mistakes and take risks.

Sariah - 16 - TKKM ō Te Kotuku


I've developed my creativity and grit and learned more about some important concepts in photography.

Humaira - 16 - Zayed College for Girls


"Getting me into the community a lot more than what I'm used to and I loved how it made you more aware of the beautiful scenes around us that we don't realize on a day to day basis. I also like the way Click Happy along with Mandi was so helpful when I was at the bottom of the grit pit"

Jayden - 13 - Te Kura Kaupapa O Pohutukawa MSWA

("the grit pit" is when you stretch out of your comfort zone and find yourself struggling or in a free fall as you transition between what you know and what is unknown but where good growth lies. I showed this in a diagram but the kids labeled it themselves "the Grit Pit")


I’m more confident in my control over the outcome of an image through using manual settings and have become more free in the way I make my images.

Dani - 16 - Homeschooler


I feel that I have became more confident in taking photos in general. It used to be quite scary taking photos in public but I have grown the confidence to that now.

Scarlett - 13 - Nga Tawa


I used to be a very shy and nonindependent person, Click Happy helped me learn that I can be myself, I know that i have Definitely grown as a person this summer. I enjoyed Meeting new people, having such a great teacher and student mentors (Mandi you are always so supportive and positive. You give me feedback that makes me so happy and feel like I have accomplished something). I also really liked doing new challenges eg things u would never do.

Jessie - 12 - St Josephs (2021) St Kevins College (2022)


Thanks to Click Happy, I'm not afraid to be myself, and to express my creativity through photography.

Jun - 18 - Graduate of Papakura Highschool


I had a wonderful experience with the Click Happy Program , I didn't expect it would be like this at all , there's a lot of learning and I need to go back to my presentation files and read them again to grasp all the learning as its not just about photography but it teaches you important life skills

Skyler - 11 - Royal Oak Intermediate


I am grittier and am more confident that I can complete long term goals and tasks like this course. It made me persevere and find new ways to problem solve and think outside the box. I liked the PAD challenge, & even though sometimes I edited all my photos at once I’m very very proud of myself for taking a photo every single day - 42/42!!

Gin - 15 - Waiopehu College


I've of course become more confident in my photography skills but also I have learned persistence and becoming a more strong and independent person.

Amber - 13 - Caramel College


Now when I take photos I think more about the story, angles, composition and lots more that makes a good photo instead of just pushing down the button.

Hazel - 12 - Royal Oak Intermediate


My skills have definitely gotten better. I found out a way that I can sorta tell a story within photography which I find really useful.

Sydney - 15 - Taupo Nui-a-Tia College


I've become more confident in my photography skills. I am grittier. I am not afraid to fail forward, and I have met a lot of new people who are passionate about the same things I am.

Jumana - 13 - Hamilton Girls' High School


For me Click happy was a great way to extend further outside my comfort zone. I have never really been somebody who liked posting pictures of myself but Click Happy has been a really great space in experimenting with self portraits and other various skills. I have learned that perfection isn’t everything and that even if I don’t finish something, tomorrow gives me reason to try harder and create something new and inspiring. I am not afraid to fail, I am more experimental and I have gained more experience through this course.

Kriya - 14 - Carmel College


We would like to thank you and educate you at the same time


Thanks to the support of your committee, we have been able to bring our vision of developing the next generation of creative changemakers to life nationally.

So we want to show our thanks in return.

This is an invitation to come to learn photography with us and see what is really under the hood in Click Happy.

It is also a chance for us to get to know you and for you to have a hand in Co-Creating what is brought to your region.

Join Click Happy 101

  • Thanks to COVID restrictions we have innovated and now have our Intro to Click Happy program available fully online.
  • We have connected with 115 schools around the country to help us iterate the program and they have given us scholarship students representing the following groups which are underrepresented in the creative tech sectors of mainstream media and the NZ film industry
    • Maori
    • Pacific
    • Female
    • Immigrants
    • Disabled Persons
    • Neurodiverse Persons
    • LGBQT+
  • We are teaching Innovation and personal and collective wellbeing skills using a camera to do so.
  • We would like to invite you to check out a class that is starting soon.
  • Students (possibly you too) learn how to use the advanced settings on your camera so that you can freeze and blur motion or blur backgrounds using both cameras and cellphones.
  • Help us create a national travelling exhibition of our work
  • You learn our creative wellbeing framework of 4 brain development.
    • Head - Innovation, Inspiration, Problem Solving
    • Heart - Connection, Community, Collaboration
    • Guts - Intuition, Grit, Creative Resilience, Space Holding for when it turns to custard
    • Ground - Shipping, Evaluating, Editing, Iterating, Finding balance, starting again
  • Time Commitment
    • about 2-3 hours per week for 6 weeks if you go boots and all into the program
    • 30 minutes a week if you just want to dip your toes.
  • Benefits
    • You can up your personal photography game on your DSLR or Cellphone.
    • You can learn the creative framework we are using to teach youth to become creative changemakers in their community.
    • You can see first-hand the impact we are having with youth around your region.
    • You end up with a portfolio of photographs and expert feedback on your images in the form of award-winning professionals and youth mentors who are keen to share what they have learned along the way.
  • How many passes do we get? -
    • For grant decision committees - Each member of the board gets one.
  • Can I gift it to someone else in my region?
    • Sure as long as you ask them to give you honest feedback about the value of the program to your community.
    • But that being said they need to be someone who is interested in the subject matter and ideally works with youth in some capacity.
  • When does it start?
    • This term starts on the 7 March or next term starts on 2 May.

Keen to join us and really get an understanding of what we do, while also developing some mad photography skills?

Sweet, Sign up below.

So we can contact you if we have any issues with your registration.

Schools that we have supported this year through scholarships to Click Happy 101

Ashburton Intermediate School Aoraki (Ashburton, Mackenzie, Timaru, Waimate)
Carmel College Auckland City
Glen Innes School Auckland City
Royal Oak Intermediate School Auckland City
Royal Road School Auckland City
Selwyn College Auckland City
western springs college Auckland City
Our Lady of the Snows School (Methven) Canterbury Rural
Cromwell College Central Otago (Queenstown + Central)
KingsView Central Otago (Queenstown + Central)
Roxburgh Area School Central Otago (Queenstown + Central)
Christchurch Girls High School Christchurch / Banks Peninsula
Te Pā o Rākaihautū Christchurch / Banks Peninsula
Carisbrook School Coastal Otago (Waitaki + Clutha + Dunedin)
Carol Bungard Coastal Otago (Waitaki + Clutha + Dunedin)
Kaikorai Valley College Coastal Otago (Waitaki + Clutha + Dunedin)
Oamaru Intermediate School Coastal Otago (Waitaki + Clutha + Dunedin)
Omarama School Coastal Otago (Waitaki + Clutha + Dunedin)
Queens High School Coastal Otago (Waitaki + Clutha + Dunedin)
St Joseph's School Oamaru Coastal Otago (Waitaki + Clutha + Dunedin)
Tokomairirio High School Coastal Otago (Waitaki + Clutha + Dunedin)
Waihi College Coastal Otago (Waitaki + Clutha + Dunedin)
Waitaki Girls' High School Coastal Otago (Waitaki + Clutha + Dunedin)
Weston School Coastal Otago (Waitaki + Clutha + Dunedin)
Kaitaia College Far North
Kohukohu School Far North
Ngataki School Far North
Whangaroa College Far North
Okiwi School Great Barrier
Mulberry Grove School Great Barrier
Hauraki Plains College Hauraki
Ngatea Primary School Hauraki
Thames High School Hauraki
Waihi College Hauraki
Chilton Saint James Hutt Valley (Upper and Lower)
Fergusson Intermediate Hutt Valley (Upper and Lower)
Sacred Heart College Hutt Valley (Upper and Lower)
St Patrick's College, Silverstream Hutt Valley (Upper and Lower)
Upper Hutt College Hutt Valley (Upper and Lower)
Wainuiomata Intermediate Hutt Valley (Upper and Lower)
Hastings Intermediate Kahungunu ki Heretaunga (Napier + Hastings)
Te Kura o Mangateretere Kahungunu ki Heretaunga (Napier + Hastings)
Rototuna High School Kirikiriroa / Hamilton
Rototuna Junior High School Kirikiriroa / Hamilton
Carncot Independent School Manawatu/Horowhenua (Palmerston North)
Coley Street School Manawatu/Horowhenua (Palmerston North)
Cornerstone Christian School Manawatu/Horowhenua (Palmerston North)
Foxton Primary School Manawatu/Horowhenua (Palmerston North)
Tokomaru School Manawatu/Horowhenua (Palmerston North)
Waiopehu College Manawatu/Horowhenua (Palmerston North)
Howick College Manukau
Kedgley Intermediate Manukau
Māngere East Primary School Manukau
Manurewa Intermediate Manukau
Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate Manukau
The Gardens School Manukau
Zayed College for Girls Manukau
Redwoodtown School Marlborough + Kaikoura
Wairau Valley School Marlborough + Kaikoura
Opotiki Primary Mataatua (Opotiki, Whakatane, Kawerau)
Te Kura Mana Māori o Whangaparāoa Mataatua (Opotiki, Whakatane, Kawerau)
Te Kura o Te Whanau a Apanui Mataatua (Opotiki, Whakatane, Kawerau)
Te Wharekura o Ruatoki Mataatua (Opotiki, Whakatane, Kawerau)
Edmund Hillary School Papakura / Franklin
Papakura High School Papakura / Franklin
Name of School Region of School
Orewa College Rodney / North Shore
Tapora School Rodney / North Shore
Tomarata School Rodney / North Shore
Rotorua Primary School Rotorua
Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Hurungaterangi Rotorua
Te Wharekura o Ngāti Rongomai Rotorua
Taranaki Diocesan School for Girls South Taranaki (Stratford + South Taranaki)
Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Ngati Ruanui South Taranaki (Stratford + South Taranaki)
Aurora College Southland (Southland, Gore, Invercargill)
Lochiel School Southland (Southland, Gore, Invercargill)
St Teresa's Bluff Southland (Southland, Gore, Invercargill)
Central Hawke's Bay College Tamatea/Tamaki-Nui-a-Rua (Central Hawkes Bay + Tararua)
Tauhara College Tongariro (Taupo/Turangi)
Taup Nui-A-Tia College Tongariro (Taupo/Turangi)
TKKM o Whakarewa i te reo ki Tūwharetoa Tongariro (Taupo/Turangi)
Whakamaru School Tongariro (Taupo/Turangi)
Manunui School Waikato South
Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Taumarunui Waikato South
TKKM o Te Hiringa Waikato South
Tokoroa Intermediate School Waikato South
Te Awamutu Intermediate Waikato West
Whangamata Area School Waikato West
Whangamata Area School Waikato West
Alfredton Wairarapa
Lakeview School Wairarapa
Masterton Intermediate School Wairarapa
South End School Wairarapa
Middle School West Auckland Waitakere
Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Kōtuku Waitakere
Cardinal McKeefry School Wellington
Hutt Intermediate School Wellington
Randwick School Wellington
Marsden Collegiate Wellington
Miramar Christian School Wellington
Porirua College Wellington
Ridgway School Wellington
Samuel Marsden Collegiate Wellington
St Mary's College Wellington
Wainuiomata intermediate school Wellington
Awahono School - Grey Valley West Coast
Cobden School West Coast
Rutherford Junior High School Whanganui/Waimarino/Rangitikei
Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Ngatirangi Whanganui/Waimarino/Rangitikei
Arapohue Whangarei / Kaipara
Te Kura Kaupapa Màori o Te Rawhitiroa Whangarei / Kaipara
Aotea College Whitireia (Kapiti and Porirua)
Kapiti College Whitireia (Kapiti and Porirua)
Pauatahanui School Whitireia (Kapiti and Porirua)
Windley School Whitireia (Kapiti and Porirua)

Our wonderfully amazing brilliant funders & sponsors

Every Body Is A Treasure Charitable Trust
Funders & Sponsors 2020/2021/2022/2023/2024
Lotto Scale-Up Wellington Community Trust ANZ

  • Far North
  • Rodney North Shore
  • Waitakere City
  • Manukau
  • Papakura Franklin
  • Kirikiriroa / Hamilton City
  • South Waikato
  • Rotorua
  • Tongariro
  • Hutt Valley
  • Wellington
  • Central Otago
  • Coastal Otago / Waitaki
  • Wairarapa
  • Kahungunu Ki Heretaunga
  • Tamatea / Tamaki-Nui-A-Rua
  • Great Barrier
  • Manawatu / Horowhenua
  • Whanganui / Waimarino / Rangitikei
  • Auckland City
  • South Taranaki
  • Marlborough
  • Mataatua
  • Whangarei / Kaipara

  • Invercargill
  • Henderson
  • Kaipatiki
  • Masterton
  • Manukau
  • Waikato
  • Hamilton
  • Wellington
  • West Auckland
  • Papakura
  • North Shore
  • Waitomo
  • Rangitīkei
  • Dunedin
  • Taupo
Cossie Club
Thames District Council Auckland City Council Papakura Local Board

And Youth Librarians! We had no idea how amazing these community treasures are until recently! Thank you to all of the Youth Librarians who have seen the beauty in the project and have invited us to bring it to their region and who are helping to spread the word. You have halved our work and quintupled the number of youth who get to experience this program. What gifts!

Thank You Donors

Updated on 2022-03-01T13:53:22+13:00, by Mandi.