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Top Auckland University Alumni Stars Revealed in “The 40 Under 40”

Michal Garvey’s Foodprint reduced food waste by associating customers with excess food from cafes and restaurants. Photo / Supplied

The University of Auckland has released The 40 Under 40 – a celebration of alumni 40 and under who make a significant contribution in their chosen fields.

Michal Garvey – Food Footprint

A combination of passion for food, technology and sustainability has led to the creation of an app that has so far saved 50,000 kg of carbon emissions through food rescue.

Foodprint is the creation of Michal Garvey, a former student of the University of Auckland, and allows him to be on the 40 under 40 list.

The app allows customers to search for discounted food and restaurants to sell meals that would be thrown away at the end of the day.

“It could be something left over at the end of a shift, something from a canceled or mistakenly made catering order and you can buy on the app and then it’s put away so you can get it back, ”Garvey said.

The Foodprint app is easy to use and food can be paid for through the app.  Photo / Supplied
The Foodprint app is easy to use and food can be paid for through the app. Photo / Supplied

“For the catering side, it’s easy and it means they’re still getting money for something that would be wasted.”

With the planet under such pressure, Garvey wanted to play his part in reducing one-third of the food produced for human consumption that goes to waste.

“We live in an age where technology can provide us with solutions to change our harmful habits,” she said.

“Food must be treated as a precious commodity and fulfill its purpose of nourishment and pleasure. “

The lockdown had been difficult for Foodprint, which was only seven months old when Covid hit New Zealand coastlines.

Level 3 has given new hope to the app which has been described as a “lifeline” for Kiwi businesses who struggle to forecast demand while people are working from home.

“We’ve had great feedback from restaurants because if they have excess food they can still make a profit and don’t have the guilt of being wasted,” Garvey said.

Foodprint has over 400 restaurants in Auckland, including Little Bird Kitchen, & Sushi, Ripe Deli, Mojo, the Caker and Revive.

The app was recently launched in Wellington and is kicking off in Lower Hutt this weekend.

Chandni Sahrawat – Social Entrepreneur

Chandni Sahrawat is a successful restaurateur, but she is also passionate about supporting migrants and women.  Photo / Supplied
Chandni Sahrawat is a successful restaurateur, but she is also passionate about supporting migrants and women. Photo / Supplied

Chand Sahrawat’s name is well known in the Auckland hotel industry, along with her husband Sid, as the people behind top restaurants Sidart, Cassia and The French Cafe.

Aside from delicious food and running the business, it was Chandni’s other job that earned him a place in the 40 Under 40.

Chandni is a strong advocate for better inclusion of migrants in New Zealand’s workforce.

Earlier this year, she helped raise $ 7,500 for the Bhartiya Samaj Charitable Trust in Auckland to help purchase oxygen concentrators for Covid-19 patients in India.

And in May, Chand and Sid sold their restaurant Sidart to former chef and longtime friend Lesley Chand to help him achieve his dream of owning his own restaurant.

Growing up in Mumbai, Chandni suffered sexual abuse as a child. She moved to New Zealand in 2002, at the age of 17, so she didn’t have to see her abusers roaming the community freely.

As an international student at the University of Auckland, she accessed counseling services and had the courage to “take back my power in life”.

Chandni now holds several degrees: a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and English and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Teaching, both from the University of Auckland, and a Graduate Diploma in Education and Counseling from orientation of Massey University.

She uses her influence and knowledge to improve the industry, is passionate about living wage and makes hospitality more inclusive for women.

The social enterprise is embedded in the corporate culture of Sid and Chandni, working with charities such as DineAid and supporting the Starship Children’s Hospital.

In 2019, Chandni helped raise over $ 120,000 for Victim Support by hosting a charity lunch at Sid at The French Cafe.

Going forward, Chandni plans to lobby for migrants’ rights and said she would also like to do personal charitable work “combining my skills and passion for working with victims of sexual abuse, especially women and children “.

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Lanu Faletau
Lanu Faletau

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Manase Latu
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Manase Latu is a 25-year-old Tongan tenor who grew up in Ōtāhuhu and studied music at the University of Auckland. He is currently in New York as a member of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and is about to make his debut at the famous Metropolitan Opera.

Karl Rock
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Dr Morgan Edwards
Dr Morgan Edwards

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Ruka cat
Ruka cat

Ruka cat (Ngāpuhi, Waitaha), holds a BA, Graduate Diploma and MA from the University of Auckland Dance Studies Program and is the first Maori woman executive director of the Basement Auckland Theater.

Tāmati Rākena
Tāmati Rākena

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University of Auckland 2021 40 Under 40 List

Business leaders

Nuwanthie Samarakone – Launch of the corporate talent agency ICE.

Te Aopare Dewes – Partner in the Chapman Tripp law firm and head of the Maori legal group Te Waka Ture.

Dr Lloyd McCann – CEO of Mercy Radiology.

Richard hobbs – Managing Director of the Customers and Strategy division of Transpower and advocate for the decarbonisation of the New Zealand energy sector.

Ziena Jalil – Former New Zealand Trade Commissioner, the youngest ever to be appointed.

Sarah liu – Founder of The Dream Collective, one of the top 10 diversity and inclusion consultancies in Asia-Pacific.

Joshua Buckley – Operational executive at Control Air Enterprise, a large construction company based in California.


Angus muir – Award-winning designer of artistic installations.

Claire Cowan – Composer and first woman in the history of the Royal NZ Ballet to have marked a complete ballet.

Dr Kate Riegle van West – Founder and CEO of SpinPoi, a social enterprise that brings the health benefits of poi to the world.

Ryan archibald – Auckland unlimited. He is also a former Black Stick and has represented New Zealand at three Olympic Games.

Marcia Hopa – Maori businesswoman, TV presenter and leader of the kapa haka.

Shilo Kino – Award-winning author at Huia editions, freelance columnist for Newsroom, The Guardian and the Spinoff and reporter for Marae TV.

Carl van Roon – Founder of Martial Arts Van Roon. He is 11 times world martial arts champion in taekwon-do and karate.

Disruptors and innovators

Dr Rahul Gandhi – Doctor from Wellington Hospital who participated in the development of cost-effective screening for rheumatic valve disease in schoolchildren in East Timor.

Syed Adel Ali – Founding CEO of software company APIMatic with users in over 200 countries.

Daniel Xu – Co-founder of UVLens and Spark 64, an artificial intelligence (AI) agency helping organizations leverage AI to do things faster, cheaper and smarter.

Imche Fourie – Managing Director of Outset Ventures, the largest scientific and engineering business incubator in Aotearoa.


Nawaz Ahmed – Investor, advisor and host of the popular podcast The Inquisitive VC.

Shaun tan – Head of Technology at Lanaco, a Kiwi start-up using premium wool to make high performance masks and filters for NASA and the New Zealand Olympic team.

Matty Blomfield – Co-founder of Hectre, an orchard management software designed to reduce the amount of fruit wasted around the world.

Eleshéa D’Souza – Innovator in the New Zealand dairy industry, and has worked for Fonterra, Pāmu and LIC (Livestock Improvement Corporation).

Mofei bian – China-based contractor helping architects, builders and developers import prefabricated housing from China.


Nina Tonga – Holds one of the most influential roles as curator of contemporary art at the New Zealand Museum Te Papa Tongarewa.

Dr Emma Blomkamp – Honorary member of the University of Melbourne and professional co-designer.

Edward Ashby – Advisor specializing in Maori heritage to the Auckland Council and member of the board of the Te Kawerau Iwi Tiaki Trust.

Valentino (Valery) Wichman – Lawyer, Notary Public and Director of the Central Bureau of Policy and Planning of the Government of the Cook Islands.


Lucy von sturmer – Founder of the award-winning agency The Humblebrag engaged in social, environmental and cultural issues.

Kate meyer – Creator of planetary accounting, a model for relating human decision-making to the environmental limits of the Earth.

Boopsie Maran – Placemaker which aims to make public spaces more pedestrian-friendly, more livable and more fun.

Dr Karina McHardy – Former elite gymnast who advocates for diversity and consumer-centric change in healthcare.

Oshni Arachchi – Human rights and banking expert and global head of data, selection and sustainability processes for Danske Bank Asset Management based in Sweden.

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