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Welcome to our September Issue!

Firstly, thank you to those of you who sent us recommendations for a new name for this newsletter.

We have chosen 'Getting to Zero' because we believe this encapsulates everything we're aiming for - the journey we're all sharing on our way to a zero waste Auckland.

Para Kore Video - Feeding the Masses >>

In this issue we're talking to Angela and Melissa from Te Awa Ora Trust. We're also doing a round up on what's been happening including the Zero Waste Guardians meeting and Waiheke Island's new hot composting trial. Three awesome new videos have also been released this month on Para Kore initiatives in Auckland - be sure to check them out! Plus we're covering what's coming up in the months ahead, the Love Food Hate Waste campaign and how Auckland has been named a finalist in two categories in the global C40 awards!

And remember, we'd love your contributions - so if you've been involved in a community waste event recently please do let us know so that we can share your story with all our readers. 

Ngā mihi
The Envision Team

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In this issue...

Hi we're...talking to Melissa & Angela of Te Awa Ora Trust
What's been happening? C40 Awards, Zero Waste Guardians and Cash 4 Containers
Be inspired! Hot Composting on Waiheke Island
Toolkit Unsplash Free Photos & Visy Recycling Tours
What's coming up? Waste-free parenting workshops, How to Live Rubbish Free, Friends of the Farm, Para Kore Hui-a-Tau 2016 & Bottom of the South Resource Recovery Tour
New videos Amazing new Para Kore videos 
Council news The latest on the Love Food Hate Waste campaign

Hi, we're...

Angela & Melissa
Manurewa Community Waste Facilitators
Te Awa Ora Trust - Talking Trash Manurewa


Tell us about Te Awa Ora Trust

Te Awa Ora Trust aims to work alongside people to achieve their hopes and aspirations. We are currently involved in numerous community initiatives in Manurewa including waste minimisation, financial literacy and home ownership pathways.

What are you proud of?

We are proud to be Talking Trash in Manurewa! We're also proud that we are a small local community organisation that’s making positive differences in peoples’ lives.


Tell us about your typical day at Te Awa Ora Trust

Melissa and I catch up and organise our activities for the month ahead as we do different areas to cover more ground, we also like to support each other’s events. Every day is different and it’s all about getting ourselves out into the community and letting those around us know who we are and what we do. We do waste 101, save cycle and reusable cloth nappy workshops everywhere such as in churches, play centres, playgroups and community centres. We also hold composting and gardening sessions at people's homes. Every Monday we help run a community BBQ at Randwick Park Community House, we have close to 60 people of all ages attend this and are never short of volunteers to setup and take a rubbish station, they do their jobs well, it’s a good feeling.

What challenges does Te Awa Ora Trust have to deal with?

The most challenging is changing the way people think about rubbish. So getting people engaged in the conversation and seeing how those little changes can impact our environment, encouraging them to do more and keeping the conversation alive is key. Knowing that we can support our messages with many different tools such as gardening and composting classes is a bonus.

What was the turning point for you in becoming zero waste champions?

Just seeing what we have done to our little piece of paradise over the years. Knowing that this is not something that has been happening for centuries, but just three or four decades and we could have prevented the majority of the problems had we been more aware. We are both mothers to four children, and we can see the huge footprint that our era has left for the generations to come. Changing is not hard, just the degree of change that we make.

What are Te Awa Ora Trust’s plans for the future?

To keep our community well informed about how to make the most of waste and about all the upcoming waste changes. Thinking bigger, we’d love to see our very own Recycling Station here in Manurewa. Being able to bring all the ideas and initiatives built from community engagement and having larger systems in place. Developing and building on this project for the benefit of Manurewa can lead to employment and many other opportunities. 

How can we support the great work that you do?

Community Educators like ourselves are a great way to optimise support from the communities we live in. We are always looking for new ideas and ways of sharing our learnings. Teaching the best ways to utilise our time. Having a portfolio of our educators with what we do and resources to get the jobs done would benefit many communities. Information sharing on a more regular basis.  

What book/movie or blog have you been recommending to your friends lately?

I’m going to give one of my favourite quotes from Oprah Winfrey, she inspires me.
“I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint, that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love, and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.”   
 Oprah Winfrey

What's been happening?

Auckland is a finalist in the C40 Cities Awards for Sustainable Cities & Solid Waste!

How cool is this? The C40 Cities Awards are granted in 10 categories and provide global recognition for cities that are demonstrating climate action leadership.  They recognise mayors that continue to deliver important, innovative policies and programmes that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve resiliency. Auckland has made it onto two of their lists - for Sustainable Cities & Solid Waste. Well done everyone that has been involved in achieving this feat!

Zero Waste Guardians

The plan that emerged from the Community Zero Waste Co-design Hui held at AUT in July, highlighted the need to keep our communities at the centre of the Zero Waste vision for Auckland. In response a bunch of folk got together at EcoMatters in late August to start a conversation about whether a community-led 'Zero Waste Guardians’ type group is needed to help with that. 
Above the chatter of the diverse voices gathered, there was a shared tone detectable.That tone spoke of the value of sharing our experiences and challenges in person, actively working to bring diverse and fresh voices to the conversation and the value of sharing food in creating an environment for this korero to happen. 
In early October the open group will meet again with participants asked to: ‘Bring a friend, plate and story’. The November newsletter will report back on how that meeting goes. Please email Sarah for a copy of the plan. 

Cash for Containers

The CRN Bottle Depot at the 2015 CRN Hui where attendees received 10c when they returned their bottles

A new website Cash for Containers New Zealand has been set up by The Entrust Foundation and the Community Recycling Network (CRN) so Kiwis and groups that want a CDS (Container Deposit Scheme) for New Zealand can campaign together. In New Zealand we are recycling as little as 30% of our beverage containers, but with a CDS at least 80% or more could be recycled. Cash for Containers aims to build a wide coalition of local authorities, businesses, organisations and individuals working together to bring back a national Cash for Containers Scheme.

The new website is capturing the current energy for a CDS system in New Zealand. Palmerston North City Council recently proposed a remit calling for Local Government New Zealand to endorse the concept of a national-mandated beverage container deposit system. The remit was passed with 90 per cent of the members in favour! 

Kiwis have been highlighting the need for a CDS since the 1980s. Read here to find out more on CDS and CLICK HERE to join the campaign!
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Be inspired!

Hot composting

The Home Grown Waiheke Trust has been overwhelmed by the response to the launch of their Food 2 Soil project which began in August. The Trust received a grant from Auckland Council to trial a kerbside collection of household food waste in Surfdale.  The aim is to turn organic waste into fertile soil and to avoid sending it across the waters to a landfill in Auckland. In the first 4 weeks over 1 tonne of food waste has been composted from the Surfdale community! What's more, all their Health & Safety requirements have been met and signed off!

The food waste is taken to a 'state of the art' hot composting system which utilises rat-proof bins and has been designed by Richard Wallis - an expert in running community compost systems. Even food usually considered problematic in home composting systems such as meat, fish, bones, dairy products and oils are turned into fertile soil in a few weeks. Richard says that the secret is achieving the correct mix of materials and regularly turning the compost so it quickly reaches temperatures of over 70 degrees C.

Part of the intiative's success is due to the weekly collections being scheduled on the same day as the regular rubbish and recycling collection - making it easier for participants to add their organic waste to their weekly routine. The other key success factors are the many months of volunteer time and energy that have gone into the project as well as the support, gratefully received, from Council staff on Waiheke and in Auckland, the Living Waters Community, Arbor Bros and Treescape. 

Home Grown Waiheke Trust will be running workshops later in the year for people who are keen to learn more about the process. Please contact Lynda Jeffs if you want further information on this great initiative.

You can also check out this video on the hot composting process.
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Zero waste toolkit

Resources spotted this month

UNSPLASH free high-resolution photos

Looking to pep up your publications with some beautiful FREE photos? Unsplash brings you amazing photos that are free to upload and do whatever you like with!

Recycling material recovery facility

The Visy Material Recovery Facility (MRF) offers visitors an informative tour of their operations where you can learn more about how they process the materials they receive. Visits include interactive presentations and the opportunity to see where materials from the recycling bins get dropped off and the journey they take. Contact: or phone 09 975 2003 for more information or to book a visit.

Our regular resources

WasteWise on Pinterest >
Compost Collective >
Make the Most of Waste >

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What's coming up?

There's lots going on in Auckland...look out for these events



Waste-free parenting workshops

Let your community know about the next round of waste-free parenting workshops. These fun and inspirational workshops are all about reducing waste. Folks will learn about modern cloth nappies, get lots of other waste-free parenting tips and ideas, and learn how to save money at the same time. Attendees receive a Waste Free Parenting Pack valued at $90 that includes cloth nappies.

Workshops will be held in Sandringham on the 31st October, Papatoetoe on the 1st November and Orewa on the 2nd November. Bookings are essential at or phone Kate Meads on 027 2211 242. 

How to Live Rubbish-Free

On October 15th Waveney Warth will be presenting her very popular one-day class at Kaipatiki Project 'How To Live Rubbish-Free'.
All the information can be found here >>

Friends of the Farm

Sign up for a free household waste reduction session with your friends or neighbours in Mangere Bridge. Check out their Facebook page here for more information on the great work they do.


Para Kore Hui-ā-Tau 2016

This year's hui will be held between 28th -30th October. Head down to Parihaka Marae in the lovely Taranaki district to learn more about zero waste and be inspired by their amazing speakers. This year's theme is 'whakapapa'. Click here for more information >>


Bottom of the South Resource Recovery Tour

From the 7th-9th November Envision NZ is running a three day study tour through the Deep South! Starting in Queenstown and finishing in Dunedin, participants will be visiting a range of inspiring resource recovery facilities. Between site visits guides Rick Thorpe and Therese Mangos will be explaining what's going on. Standard and community rates are available.
Click here for more information and to register >>
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New Videos

On the 14th September these brilliant new videos produced by Auckland Council in association with Para Kore were launched at Orakei Marae. They showcase Para Kore in action within the Auckland community.

Zero waste with Para Kore

Click here to play the video >>


Feeding the masses with zero waste

Click here to play the video >>

Embodying the spirit of rubbish 

Click here to play the video >>
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Council News

Food waste is a massive problem in Aotearoa New Zealand. Every year Kiwis send 122,547 tonnes of food to landfill, much of which could have been eaten. Not only is wasting food costing us money, it’s also bad for the environment. If food waste was a country it would be the third largest contributor of greenhouse gases.  Love Food Hate Waste aims to tackle this issue by helping everyday people reduce their food waste and save money. Auckland Council is working on a three-year national collaboration with 15 other councils and WasteMINZ (who are also working with the food industry); to prevent food waste using social marketing and community-led initiatives. 

The average New Zealand family throws away nearly $600 worth of food every year. Do you waste that much? Take the quiz to find out how much food and money you're really wasting. has heaps of inspiring ideas and information. It offers lots of tips for how to make the most of your food and your money! The top six tips include planning your meals, being smart about storing and preparing food, so that less waste is produced at home. It also offers delicious ideas for dealing with leftovers or how to avoid them in the first place. 

From October 2016 Auckland Council will be running pop-up events to highlight the problem of food waste and how we can each make a difference.  Council is supporting local groups and individuals across Auckland to host local events to prevent food waste. If you would like to get involved and request support for your event email or click here for a Love Food Hate Waste funding application.  

Newly trained Love Food Hate Waste Champions make delicious churros from bread crusts at the G-fit Money Week event, in Glen Innes in early September.
For more info, or to join in, check out Love Food Hate Waste on Facebook.
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