Resource recovery training now available

We’re extremely pleased to announce the launch of our Resource Recovery Training programmes, developed and delivered with the support of Auckland Council.

The aim of the programme is to provide relevant skills and knowledge required to safely and effectively work at a community resource recovery centre. There will be two courses on offer – a Certificate in Resource Recovery Operations and a Certificate in Resource Recovery Management.

Our first two-day Resource Recovery Operations training course will be happening in Auckland on November 20-21st. For more information on the Certificate in Resource Recovery Operations download the programme summary here.

The course will cover the basics of machinery, equipment, processing, health & safety and zero waste concepts. It is suitable for those currently employed in the sector, or those interested in being employed in the sector.

The cost is $150 excl GST per attendee for Auckland participants and $550 excl GST per attendee for those people coming from outside of Aucklan.

If this seems like a great deal for Aucklanders, it is. We will be using some of our Auckland Council funding to offer subsidies to Auckland groups, in support of the building of a great Auckland Resource Recovery Network. For those of you outside of Auckland we would be interested in getting a similar thing happening with other councils so do get in touch if this is something you’d be interested in working with us on.

If you want more info on the November course email or call Marty on 0272302256 or email


The images are from tour September pilot course that ran in Alexandra with Alex and Wanaka Wastebusters staff.

Let’s hear it for the Seagull Centre!

Wonderful to hear about the recognition that our Thames members, the Seagull Centre, have been getting recently. Awesome work guys!


Community Waikato – Dragon’s Den event

From 22 organisations, Seagull Centre came 2nd in the finals at their annual conference  – credible result plus $5000!

Seagull had 5 staff members at the Hamilton event .. one dressed as a full sized chicken!


Thames Coromandel Business Awards (inaugural event)

Seagull Centre were finalists in two categories:  People’s Choice Award and the Sustainability Award …

And we won the Sustainability Award category !


Sustainable Business Network (AKL)

Seagull are confirmed as finalists in the ‘Partnering for Good’ category.

The awards event is being held on 30th November … finger crossed !!

Zero Waste Network – new name and rebrand

After a year of consultation and hard work, we are very proud to present our new name and branding. Thank you to all those of you who took part in the workshops and discussions about what we represent and what our members think is important. We heard that building connections and that the value of a network was too important to give up. On the other hand, recycling is just one of the things our members do, but a more common thread was that we all believe working towards a zero waste world is important and valuable work.

So, viola…we give you the Zero Waste Network.

We launched the first part of the rebrand at the hui earlier this month, next up is the website. At the moment our new web address redirects to the old CRN site, but this will change over the next month or so.

Our old email addresses are still working but all CRN staff have all got new email addresses that take the form

A big thanks to Raul Sarrot from Freshfish Studio who worked with us to make the new identity meaningful and beautiful. We hope you all like it. You can give me feedback on

Pay rate Survey

Knowing what to pay people is an important part of running a business. We asked a bunch of our members to tell us what different people earn and these have been collated into a quick survey document. It’s not a comprehensive survey (sometimes only one group responded), but a good first reference, so please use as such and not as a guide.


You can download the PDF here.

CRN Webinar Series

As a way to provide access to learning and networking to our members all around the country, we’ll be running frequent webinars from 2017 onward. The programme will be added to as topics are confirmed. Webinars are free and you don’t need to register beforehand.

Upcoming Webinars

15th November @ 12pm

How to write a press release – Sue Hoffart

Zoom link:


The technical stuff

We’ll be using Zoom as the webinar platform, it’s free for people to join the session, and it’s relatively simple to use, you need to follow the session link on the day and you’ll automatically join the meeting. Zoom may need to be downloaded before you can join the meeting, so its a good idea to check it out before the webinar starts.

We won’t necessarily be using the webinar version of Zoom, just the normal version which is a lot like skype. This means we’ll be able to hear you (and see you if you want us to) so be prepared to mute yourself in order to make the experience a lot nicer for everyone. Wearing headphones can help with some sound issues and is advised.


More information

If you have any questions about the webinars, suggestions for the programme, or you’d be interested in presenting please email me, Dorte, on or phone 021 975 352.

Past Webinars

13th September @12pm:

Beautiful Plastic – Andy Crowe from Critical Design.

Critical Design are a social enterprise design lab looking at ways to make technology accessible to local communities. This session will be all about recycled plastics –  “Our current project looks at the ways in which we can rethink waste as a valuable material. We have taken waste recycled plastic and turned it into useful furniture. We would like to hear from people who are working in the recycling space on the ground. We are also looking for critique, pushbacks and challenges! Are we just some idealistic millennial’s from Auckland with a fancy idea or is there something here that resonates with the wider community?”

This session will be an opportunity to hear about the tools and processes they’ve developed, and their ideas for what might be possible in communities around New Zealand. Anyone interested in plastic recycling, upcycling and open sourced technology should join us. We’ll see a presentation from Andy and then have a chance to ask him questions and give him feedback to help them make their project even more awesome.

For more info on Critical, check out their website and

To access the webinar on the 13th use this link:









‘Been There, done that: the CRN Board answer your questions and share their experiences in resource recovery’

At the hui last year we floated the idea of a regular webinar and got ideas for potential topics from members. At lunchtime on the 24th May we’re launching on the programme and making the most of the combined expertise of the CRN Board with the Topic ‘Been there, done that’: The CRN Board answer your questions and share their experience in Resource Recovery. This is an opportunity for members to get advice, try out ideas on people who’ve had plenty of successes and a few failures, and hopefully get inspired by the collective wisdom of some of the best in the business.

We’ll be using Zoom as the webinar platform, it’s free for people to join the session, and it’s relatively simple to use, you need to follow the link below on the day and you’ll automatically join the meeting. It’s the first time we’ll be using the software for this purpose, I will hopefully be able to control noise and camera issues, but be prepared to make your face shown and use the mute button. Zoom may need to be downloaded before you can join the meeting, so its a good idea to check it out before the webinar starts.

Please let me know if you are intending on joining the webinar by emailing me, Dorte, on or 021 975 352. And let me know what questions you’d be interested in having answered too, the more we can prepare the Board, the better the session will be.

The meeting link is