Buyers group webinar

One of the outcomes from the Strengthening Communities Hui was an agreement to look into establishing a Combined Buyers Group for all members who want to join. This will provide members with access to good deals on things you need.

For those who were at the Strengthening Communities Hui you would have seen that we’re setting up insurance as the first offer. We are continuing the soft launch of this with a webinar on Thursday, December 7 from 12-1pm. Mark Sloman from Rothbury Brokers will be presenting at this webinar, with an introduction from Gareth Cartwright from the Community Energy Network.

The Community Energy Network already run a successful Buyer’s Group for some of their members who are buying insulation. Gareth will run through the basics of the buyers group concept and how it works for them. Mark will be doing a short presentation on how the service will be set up and give a few case studies of members that he has already been working with (some pretty chunky savings to be had!). There will be plenty of time given to answer questions and discuss future plans.

We will also be setting up a calendar with insurance renewal dates so that Mark can contact an organisation at the right time.

The zoom link for this webinar is

New factsheet for zero waste events

WasteMINZ have just created a factsheet for organisers of events on how to create effective recycling and rubbish signage to maximise recycling and minimisation contamination at events. You can download it here.

If you would like to minimise the rubbish created by your event, to increase the amount recycled and to reduce contamination then good signage is key.

Children, tourists and speakers of English as a second language will also find it easier to sort their waste if simple and effective signage is used.

The WasteMINZ factsheet explains the different kinds of signage you can use and outlines what you need to take into account when you are developing your signage.  Key considerations include:

  • Is your event inside or outside, i.e. does your signage need to be weatherproof?
  • Will you be reusing your signage at multiple events?
  • Does your signage need to be durable?
  • Will your signage fit easily into the back of a car?
  • Is your event family orientated i.e. will you need to have signage at child height?
  • Will you have staff explaining to the public where to put their rubbish or will you be solely relying on the signage?

Check out the WasteMINZ website for more info

Love Food Hate Waste Lesson Plans

The Love Food Hate Waste Campaign has launched four food waste lesson plans that can be used by primary or intermediate schools to explore the issue of food waste and how it can be minimised.

The issue of food waste is attracting increasing global attention due to its environmental, social and economic impacts. One-third of all of the world’s food produced goes to waste. If food waste was a country, it would be third behind the US and China in terms of carbon emissions.

When food is thrown away it ends up being buried in a landfill. Here it decomposes without oxygen, and releases methane – a harmful greenhouse gas which is 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide. This greenhouse gas traps and absorbs heat which slowly over time is raising the earth’s temperature.

In New Zealand, food waste audits show that the average family throws away three shopping trolleys worth of edible food every year. On a national scale, that’s 122,547 tonnes of food waste just from homes alone, going to landfill every year costing us $872 million every year. That’s not even including the food that supermarkets throw away!

The lessons which link to the New Zealand curriculum promote the issue of food waste in a fun and engaging way and focus on an aspect of food waste which schools often grapple with – the half eaten apple.


Click here for the schools resources and lesson plans.

Click here to learn how you can reduce food waste in schools.


The Love Food Hate Waste provides additional resources on this issue here.


Introducing our new Board

Elections were held at our 2017 AGM on the 2nd October for places on the Zero Waste Network Board of Trustees. These people provide strategic direction, support for our staff and, as a small organisation with limited resources, do lots of the work too!

Three candidates were elected:

Karen Driver – Nelson Environment Centre (returning)

Green Jon Morgan – McLaren Park & Henderson South Community Trust (returning)

Sarah Jane Murray – EcoMatters (returning)

A massive thank you to these three, who have been kindly agreed to stick with us for a bit longer!

In addition, Matthew Luxon from Envision was co-opted to the Board. Envision is a Associate member of Zero Waste Network, and therefore can’t stand for election, but Matthew has shown incredible dedication to zero waste and this organisation, and we’re stoked that he’s agreed to come on in a governance role.

These four join our permanent trustees Cliff Colquhoun, Sue Coutts, Marty Hoffart, Rick Thorpe.

Looking forward to working with you all!

Story of my life trying to get this group all in one place, and not managing it, but we did attempt to take a team photo – From left: Cliff, Karen, Rick, Marty, Matthew, Des, Dorte (missing Green Jon, SJ, Sue Coutts and Des’s team – Candide and Jess).

Strengthening Communities hui awesomeness

Thanks to all of you who joined us in Ōtautahi for our annual hui. It was a great few days with lots of learning, great conversation and even better singing. Hopefully the connections between the people who came, and the three networks –  Zero Waste, Community Energy and Environment Hubs – will continue to build strong communities.

Thanks so much to those who filled in the survey, we really appreciate your time and responses and can’t wait to make an even better event next time.
To those who haven’t filled it in please do so here. The link to the notes, presentations and photos is here. It’s called a padlet – scroll to the right for more content and scroll down within each column to see more presentations, videos and slides, also within the padlet is another link to a photo page.
There is a column called links and surveys which currently gives you Liana’s details in case you need a super facilitator and to the Blueskin Renewable Energy Survey. If you have something you’d like to share in this column you can add it using the plus symbol and one of us will moderate it.
Another huge thank you to our sponsors, especially those who were able to join us at Living Springs, even for a couple of hours – it was wonderful being able to have you all there, and long may the conversations continue.
Check out the webpages of this years supporters below: