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The Community Zero Waste Hui has been a yearly event since 2015. It is an opportunity for individuals and organisations to come together to network, share skills, inspire each other, learn new things and be updated on Council business.

The objectives of the hui are:

  • Strengthening the partnership approach
  • Strengthening and activating community-led approach
  • Providing meaningful interaction for everyone involved
  • Showcasing and celebrating the growing movement and work to date

We will also be championing our environmental heroes at the Zero Waste Awards Night, which will be held on the same day.

Community Zero Waste Hui 2018

The theme of this year's hui is "The Edge Effect". The zero waste movement is often at the forefront of social, environmental and economic innovation and, just like edges are in natural spaces, the movement is full of creativity and diversity, bursting with enthusiasm and life.  We will explore some of the innovations of thought and practice and create space for conversations that may spark new ideas and partnerships. 

This year, the event will take place at Zeal West in Henderson, West Auckland on Wednesday 25 July 2018. The Hui will take place from 9.30am-3.30pm. Doors open at 6.30pm for the Awards, and the programme will run from 7-10pm.

If you would like to RSVP for the hui, please fill in our online registration form as shown to the right.

Hui programme

9:30am - Foyer/Cafe - Pōwhiri followed by morning tea

10:30am - Auditorium - Update from Auckland Council                  

11:00am - Auditorium - Devon Tong from Sustainable Salons

11:30am - Auditorium - Jason Herbert from MINT innovations

12:00pm - Auditorium - Discussion Panel: State of recycling in Auckland

12:30pm - Cafe - Lunch

                 - Foyer - Exhibitions

1:30pm - Auditorium - Discussion Panel: Social Enterprises

2:15pm - Auditorium - Dave Watson - Compostable packaging & Zero Waste Events website

2:45pm - TBC

3:30pm - Hui finishes and excursions (optional) begin.

                - Excursion 1 - Join us on a walk to the Bike Hub and Kitchen Project to get to know these initiatives

                 - Excursion 2 - Join Susie for a op shop tour of Henderson Township

Confirmed speakers

Auckland Council
Auckland Council will provide an update on the brand new Waste Management and Minimisation Plan and what the implementation of this plan will mean for Auckland.

Sustainable Salons NZ:
Founded in Australia in 2015 and now expanding their services to Auckland, Sustainable Salons is collecting waste from salons to reduce waste going to landfill. The waste which is picked up includes paper, plastics, metals like aluminium foils, hair for wig making, chemicals, razors, tools and more. Sustainable Salons is also giving back to the community through their support of KiwiHarvest and food waste reduction. Devon Tong from Sustainable Salons NZ will be speaking about the comprehensive resource recovery service for hair salons in New Zealand.

Mint Innovation Company:
Mint Innovation is developing recovery processes that use inexpensive chemicals and proprietary microorganisms to bind and concentrate specific metals under environmentally benign conditions. Jason Herbert will be giving a presentation explaining the incredible innovation on extracting base and precious metals from E-waste by using biometallurgy processes in their lab.  

Panel discussions

  • The state of recycling in Auckland, NZ and the world – Marcus Braithwaite (Auckland Council), Katie Buller (Auckland Council), Paul Evans (WasteMINZ)
  • Social Enterprises – Tara Moala (Hub Zero), Rui Peng (Critical Design), Joe Youssef (All Heart NZ), Matthew Luxon (Envision)

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The Community Zero Waste Hui and Awards are sponsored by: