Waste legislation reform

The government has announced fundamental changes to the way we make, use, recycle and dispose of things, ushering in a new era for Aotearoa New Zealand’s waste system.  The initiatives are:   a new waste strategy to set New Zealand’s direction on waste for the next three decades   new and more...

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Food scraps bins roll-out

Auckland Council’s food scraps collection service – rukenga kai, which translates to food cast onward – is about to begin. The service will help reduce the amount of organic waste going to landfill by converting food scraps into a renewable resource. It will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The collection...

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New HPA website

The new website of Historic Places Aotearoa is up and running at https://historicplacesaotearoa.nz   CTA, as an associate member of Historic Places Aotearoa, has its own spot on the new HPA website at https://historicplacesaotearoa.nz/civic-trust-auckland    The old HPA website (suffix org.nz) will still be active until all the old newspaper...

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Biofuels Obligation Bill dropped

The government has dropped their Biofuels Obligation Bill. The most likely outcome of the Bill would have been extra food being burnt as fuel, driving tropical deforestation and increased greenhouse gas emissions. Fuels obtained from organic material can be used to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions. However, they can also...

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COP 15 (UN Biodiversity Conference)

The world’s nations have reached a historic agreement to protect the world’s biodiversity. The Kunming-Montreal Global biodiversity framework negotiated at COP15 during December has resulted in countries agreeing to protecting 30% of land and water by 2030. The main points include: Maintaining, enhancing and restoring ecosystems, including halting species extinction...

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Supporting vulnerable mātauranga Māori

Twelve grants of up to $25,000 each have been made available through Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga to marae, hapū, whānau and Māori community groups for projects that support the revitalisation of mātauranga Māori relating to ancestral landscapes and Māori built heritage. Six grants are under Ngā Riu o Ngā...

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ECO turns 50

ECO turned 50 this year! The Environment and Conservation Organisations of New Zealand is a network of groups that work together to share information, empower each other, support others, and tackle environmental and conservation issues. This year, they have updated their website to make it more user-friendly and effective. You...

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Consumer NZ Right to Repair Petition

Consumer NZ have launched a petition with the same demands of the petition presented in July to to Minister Parker by Repair Café Aotearoa New Zealand. They say: Unrepairable products cost you and the planet, and we are the only country in the OECD without e-waste regulations. That’s why we’re...

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