The APPA Mission

Our Mission: Prevent Plastic Pollution in New Zealand and the South Pacific

The Aotearoa Plastic Pollution Alliance (APPA) is a collaborative forum of researchers, educators, scientists, business leaders and conservationists working to prevent plastic pollution in Aotearoa and Oceania.

APPA’s kaupapa is to prevent plastic pollution in Aotearoa and Oceania as an integral part to restoring the mauri of Papatūānuku (Earth Mother) and Tangaroa (God of the Sea).

Our aim is to engage with policymakers, industry and the public including tangata whenua and Pasifika leaders, to advocate for, and develop solutions to prevent plastic pollution while best-managing what’s already in the environment.

APPA facilitates and participates in research, advocacy, citizenship, events and publications addressing topics to prevent, mitigate and restore the impacts of present and future adverse impacts from production, disposal and pollution impacts on Papatūānuku (Land/Earth), Ranginui (Sky/Air), Wai (Freshwater), Tangaroa (Ocean) and all other living beings in our world.

Our strategy integrates the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Mātauranga Māori and Pasifika science to promote the latest research, information about the impacts of plastic pollution, and solutions for mitigating plastic pollution at local, national and international scales.

Image Credit: Raquelle de Vine
Microplastic identification with Algalita South Pacific onboard the Te Matau a Māui voyaging waka. Image Credit: Raquelle de Vine.

We believe that collaboration is key to success, so please join our membership and contribute in any capacity that you can. If you have ideas or can support us, please contact us anytime.

APPA is incorporated as a Charitable Trust. Check out the details here.