The APPA Mission

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

The Aotearoa Plastic Pollution Alliance kaupapa is to “Prevent plastic pollution in Aotearoa and Oceania as an integral part to restoring the mauri of Papatuanuku (Earth Mother) and Tangaroa (God of the Sea)”

We are a collaborative forum of researchers, educators, scientists, industry and conservationists working to mitigate and prevent plastic-related pollution in Aotearoa and Oceania.

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.

The APPA will organise or participate in research, advocacy, citizenship, events and publications addressing topics to prevent, mitigate and restore the impacts of existing and future adverse impacts from production, disposal and pollution impacts on Papatuanuku (land), Ranginui (air), wai (freshwater),Tangaroa (oceans) and all living beings in Aotearoa and Oceania.

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.