News, Stories and Content from the APPA

(Video) APPA Panel Discussion – Plastics and the Pandemic: Perspectives from Aotearoa

On Thursday 23 July, as part of Plastic Free July 2020, APPA hosted an expert panel discussion, Plastics and the Pandemic: Perspectives from Aotearoa, at Te Papa Tongarewa (Museum of New Zealand) in Wellington. Our panel discussed the post-COVID future of plastics, plastic pollution and the solutions that protect both people and planet. We were joined by four brilliant speakers who gave a short presentation on a topic in their area of expertise. Full video Read more…

APPA Responds to Recent Government Announcements

At the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020, APPA submitted on three important Government consultations—a proposal to declare some key products “priority products”, a proposal to increase and expand New Zealand’s landfill levy, respectively, and a proposal to transpose the Basel Convention plastic amendments into New Zealand’s import/export rules.   As these proposals would have implications for New Zealand’s plastic usage and our rates of plastic pollution, APPA felt it was important we submitted. Read more…

Limitations of the Microbead Ban

Stuff has released an article highlighting the range of cleaning and cosmetic products containing plastic and synthetic additives that are still being sold in NZ. These ingredients fall outside the microbead ban as it currently stands. APPA committee member, Dr. Trisia Farrelly, is featured in this article, discussing the concerns and dangers to human, animal and environmental health of these ingredients.  Read the full article here: https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/121791639/microbeads-are-banned-but-plasticfilled-products-are-everywhere

APPA Stands Against Systemic Racism

Aotearoa Plastic Pollution Alliance (APPA) stands in solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter. APPA stands firm with all those around the world working to illuminate and deconstruct institutional racism, to demand an end to police brutality, and the ongoing oppression of Black and Indigenous peoples, and People of Colour.  On behalf of APPA, we send strength and support to the loved ones of George Floyd in Minnesota, Breonna Taylor in Kentucky, Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, Sean Reed in Read more…

Plastic Pollution Challenge

(Palmy’s) Plastic Pollution Challenge applies citizen science to find out how much plastic litter is in our urban waterways. The challenge was launched in Palmerston North in March 2019 and is now expanding through the Manawatū River Catchment. Plastic Pollution Challenge is a collaboration between Manawatū River Source to Sea, Massey Zero Waste Academy, Rangitāne o Manawatū and Palmerston North City Council. Click here to follow the story of (Palmy’s) Plastic Pollution Challenge and how Read more…

Mapping the Plastic Workshop

The day after APPA’s first ever AGM, New Zealand membership organisation for the spatial and surveying sector – Survey and Spatial New Zealand (S+SNZ) – held a workshop on ‘Mapping the Plastic’ on 7 December 2019 at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) in Wellington. One of the goals of the workshop was to assist the Mapping the Plastic initiative, set up by the Working Group 4.3. of the International Federation of Read more…

Navigating Plastic Pollution in Aotearoa: APPA Expert Panel Discussion December 2019 (post includes full AUDIO)

On Friday 6 December 2019 APPA held our first ever public event – an expert panel discussion at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. The event was titled Navigating Plastic Pollution: Understanding the Problem, Finding Solutions. Listen to the full audio here or scroll down to read a summary. The panel featured a mixture of APPA members and an external expert and was facilitated by Hannah Blumhardt (The Rubbish Trip, New Zealand Product Read more…

The Pacific ocean ‘Garbage Patch’ is the worst it’s ever been

Author – Amber-Leigh Woolf  A growing “vortex of trash” in the middle of the North Pacific Ocean is the largest it’s ever been, according to those who have been there.  The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a rubbish and plastic-filled vortex that is more than twice as large as the US state of Texas.  Algalita South Pacific director Raquelle De Vine recently returned from weeks at sea and said her feelings of helplessness and “total despair” worsen every time she goes Read more…

Submit on the Govt consultation to regulate harmful plastic products, including packaging

On Friday 9 August 2019, Minister Eugenie Sage MP announced the Government will be consulting on a proposal to declare a range of problematic waste streams “priority products”, by the end of this year. This would mean that a product stewardship scheme for those products MUST be developed. The proposed products are: Tyres Electrical and electronic products Agrichemicals and their containers Refrigerants Farm plastics Packaging (including single-use plastic packaging and beverage packaging). Product stewardship schemes make those who Read more…

Plastic Free July Science Night in Raglan

On July 17th, two APPA members presented at a science night for the public in Raglan as organized by the Whaingaroa Environment Centre. Dr Olga Pantos (based in Christchurch and an APPA committee member) presented, together with project partner Grant Northcott, about the occurrence and characteristics of microplastics and their cumulative impacts on the ecosystem. The pair has obtained significant funding from the NZ government to research microplastics in Aotearoa and, as part of this Read more…

Bringing bottle deposits to Parliament!

At the end of 2018, The Kiwi Bottle Drive campaign delivered a petition with over 15,000 signatures to Parliament, calling on the Government to implement a nationwide container deposit scheme for beverage containers in New Zealand. The petition is currently before the Environment Select Committee, who will report back to the House later this year with their recommendations. On Thursday 30 May 2019, APPA members Holly Dove (Campaign Coordinator for The Kiwi Bottle Drive) and Read more…

10,000 Butts In Ten Days Campaign

Lorella Doherty, Director of Rethinking Plastic Revolution, educates and inspires people throughout Aotearoa about plastic pollution. She uses her passion for the ocean and earth and her Marine Biology and Conservation Degree to educate people about the effects plastic pollution has on the marine environment in particular. She facilitates local beach cleans, collaborates with other environmental organisations on plastic awareness projects and events, is a marine plastic artist, and co-ordinates projects to raise awareness about Read more…

Citizens unite to clean Raglan beaches

On February 27th, a group of enthusiastic locals met at Charlie and Ella’s house for a “Citizen Science Training” evening. Invited where those who had previously indicated  an interest in learning more about the “science” in citizen science of the Raglan Beach Cleans. Invitations were shared through the Karioi page (865 likes), Raglan Notice Board, and the Karioi Volunteer email list  (70 contacts) 12 people attended, plus 4 organizers – all indicated an interest to Read more…

Plastic pollution in lakes and rivers

The impact of plastic pollution on marine animals in New Zealand has been observed since the 1970’s, with the discovery of stranded whales with plastic bags lodged deep in their esophagus or plastic ropes and buoys wrapped around their tails (Cawthorn 1984). Around the same time, small plastic particles called microplastics were discovered along New Zealand beaches (Gregory 1977). Despite these early warning signs, reaction has been slow. The amount of plastic litter showing up Read more…

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Welcome to the new APPA website

Welcome to the APPA. We want to share our story with you about how and why we decided to create the APPA and what we have been doing behind the scenes to get this little organisation up and running. Discussions about the need for a group like APPA first surfaced at the initial public meeting of The PURE Tour, which involved some of APPA’s founding members (and others), on 4 February 2018 at Sustainable Coastlines Flagship Read more…