APPA News & Updates

APPA Newsletter – Vol 1. / September 2022

Our first APPA Newsletter is out today – 30 September 2022! Read on for important updates from the Aotearoa Plastic Pollution Alliance, including new single-use plastic bans and an announcement of our upcoming end-of-year hui on December 11-12. The Newsletter also showcases some of the incredible research and publications our APPA members have been working on over the past several months.

BFFP Asia-Pacific False Solutions Working Group

Earlie this year, the Aotearoa Plastic Pollution Alliance has teamed up with the Indonesian Forum for Living Environment (Wahana Lingkungan Hidup Indonesia, WALHI) to co-convene Break Free From Plastic’s False Solutions Working Group for the Asia-Pacific region from September 2022 – March 2023. This Working Group has been developed to help facilitate collective action across our region in response to the many false solutions to the global plastic pollution crisis that are perpetuated by industry, Read more…

APPA 2022 End of Year Hui Presentations – recordings & slides

We had a fantastic line up of presenters at our Hui on 11 December 2022. We did our best to record the sessions with no real technical expertise, and we had challenges hearing some of the talks due to heavy rain – so apologies for the poor quality of some of the recordings. Nevertheless, here are links to the video or audio recordings and slideshows for all the presentations (still processing some so bear with Read more…

Programme Release for the APPA Hui 2022

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…the return of the APPA end-of-year hui! The APPA Committee are very excited to welcome some of Aotearoa’s plastic pollution prevention and zero waste community’s brightest for a range of wānanga, presentations, interactive events and inevitably lively discussions about our collective plans going forward. The full programme is now live! Check it out and please register if you haven’t already. It’s an event not to be missed.

Miriama Kamo hosts a Panel of Plastic Pollution & Zero Waste Experts – APPA

Save the date for this free public event e hoa mā as the wonderful Miriama Kamo will be hosting a panel of zero waste and plastic pollution experts as part of the Aotearoa Plastic Pollution Alliance’s 2022 End-of-Year Hui! When: 6.30pm-7.30pm, Sunday 11 December 2022Where: Sustainable Coastlines Flagship (55 Madden Street, Tāmaki Makaurau) and online via Zoom and social media livestream Feel free to send us any questions you have for our panel: nzappa.org@gmail.com. As Read more…

APPA End-of-Year Hui 2022

When: Sunday 11 December + Monday 12 December 2022 Where: Sustainable Coastlines flagship building, Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) FULL PROGRAMME AVAILABLE HERE The two day hui will bring together some of Aotearoa’s plastic pollution prevention and zero waste community’s brightest for a range of wānanga, presentations, interactive events and inevitably lively discussions about our collective plans going forward. The two-day hui will include: Mingling with like-minded people Shared kai and kōrero Presentations and exhibitions Wānanga and Read more…

Support needed for Moananui postgrads at the University of South Pacific

We have some wonderful Marine Studies postgrad students and plastic pollution researchers from the University of the South Pacific who are looking for mentors, supervisors, and general support. Can you help? Click here to learn more about the students and their research. These University of South Pacific students located in Marine Studies are looking for thesis mentors, supervisors, and/or publishing support from APPA members with shared research interests. If you are interested in connecting with Read more…

Call for APPA Members attending 7IMDC in Busan!

APPA is a core and active member of the #breakfreefromplastic (BFFP) movement. We would love to hear from APPA members who are attending the 7th International Marine Debris Conference (7IMDC) in Busan, Republic of Korea. This conference is being held 18 – 23 September 2022. If you are attending, we highly recommend getting in touch with other BFFP members to join in with their activities and meetings at the conference. If you would like to Read more…

APPA Members Circle Back on the Global Waste Problem

Two of our brightest members, Hannah Blumhardt & Liam Prince (APPA’s chair) from The Rubbish Trip, have just produced & published their research article on zero-waste and developing Aotearoa’s circular economy. “From Lines to Circles: Reshaping waste policy” was included in the latest issue of Policy Quarterly, in a special issue on Environmental Issues. “The article is about waste, of course, so don’t expect to find a great deal of romance on the pages, and we Read more…

APPA End-of-Year Hui 2021

Join us December 2nd and 3rd for presentations and discussions from researchers, businesses, policy makers, artists and those interested in working together to mitigate and prevent plastic pollution in Aotearoa and Oceania. The 2nd annual APPA hui provides a platform for the community to come together and present their research and ideas and a space for collaboration and connection. Presentations will span both mornings, 9am-12:30pm at the Old Government Buildings, Pipitea Campus, Te Herenga Waka Read more…

GAIA Asia/Pacific Webinar: Meet Our Member: Best Practices on Environmental Policies in the Pacific

In collaboration with the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) Asia/Pacific (of which APPA is a member), APPA Chair Liam Prince moderated a panel discussion with Hannah Blumhardt (NZ Product Stewardship Council, The Rubbish Trip and APPA member), and Dorte Wray (Zero Waste Network Aotearoa) on policies and challenges around plastic pollution and waste in the South Pacific. Many thanks to GAIA Asia/Pacific for inviting us to speak on this topic. View the webinar below:

New Report: Tackling Plastic Pollution in New Zealand’s Fin Fishing Industry

ABSTRACT This study aims to seek ways to prevent marine plastic pollution leakage in New Zealand’s commercial fin fishing industry supply chains. Drawing on a case study approach, this research investigates how sea and land-based plastic material flows are perceived by those working for commercial fishing company Moana NZ. It considers current global, regional and national policies, as well as current initiatives that seek to minimise marine plastic pollution and considers the potential for their Read more…

In Memory of Richelle Kahui-McConnell

We pause to properly honour Richelle. Richelle’s legacy, both in APPA and in all of her mahi, is so large, multifaceted and positive that it is impossible to do it justice through words on this page. Her contribution to APPA as a founding member was unparalleled and gifted APPA with easily its most important guiding values and principles. And no one so prominent has ever been harder working, ever-present and such a good listener. In Read more…

(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…