PARA KORE: An Alternative Voice for a Zero Waste World

I sometimes forget how extensive my knowledge is on rubbish! Like childbirth, I guess the hard work and times of pain completing my Masters Research project as an adult student 2 years ago are soon forgotten! I feel so blessed to have been an adult student, able to focus many hours of work and interviews …

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It’s not my rubbish but it’s my community!

“We are the protectors,” Max reminds others as he sets off up the wharf with bucket in hand.   Once a month a ‘flashmob’ of locals, liveaboard boaties, and visitors find the 90 minutes ‘Earthcare Opua’ gathering is not only rewarding but surprisingly enjoyable!    Earthcare Opua remains deliberately unstructured. With no-one in charge, newcomers and …

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Resource Recovery : A Far North Vision

What follows is the vision of our 'Far North Citizens Waste Minimisation Group'  and our request for support -  that I gave via FNDC Annual Plan hearing video link on 6 May 2020 – to our Far North District Mayor and Councillors. I know that 4 pilot resource recovery projects will add hugely to this year's Annual Plan. …

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Ocean Plastic: Choices for Cruising Yachties

(Pre-Covid19, this article was scheduled for publication in Opua Yacht Club's 'Tell Tales' : April 2020 issue.)  The challenge of plastic in our oceans is confronting.  It’d be hard to find a beach anywhere in the world these days free of plastic flotsam so perhaps we as yachties can be part of the solution?  What if …

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Single-use Packaging : An email story.

From: Peter's of Kensington Sent: Tuesday, 21 January 2020 5:41 pmTo: meSubject: A reminder to review your products from http://www.petersofkensington.com.au .  A quick reminder for you, Jane Banfield. Thanks again for buying these products from http://www.petersofkensington.com.au. We would like to remind you that writing a review of these products will help us improve our customer satisfaction.  Cristel …

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SHOWING UP AS A ZERO WASTE GRANNY IN 2020

"Zero Waste is such a special doorway", I explained to anyone who engaged me in conversation about my lifestyle last year.  In mid-2016 when I chose to quit single-use plastic, motivated by the destruction I knew was happening in the oceans, I felt very scared. I worried that I'd miss out, make a fool of …

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A BIKE RIDE FOR WASTEAID (with Grandpa Bear)

I'm a Zero Waste Granny so combining catching up with my grandsons, a cycling adventure and  Zero Waste seems obvious!  After time with my family in Vietnam, I'll be cycling from Hanoi over the mountains to Luang Prabang in Laos, a distance of 750km, to catch up with more family members. Ever worried about piles …

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LETS NOT TALK ABOUT ‘THEM’

We've fallen into reliance on ‘them’, government and business, but as my previous blog outlined, we householders have significant power to create real change.  We seem to hang back, challenged by the loneliness of embarking on a journey such as  zero waste by ourselves. So, why not make it ‘easy as’ and a whole lot more fun …

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A FAR NORTH FLOURISHING?

Its 2019 and time for new vision! Last year, though it felt odd being at university at the age of 60,  I chose to become a Masters research student.  I wanted to find out why mainstream waste minimisation strategies were not working and whether the national Māori zero waste organisation, Para Kore, had a more …

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