HERE’S ALL THE PEOPLE (I know) out there in Aotearoa into zero waste and supporting and inspiring others to do the same. I’ve focused on individuals and community groups (less on businesses and school based educators). For information on where to shop use The Rubbish Trip’s Zero Waste Spot maps or their Regional Zero Waste Shopping Guides.


Para Kore Resourcing marae to be zero waste.

Zero Waste in NZ! Facebook. Closed group. NZ’s fastest growing zero waste group.

The Rubbish Trip. Hannah and Liam travel around Aotearoa promoting zero waste and updating their ‘best in show’ regional zero waste shopping guides. Here they are on Sunday, TVNZ. Check out their website and book them in if you can! They are really popular speakers, focused on practical, local solutions.

Miriama Kamo, from Sunday, TVNZ, on Instagram and FB.

Waste Free Parenting with Kate Meads Also known as the Cloth Nappy Lady. Really helpful website and fantastic presentations.

Zero Waste Network Community recycling and repurposing centres across New Zealand that go the extra mile to find the right home for your ‘unwanted-resources’. Find your closest community recycling centre here:

Plastic Free groups and Boomerang bag groups are ALL over the country, huge, strong networks, look up your local!!

In my Kitchen, Shelley Wilson. Really helpful website which includes an comprehensive online zero waste store.

Bags Not! Campaign to ban single use plastic bags. NAILED THAT GUYS!

Plastic Diet. A youth led organisation dedicated to reducing single use plastic waste and consumption. There are groups at both Auckland and Victoria Universties. Email: Visit their website or Facebook.


Zero Waste Northland. Facebook group. Awesome, new in 2019!

The Zero Waste Way, by Tania. Awesome social media guru and great tips and tricks on Facebook and Instagram.

Zero Waste Granny, Jane Banfield. Facebook and Turning the tide Pihia Zero Waste Action group.


Getting to Zero A monthly e-newsletter with all the goss in the Auckland community waste scene. Subscribe here.

Pacific Vision Aotearoa An Auckland based collective of zero waste change agents. Facebook.

EarthSavvy, Kristy Lorson, Auckland. Website and blog. Kirsty also started the Zero Waste NZ! Facebook group already mentioned above. Available to do workshops anywhere in Auckland and has an online store.

Waste Less Living Candace Weir. Family and budget friendly, Auckland. TV3 News story.

Amanda in Waste Free Land Auckland. Blog.

Tania Webb Tania and her family thought they would never own a house, especially in the Auckland housing market, then they discovered the amazing amount of money they could save by living waste-wise. Check out this article to see how they saved $13,000 to meet a 5 month deadline.

Practically Green, the Archer Family. Family of 6 (soon to be 7!). They challenged themselves to live for one year without waste and now they are carrying on!! They do workshops!! Check their website out or follow on FB

Plastic Compassion Ariana Brunet, youth voice! Our Auckland article. Blog.

Slash Your Trash Sophie Holmes, Auckland. Facebook page. Sophie is on a mission to get 50 people to reduce their rubbish by half.

The Great Eco Challenge, Juliet Dale, 52 weeks – 52 small but significant steps to zero waste and to sustainable living. Blogs, “Talking Trash” workshops and more: Check out website, facebook and Instagram.


Raising Ziggy. One woman’s epic journey to raise her son zero waste. Facebook and Instagram

Mainstream Green. Nic Turner and team, based in Cambridge offers courses across the North Island. Really great practical stuff. Website here.

Bay of Plenty

Waste Zero Whakatane. Community run group. Workshops, radio show + Facebook

Free Range Māori, Tauranga based. Website. Shirley Simmonds is rocking it.

East Cape

Plastic Free Maori. Koia kei a Tina! Website here.

Hawkes Bay

Lucie and Dylan, run zero waste workshops. Contact through Insta – missing ingredient so simple.

Jenny Keown, on Insta – One Lady fighting Plastic!! And founding member of Plastic Free Hawkes Bay.


Rethinking Plastic Revolution, Lorella Doherty – active on Facebook, beach clean ups and lots of workshops and campaigning on Zero Waste Issues too (e.g. cigarette butts).


In my Kitchen, Shelley Wilson. Based in Palmerston North. Awesome website and online zero waste store (so good I put it in the national section too) – “runs workshops if you ask nicely”HB.


Robin and Heather List, Masterton These guys could be Aotearoa’s first original zero waste livers. Into it since the 1960s. True pioneers. New Zealand Herald article. They also run workshops, find through Presbyterian networks.

Zero Waste Wellington Facebook group. Started by Nellie and Alice.

Waste-ed, run workshops, events, write a blog have a physical zero store. Legends. Here’s the website.

Wasteless Wanderess, Facebook and Instagram awesomeness.

Rachel Benefield of Plastic Free Kapati, and her family living zero waste. RNZ article.

Plastic Free Flatties. Insta!

Making 0 changes, Sarah Jordan, cool librarian, lives waste free and does workshops on zero waste living. Find on Instagram.

Tasman +Marlborough

Heaps of people into Zero Waste… good on you guys…. but we don’t know of anyone running workshops, or making a song and dance about it in on social media. Anyone got anything to add?

West Coast

Watching this space guys!


Lesley Ottey, waste educator and well loved zero waste advocate in North Canterbury. Check out Eco Educate,

The rubbish runner. New Zealand’s own PLOGGER!! I love this! I thought I invented Plogging last year and then realised its a whole thing!! Facebook. Kaiapoi based.

Anthea Madill, lives zero waste and is the force behind Remix Plastics, who do workshops and events with schools, businesses etc; pop up shops, store and more. She blogs at Eco Oikos. Total Ōtautahi Allstar.

The Rubbish Whisper Helen, Christchurch. Online store, blog and information. Facebook page.


Plastic Free Paula. Facebook page. Speaker, interviewer, blogger… Contact her through FB. Wanaka.

Senorita Awesumo, blog etc on zero waste textiles. Dunedin.


We don’t know anyone with an obsessive-compulsive zero waste focus and social media fetish in Southland, but we can point you in the direction of the generally awesome South Coast Environment Society.

– thanks to Hannah and Liam for helping with this list!