Para Kore zero waste programme launches in Tairawhiti

Waste-reduction organisation has launched a campaign encouraging Tairawhiti marae, kohanga reo, kura and community groups to work towards zero waste.

Waste-reduction organisation has launched a campaign encouraging Tairawhiti marae, kohanga reo, kura and community groups to work towards zero waste.

A WASTE-REDUCTION organisation has launched a campaign to encourage Tairawhiti marae, kohanga reo, kura and community groups to join the 170 marae across Aotearoa working towards zero waste.

Since 2009 the Para Kore organisation has helped marae in the country work towards zero waste by sharing knowledge about reducing, reusing, recycling, composting and products.

They work to normalise zero waste behaviour so that sending everything to landfill is seen as unacceptable while conscious consumption using reusable products, recycling and composting becomes standard practice.

Their goal is that all marae will be on board with the kaupapa by 2020.

Kaiarahi (waste advisor) for Gisborne/Turanga Pania Ruakere Pania Ruakere said they were excited to bring the campaign to the East Coast.

“People of Turanga are caring, passionate, resourceful and blessed with a beautiful environment to care for.

“It's good to see lots of locals, especially young people, concerned about the state of their lands and waters so the future is in good hands.

Earth's resources are finite

“Para Kore reflects our passion for Ranginui and Papatuanuku.

“We all know that the earth’s resources are finite. We have a responsibility not to leave a mess behind for future generations to clean up.”

The philosophy being Para Kore is to encourage humans to live by zero waste principles.

The natural world does not create waste.

Everything at the end of its life, whether it is a plant or animal, becomes part of another system.

A dead insect becomes kai for another insect, a tree that falls in the bush rots and provides nutrients to the earth for new growth. Everything in nature is part of a closed, continuous, endless cycle.

Pine Campbell, who has worked as a Te Reo Maori teacher and on waste minimisation for many years in the Waikato, is stoked to be able to combine language revitalisation and looking after the environment for his people on the Coast.

“We can provide free resources such as recycling crates, compost bins and worm farms to help with waste minimisation.

“We have developed cool educational resources to help young and old learn about how we can make a difference.”

For more information and to organise a hui in Turanga/Gisborne contact Pania Ruakere on 027 4519 589 or turanga.parakore@gmail.com.

To organise a hui on the East Coast contact Pine Campbell at 027 4792 446 or tetairawhiti@parakore.maori.nz

A WASTE-REDUCTION organisation has launched a campaign to encourage Tairawhiti marae, kohanga reo, kura and community groups to join the 170 marae across Aotearoa working towards zero waste.

Since 2009 the Para Kore organisation has helped marae in the country work towards zero waste by sharing knowledge about reducing, reusing, recycling, composting and products.

They work to normalise zero waste behaviour so that sending everything to landfill is seen as unacceptable while conscious consumption using reusable products, recycling and composting becomes standard practice.

Their goal is that all marae will be on board with the kaupapa by 2020.

Kaiarahi (waste advisor) for Gisborne/Turanga Pania Ruakere Pania Ruakere said they were excited to bring the campaign to the East Coast.

“People of Turanga are caring, passionate, resourceful and blessed with a beautiful environment to care for.

“It's good to see lots of locals, especially young people, concerned about the state of their lands and waters so the future is in good hands.

Earth's resources are finite

“Para Kore reflects our passion for Ranginui and Papatuanuku.

“We all know that the earth’s resources are finite. We have a responsibility not to leave a mess behind for future generations to clean up.”

The philosophy being Para Kore is to encourage humans to live by zero waste principles.

The natural world does not create waste.

Everything at the end of its life, whether it is a plant or animal, becomes part of another system.

A dead insect becomes kai for another insect, a tree that falls in the bush rots and provides nutrients to the earth for new growth. Everything in nature is part of a closed, continuous, endless cycle.

Pine Campbell, who has worked as a Te Reo Maori teacher and on waste minimisation for many years in the Waikato, is stoked to be able to combine language revitalisation and looking after the environment for his people on the Coast.

“We can provide free resources such as recycling crates, compost bins and worm farms to help with waste minimisation.

“We have developed cool educational resources to help young and old learn about how we can make a difference.”

For more information and to organise a hui in Turanga/Gisborne contact Pania Ruakere on 027 4519 589 or turanga.parakore@gmail.com.

To organise a hui on the East Coast contact Pine Campbell at 027 4792 446 or tetairawhiti@parakore.maori.nz

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