Working Together for Our Environment | Sustainable Coastlines

Event details

Apr 2021

Sustainable Coastlines is delighted to invite you to a very special evening with Hon David Parker and fellow speakers including mana whenua, community, and business representatives, to discuss the importance of Working Together for our Environment

This event is running as part of the Summernova Festival, so please join us on Thursday, 15 April, at The Flagship in Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter.

Hear from our speakers about the critical work that is being done to create an optimistic future for our environment, and how we all need to work together to enable faster solutions, drive change, and influence communities, businesses, consumers, and policy.

Government: Hon David Parker, Minister for the Environment, Minister for Oceans and Fisheries.

Mana whenua: Te Aroha and Lillian Grace, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei / CEO, Figure Group

Community: Camden Howitt, Co-Founder and Programmes Director, Sustainable Coastlines

Business: Louise Nash, CEO, Circularity.


This is a free event, but we have limited spaces! Please RSVP here.

Covid safety at our events

  1. If you, or anyone you live with feels ill, please do not attend.
  2. All attendees should follow cough and sneeze etiquette: Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue (dispose of tissue immediately).
  3. Bring gloves to the event if you have them available at home. Although we will have freshly washed gloves for those who need.
  4. Wash and sanitise your hands regularly.
  5. The event may be cancelled at late notice due to the unfolding situation.
  6. Our full Covid-19 Protocol is available at this link.

Event impacts

Mental Health Awareness Week was the perfect opportunity to pair up beach yoga with our classic beach clean-up. And what better place to do it than at Paihia.

Local DOC Community Ranger, Lara McDonald, approached Sustainable Coastlines after hearing about the planting of +9,000 trees in August, and wanted to continue the vision of healthy waterways and clean beaches. She was the brain behind merging yoga with the clean-up, an idea that will be used by SC into the future.

The team woke up early to set up, with morning fog hiding the islands just out in the bay. Kim from the Yoga Studio Kerikeri hosted a 45 minute session on the beach edge with only the sounds of the waves and birds breaking the silence. It was clear there was a large range of abilities; some, like SC staff member Dan, had never tried yoga before, while others could touch their toes in their sleep if they wanted to.

Once the yoga finished, the sun had just burnt off the morning fog allowing for the scenic Paihia to show its full beauty. Everyone then enjoyed a glass of Arepa, which is designed to provide mental clarity and performance, the perfect match for the days purpose. Inka and Dan from SC then proceeded to give a health and safety briefing followed by an informative chat about marine pollution.

After an hour of cleaning up the beaches surrounding Paihia, the volunteers returned and began emptying their sacks of rubbish into a central pile. Not one person said they expected the group to find this much litter. The most common items found were: hair ties, fishing wire, lollypop sticks and food wrappers.

A huge thanks goes out to all the volunteers as well as Lara from DOC and Kim from the Yoga Studio Kerikeri for all their efforts in the lead up and on the day.

Covid safety at our events

  1. If you, or anyone you live with feels ill, please do not attend.
  2. All attendees should follow cough and sneeze etiquette: Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue (dispose of tissue immediately).
  3. Bring gloves to the event if you have them available at home. Although we will have freshly washed gloves for those who need.
  4. Wash and sanitise your hands regularly.
  5. Social distancing of 2m must be adhered to for those outside your bubble.
  6. The event may be cancelled at late notice due to the unfolding situation.
  7. Our full Covid-19 Protocol is available at this link.

Event details

Sep 2020

Remember to bring:

  • Closed-toed shoes
  • Yoga mat or towel
  • Sun-smart gear
  • Raincoats and appropriate clothing for the day on the coast
  • Reusable drink bottle, filled and ready to go
  • Camera!

We will provide: 

  • All relevant gear: gloves, sacks
  • Health and Safety documentation & briefing
  • First aid trained staff and first aid kits
  • Sunscreen
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Rubbish removal to transfer station.

In collaboration with the Department of Conservation and The Yoga Studio Kerikeri, we are hosting a yoga + clean-up day on Saturday the 26th of September.

With this day landing in Mental Health Awareness Week, we cant think of anything better than doing yoga to the sunrise and then cleaning up the coastlines around Paihia.

Invite your friends, whanau and anyone else who you think would enjoy this awesome morning of mahi.

Don’t worry, if yoga isn’t your thing, get to the beach by 8:30am and you can join the clean-up.


  • 7:15am – Sign in at the registration station
  • 7:30am – Yoga starts
  • 8:20am – Yoga finishes
  • 8:30am – Health and Safety Briefing for clean-up
  • 8:40am – Love Your Coast Presentation
  • 8:50am – Cleanup commences
  • 10:15am – Return all rubbish back to the station and grab a snack and some refreshments
  • 10:30am – Event Ends

Huge thanks to Lara at DOC and Kim from The Yoga Studio Kerikeri. Any questions – contact Dan on [email protected]

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Aug 2019

This free lunchtime talk will be facilitated by Judy from the Compost Collective and offers an introduction to two basic composting systems that can be used in the home and garden: traditional composting bins and bokashi buckets. Come and discover what suits you best!

Confirmed participants will receive a $40.00 discount toward the purchase of a composting system that can be redeemed online.

BYO your own lunch to eat whilst learning some great skills to advance your own composting skills.

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Sep 2019

During winter we will be hosting a series of free movie nights at The Flagship Education Centre.  Bring your beanbag, best friend or just yourself along and be prepared to be educated or amused (depending on the theme).  There will be a cash bar on the night with thanks to our good friends at Yealands Wines, Corona and Phoenix Organics.  Doors open at 7pm with the movie kicking off at 7.30pm.

Thursday 5th September we will be showing ‘The True Cost’.  This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?

Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, and featuring interviews with the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva, The True Cost is an unprecedented project that invites us on an eye-opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes.

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Aug 2019

To celebrate Wynyard Quarter turning eight we are hosting a sustainable party at The Flagship. Come and see how fabulous a party can look without using tons of single-use plastic.  Make your own bunting using coffee sacks and squeeze some lemons at the lemonade stand for your very own thirst quencher.  Free fun for everyone.

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Jun 2019
Join us at the Flagship Education Centre on Sat 8th June for a Love Your Coast presentations at 10am and 1pm.
Please remember to bring a reusable bottles and fill up at our Eco Store Refill Station, all proceeds go to Sustainable Coastlines.

Event impacts

Event Details

Mar 2019

We will provide for Registered Participants:


  • Bags
  • Gloves
  • Rubbish Disposal
  • 1st Aid Trained Staff
  • Light refreshments and Water
  • Litter Transect Methodology

What to bring:

  • Sturdy shoes (hiking boots are best)
  • Raincoat (essential) and warm clothes
  • Filled water bottle
  • Snacks
  • Hat
  • Dry top if you like (we might get rained on).

On the back of our highly successful planting day in collaboration with the Te Atatu Marae Coalition, Auckland Council and others, we’d love to get your help to finish off this kaupapa. While the day was a huge success, we still have a big pile of mulch that needs to be spread along one-third of the planting area. We got a lot done on the day, but we have some more mahi yet to finish this off.

If you have a volunteer day you need to use, or just some free time to help out in the local community, please do come and join us for a day or two of mulching. Mulching is really important to help suppress weeds and keep the ground nice from drying out over summer, which gives the 2,400 natives we planted the best chance of survival to next winter.

Many hands make light work so please join us from 9:30am on Thursday 17 and Friday 18 October at Harbourview-Orangihina Park, Te Atatu Peninsula (entrance off the roundabout opposite Gloria Ave). 

Event impacts

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Jun 2018

We chose a perfect day to be out in the sunshine to do some mahi on the beach with the fine folk at the Better Drinks Company – the New Zealand based parent company to many beloved brands such as Phoenix Organic and Charlie’s.

The 12 Better Drinks staff, two Sustainable Coastlines and two IVHQ international volunteers all met at Eric Armishaw Park in Point Chevalier, warmed up with a hot drink and listened to Sustainable Coastlines Programmes Coordinator Shelley Butt delivered a Love Your Coast presentation.  She talked about the impacts of plastics on the creatures that live in and around the oceans and things we can do to minimise those impacts: refusing, reducing, reusing and recycling.  We talked through the all important health and safety for the day and then got out there.

The site lent itself well to those who wanted to get stuck into the mud in the low-tide mangrove area, get out onto the beach, scramble over the rocks or stay in the park – just an hour scouring the banks of Eric Armishaw Reserve and we soon had a pile of rubbish laid out in front of us, garnering surprised comments from passers-by.  Everything from straws, car parts, building materials, jandals, a dirty nappy and loads of plastic bags and food and drink packaging were found, despite Sustainable Coastlines having been at the same spot only two months before.  Many plastic bottles found were either photo-degraded or contaminated – making them unable to put into recycling. We suspect that with the motorway just a stone’s throw away, litter from this ends up in the oceans and then some of it lands back on our shores.

Thank you to Ruby Romanos for organising her team, and for bringing the refreshing Phoenix drinks we all enjoyed after the clean-up, the staff of the Better Drinks Company who chose to come down and use their morning making New Zealand a cleaner place and the IVHQ volunteers who helped us run the day.

If you would like to run a clean-up/ team building session with us AND at the same time do a great service for our oceans, contact us at Sustainable Coastlines and we would be happy to chat through your options.

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As part of the Ambassador intake weekend we will be holding a Love Your Water Presentation.  Ever wondered what wild and wonderful things live in your local stream?  How are some ways to help care for them and their habitats? What’s the latest information coming out of the Ministry of the Environment?  Find out about this and more down at the Flagship at Wynyard Quarter, just a stones throw away from Silo Park.

Come and see us talk about our winter programme, what the current situation is, in and around our waterways, and learn how to care for your local awa!  Bring the kids, ask questions, find out about our free Ambassadors’ Programme and take a tour of our Flagship.


The Sustainable Coastlines team is looking forward to meeting you!

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The Sustainable Coastlines Ambassador Programme is an inclusive group designed to develop individuals who care for our waterways and coastline and want the support to deliver their own environmentally conscious initiatives.

The programme trains individuals to gain skills in leadership, event management, presentation delivery, marketing, public relations, budgeting and much more to give ambassadors the ability to effectively run their own environmental initiatives aligned with Sustainable Coastlines strategic goals.

If you’ve already volunteered with us and are keen to take the next step and learn the skills to create a positive environmental difference, or maybe want to consider development into environmental careers, this is the group for you.

On this fully immersive training weekend, you’ll learn the tips of the trade and be given the tools that will help you deliver your own initiatives, guided by the experienced Sustainable Coastlines team.

To join us, please send a short letter to Sustainable Coastlines’ Auckland Programmes Coordinator, Shelley at [email protected]  being sure to include your motivations for joining the group. We look forward to hearing from you.

The Weekend Schedule

  • Friday 26 October, 6-8pm: Welcoming, introductions and guiding the course of the weekend
  • Saturday 27 October, 9am-5pm: Tree planting and event management
  • Sunday 28 October, 10am-4pm: Love Your Coast and Love Your Water programmes, inspiring others

More information

Download our Ambassador Programme information brochure here.