Living lightly on this planet


Our vision is that we are collectively reducing environmental footprint because everyone regularly:

  • refuses, reduces, reuses, repairs, recovers and rethinks rather than consumes new items, and
  • meets their food needs from local sources

To support our vision, we are involved in many initiatives driving the change.

Recycle used curtains with us to help others

We have put the curtain recycling and EcoStore bottles collection on hold until we have re-located the collection points. 

(Since 2017 Kaipātiki Project is operating as a curtain collection point for Habitat For Humanity, Northern Region. To instill a second life to your pre-loved curtains, just bring them down and place them in the designated bins at our centre at 17 Lauderdale Road, Birkdale. Please note: We cannot take blinds – roman blinds or venetian blinds – just curtains. Your old curtains will be cleaned, adjusted where needed and provided to low-income families to help keep their houses warm.)

Learn to compost with Compost Collective

With help of a team of keen composting tutors, we offer FREE home composting courses about worm farming, bokashi buckets & traditional composting bins. 

The Compost Collective is a collaboration between Kaipātiki Project and EcoMatters Environment Trust enabled by the Auckland Council funding. Read more.

Recycle EcoStore bottles with us200916 EcoStore LR

EcoStore started collecting and recycling their own bottles, and we are one of the collection points. Bring in you empty EcoStore bottles to our our centre at 17 Lauderdale Road during the week 9am - 3pm and drop them off. Please note that this is only for EcoStore bottles, no other brands. Thank you!

Para Kore / Zero Waste Northcote

This innovative programme has grown from a desire by mana whenua to see their aspirations realised in relation to Para Kore/ Zero Waste for the Te Ara Awataha/ Northcote Greenway programme. Kaitiaki representatives oversaw development of a cultural indicator framework, now known as Take Mauri Take Hono. This framework has created the driver to support all stakeholders to come together seeking to restore the mauri of the Awataha waterway, as well as the land and the people of the area now known as Northcote. The framework also identifies Para Kore / Zero Waste as a key indicator for success, creating a focus on achieving the Council’s goal of Zero Waste 2040 in the Northcote town centre and surrounding residential and business area.

In building support for understanding and delivery of this whiria/ strand of the framework, Panuku has established an initial partnership and match funding with Council Waste Solutions to fund Kaipātiki Project in engaging stakeholders to better understand what the waste challenge in Northcote is, and explore who would like to be involved with addressing the problem. We understand working across all waste streams concurrently is new in Auckland and may be new in New Zealand. We have now also confirmed support from Kaipātiki Local Board to match fund Year 2 of the programme, supporting implementation.

In addition to the above groups, the following stakeholders collaborated to jointly build understanding of the problem and co-design the solutions through interviews, surveys and two hui: Kaipātiki Community Facilities Trust, St Lukes Community Church, Northcote Intermediate, Northcote Library, Northcote Town Centre Association, Envision, Piritahi, Kainga Ora and Auckland Council: Community Facilities, Community Empowerment and Sustainable Schools.

The five streams of focus are: Leadership, advocacy & empowerment, Activation & communication, Food waste systems, Development planning and De/construction.