The WasteMINZ Board met in Wellington on Thursday 18 August for our quarterly Board meeting. Here’s a quick summary of the key things we discussed.


  • Grahame Christian, Smart Environmental
  • John Dragicevich, Auckland Council
  • Simonne Eldridge, Tonkin + Taylor (Deputy Chair)
  • Darren Patterson, Patterson Environmental (Chair)
  • Wayne Plummer, EnviroNZ
  • Dominic Salmon, Hastings District Council

In attendance:

  • Paul Evans, Chief Executive, WasteMINZ

Meeting with MfE Acting Director of Operations

Shaun Lewis, Acting Director of Operations at MfE, joined the Board. Key areas discussed were.

  • Changes to MfE’s structure. MfE will be recruiting for four directors, as follows:
    • Operations
    • Resource Management (x 2)
    • Climate change
  • Shaun provided an overview of MfE’s work programme
  • There were detailed discussions around levy review process, timings and how WasteMINZ can assist via member engagement
  • We also discussed:

Sign off of audited accounts:

  • Following a positive year-end financial audit the Board reviewed the audited accounts and signed them off for inclusion in WasteMINZ’s annual report.

Matters for discussion included:

  • A review of WasteMINZ biennial member survey results. The results were pleasing  and provided some valuable insights into where we need to focus. The Board agreed that this member feedback needs to be at the forefront of our planning.
  • Discussions around future event activities to strategically position WasteMINZ and our sector in broader business discussions
  • Venue assessments for the 2017 and 2018 conferences (to be announced at a later stage)

Strategic planning items:

A significant portion of the meeting was devoted to strategic planning. Two subjects were addressed, these included:

  • WasteMINZ’s role in the upcoming levy review. We will be communicating to members about this shortly.
  • How WasteMINZ can build and develop more strategically valuable relationships, and what areas should be prioritised. The Board will shortly be undertaking more work to determine priorities.

Other items:

The Board discussed at length their engagement with sector groups. In particular the need to have a better understanding of the burning issues for each sector. The Board also agreed to have Sector Group Chairs present at Board meetings, beginning with the TA Forum Chair at the December Board meeting.

Member networking and presentation:

The Board meeting was followed by a member networking event, with some 40 people in attendance. Jennifer Elliot, Waste Minimisation Programme Coordinator from Foodstuffs and Richard Drakeford from PAK’nSAVE Kilbirnie spoke about PAK’nSAVE Kilbirnie’s journey to 95% diversion. This was an extremely inspiring presentation showcasing the many great things achieved by Foodstuffs in partnership with EnviroNZ. Richard is the store’s “waste champion”, his focus and passion for his work really shone through!

If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to let me know.

Cheers, Darren

Darren Patterson, Patterson Environmental
Chair of WasteMINZ