MfE has formed a rōpū of Māori experts to guide the development of the new Waste Strategy for Aotearoa New Zealand according to mātauranga Māori.

The rōpū is a group of Māori waste minimisation technical experts and thought leaders, with wide experience in the sector.

Their focus is to develop the framing, long-term vision, values and principles which will underlie the new waste strategy, joining-up a Māori worldview with the concepts of the circular economy and waste hierarchy.

The aim is to incorporate and represent Māori perspectives, to help build a truly indigenous foundation for the strategy and to improve Māori engagement and participation in the future challenges and opportunities waste minimisation and resource recovery present.

Members of the Māori technical experts group who will support MfE in developing the national waste strategy:

Gannin Ormsby

Gannin Ormsby is a founder member of Para Kore, the Māori waste movement, and has wide experience in the waste sector.

He is a director of Ka Awatea Services, which provides relationship and strategic partnership development in te ao Māori.

Jacqui Forbes

Jacqui Forbes, Ngā Ruahinerangi, has been a leader in the community resource recovery sector for many years. She is currently a member of MfE’s Waste Advisory Board.

Jacqui is one of the founders and current general manager of the Para Kore, the Māori waste movement. Since 2008 Para Kore has been expanding, and now operates in almost 400 marae, kohanga reo, kura or other Māori community organisations throughout much of the North Island.

It provides education, wānanga, events and training in waste management to more than a quarter of a million participants.

Over the past decade Para Kore has been supported financially by the Ministry for Environment’s Waste Minimisation Fund.

Teina Bosa-Dean

Teina Bosa-Dean, Ngai Tūhoe, is developing an indigenous narrative for the Doughnut Economy (Takarangi). She is a geologist, and board member of Te Mātāwai, the Maori community language commission.

Tamoko Ormsby

Tamoko Ormsby works closely with central government agency to develop the Āmio Indigenous Circular Economy framework.

Waimirirangi Ormsby

Waimirirangi is experienced in indigenous development and both legislative and grassroots custodianship of natural resources. Waimirirangi is project manager at Ka Awatea Services Ltd, developing Ka Awatea strategic vision document base on Mātauranga Māori principles.