Take Action to Protect the Hauraki Gulf!

SBN is on a mission to restore the Hauraki Gulf. We want to work with businesses and individuals willing to help us in this mission.

This page provides suggestions on how you, and your workplace, can take action to help in the mission to restore the Hauraki Gulf.

We are initially focused on tackling pollution that flows from the land into the Hauraki Gulf. The areas we’re covering are plastics, heavy metals and sediment. So the actions here focus on those areas.

They range from simple, everyday actions, to those which need a bit more time or investment. Start by choosing one or a few – every action helps!

Actions for you

To address plastic pollution…
  • Pick up plastic rubbish in the street or at the beach (especially smaller items)
  • Say No to single use plastic items (bags, straws, containers, cups, etc.)
  • Avoid buying products with (excessive) plastic packaging and packaging with small components which can easily detach from the main packaging
  • If plastic packaging is unavoidable, choose items with clear PET (Type 1 – ideally recycled RPET) or uncoloured, ‘natural’ HDPE (Type 2)
  • Don’t over-wash clothing and use a slower spin cycle
  • Take part in a beach clean-up
  • Organise a beach clean-up for your workplace
  • Take extra care when out fishing to avoid fishing line loss
To help stem heavy metal contamination…
  • Use the car less – cycle, walk, scooter or use public transport instead
  • When you do use the car, drive smoothly (avoid heavy acceleration or braking)
  • Ask for low copper brake pads when they need replacing on your car
To reduce sediment flow…
  • If you see soil/sediment run-off from construction sites, report it (e.g. using the Snap-Send-Solve app)
  • Look for ways to minimise stormwater flow from your house and garden (e.g. install a rainwater tank, reduce impermeable surface area)
  • Locate your local stream or beach and find ways to help restore its health
  • Take part in a tree-planting event
  • Donate to Million Metres Streams

Actions for your workplace

To address plastic pollution…
  • Avoid buying products with (excessive) plastic packaging and single use items
  • If plastic packaging is unavoidable, choose items with clear PET (Type 1 – ideally recycled RPET) or uncoloured, ‘natural’ HDPE (Type 2)
  • Minimise, or eliminate, the use and purchase of plastic single use items (e.g. bags, straws, containers, cups, etc.)
  • Include end-of-life considerations in your procurement decisions (ask “what do I do with this at the end of its life?”)
  • Design your products to reduce or eliminate the use of problematic plastic components which can easily escape into the environment (e.g. small components which do not remain attached to the packaging)
  • Consider how you can introduce a re-usable packaging model in your business
  • If you operate in a ‘closed’ environment, consider how you can use compostable packaging together with a compostable waste system)
  • Install litter traps in the stormwater drains on your site
  • Support a beach clean-up for your staff
  • Join other NZ businesses and sign-up to the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment
  • Contact SBN’s Circular Economy team to find out more on our plastics innovation programme
To help stem heavy metal contamination
  • Provide or encourage alternatives to car use for your staff (e.g. e-bike fleet, car share schemes, car pool incentives, other non-car incentives)
  • Provide responsible driver training for your staff (safe driving techniques which avoid heavy acceleration and braking)
  • Install low copper brake pads into your vehicle fleet
To reduce sediment flow…
  • Implement measures to reduce stormwater flows from your site (e.g. install stormwater devices, use water sensitive design, collect and use rainwater or greywater, reduce impermeable surface areas)
  • When carrying out any earthworks or construction on your sites, use best practice sediment control measures (beyond compliance level)
  • Become a Million Metres Streams supporter
  • Donate more to Million Metres Streams
  • Support a tree planting event for your staff (e.g. Million Metres event)