Members of the APPA

Members of the NZ APPA

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Organisation Category: NGO
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Rethinking Plastic Revolution
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Using my passion for the moana and earth and a degree in Biological Sciences, majoring in Marine Biology and Geography, I educate and inspire people in my community and Aotearoa to rethink the way they use single use plastics, with focus on marine plastic pollution; through events, talks, artwork I create from marine plastic, community beach cleans and various other kaupapa, to draw attention to the issue and solutions. With my core message being "we are kaitiaki, here to protect and conserve Papatūānuku".

Organisation Category: Other
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Massey University
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Environmental anthropologist, political ecologist, activist, and plastic pollution campaigner focusing on national and international governance to reduce virgin plastics/fossil fuels in plastic production, and to regulate toxicants in plastics production.

Organisation Category: Research
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The Rubbish Trip/NZPSC
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Hannah runs The Rubbish Trip with her partner, Liam Prince. They've lived 'waste-free' since the beginning of 2015 and now travel New Zealand full-time giving talks and presentations about low-waste living, to schools, businesses and community groups.

Hannah is also the Coordinator of the New Zealand Product Stewardship Council. In a past life she worked for various legal, government, academic and not-for-profit institutions.

Organisation Category: NGO
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Organisation Category: Research
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Northern NZ Seabird Trust
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Stephanie is a David H. Smith Postdoctoral Conservation Research Fellow. Her research aims to quantify the relative impacts of plastic pollution interventions (e.g. single use packaging bans, improved waste management etcetera) - see more about this research at www.plasticpeg.org. Stephanie is particularly interested in the impacts of plastic pollution on seabird populations and she has authored several papers on marine threats to seabirds, and sampling and reporting methods for studies on plastic ingestion in seabirds.

Organisation Category: Research
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Organisation Category: Research
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Moana New Zealand
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I work in the Communications team at Moana New Zealand. I work in social media and other digital relations

Organisation Category: Private Sector
Website URL: https://moana.co.nz/
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NIWA
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My background is in physical oceanography and I am based in Wellington working for NIWA. I am modelling the ocean around New Zealand and the Southern Ocean and study how they change. High resolution ocean models are my main tool to simulate past, present and future. I use data from those models to track particles, which are being carried by ocean currents, like plastics. That allows me to investigate and identify sources and sinks of plastics in the environment.

Organisation Category: Research
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Organisation Category: Other
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The Rubbish Trip
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Co-founder and co-ordinator, along with partner Hannah Blumhardt, of The Rubbish Trip, a fulltime zero waste roadshow offering presentations and workshops to community groups, schools, organisations and households across New Zealand about how and why individuals can reduce their waste footprint. Our talks are based on our own research and experience having lived without a rubbish bin since the beginning of 2015.

Organisation Category: Other
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NIWA
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I am a water quality scientist working on litter and plastic pollution in rivers. I am interested in the sources and pathways of plastics as it makes its way from the land to the sea. Working with communities and incorporating local action and knowledge makes up a large part of my work.

Organisation Category: Research
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The Rubbish Whisperer Limited
Organisation Category: Private Sector
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Algalita Marine Research & Education South Pacific
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Lover and friend of the ocean from an early age Raquelle set her heart on pursuing the conservation of the oceans and in particular protecting them from the plague of plastic pollution.
From reading scientific papers late into the night and dreaming of working at sea she now has over 16000 nautical miles of blue water sailing aboard Algalita Marine Research & Education's [AMRE] Oceanographic Research Vessel Alguita.

On board she is First Mate and vessel coordinator, second in charge to Captain Charles Moore, the discoverer of the swirling soup of plastic in the Pacific coined “The Great Pacific Garbage Patch”.
Their time at sea consists of:
- sea surface monitoring for their 11 stations in the North Pacific Sub-Tropical Gyre, and their newly established stations in the South Pacific
- Myctophidae sampling to look at fish ingestion,
- Macro debris collection
- A range of hosting for independent scientists and their focused studies

Back on shore at home in Aotearoa, she has recently established a South Pacific Chapter of AMRE, Algalita Marine Research & Education South Pacific.

Algalita South Pacific aligns to AMRE's vision of a world where plastic pollution is unthinkable as well as continuing their work in research and education, their mission is to inspire and educate the South Pacific Community towards a strategic shift away from waste. Through providing the tools and experiences for young people to think critically, demand action and be agents for change.

Raquelle's background in environmental and outdoor education and experience at sea gives her a diverse yet specific expertise to design and implement both plastic (in particular sea surface sampling) investigative and educational programmes.

Organisation Category: NGO
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Organisation Category: Research
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Organisation Category: Government
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Partner
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Marine conservation policy and science. Consultant. Ex-WWF (17 years). Sustainable seafood advisor. Huge affinity with Te Ao Maori. Partner Terra Moana Ltd and Sustainability adviser to Moana New Zealand.

Organisation Category: Private Sector
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ESR
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A marine biologist with a passion for understanding the impacts of anthropogenic effects on ecosystems and organisms.
After completing an undergraduate degree in Marine and Environmental Biology I went on to do a PhD investigating the microbial communities associated with healthy and diseased reef-building corals. I then went on to investigate the impacts of rising sea temperature, eutrophication and ocean acidification on the microbial communities associated with tropical coastal ecosystems, and the subsequent impacts on ecosystem and organism health.
I moved to New Zealand in 2015 and my research focus changed to looking at the impacts of microplastics on our environment. I co-lead a 5-year MBIE Endeavour Fund project looking at the levels and impacts of microplastics on New Zealand's marine, freshwater and terrestrial environments, and investigating mitigation and microbial remediation options.

Organisation Category: Research
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Organisation Category: Research
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Orbica
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Phil is a water resources scientist with specific interests in freshwater quality and the prevention of marine pollution. He relishes the power of data to inform environmental policy and is
equally comfortable in the lab, the field and talking tech.

Organisation Category: Private Sector
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International Whaling Commission
Organisation Category: Research
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Community Waitākere
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Kia ora. I am Sophie and I work in citizen science in the West of Tāmaki Makaurau at Community Waitākere. In my work I see lots of plastic in our awa and moana and I help to educate people about their impacts on the environment. I bring a knowledge of the freshwater environment, a passion for te reo me ōna tikanga and media skills to the APPA.

Organisation Category: NGO
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NorthTec
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A marine biologist with a research interest on the effects of human activities on marine wildlife. My postgraduate and a large part of my postdoctoral research has focused on marine mammals, in particular cetaceans, in various parts of the world (New Zealand, Hawai`i, Australia, Tonga). Upon my return to New Zealand at the end of 2015, I have shifted my focus on marine litter in Northland, where I am based. In 2019, I co-initiated the Te Tai Tokerau Debris Monitoring Project (TTTDMP) with Nick Bamford (Northland Regional Council), which is a collaboration between local governments, education providers, and citizen-scientists. The primary aim of the TTTDMP is to collate data on litter in the region to increase our understanding on the quantity, type, and location of litter in order to better prevent and mitigate its adverse effects on our ecosystems, wildlife, and human health.

Organisation Category: Research
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Moana New Zealand
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Communications Manager for Moana New Zealand.

Organisation Category: Private Sector
Website URL: http://www.moana.co.nz
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Moana New Zealand
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Group Communications Advisor at Moana New Zealand

Organisation Category: Other
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University of Waikato
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All the way

Organisation Category: Research