Pipiri Ki A Papatūānuku
One month dedicated to collective action for our natural world.
Being a part of PKP means being part of a safe space for fam to:
Develop an increased awareness around the actual state of our taiao - environment.
Understand how our everyday actions can be harmful on our pepeha -
Confidently practice small actions to reduce our collective impact as a whānau - family.
4.9 million people signed up to PKP without even knowing
Humanity's focus was on essential needs only and for the majority of Aotearoa, intentional time was allocated to keeping close to whānau and taiao. 4-5 intense weeks of this new norm, smashing our envisioned PKP target margins by 49,000%.
On the ground though, the impacts of COVID-19 and global circumstances weren’t as rejuvenating for some of our communities. Because of this, we knew this years PKP had to adapt to the current social environment. Given we had observed significant and positive environmental impact already; we were comfortable to be fluid with change for PKP2020. On the announcement of L2 in Aotearoa we decided our focus is going to be less about numbers and more about impact. PKP 2020 is for our ground-zero immediate whānau.
Sign ups will stay open for all to participate. However, our content will be channelled to and for our whānau. Documenting and sharing the PKP journey from our home perspectives in Waikato, for Waikato #PKP4OURWHĀNAU #PKP4BLM.
The PKP actions have been revamped for PKP 2020. Moving away from negative narratives around plastic pollution and focusing more toward solution-based actions that propagate active stewardship. Meet the 3 new C's - Compost, Consumer, and Conscious.
A plant-based diet cuts your personal carbon footprint by 50%. By choosing not to eat industrially farmed, grown and/or produced meat, you immediately reduce your impact by half. This is one of the single greatest actions you can take to minimise your individual contribution to climate change. The release of methane gas from ruminant livestock (sheep and cattle) amounts to almost 1/3 of New Zealand's greenhouse gas emissions, and it is the largest contributor. Methane also accounts for over 40% of all emissions in terms of global warming potential.
You don’t have to give it up all at once, take a few approaches. There is hierarchy of impact from different meat starting from beef, lamb, pork and then chicken having the lower impact. Meat-Free Mondays, 1-week Meat-Free, Weekdays Meat-Days, Weekends Meat-Ends, etc. It’s up to you, start small and work your way toward a goal you set out for yourself for this action.
I want to do PKP but how do I start?
You don’t need to sign up if you feel you’re not ready. Read through the actions and see if you learn anything that might help you make the first step. Start by making some small changes for one week, maybe. Baby steps, the more you change the more you’ll learn so just start small.
After reading through the actions and you feel you’re ok to sign up, click here to get started.
How do I sign up?
How do I find out more about how to manage my waste?
There are many Facebook groups/pages and Instagram accounts with digestible content to help you learn more about how to manage your waste. In most groups you can ask questions, or look up your question in the search and see if it’s already been answered. You can also be a fly on the wall in the groups and observe what others post, tips and tricks, approaches you might not have thought of.
What’s recyclable and what’s not?
Check out the link below for more information on what can and cannot be recycled in the Auckland area. Recycling differs in all regions, meaning some regions and councils may allow for pick up and recycling of things, and others might not. A good practice is to check out your own council page for correct and updated information. Given COVID-19, there have also been other regulations put in place to manage health and safety.
Check out your own local council website for info on waste and recycling collection.
What happened to soft plastic recycling?
Two years ago China and Australia closed their countries off to external sources of waste. This meant that soft plastic recycling (that used to be seen in circle barrels in our supermarkets) no longer had somewhere to be recycled. Soft plastic recycling has been re-established in some supermarkets.
Check out: https://www.recycling.kiwi.nz/store-locator for more information on where to take your soft plastics.
What do you do with your food scraps/waste?
We have both bokashi and organic compost systems. Both are great and serve different needs. There are a few ways you can manage your kai/food waste from home; bokashi, organic, worm farms, pig buckets and local council systems are just some.
Check out our video for a quick run down of our bokashi system.
Check out our FB videos section to see updates on content for action: compost during PKP 2020-06-03
Who are some good people to follow for inspiration?
Continued awareness and education in the waste management space.
What are some nice tukino-free recipes?
Where are some vegan/plantbased/tukino-free eateries?
Plantbased/Plantbased Options - Auckland
Lord of the Fries
Little Bird Organics
The Butchers Son
Sunflower Thai Restaurant
Wise Boys Burgers
Plantbased/Plantbased Options - Wellington
Lord of the Fries
Plantbased/Plantbased Options - Hamilton
Yalla Yalla café
The Sugar Bowl
Takeaway (with vege/plantbased options)
Burger King Rebel Whopper
Dominos Pizza Vegan Range
Hells Pizza Vegan Range
Burgerfuel Vegan Options
Pizza Hut Vegan Options
Do I have to choose all the actions?
Put simply, no. You can choose 1, 3, 5, any combination depending on which areas you want to focus on for the month. There’s no set number, you don’t even have to choose any. Shared awareness and a safe-place for fam to start on their journey in this space is what were here for. Increased numbers help to achieve collective impact, but it starts with mindset shift, action follows inevitably but it’s a journey and we encourage going at your own pace.
What do I do if I’m in a situation where I can’t fulfill the action I chose?
If this is a one-off – adjust with your social environment. There are going to be times where it’s going to be hard, where you might not be able to fulfill and deliver all the time – we do what we can. Don’t be hard on yourself.
Some likely scenarios:
- If you chose to go meat-free and someone has offered/made you a feed that has meat, they don’t know you’re on PKP, you’re a guest and/or you feel uncomfortable declining the gesture. Do what makes you feel most at ease, if that means eating the meal and taking that time to talk about your journey, that’s great.
- You’re up or out late and the only food available that you can afford, will somewhat sustain you, but it’s meat and/or dairy – same as above.
- You have limited money and the only food you can afford comes in packaging, but it’s meat/dairy free, same as scenario 1 – do what makes you feel most at ease.
- You know there are more plastic free conscious consumer items you can buy, but you can’t/don’t have the means to get them all right away – start with 1. Choose 1 item to change up to be either plastic-free or purchased locally.
- Remember: PKP is not about being perfect, we’re all going to fuck up, lets fuck up together and keep trying every single day.
How can I learn more?
Here are the links to the facts fam:
"We always say in our koorero; ko te rangi, ko te papa, ko te whenua. We always uphold that, yet, somehow or rather we manage to destroy it. We need to stop doing that."
- Nana Mamae Takerei
Our vision is that our descendants are left prosperous lands and flourishing waters for the next seven generations
Our mission is to empower generations to stand as custodians of the natural world and collectively leverage our autonomy as consumers to influence fundamental change in modern evolving society.
PKP is a testament to the unlimited possibilities available to you when you follow your heart and lead with purpose. Pipiri Ki A Papatūānuku is a legacy carried on from our tūpuna and hopefully to be left for our mokopuna to carry on when we leave. A constant reminder that kaitiakitanga means nothing unless you’re living it. Pipiri Ki A Papatūānuku is more than a kaupapa - it is a way of life.
Ōku maunga Taupiri, Huruiki, Ngongotahā, Ōtūkani. Ōku waiora Waikato, Mōkau, Te Awahou, Hāparapara. Ko Waimirirangi ahau. Ōku maunga Taupiri, Mōtakiora, Mauao. Ōku waiora Waikato, Mangaokewa, Tauranga Moana. Ko Tamoko-o-te-Rangi ahau. We are Wai and Ta, these are the mountains and waterways we descend from; the heart of PKP and the foundation from which this initiative started.
We started PKP 4 years ago and it's one of our biggest achievements to date. From PKPs conception, our lives have evolved for the f-cking better. We don't just run PKP in the background, we have strived every single day since Pipiri 2017 to live PKP. This journey has led us to positions of influence to drive action for our taiao not only on the ground, but around decision making tables, recently in ministries and with international influencers. Wai dropped out of university and paved her own path in environmental and Indigenous governance and development. She's travelled the world with PKP and actively seeks to be an example of realisation for young people who are taught to think that uni is the only way. Ta was the only Māori graduate from his Engineering Science class of 2016. He pivoted from his formal career path in local council and paved an applied career path in environmental projects and circular economy in our communities, now inspired to pursue further research education in these spaces. We're definitely not perfect and we don't strive to be. Every step we take on this earth we take with intent to do more for our people, to be better for our communities.