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sustainability seminars 2021

We all know how important sustainability is and that meaningful sustainability can change our future. We also know it’s no longer a choice for business – but a mandate. But not all small to medium size business have the resources and knowledge to respond.

The Parnell Business Association is embarking on a series of webinars to educate and inform its businesses on how to practically implement some sustainable actions, as small incremental changes can make a difference.

We’ll launch the series with a ‘green drinks networking event’ on Thursday April 8th April at Jasmax, (Covid Alert levels permitting) at which we’ll be introducing the topics for the online webinar series, plus it’s a chance to meet likeminded people all keen to learn more about this journey.

The series will then kick off on Zoom on the 1st Thursday of each month from 6th May 9-10am. Each seminar will be approximately 45 mins long, plus allow time for questions and will include helpful resources  and tools for small and medium size businesses.

Invites will be sent prior to the time, but if you have not received an invite and would still like to attend, please email [email protected]

3rd  June 2021,  REDUCING WASTE.

Our webinar in June highlighted discussions on how to we can work to improve our waste disposal.  We first heard from Joe Youssef the Founder of All Heart NZ, explaining how his company initially was started.  All Heart NZ partners with corporates to practically redirect & repurpose redundant and unwanted items such as computers, desks, chairs and other unwanted goods. Joe told us the impact his companies waste procedures have on the New Zealand environment. We then heard from Ben at Hungry Bin. Designed and made in New Zealand, the Hungry Bin worm farm is a fast and convenient way to compost your food scraps. The innovative design is highly efficient and can process up to 2.0 kilos of waste per day! The webinar provided invaluable information on how we can all make an impact with improving our waste management and the resources to implement this.


This month our sustainability webinar focused on the ‘Conscious Consumer’ as we heard from two companies who truly embody sustainable practices.  Ecostore began their fledgling sustainable journey way back in 1993 at a small eco-village in Northland. They chatted about the rise of the conscious consumer, their continued growth in today’s world and how their brand has moved from a small consumer base to a ‘brand for the many’. 

Then Villa Maria (New Zealand’s most awarded winery), took us through their recent journey, to develop and launch their delicious organic Earth Garden range. A story that unfolded through worm farms, ‘blooms for bees’ and growing meaningful consumer narratives in their authentic approach. Make sure you sign up for our next webinar where we focus on Carbon Certification & Reduction.

5th August 2021, CARBON CREDITATION 101
We answer these key questions and more with Toitū Envirocare and House of Travel Auckland.  Josephine from Toitū Envirocare, walks us through
  • What is a carbon footprint and where yours comes from
  • Why climate action makes business sense
  • Carbon credits
  • Best ways to get started on your carbon reduction journey
We were also joined by Brendan Drury from Toitū carbonzero certified House of Travel Auckland who gave us insight into his decade-long journey of measuring and reducing carbon emissions.


In September’s webinar Dr Grant Hewison and David Hay of the Waitemata Low Carbon Network identified funding opportunities for sustainability and low carbon initiatives, with a focus on small-to-medium enterprises and the support available from Auckland Council and its subsidiaries. They also gave a brief overview of non-council and central government funding opportunities. We also heard from Colin Thomas from Raizor Insurance and their sustainable projects. 

7th October 2021, ETHICAL INVESTING

Some of the world’s largest investment managers have seen the evidence of lower risks and higher financial returns from companies that adopt high social and environmental standards and avoid pollution or exploitation. The shift to sustainable finance has important implications for businesses, investors and our future.

Barry Coates, founder and CEO of Mindful Money, talked about bringing transparency and sustainability to KiwiSaver and investment funds. Joanna Kelly, interim CEO of the newly formed Toitū Tahua – Centre for Sustainable Finance, talked about what we mean by ‘sustainable finance’ and the key aspects of our roadmap to achieving it.