Glossary & Kaupapa


Learn your terms


To remove (a yarn, fabric, equipment, etc.) from one’s collection.


Do it yourself.


Guardianship and protection. It is a way of managing the environment, based on the Māori world view.


A kaupapa is a set of values, principles, and plans which people have agreed on as a foundation for their actions


A designated piece of land where rubbish is tipped, compacted, and covered daily. Clay, soil, or sawdust is often used to cover the rubbish. As rainwater falls onto the landfill face, it breaks up waste products and the resulting residue material is known as leachate and trickles to the bottom of the landfill. As waste slowly decomposes under layers of dirt and clay, it emitsmethane gases.


Work. Do perform, make, accomplish


Respect, generosity and welcoming of place and space, supporting the giving and receiving as a catalyst to reduce our environmental impact.

Non renewable resource

A natural resource considered finite in supply because of it’s scarcity, rapid depletion or extreme length of time to reproduce.


In Māori tradition, Papatūānuku is the land. She is a mother earth figure who gives birth to all things, including people.

Para kore

Zero Waste

Process change

Altering the way in which a product is manufactured to eliminate or reduce waste or to produce waste which is less harmful.


A mechanical process where a used item is turned into a new product.


Use less of the Earth’s resources by buying and using less.


Use what you have for longer. Taking something that may no longer be needed for its intended use and finding a new use for it.

single use

 A product that is used once then thrown away, recycled or composted.


A product or substance which is discarded.


Acknowledging and recognising relationships and connections within the physical and metaphysical realms. Treasuring and acknowledging Ranginui and Papatuanuku.


Land, Country, Nation, State, Ground, Territory, Placenta, Afterbirth

zero waste

An aspirational goal which aims to minimise and ultimately eliminate waste.