The EcoStar Program

Are you ready to be part of the solution?

EcoStar will mentor 400 organisations to reduce their carbon footprint in Northland over the next 3 years;  join the EcoStar Sustainability Network to connect with other changemakers making Northland a carbon positive region!

The EcoStar Program

increasing kaitiakitanga by reducing waste. 

The program provides:

Local and Northland wide recognition for sustainability efforts and making a difference in the community.

A full evaluation of your current waste systems and a tailored plan to reduce waste streams

Sustainable procurement guide and full recycling guide.

Facilitation of carbon reduction plans.

Advice on local recycling options.

Potential reduced costs due to less waste to landfill.

Assistance to establish or engage a staff Eco Team, who will lead the change.

Annual grading and program review. A great motivator for staff — and something to show customers and clients.

We will tailor the program to your organisation, taking account of your activities, your size and where you are on your sustainability journey.

Staff have the opportunity to attend workshops to further their knowledge, share ideas and maintain motivation.


Book your FREE Assessment;

waste minimisation plan,

recycling guides,

and EcoStar resources,

to get your journey started.

Meet your EcoStars!

Our team combine their skills to tailor a program which empowers your members to make changes for good!

Jo Shanks; Far North

I have been an Environmental Educator for EcoSolutions for six years now, and love putting my lifelong hippy habits to use! I love doing upcycle workshops, showing folks how composting and wormfarming are a fun way to feed our gardens AND reduce our impact on Ranganui by reducing greenhouse gases. I enjoy making natural plaster pizza ovens and garden surrounds using the resources papatuanuku provides, making beeswax lunchwraps to reduce our need for packaging. I also like showing folks how easy it is to make cheese, jam and preserves .. so basically I am a premature granny!!

Anouk Van Donzel; Mid North

My name is Anouk and I came from The Netherlands many years ago. New Zealand for me has a been a journey of getting my feet in the soil and becoming connected to the earth we live on. I became passionate about looking after the environment when I jumped off a yacht in the pacific on the equator and my friend fished out a plastic bag between his fingers - we were miles away from anywhere.

​I feel so lucky that in my job as an environmental educator I can share my passion about the beauty of our planet and share some knowledge about ways in which we can look after it better. Working with school children, businesses, community groups and event organisers gives me a great scope of work in a large variety of topics varying from plastics in the ocean to composting and I simply love it!

Jules Smith; Whangarei

Jules uses her experience as a successful entrepreneur and mentor to guide her clear, no nonsense approach to reducing waste in your organisation. Her wealth of contacts help her to find someone who sees your waste as their treasure. She does a great job of promoting green initiatives and letting folks know the good you are doing, get in touch to see what she can do to enhance your green systems and image.

Sharee Cawley

Our Far North Eco Educator has been working with schools and the community to protect sand dunes and our wildlife, now she is leading change in schools and organisations. Reducing waste, caring for Papatūānuku and increasing happiness is her specialty!

Cezanne Hamilton

Whether teaching water conservation, protecting our whenua, or leading her zero waste lifestyle - Cezanne is an example we can all follow. Cezanne has experience working in environmental monitoring and has seen first hand the conscious actions we need to take in Northland to protect our beautiful environment. With her infectious enthusiasm, combined with her environmental knowledge, she makes a great Eco Educator.

Greer Rasmussen

Our Timebank representative in Whangarei and zero waste workshop leader Greer empowers folks around her to get out and make a change, whether its building, worm farming,  or DIY workshops Greer makes kaitiakitanga fun!

Roze Webster

Kia ora koutou katoa
Ko Roze Webster toku ingoa
Kei te noho au kei Pakaraka.

Having just joined the EcoSolutions team I look forward to the learnings & journeys this new adventure will bring.
Being a passionate earthling I am very excited about working with our people towards the betterment of our environment.
My background is education/ Art / tourism so i have much to draw on & still much to learn...
As kaitiaki of Te taiao we can do so much to reduce waste, improve our environment and increase happiness!
We do it for our children & all future generations so they too can enjoy the wonders of this amazing planet we call home.
Noho mai rā roto i ngā manaakitanga katoa

Cliff Colquhoun

Our CBEC (Community Business and Environment Centre) Managers support the team to ensure our advice is the best there is.

Utilising our CEO, Cliff Colqhouns 30+ years experience leading Aotearoa in waste reduction.

Jessica Han

Jessica Han, our Senior finance manager, ensures we get the best value from the Sustainability packages we offer.

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