Frequently asked questions

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?

Click here to 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.

Check out: Zero Waste NZ.

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.

Also check out - Auckland Council Recycling Guide.

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?

PKPThatsMe Instagram account for Pipiri Ki A Papatūānuku initiative.

Te Kawa Robb

Continued awareness and education in the waste management space.

Zero Waste NZ! Help with minimising waste, up cycling, reusing, and more. PlantbasedMāori Inspiration around the narrative around a plant based/vegan lifestyle. Māori and Pasifika Vegans Recipe ideas, good vegan spots around NZ, tips, tricks and more. Chris Huriwai Insightful messaging around dairy, farming and agricultural realities. TheHacksNZ Vegan and plant based recipes and advice around achieving balance. Para Kore Waste minimisation initiative for Marae sustainability around Aotearoa. Hana Tapiata Discussions and self-inquiry about important narratives, connection and belonging.

What are some nice tukino-free recipes?

Follow us on IG PKPTHATSME and check out our highlights for tūkino-free, meat and dairy alternative, plastic and packaging free kai ideas. See also the Tupuanuku business for some wicked plantbased and vegan food recipes.

Where are some vegan/plantbased/tukino-free eateries?

Plantbased/Plantbased Options - Auckland

Lord of the Fries

Doornuts Donuts

Tart Bakery

Little Bird Organics

The Butchers Son

Sunflower Thai Restaurant



Wise Boys Burgers

Gorilla Kitchen

*Many more….

Plantbased/Plantbased Options - Wellington


Aroha Plantbased

Aunty Menas

Lord of the Fries

Sweet Release


Big Sur

*Many more….

Plantbased/Plantbased Options - Hamilton

Yalla Yalla café

Vegan Café

Nourish Pod

Sechuan House

Dumpling House

The Sugar Bowl

Winner Winner

*Many more…

Takeaway (with vege/plantbased options)

Burger King Rebel Whopper

Dominos Pizza Vegan Range

Hells Pizza Vegan Range

Burgerfuel Vegan Options

Pizza Hut Vegan Options

*Google it

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Remember: PKP is not about being perfect, we’re all going to fuck up, lets fuck up together and keep trying every single day.

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