He tirohanga hou ki te kirihou i Aotearoa

Ko tā te pae nei i tōna tīmatanga, ko tētahi aronga māia, whānui anō hoki – ko te kimi huarahi hei whakawhāiti i te atarangi kirihou ka puta i te ao hou. Ahakoa i tōna tīmatanga, i whai mātou ki te whakawhāiti i tēnei aronga, i mārama mātou kei ngā wāhi katoa te kirihou, me te aha, me tukutahi te aro atu i ngā pito katoa. E turakina ai te raru o te para kirihou, me panoni ngā pūnaha, me whakaū i ētahi whakatikahanga – ko ētahi he nui, ko ētahi he iti – puta noa i ngā pito katoa o te pāpori.

Hei tīmatanga ake, i pohewatia e mātou te āhua o te anamata ina whakaūngia ai ēnei panonitanga. Ka takoto i a mātou tētahi whakakitenga e whai tūāpapa ai ngā mahi kei mua i a tātou. Ka oti i a Aotearoa te whai whakaaro anō ki te āhua o tā tātou whakamahi i te kirihou, engari he iti rawa ngā taunakitanga hei tautoko i ēnei whakataunga ā-pūnaha whānui nei. Hei tautoko i ngā whakataunga whai taunakitanga, kua whakakotahi mai, kua kōtuitui hoki mātou i ngā momo mōhiohio, me ētahi whakaaro o te hunga mātanga e riro ai i te kāwanatanga tētahi tirohanga whānui ki te kirihou i te tau 2019, e hāngai ana ki te pūnaha whānui, otirā e pākaha ana, i te horopaki o ngā āhuatanga mahi e tika ana huri i te ao.

Ka oti i a Aotearoa te whai whakaaro anō ki te āhua o tā tātou whakamahi i te kirihou, engari he iti rawa ngā taunakitanga hei tautoko i ēnei whakataunga ā-pūnaha whānui nei.

Ko tā te kaupapa ‘He tirohanga hou ki te kirihou’ ko te whai wāhi ki tētahi hurihanga ā-whakaaro, ā-mahi anō hoki i te pāpori whānui. Mā te whakarite i ngā whāinga ā-motu e mārama ana, i ngā mōhiohio e wātea pai ana ki te hunga hoko, e hāngai ana anō ki te whakamahia o te kirihou i te kāinga, mā te whakarite i ngā momo tūāhanga hāngai, mā te whakaū hoki i ētahi ture hou e aro pū ana ki te raru, e hua ai ētahi whakapainga whai tikanga, toitū anō hoki, i a ngāi kairangahau me ngāi pakihi auaha ka waihanga i ētahi rawa hou, i ētahi anga pakihi hou anō hoki. E whai nei mātou ki te whakaputa i tētahi puna mōhiohio e whakaponotia ana mā te iwi tūmatanui, e hāngai ana ki te āhua e whakamahia ana te kirihou, otirā, ki tētahi huarahi e koke tonu ai a Aotearoa. E arohia nuitia ana te kirihou e te ao, ā, kāore i ārikarika ngā kōkiritanga hei whakawhanake mā tātou. He wā whai tikanga tēnei e taea ana e tātou te whai whakaaro anō ki tā tātou whakamahi i te kirihou, e whāiti haere ai ngā pānga kino, engari e mau tonu ai ko ana tini hua. Kua whati te tai – e pao, tōrea.


Rethink plastics at your desired level: ‘At a glance’ is a two-page summary, ‘Key messages’ has 40 pages of need-to-know info, and the full report is a detailed tome to fully satisfy your curiosity. We’ve also collated all infographics developed for the report into one handy powerpoint.

Happy reading!

Rethinking plastics report – web version

Explore the content of our ‘Rethinking plastics’ report via the buttons below.

Motivation for rethinking plastics

Changing our relationship with plastics

Ideas for a more sustainable future – embracing innovation

Plastics and the environment

Quantifying Aotearoa's plastic – New Zealand's data challenge

Abbreviations and appendices

It’s raining, it’s pouring

Flooding events across the North Island have resulted in fatalities, uninhabitable homes, and vital infrastructure in need of repair. OPMCSA analyst Dr Emma Brown reflects on the situation.

Calls to combat polluted information through the curriculum

Professor Stuart McNaughton, Chief Science Advisor to the Ministry of Education, discusses the approach of other countries to integrating critical thinking and digital literacy in the curriculum.  Stuart outlines how important it is to integrate these things in...

Are DIY COVID-19 tests on the cards for New Zealand?

Professor Ian Town, Chief Science Advisor to the Ministry of Health, discusses RAT tests and whether they will be introduced to New Zealand.  Listen to his interview with RNZ here

Why lower speed limits save lives and make cities more livable

Professor Simon Kingham, Chief Science Advisor for the Ministry of Transport, discusses the importance of speed limits on our roads and that lower limits are ultimately not just about saving lives but also making our cities and towns more livable. Listen to his...

Does science advice make any difference, and how does it get implemented?

Now well into her second term as PMCSA, Juliet reflects on the policy impact of science advice across a range of projects and contexts.

COP15 International Science Advisors’ Statement

Juliet has joined with her international peers in releasing the COP15 International science advisors statement. The statement outlines the vital importance of action and commitment to protect biodiversity, and the grim reality if action isn't taken. The statement...

MBIE funded research will be made freely available online

In a win for open-access advocates, the government has announced a new policy ensuring that new research projects funded by MBIE will be freely available online. Juliet is quoted in the article stating, "It's really important that all government-funded research is...

Our second food waste report: Food rescue

Food rescue organisations in Aotearoa captured over 11,500 tonnes of food at risk of going to waste last year, distributing it to people in the community, including those experiencing food insecurity. Our second food waste report, which we are releasing today, explores the food rescue sector’s role as part of the solution to food waste.

GE in the media

An article in the NZ Herald details the history of GE in Aotearoa, the current regulatory systems, the review of these settings and what could occur moving forward. Juliet is interviewed in the article, giving her perspective on the issue, including the difficulty...

Connecting two worlds: Enhancing knowledge sharing between academics and policymakers in Aotearoa New Zealand

Dr Cate Roy, a former intern of the office and Dr George Slim, a consultant in the office, have co-authored a paper appearing in Policy Quarterly. The paper outlines how the research-policy interface can be strengthened, showing the enthusiasm researchers have to...

Last updated: 9 December 2019