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Citizens of 12.3

New Zealand Food Waste Champions 12.3 Trust is a registered Charity whose purpose is to enable food waste reduction in Aotearoa New Zealand

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 Tessa is the Founding Co-ordinator for New Zealand Food Waste Champions. She has a Law and Arts background and has developed a passion for collaborative, sustainability initiatives.  

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Brittany is a designer, general lover of food and volunteer of the Free Store. She can't stand the fact that food waste exists alongside food poverty, and thinks there has to be a better system – here in New Zealand and worldwide – to remedy this problem.



Joanne would love to see better use made of food resources to eliminate food waste to landfill and ensure access to real food for everyone. She has worked with food rescue service Kaivolution to collect and redistribute excess food and set up a community compost and vege garden for a shared area in her neighbourhood.

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Champion Rep

Nick is on our Champions and Citizens of 12.3 groups to ensure both groups are complimenting each other’s efforts to tackle food waste. He’s the founder of Everybody Eats – a pay as you feel dining concept for everyone that feeds bellies, not bins. 

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David is a roaming Wwoofer and food writer who has a degree in Soviet history and Victorian literature and a pretty serious obsession with old water mills. He has worked closely with Slow Food International and the Slow Food Youth Network since 2016.

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Marshall is a designer with a background in food science, culinary arts, and food product development that is now focussing on design within complex systems. He wants to direct his efforts on better our food system in New Zealand and is excited about innovating with by-products and lower grade food items for commercial applications as it aligns with his hobby passions of preservation, fermentation, and preventing waste!  

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Bobby is the Sales & Partnership lead for Reusabowl – a bowl borrowing system and response to single use waste. Bobby left corporate life after discovering the broken, wasteful design of our current linear economy and saw the opportunity for a new, circular way of thinking.

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Katie has been a ‘Kiwi living in London’ for  the last 4 years but is returning home to New Zealand in 2021 with the aim to work towards reducing surplus food. During her time aboard she volunteered with a range of food waste initiatives including Olio, FareShare and The Peoples Fridge – Brixton. 

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Sophie is the Wellbeing and Sustainability Officer at Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association. In 2020 she helped create a visual campaign to reduce food waste on campus as part of International Food Waste Awareness Day. 

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Trixie has been connected with the food waste reduction kaupapa in Ōtepoti through both the food rescue sector, as well as in the research space at the University of Otago. Given the rise of food waste on the social and political agenda, the looming global crises of our time, and the distinct lack of knowledge about food waste in New Zealand, Trixie couldn’t think of better mahi to be involved with.

Citizens of 12.3



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Ashley Chong


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Georgia Mayer

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