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Champions of 12.3

Champions of 12.3

New Zealand’s Champions of 12.3 are a coalition of representatives from across the food supply chain, championing Aotearoa's progress towards halving food waste by 2030. They consist of executives from large retailers, small start-ups, food rescue organisations, membership organisations and more.   

New Zealand’s Champions of 12.3 have made the

following commitment: 

Championing the global Sustainable Development Goal Target 12.3: to halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses by 2030; by:

SHOWCASING successful examples of food waste reduction, particularly within the individual organisations of the NZ Champions of 12.3

ADVOCATING to government for enabling conditions for food

waste reduction, particularly to achieve SDG 12.3; 

ACTION accelerating and aggregating action around food

waste reduction, particularly through a business Kai Commitment.

*Note: Champions currently serve in an individual capacity but have endorsement from their organisation.

Nominations for new champions are open now, until 15th December. See our criteria and get in touch if you're interested.


Trustee - Chair


Miranda provides behavioural science research that aims to understand and transform the sustainability of our national and global food system. She is the Director of the University’s Food Waste Technical and Social Innovations Research Group. Her work focuses on quantifying waste and enhancing understanding of the reasons for wasteful practices in order to make recommendations on waste minimisation initiatives. She provides academic consultancy services on food waste to government and businesses.

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Sarah is Sector Project Manager at WasteMINZ and coordinates the Organic Materials, Behaviour Change, Product Stewardship and Recycling & Resource Recovery Sector Groups. She oversees the Love Food Hate Waste programme, which is a programme that provides tips and tools to help New Zealanders reduce their food waste. 

Sarah has had a passion for waste minimisation personally and professionally for many years. She first learnt about the Love Food Hate Waste program while on a Winston Churchill Fellowship in the UK researching how organisations there engage the public in waste minimisation Several years later she is now leading the NZ program to ensure individuals have the tools and capabilities to reduce their individual impact on waste in Aotearoa.



Deborah Manning is a lawyer, social entrepreneur and the Founder of KiwiHarvest and the New Zealand Food Network. Deborah brought the KiwiHarvest food rescue concept to life in Dunedin in 2012 and then expanded into Auckland, North Shore, Hawke’s Bay and Queenstown. KiwiHarvest’s mission is simple – to source excess nutritious food and distribute it to organisations across the country that feed those in need, and to protect the environment by stopping surplus food from being discarded. The New Zealand Food Network was founded to support food rescues, food banks and charities across Aotearoa with healthy food through the aggregation and sharing of bulk surplus and donated food.

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Andrew was, recently awarded the 2019 SBN Sustainability Superstar Award. He founded EcoStock over 13years ago, which is New Zealand's largest commercial food recovery and reuse business, with a national network supporting over 140 businesses. In 2019 Ecostock joined forces with Pioneer Energy to create the Ecogas Limited Partnership. Ecogas will support Auckland Councils 2021 roll-out of household foodwaste collection, providing the processing capability for the next 20 years, which will include the production of biofuels and bio-fertilisers. Andrew has represented NZ at the APEC Food Loss and Waste Conference in Tokyo.



Angela is the CEO of Eat New Zealand, a collective of New Zealand's chefs, producers, media, tourism and event operators, who have all been inspired to create a national platform to promote and champion our best food, drink, and culinary tourism opportunities. Angela is committed to connecting people to our land through our food, and is part of the leadership group tasked with considering a National Food Strategy for New Zealand. She is also a food grower and co-owns The Food Farm, a small farm in North Canterbury, committed to building resilient food communities and teaching others how to grow food.




Sustainable Business 


James leads the Sustainable Business Network’s work to accelerate the circular economy in New Zealand. He has extensive commercial experience, having worked in large corporates and owned his own business. His business sustainability journey started many years ago via the coffee industry where he was involved in Fair Trade. 

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Nick Loosley is the founder of Everybody Eats, a “pay as you feel” dining experience. Nick completed his master’s degree in Green Economics at Schumacher College in England. Becoming educated in the issue of food waste as well as witnessing various ‘pay-as-you-feel’ restaurants servicing the community using food directed for landfill, he has bought the concept to Auckland at two sites in K-Road and in Onehunga.

Having recently left his longstanding post at Fonterra (10 years), Paul is leading the charge at NZ Functional Foods, establishing and commercialising a carbon-neutral oat-milk factory in Southland.

Born and raised on a dairy farm in the Hauraki Plains (Ngatea),  

Paul Harvey remains deeply passionate about maximising value  

for food and beverage industries of New Zealand, with a key  

focus on looking at how value can be created through  

disruptive thinking that will meet the needs of the consumer, 

today and tomorrow.  He sees the importance of reducing waste, both for businesses and the sustainability of Aotearoa’s vibrant food system.



Ailsa is the Sustainability and Extension Manager at Horticulture New Zealand. Horticulture NZ advocates for New Zealand growers in an ever-changing environment. It works in partnership with horticulture’s product groups and district associations to create an enduring environment where growers thrive. Ailsa has an environmental science background. As a Champion of 12.3, her focus is to test and promote credible solutions to sustainability challenges facing growers and the industry, through policy and improved practice.




Catherine is the Head of Sustainability at Countdown New Zealand and has been helping businesses deepen and act on their purpose for more than 14 years. Her experience ranges from leading operations for a climate change charity in the UK to specialising in corporate sustainability in New Zealand, leading programmes related to clean tech, climate change, sustainable procurement, financial wellbeing, human rights/responsible sourcing and community partnerships.


Working on resource recovery and waste reduction goals at Countdown, Catherine is gaining rich insights into the barriers and opportunities to reduce food waste within the retail setting and seeks to accelerate shifts in our food system that will benefit communities, biodiversity and the climate.

See where our Champions sit on the food supply chain

See what our Champions have achieved to date

Champions of 12.3



previously FoodStuffs
Fight Food Waste CRC, Australia

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Susan Goodfellow

Leftfield Innovation
Central Plains Water





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Para Kore


Anna Yallop

Bioresource Processing Alliance



previously WasteMINZ
Ministry for the Environment

If you'd like to learn more about becoming a Champion please contact us

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