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 charities, 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 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.


Otago University

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.




Kaibosh stops quality food from being needlessly discarded and makes sure it reaches those in the Wellington region who need it most. Matt became the General Manager of Kaibosh in 2012. Since then, Kaibosh has grown and was recently nominated for the New Zealander of the Year Community Category Award. Matt is a humble kind of guy, but Kaibosh would simply not be here today without him. 




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.



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.



Leftfield Innovation

Susan is the Founding Director at Leftfield Innovation Ltd, which is a social enterprise business developing sustainable diversified land use for New Zealand farmers. It aims to provide new and novel food for consumers who care through an understanding of the value web thus linking food producers and consumers creating greater value for New Zealand farmers. 



Bioresource Processing Alliance

Anna is the General Manager of both the Bioresource Processing Alliance and Seafood Innovations Ltd and is  a Director of Wool Industry Research Ltd, which are R&D programmes adding value to the primary sector.  Anna previously consulted as a Technology Scout and Tech Transfer Manager for Bayer, worked as a Business Manager – Science for Auckland UniServices Ltd, ran Callahan Innovation’s Global Expert programme for the northern half of the North lsland and had her own start-up manufacturing business which she successfully sold in 2010.  At home, she composts all of her vegetables and fruit waste, grows her own and has planted a backyard of fruit trees. 



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.



Everybody Eats

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.



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. 




Kate Porter is the Head of Communications and Community at Countdown Supermarkets.  Her role is to lead Countdown’s PR and community investment programme. She leads the Countdown Food Rescue, a partnership with The Salvation Army and food rescue charities around the country to help feed Kiwis in need and reduce waste to landfill.


Para Kore

Te Kawa Robb (Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi) is a kaiārahi for the Māori Zero Waste organisation, Para Kore, an educator, waste consultant, documentary photographer, father and partner. Te Kawa works primarily with Māori communities and organisation to build food resilience and food sovereignty, minimise waste, and protect taiao (living environment) through affirmative actions informed by whakapapa (ancestral connections) and tikanga (customary practices, lore) Māori. 'Nā to rourou, na tōku rouoru, ka ora ai te iwi - with your food basket and my food basket, we can achieve collective wellbeing'




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.

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