Citizens of 12.3

Citizens of 12.3 are everyday Kiwis who want New Zealand to halve food waste by 2030. Our Steering Committee are helping citizens of Aotearoa to recognise that food has value and to take action to prevent food waste. They are grass-roots, community-oriented advocates for change.   

Our Citizens of 12.3 (Steering Committee) have made the following commitment:  

Empowering citizens to recognise that food has value and

take action to prevent food waste. By:

SHOWCASING the opportunities for food waste reduction, particularly in the household;  

ADVOCATING to government and business for enabling conditions for food waste reduction; 

TAKING ACTION by running events and campaigns on food waste reduction in Aotearoa.  



 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.  


Kate is a Wellington local, community-scale composter and regenerative urban agriculture advocate with a background in biotechnology. Being part of Kaicycle for the past five years, and more recently the Urban Farmers' Alliance, has allowed her to gain a hands-on appreciation for how soil health is a nexus for so many environmental and social challenges. 




: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. 


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. 


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.  


Georgia is passionate about sustainability and food waste and has a background in public health, food science and marketing. She has run community cooking classes where she educated participants about reducing food waste. 


Claudia thinks the goal to halve food waste by 2030 is ambitious but exciting, and would love nothing more than to help on that journey. Claudia has written a blog on food waste/ loss, with a particular focus on indigenous practices: 



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.


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 New Zealand and worldwide – to remedy this problem. 


Ashley is a big supporter of sustainability. She is running a food business with her partner and aims to minimise food waste. She is keen to get involved with innovation and food waste reduction and learn more about SDG 12.3. 





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.



: Living a more sustainable lifestyle is one of Joanne’s passions. Some of the things she has achieved in the food waste area are: working with Kaivolution in Hamilton to reduce and redistribute excess food, setting up compost for herself and a community compost for a shared area in her neighbourhood.