The Nonplastic Maori goes to Japan

Closed Cause page created in the Environment category by Tina Ngata

$170 of $2,000 goal
Given by 6 generous donors in 8 days

Help me carry the message of waste reduction and indigenous sustainable practices to the world!

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Kia Ora! I’m Tina, also known as The Non-Plastic Maori. I teach a degree in indigenous environmental sustainability, I volunteer on an number of environmental projects, and from January of this year I’ve been on a journey of removing plastic from my household waste stream. I'm passionate about indigenous rights and the very important space of indigenous wisdom in the realm of environmental sustainability -

It's been an amazing journey so far which has resulted in an invitation to participate in the UNESCO 2014 World Conference for Education on Sustainable Development!

This is an extremely exciting opportunity to carry the very important messages of waste reduction and indigenous sustainable practices to a United Nations forum. The global plan for education on sustainability education will be launched from this conference, and I'm very humbled and excited to be taking part in this very important occassion.

Indigenous people around the world hold valuable wisdom around the management and care for our natural resources - and this wisdom could play a vital role in the wellbeing of our planet and ourselves. But we cannot simply take from indigenous communities and knowledge systems, many of whom are already facing a range of other challenges. Understanding how we can engage with and utilise this wisdom in a way that is empowering and supportive for ALL is the message that I carry through my work and my blog.

It's really important for me to be able to connect to the indigenous voice in Japan and learn about the environmental sustainability practices and challenges that exist over there. All funds raised will help me with flights and accommodation in order to connect and engage with indigenous sustainable projects in Japan and build a stronger network around indigenous rights, waste reduction and environmental sustainability.

you can read my blog at, or my facebook page on

You can check out information about the conference here:


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atiria reid
atiria reid on 31 Oct 2014
Ka pai koe.
Mamalade on 30 Oct 2014
so proud of you my love,, wish I could help more. XXX
Susan Mark
Susan Mark on 30 Oct 2014
Tom Macfarlane
Tom Macfarlane on 29 Oct 2014
Mauri ora from Dunedin Tina! Love your work!
Vanessa Awatere
Vanessa Awatere on 29 Oct 2014
Inspirational!!..Thank YOU for being YOU sis Tairawhiti Kaitieki ki rö whare choohuuu...haere pai atu hoki pai mai..You take us all with you for reals

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