A group of local dedicated sewers has undertaken a massive effort to help Papakura in its goal of becoming plastic bag free.  Sustainable Papakura are volunteers and members of our community that are passionate about making Papakura sustainable and cleaning up the environment.

This month is Plastic Free July and the Sustainable Papakura sewers have been busy for the last couple of months creating tote bags to be used as reusable shopping bags.  These upcycled bags have been made out of donated fabric that would normally have ended up in landfill.  The volunteer sewers have spent hours of time and effort, saving masses of fabric and diverting it to begin a new journey as shopping bags to replace single use plastic bags.  Volunteers will continue to make bags until at least the end on 2018.




Pictured: Mrs Tracy Shackleton, Papakura Business Association manager, Mrs Gupreet Kaur and Mrs Rajwant Kaur from Black Bean Foods one of the retailers featuring the stand of Borrow and Reuse Bags Awhiomai Peke.

“In Papakura there is an alternative to plastic bags.” explains Rosemary Nash, Chairwoman of Sustainable Papakura Trust,

Three hundred Awhiomai Peke “borrow and return” bags are to be made available free of charge at a range of supportive retailers within our community. More are in production. Local Kuia, Kura Walker, has gifted the kupu ‘Awhio Mai Peke’ which means the bag that comes round and round. These retailers include Café Kai Ora, Unichem Pharmacy, Windsor Florist, What’s in Stock, Paper Power, Stirling Sports, Alarm Lock, and Black Bean Foods. Additional retailers are being recruited  to ensure shoppers have ready access to bags.

The July 21st launch of Plastic Bag Free Papakura at 11am  in the Foyer of the Papakura Library coincides with Matariki and the month of Plastic Free July - a time for new beginnings. The bags will be proudly displayed on stands made by Manukau Beautification Trust with materials donated by Mitre10 mega Takanini.   

“As a community we’re proud to be pulling together to keep plastic bags out of our precious environment. If you find yourself up the street without a bag, Borrow an Awhio Mai Peke, and Return it next time you’re in town.”Rosemary Nash, Sustainable Papakura Trust

Media enquiries and interviews please contact:

Rosemary Nash ( Chairwoman of Sustainable Papakura)

Email: Phone: 027 405 8159