Reset: community-led deconstruction

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Reset: community-led deconstruction

Introducing RESET!

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RESET is a new community enterprise initiative being developed by Envision and the Helensville Community Recycling Centre

We work in communities experiencing large scale residential re-development.

Our goal is to ensure those communities benefit from the deconstruction of residential houses through local employment and the reuse of materials harvested from the deconstruction.

We build the capacity for communities to be involved in large, industry-led deconstructions and provide a bridge between community and industry during what can be a tumultuous and emotional process for communities affected by the large-scale removal of housing.

RESET's whakapapa can be traced back to Rekindle's work after the Christchurch earthquakes with the Whole House Reuse Project. Having been inspired by their work, Envision supported Rekindle to develop a materials recovery plan, which received government funding, following the Kaikōura earthquakes. More recently Envision has been working with the Tāmaki Regeneration Company trialling the deconstruction of three houses and developing the business case for deconstruction over demolition.

Our most recent project was a community-engaged deconstruction of a 1950’s house. The key outcomes were:

  • Achieved an 87% diversion away from landfill.

  • Proved that deconstruction can match and sometimes surpass demolition on price

  • Achieved an incident free Health and Safety record

  • Engaged only local workers and corrections community service workers

  • Built a proven business model for community led deconstruction

We bring:

  • Hands on experience in house deconstruction

  • The ability to quickly assess and rank the best house typology for deconstruction

  • A proven track record engaging with Auckland Council, industry and community

  • A business model for community engaged deconstruction

  • The ability to up-skill and upscale community involvement over the course of the project

  • Meaningful community engagement (not ‘green-washing’)

RESET is being led by Kate Lowe (Envision) and Treena Gowthorpe (Helensville Community Recycling Centre).

Treena talking to Kathryn Ryan, Radio New Zealand, 27th September 2018

Kate’s interview with Stuff, 7th September 2018

Please email reset@envision-nz.com for more information - we'd love to hear from you!

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Auckland's Resource Recovery Network

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Auckland's Resource Recovery Network

The concept for Auckland's award winning Resource Recovery Network (RRN) was first developed by Envision's founder, Warren Snow, and ex-director Julie Dickinson, in the 2005 report 'Reclaiming Auckland's Resources'.

  Click image to download or view a copy of the report

Click image to download or view a copy of the report

This discussion document gave a vision for a network of up to 60 Community Recycling Centres, and 5 Resource Recovery Parks, working with existing enterprises to divert as much waste as possible from landfill. 

'Reclaiming Auckland's Resources' was well received by the mayors of the various legacy councils, but it was with the forming of the super city in 2010 that the vision really came into it's own and was adopted by Auckland Council as a key way of achieving Zero Waste by 2040.

Since then, Envision has supported the development of the RRN by providing:

  • Technical advice - on the structure, scope and nature of the RRN
  • Site design - concept drawings for site layouts
  • Research - projections on the number of staff, local economic impact, and diversion potential of various operations
  • Community engagement - workshops, presentations, group facilitation
  • Mentorship - of organisations establishing new community-led resource recovery enterprises

The future is bright for the Resource Recovery Network - momentum has been established and new enterprises and initiatives are emerging monthly.

We're looking forward to seeing how the RRN develops from here, but for now, the following videos give a good overview of some of the great things happening within the RRN currently.

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Resource Rescue

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Resource Rescue

Resource Rescue is a social enterprise founded by Envision on behalf of a charitable trust. Envision developed the concept, established the business, employed the staff, and proved the business model. After 18 months of operation, Resource Rescue became its own legal entity in April 2017 and self-managing in all aspects of the business. At that point Envision was able to withdraw from all responsibilities.

Resource Rescue recovers whiteware from Auckland's Inorganic Recovery Project, either repairing appliances for reuse, or recovering parts to be used in the repair of other appliances. Aside from diverting over 28 tonnes of appliances from scrap metal, the business is focused on creating local employment opportunities in Tāmaki, and is returning dividends to its owners - the Glen Innes Family Centre.

When managed by Envision, Resource Rescue won the inaugural 2016 Rotary Newmarket Kick-start Award for best new social enterprise. 

We're grateful to the Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board for providing seed funding for the enterprise back in 2015, Waste Management for providing incubation space on their site in Penrose, and the Community Recycling Network for providing access to materials, encouragement and support.

Resource Rescue's successful video application for the 2016 Rotary Newmarket Kick-start Award run in conjunction with Ākina Foundation

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The Impact Initiative

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The Impact Initiative

The Impact Initiative is a social enterprise sector development programme initiated by the Department of Internal Affairs and delivered in partnership with Ākina

The three year programme began in April 2018 and is being supported by the Community Enterprise Network (NZ) Trust (CENT) who represent three sector-led community enterprise networks; Community Energy Network, Environment Hubs Aotearoa and the Zero Waste Network.

Phew! We're almost there, stick with me....

Matthew is representing CENT in being seconded to Ākina to work on The Impact Initiative. His role is to lead the sector engagement work stream of the programme, and to facilitate a sector steering group which includes senior practitioners from the networks represented by CENT.

As part of this work, Matthew has been facilitating a series of 'Kitchen Table Talks' around the country, gathering insights on the challenges, scope and opportunity of social enterprise. 

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Study Tours

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Study Tours

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Waste and resource recovery is complex business, with new ideas constantly being explored and developed. It is also a generous industry with local authorities and operators eager to share their learnings to help the greater good.

Envision has been running study tours for over 14 years to help inspire and connect various individuals and organisations involved in resource recovery. The tours have proven to be fertile ground for networking, collaboration, and sharing ideas. 

With previous tours to South Australia, Waikato and Queenstown to Dunedin, Envision has been particularly proud to be able to recently start hosting tours in our home town of Auckland due to significant changes to resource recovery here.

Organised in partnership with Waste MINZ, we will soon be releasing details of our upcoming 'Top of the South' Study Tour, which will start in Blenheim and finish in Christchurch around March 2019.

Click here for a summary of the 2017 Auckland RRN Study Tour >>>

On 30th July 2015 Envision NZ, with support from Auckland Council, took a group of almost 50 people to check out Xtreme Zero Waste in Raglan. Xtreme Zero Waste is a community recycling centre doing incredible things in their community and in resource recovery.

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Bottle Deposits for NZ

Bottle Deposits for NZ

New Zealanders use around 2 billion plastic and glass beverage containers each year. Unfortunately, the majority of these go to landfill, or become land or marine litter.  

Our 2015 report, The InCENTive to Recycle, looked at the effectiveness of bringing back bottle refunds (cash for containers) to lift recycling rates in New Zealand.

An Auckland Council commissioned, independent cost benefit analysis of the Envision model released in December 2017 found:

  • 83% of Kiwis support the establishment of a container deposit scheme
  • Nationally, local authorities could expect to save up to $20.9mil per annum on recycling collection costs
  • Over a 10yr period society would be better off by up to $645mil
  • Beverage container recycling rates could increase from their current 45% up to 82%   

Click on the images below to download summary copies of the Auckland Council and InCENTive to Recycle reports and watch the short video below for a quick explanation of the model we proposed.

Deconstruction

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Deconstruction

New Zealand's largest urban transformation project is underway in the Auckland suburbs of Glen Innes, Point England and Panmure. The programme, led by the Tāmaki Regeneration Company, will see around 2500 social homes removed and 7500 new homes built over the next 10 - 15 years.

Envision has undertaken a comprehensive business case, including a cost benefit analysis, of deconstructing old social homes instead of demolishing them. Careful deconstruction of the old houses mean that the building materials can be reused, with an opportunity for job creation within a social enterprise function.

A pilot deconstructing three houses from different eras is underway. Once completed, a decision will be made as to whether to implement this approach more widely.

For more information click here for Tāmaki Regeneration Company's website.

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Social enterprise mentorship - No Six

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Social enterprise mentorship - No Six

Thanks to Tāmaki Regeneration Company's generous support, Envision is mentoring a number of emerging social enterprises in the Auckland suburbs of Glen Innes, Point England and Panmure.

One of these is No Six which provides an opportunity for Tāmaki rangatahi to learn digital creation skills by working on commercial projects.

Rangatahi are nurtured and mentored by No Six, and when the time is right, they are supported to develop their work under their own brand.  

Matthew meets with co-founder, and manager, Tyrone Tangata-Makiri on a regular basis to challenge, support and provide advice as No Six goes through its start up phase.

Click here to watch Tyrone explain what mentorship from Envision & the Tamaki Regeneration Company means for him >>>

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Recycle Right

Envision recruits and manages casual staff for a wide range of projects, including; waste audits, door-knocking campaigns, zero waste events.

To support Auckland Council's Recycle Right campaign we assembled a group of passionate, and energetic students studying for sustainability related qualifications. For over four weeks we'll had 13 staff partnering with Auckland Council Waste Wise Advisors to door knock and speak with householders across Auckland on how to Recycle Right! Check out the great ad for the campaign here.

 First day on the job!

First day on the job!

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A 'how to guide' for growing social enterprise in Auckland

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A 'how to guide' for growing social enterprise in Auckland

Envision's report - Enterprising Auckland: A social enterprise approach to local economic development - aims to support the work of Auckland's Local Boards. It provides another approach to add to their tool bags as they seek to stimulate social enterprise within their communities.

Our thanks go to Billy Matheson from Auckland Council for commissioning the report and endless patience as we thrashed out various ideas and proceeded down some dead ends. We are also grateful to Bevin Fitzsimons from Breakthrough Strategies and Jamie Newth from Soul Capital for their support and input.

You can view or download the report by clicking the image to the right, but in the meantime here's the Executive Summary to wet your appetite...

 Click on the image to download a copy of the report (3.7mb)

Click on the image to download a copy of the report (3.7mb)

Enterprising Auckland - Executive Summary

The potential for social enterprise to address some of New Zealand’s pressing social issues has long been understood, and there are an increasing number of fledgling social enterprises enthusiastic about contributing to this mission. However there also appears to be a ‘missing middle’ - the gap in funding and support that would allow the field to grow sufficiently to make significant inroads into solving some of the social problems we face nationally and locally. Additionally there seems to be no clear plan for getting around this gap.

The Community and Cultural Strategy Unit of Auckland Council commissioned this discussion document to address the missing middle and provide a model for Local Boards to foster social enterprise in their communities. The model proposed in this document is intended to compliment, and add to, the tools Local Boards already have available for advancing social enterprise in their communities rather than replace or superceed those methods.

The aim of the model is to stimulate innovative local solutions that will help build strong resilient local economies. It involves Auckland’s Local Boards taking a leadership role in identifying opportunities for social enterprise within their community. These may include providing goods and services to Council through social enterprises tendering for Council contracts, or maximising the social value of Council assets such as land and buildings through their use by social businesses.

The model proposed in this document is based on the following six steps:

1.     Identification of clear commercial opportunities that support the Local Board’s Plan

2.     Identification of an organisation, or collaboration of organisations, that could successfully exploit the opportunity while maximising social benefit

3.     Encouraging the creation of a purpose-built social enterprise that can realise that opportunity on behalf of the local community

4.     Supporting the resulting entity with seed, match or innovation funding

5.     Advocating for Council’s various business units to use a social procurement approach, opening the door for social enterprises to access Council contracts (procuring goods and services) and Council assets (land or buildings)

6.     Maintaining a watching brief and providing governance support as appropriate

The model involves actively brokering relationships, advocating for opportunities, and encouraging a competitive tender process that incorporates social or community outcomes. This brokering function can be undertaken by Local Boards themselves, by a skilled volunteer, or carried out by a professional agency.

The model was partly inspired by social enterprises that have established businesses in the waste sector in New Zealand. These groups have successfully set up a network of community recycling centres utilising a social enterprise model to divert waste, generate employment, and contribute to local economic development.

Learnings and experiences from this sector provided an initial framework for thinking about how to translate this success into other areas.

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Xtreme Zero Waste - Study Tour

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Xtreme Zero Waste - Study Tour

Designed to provide the perfect ending to the 2017 Waste MINZ conference, you are invited to join us on a study tour to the legendary Xtreme Zero Waste!

1pm - 5pm, Thursday 9th November 

$125 + gst p.p.

RSVP by 20th October by email: matthew@envision-nz.com or call: 09 303 4746

Xtreme Zero Waste is a community enterprise contracted to provide various waste services on behalf of Waikato District Council. As well as diverting up to 77% of material received on site, the operation is Raglan's second largest employer, and provides year round services to over 3000 residents year round, and the over 5000 holidaymakers that visit over summer.

Your tour will leave the Claudelands Conference and Exhibition Centre, Hamilton at 1pm, arriving at Xtreme Zero Waste around 1:45pm. Co-founder, Rick Thorpe, will explain Xtreme Zero Waste's mission and operation as he takes you around the site. On the tour you will see:

  • The brand new HCU built to process residential food waste
  • Reuse shop
  • Timber yard and upcycling workshop
  • Metal yard
  • Recyclable commodities drop off and processing areas
  • Residual waste drop off

After a cup of tea, we'll make our way back to Hamilton via the airport arriving there at approximately 5pm, and back at the Claudelands Centre soon after.

Spaces are limited to 10

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Media

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Media

We think resource recovery and waste should make front page news every day! Here's some times when the media agreed with us, and members of the Envision team were part of the story.  

 Radio New Zealand - Sept 2017

Radio New Zealand - Sept 2017

 NZ Herald - Sept 2015

NZ Herald - Sept 2015

 Listener - Nov 2016

Listener - Nov 2016

 NZ Geographic - July 2015

NZ Geographic - July 2015

 TV3 - Dec 2015

TV3 - Dec 2015

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