Safe & Sustainable Packaging and Materials Forum

Implementing and assessing sustainable packaging waste solutions

Your Chair

Kate Parker

Packaging Research Leader


Kate Parker is the Packaging Research Leader at Scion where she is developing new sustainable packaging materials using biomaterials. Her particular field of interest is in biopolymer foams as alternatives to expanded polystyrene, a technology which is currently being commercialised by the Biopolymer Network Ltd. The packaging program she is leading is also focused on predicting and measuring corrugated box performance, particularly in the chilled supply chain; developing biobased films; and packaging technologies which enable product traceability. Underpinning this research is Scion’s capabilities in Food contact compliance and Material compostability testing.
Featured Speakers

Shaun Lewis

Director, Mana Honohono - Investments and Partnerships

Ministry for the Environment

Mana Honohono - Investments and Partnerships Directorate works across multiple domains with our primary focus directed to land and freshwater. Key work priorities are increasing resource efficiency using circular economy approaches, remediating contaminated sites, improving freshwater quality and enabling community based environmental participation.
Case Studies

Huia Iti

Research & Development Manager


At ecostore I am responsible for the development of new products and the continuous improvement of our existing range. Ensuring that we source high grade and ethical raw materials from suppliers who are focussed on sustainability is also a large part of my role.

Terry Chen

Operations Director

Lewis Road Creamery

Janet Cole


Kaipātiki Project

Janet’s background includes journalism, establishing community-Council partnerships and leading sustainable city programmes. With Waitakere City Council, she was involved in regional and local transit-oriented development. Her contract work on sustainable catchments further developed her interest in partnerships, including meaningful reciprocal engagement with Manawhenua. She has been in her current role as Manager of Kaipātiki Project in 2016. Kaipātiki Project’s purpose is to inspire and empower people to share in nature's revival and live lightly on the planet. The organisation won the 2019 inaugural Mayoral Conservation award for Collaboration. Last year, the Kaipātiki Project volunteer nursery grew 30,850 eco-sourced native plants made up of 95 species, for ecological restoration across the region, and established a collaborative Iwi-Hapū-Community Nursery Network. They are helping develop a Zero Waste Northcote Plan with the community for Panuku Development Auckland, and are working to support a network of regenerative places, projects and practitioners across Auckland’s North. Janet’s current journey is focused on exploring Wayfinding Leadership to address: What kind of leadership does our work need?
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